Fantastic Vacations for Family
Whether you dream of carving a wave for the first time, taking a spin on an iconic theme park ride, or walking through soaring redwoods, you will find your perfect getaway in California. Make memories at some of California's family favorite spots.
Sea World San Diego
From swooshing and swooping rides to interactive shows and million-gallon aquariums, this is one theme park that truly makes a big, big splash. See—and learn about—the amazing undersea worlds of animals from around the globe, including walruses, sea lions, polar bears and penguins. See (and touch) harmless rays and sharks, and be entertained by Shamu and other killer whales, as well as dolphins, in daily shows and presentations. Climb aboard a host of rides, too, including Manta, a high-tech roller coaster that has you twisting, diving and turning like a ray.
The undisputed granddaddy of theme parks has been leading the way since 1955, inviting visitors to spend the day in the ultimate land of make-believe. This beloved Anaheim institution serves up vintage icons like the Matterhorn Bobsleds as well as new innovations, like laser lights and soaring fountains in the nightly show World of Color, or mystical mouse antics in Mickey and the Magical Map. The resort, which consists of the original Disneyland Park and the adjacent Disney California Adventure Park, has themed ‘lands’ with related rides, shows and attractions.
California State Railroad Museum
Consistently ranked as one of the best railroad museums in the country, this expansive attraction presents 21 meticulously restored “iron horse” locomotives, plus period perfect railway cars, many open for one-of-a-kind walk-throughs. Incredible attention to detail—authentic china in dining cars, velvet and finery in the Pullman sleeping cars, a charmingly stubby wooden caboose—give you a sense of train travel before cars became king. There’s even a post office on wheels.
Universal Studios Hollywood Movie magic, mega attractions - If Hollywood is the land of make believe, then this is your chance to step into that fantasy world. On a sprawling complex on the east side of the Hollywood Hills, this movie studio/part theme park blends behind-the-scenes tours with rides that swoosh, swoop, and dive through movie-themed worlds. An adjacent, neon-lit complex of shops, eateries, and entertainment spaces known as Universal CityWalk lets you stretch out the experience beyond the park.