Best Southern California Theme Parks

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Southern California is one of our very favorite family travel destinations! So, we’re sharing the BEST Southern California theme parks and an AWESOME Getaway Giveaway in partnership with our sponsor, Get Away Today!!! No matter where you live, Southern California is an AWESOME pick for a family vacation! Whether it’s your first or fiftieth trip, there is always fun to be had in SoCal! Living in Arizona, it’s an especially appealing destination thanks to the short trip (From the Phoenix area, the best SoCal spots are just a quick 1-hour flight or a 5-7 hour drive away!). We love it so much that we try to go as often as we can. There is just SOOOooo much to do! I could write A LOT on that – there’s the (usually) great weather, fun beaches, cool nature experiences, famous landmarks, good restaurants, etc. But, today we are focusing on all the family fun theme parks!!! And well, it’s NO secret at all that The Happiest Place on Earth is our favorite Southern California park.GetAwayToday Disney Coupon BUT, there are other great parks that are fun too! So without further ado, here’s our list of top family-friendly Southern California Theme Parks: 

  • Disneyland Park
  • Disneyland California Adventure Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • LEGOLAND California 
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott’s Berry Farm

Best Southern California Theme ParksHow many have you been to? Over the years, I’ve been to all of them – some of them MANY times! So, with any of these 8 parks, your family is SURE to have a good time! Here’s just a few quick tips and links to posts that might be helpful as you plan your trip:

  • The San Diego area (where you’ll find the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California) is about 1.5 – 2.5 hours away (depending on traffic) from the Orange County/ LA area attractions (Disneyland Park, Disneyland California Adventure Park,  Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm).
  • October is “Kids Free Month in San Diego”  – perfect for Fall Break family travel getaways!
  • Info on the Best Times to Visit the Disneyland Resort 
  • LEGOLAND Planning Tips
  • Best Educational Animal Experiences at SeaWorld San Diego
  • Disney Road Trip Tips
  • To save money on your Southern California Vacations, consider booking through Get Away Today!  That’s who we use to book our Southern California theme park trips and so we’re thrilled to partner with them as an affiliate! They really make the whole thing so easy, as well as being great about getting you the best deal! You can even start planning for next year’s family trip with their great layaway plan! Plus, use our exclusive Get Away Today coupon code: MOMENDEAVORS to save even more. You can book online HERE or call their agents at 855-GET-AWAY (and be sure to mention the code!).

And speaking of Get Away Today, they have generously offered an AWESOME giveaway to one of our readers! How awesome is that?! I’ve teamed up with some other Arizona Bloggers who all LOVE a good SoCal vacation to and we are SO excited to give you a chance to win some fun time away at the awesome parks with YOUR family!

Southern California Getaway Giveaway!!!


  • 3 Nights Hotel Stay
  • 2 Adult & 2 Child 1-DAY Tickets for TWO (2) Southern California Parks (winner’s choice!)*
    • *Parks winner can choose from: Disneyland Park, Disneyland California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. (The winner will have 1 year to use the package).

Enter using the form below! Giveaway runs through 10/2/2017! GOOD LUCK and happy SoCal traveling! 

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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14 Responses

  1. Disneyland and California Adventer would be great choses. This is a great contest. Children will love it.

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