California\'s Great America In Santa ClaraWarmer weather means that California's Great America is now open for business. The popular theme park in Santa Clara, which is just a few miles up the road from San Jose, is home to an abundance of thrill rides, such as Vortex and Flight Deck. Of course, if you really want to push the speed envelope, hop on Gold Striker. It's 108 feet high and travels nearly 54 miles per hour, making it the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. Parents with little ones will have plenty of options as well. Along with Carousel Columbia, family-friendly rides can be found all around. Stop by KidZville, a sprawling community that boasts 18 rides and attractions, and Planet Snoopy, where you'll discover your favorite Peanuts characters among the ultra-mild rides. Everyone will be drawn to Boomerang Bay Water Park's lazy river, wave pool, heated lagoon and more than a dozen water slides.
You'll also want to check out the multitude of special events taking place at California's Great America over the summer. The all-day Island Reggae Festival boasts a fine collection of Polynesian bands along with individual singers and musicians. Fans of Snoopy will get an opportunity to celebrate the renowned beagle's birthday during Snoopy's Birthday weekend. There will be plenty of coloring stations, giveaways, photo-ops and cookies. Music lovers will not want to miss out on Summer Splash 2014, a concert in the park's Redwood Amphitheater, featuring a cool line-up of performers, such as Becky G, Cher Lloyd, The Janoskians and MAGIC! Ticket information and hours of operation can be tracked down online at www.cagreatamerica.com.