Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland

If you’re thinking about taking your family on a fun vacation, consider exploring the many fun and adventurous theme parks in California.

“I’m going to Disneyland!”
The theme parks in the Los Angeles area provide perfect activities for families in need of more quality time, or for people who simply want to get out and do something fun. What better way to hang out with your kids than exploring the castle at Disneyland or watching Shrek 4D in Universal Studios Hollywood? Within and immediately surrounding Los Angeles, California, there are at least 5 major theme parks (Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Disney California Adventure), and by driving a few hours toward San Diego, you will pass even more theme parks.

Bringing the family to theme parks in the Los Angeles area is extremely easy to do. Since 5 of the major theme parks are located within a ~50 km radius, you can book just one set of flights, book a centrally located hotel (but not in south central Los Angeles), and enjoy a week long trip that includes all of the big attractions and doesn’t require much hassle like booking of multiple hotels or complicated transportation arrangements. By either renting a car or using public transportation, you will have access to all the theme parks of your choice during your stay in the Los Angeles area. Within a single week you will have ample time to get your fill of the theme park experience. One or two days at each park is generally considered enough time to get the gist of each place.




The must-see attractions are Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. The classic Disneyland, the construction of which was overseen by Walt Disney himself, is now officially called Disneyland Park. Right next to it is the newer Disney California Adventure Park. The main attractions of Disneyland Park are different areas inside that seem to transplant you form the normal world and into a fantasy land, almost like you just stepped into a holodeck on episode of Star Trek. Examples are Advertureland (tropical adventure), Critter Country (features several cool rides including a Winnie the Pooh themed ride), and New Orleans Square (features rides based on Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion).

Since you’re already in Los Angeles, one of the most interesting cities in California, you can stop by Long Beach to watch some early morning surfing or check out the latest bikini fashions, visit Hollywood to see the Walk of Fame (and maybe even spot some celebrities enjoying their lunch), or hike in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles is a city of many attractions and is fortunate enough to be located next to both a wonderful beach and beautiful mountains. It’s safe to say there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

If you do take a trip down toward San Diego, check out Legoland in Carlsbad. With amazing Lego sculptures, training classes for building with Legos, and many exciting rides, your family will be sure to be entertained. Once in San Diego, you will also have the opportunity to visit SeaWorld. Between Los Angeles and San Diego, you and your family can have an excellent time exploring the many theme parks the area has to offer.