7 Terrific Southern California Theme Parks ...

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No trip to the Golden State would be complete without a visit to some of the best Southern California theme parks, from Disneyland to SeaWorld to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Whether you’re planning one amazing day of fun or are interested in booking a longer vacation, read on for a sampling of seven terrific Southern California theme parks the entire family is sure to love.

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1. Disneyland

Disneyland

By far one of the most iconic Southern California theme parks, Anaheim’s Disneyland really is “the happiest place on Earth.” After you’ve soared to the stars on Space Mountain, traveled to countries around the globe aboard “It’s a Small World,” and visited the Old West on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can close out the night by taking in the spectacular Disneyland fireworks show.

Thinking about coming back for an extra day or two?

That's great, because with so many exciting things to see and do, you'll find that a one-day visit is hardly enough!

2. Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

Also part of the Disneyland Resort, Disney California Adventure features tons of exciting rides and lands inspired by the beauty of our nation’s Golden State.

Hang glide through the clouds while Soarin’ Over California, brave whitewater rapids aboard the Grizzly River Run, and meet some of your favorite Cars characters as you ride the Radiator Springs Racers.

After the sun goes down, be sure to also catch the World of Color water show at Paradise Pier for an entirely unique experience.

3. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

Bring the big screen to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, where you’ll have the chance to experience everything from The Simpsons Ride to Transformers: The Ride-3D.

Plus, don’t miss the popular backlot Studio Tour, where you’ll get a firsthand look at famous television and movie sets, along with an up-close-and-personal encounter with some larger-than-life characters, including King Kong and Jaws.

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