Amusement parks in Sacramento range from small, family-friendly venues to large theme parks. And from their roller coasters to classic carousels, there's something for everyone in the family. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Sacramento amusement parks.
Funderland Amusement Park
Located south of downtown adjacent to the Sacramento Zoo, Funderland Amusement Park offers a variety of rides designed for children ages 2 to 12. Highlights at this small, family-friendly park include the Dragon Coaster, Log Flume and a classic carousel.
Ride A DragonThe Dragon coaster snakes twice around the track, thrilling riders, before returning to home base. It's a delight for both young and young-at-heart visitors.
Other AttractionsIn addition to the Dragon roller coaster, Funderland offers the Funderland Express, a train that weaves its way around the park, a teacup ride, a classic wooden carousel and a wild stagecoach ride.
Food OptionsThe Funderland Cafe serves a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages. Specialties include chili cheese fries and big beef hot dogs.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Funderland Amusement Park.
Address: 1350 17th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822
Hours: The park is open February through November, but hours vary by season. Check website for current information.
Price: Weekdays: single ticket, $1.75; book of 10 tickets, $15; family 30 pack, $39.95; unlimited ride wristband, $15.95. Weekends: single ticket, $1.95; book of 10 tickets, $16.95; family 30 pack, $39.95.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, opened in 1968, combines thrill rides with animal adventures. The 140-acre park, located in Vallejo, is about two hours by car from Sacramento. It is, however, the closest large amusement park to the state capital.
Scream Into The SkySkyScreamer, the signature ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, opened in 2011. This gravity-defying swing ride takes riders up 15 stories before swinging them around at 43 mph.
Tons Of RidesThe SkyScreamer isn't the only thing to do at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The park offers 44 other rides, including eight roller coasters and two water rides. Equally enjoyable for visitors are the park's animal encounters. These include a chance to swim with dolphins, an opportunity to see Shouka the giant whale perform and a chance to interact with exotic animals like anteaters, sloths and macaws.
Snack StandsThere are many food stands scattered throughout Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. In addition, the park boasts one full-service restaurant, the 1950s-style diner chain Johnny Rockets.
Safety RecordThere have been several accidents at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the last decade. Among these are two injuries on the Starfish ride, one in 2001 and one in 2002. In addition, a 9-year-old boy was injured on the Scat-a-Bout, when he intentionally slid beneath the safety restraint.
Address: 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589
Hours: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is open from March through December with hours varying weekly. Check the website for current information.
Price: General admission, $49.99; children under 48 inches tall, $36.99; general admission tickets purchased online, $36.99; children younger than 3, free.
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