California’s Great America, commonly known simply as Great America, is a 112-acre amusement park located in Santa Clara, California.
Opened in 1976 California’s Great America features over 40 rides and attractions, and one of its most notable is Gold Striker, which has been featured as a top-ranked wooden roller coaster in Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards publication. Other notable rides include RailBlazer, a single-rail coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction, and Flight Deck, an inverted coaster.
The park is divided into several themed areas, laid out along an oval pathway. This allows all areas of the park to be serviced from a central corridor, while visitors can experience the entire park by completing a single lap around it.
From the main entrance, visitors enter Celebration Plaza. Clockwise, the themed areas are:
- Orleans Place
- All American Corners
- Planet Snoopy
- Action Zone
- County Fair
- Hometown Square
The entrance to the South Bay Shores water park is in All American Corners, near the bridge to Planet Snoopy. Typical visitor guide maps show the main entrance, which is in the northwest corner of the park.