The Best Amusement and Water Parks in the Sacramento Area
May 10, 2018

The Best Amusement and Water Parks in the Sacramento Area

Visiting an amusement park is the perfect way to entertain your entire party, as they offer a wide variety of activities, rides and attractions suitable for all ages. This summer, make plans to visit one of these amusement parks in the Sacramento area to cool down in a wave pool, test your courage on a steep roller coaster, or enjoy a simple game of miniature golf.

From kiddie rides to jaw-dropping coasters, there is something for everyone at these amazing amusement parks in and around Sacramento. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!


Raging Waters Sacramento | For an Exciting Water Adventure

1600 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento

Raging Waters Sacramento, CA

Photo Courtesy of Raging Waters

For over 30 years, Raging Waters has been the largest family waterpark in Sacramento. Located in the heart of Cal Expo between Arden-Arcade and downtown, the waterpark features 25 family-friendly attractions, including over 20 slides, an 800-foot lazy river, and one of California’s original wave pools. This is the perfect destination to cool off on a hot summer day, whether you’d prefer to take it easy in the lazy river or test your limits on a thrilling waterslide. Raging Waters has something for everyone in your family to enjoy! Try Honolulu Halfpipe or Cliffhanger only the brave at heart dare to approach or for the little ones, there are kiddie slides including Treehouse Reef and the Shark Pool.

Purchase a season pass to Raging Waters online, which will cost less than general admission at the gate! The Sacramento Season Pass is $33.99 for adults and $25.99 for kids and includes California State Fair Admission!


Scandia Fun Center | For Indoor + Outdoor Fun

5070 Hillsdale Boulevard, Sacramento

This fun amusement park is located just off the freeway in North Highlands, making it accessible from anywhere in the city — particularly the northeast region. Scandia Fun Center has a plethora of things to do on both sunny and gloomy days. Attractions include a number of rides, miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, and an extensive indoor arcade with over 150 games. Perhaps the most popular attraction at Scandia Fun Center is the Screamer, a soaring ride that spins you from the ground to the sky over and over again. Ironically, screaming is prohibited on the Screamer, as the noise bothers neighbors living nearby. If you don’t think you can control your scream, there are a number of other fun rides available at Scandia (plus, there’s always miniature golf!).

Admission rates vary considerably at Scandia Fun Center, depending on when you’re visiting and what activities you’d like to do!


Funderland Park | For Kids + Kids at Heart

1350 17th Avenue, Sacramento

Funderland Park Sacramento, CA

Photo Courtesy of Funderland Amusement Park

Funderland Amusement Park has been dishing up kid-sized thrills since 1946. This oasis for kids (and kids at heart) is conveniently located in William Land Park just steps from the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, providing a one-stop-shop for endless family fun. Funderland Park has nine exciting amusement rides, food and drinks, photo opps, and a birthday party area and packages. Funderland hosts a number of events throughout the year, from Easter to Halloween, and everything in between.

Tickets at Funderland Park vary from $2.25 for a single ride to a family value pack of 30 rides for $44.95. Or opt for the unlimited ride wristband for $19.50 if your little ones are likely to repeat rides over and over again!


Roseville Golfland Sunsplash | For Non-Stop Excitement

1893 Taylor Road, Roseville

Roseville Golfland Sunsplash Roseville, CA

Photo Courtesy of Roseville Golfland Sunsplash

There is certainly no shortage of activity at Roseville Golfland Sunsplash, a wonderful family fun fun center with over 30 exciting rides and attractions at one location in Roseville. Just like Scandia Fun Center, Roseville Golfland Sunsplash has go-karts, miniature golf, an arcade and laser tag (in the Golfland section of the park). But it also has a waterslide park with eight slides and play places, a wave pool, and a lazy river (part of the Sunsplash area). Cascade down any of the tube rides at Sunsplash, including Riptide, Thunder Falls, Stormrider, The Revolution, or The Master Blaster Water Coaster. Or relax in Adventure Island, a 3.5-foot-deep pool for wading, splashing and relaxing, or the Bermuda Triangle, a lazy river with a gentle current.

Admission prices for Roseville Golfland Sunsplash vary depending on the heights of the people in your party and the activities you are interested in! General admission for Sunsplash is $32.99 for those 48 inches and taller or $26.99 for those between 33 and 48 inches.


Fairytale Town | For Tiny Tots

3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Fairytale Town Sacramento, CA

Photo Courtesy of Fairytale Town

The littlest members of your family shouldn’t be left out of all the amusement park fun! For over 50 years, Fairytale Town has been a safe place for children and families to imagine, play and learn. The park has 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages, and several gardens throughout. Take a look at all of the attractions in this magical land designed for a child’s vivid imagination. Fairytales and nursery rhymes come to life with attractions like the Tortoise and the Hare, the Old Woman in the Shoe, Humpty Dumpty’s Bridge and more.

Fairytale Town is open every day from March through October, and Thursday through Sunday from November through February. Admission is just $5 on weekdays and $6 on weekends for both adults and children, and free for children 1 and under.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom | For the Thrill-Seeker

1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo

Take your amusement park adventure to the next level at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, located about an hour from Sacramento in Vallejo. This massive park features everything from thrill rides to gentler rides, animal attractions to animal encounters, entertainment to educational programs, and more. This national amusement park company is known for its gut-wrenching rides, which are some of the fastest, tallest and wildest in the country. The Superman Ultimate Flight soars over one of the most innovating and record-breaking loops ever, while the SkyScreamer dangles from a startling 150-foot tall tower in a 43-mph spin! If rides aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of more slow-paced activities that still create a little bit of a thrill. Encounter all sorts of wildlife at Six Flags, including dolphins, giraffes, seals and even sharks.

Admission to the park varies depending on a variety of factors. Purchase a one-day ticket to Six Flags, or opt for the season pass or gold membership if you think you’ll be returning again and again!


Quarry Park Adventures | For the Early Adopter

This park is for the early adopter, as it is a brand new installment in Rocklin set to open on Memorial Day weekend. Be one of the first visitors to Quarry Park Adventures so you can tell all of your friends about it! The adventure park exists on a 160-year-old granite quarry that has been transformed into an entertainment destination for all ages. You can race triple zip lines 400 feet up in the air traveling over 30 miles per hour. Swing and soar 100 feet above the canyon floor on a giant swing. Or climb and traverse 60-foot granite walls on the Wall Walk. Or perhaps you would rather relax in the shade with an ice cold beer atop the 2,000-square-foot outdoor deck overlooking the quarry. There’s even a huge play zone just for the little ones that can entertain over 120 junior explorers at one time. The possibilities are endless at this revolutionary park in Rocklin!


We hope you find these amusement parks as amusing as we do!

Let us know which one you love to visit in the area! We’d love to know which is your favorite.

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