Southern California Family Vacations

Updated: March 13, 2024 | Published:

The perfect travel destinations are the ones, which are suited to romantic travel in addition to family visits and everything between.

Whether you’re traveling with your family members or friends or you’re traveling alone, you can be confident that California will have the ability to fulfill your vacation requirements.

From the enchanted parks at Disneyland to educating lego toys to strange objects at Ripley’s museum, Southern California has a ton to offer for your affordable family vacation.

Here’s a list of top 4 attractions in Southern California


Anaheim, California is probably most eminent as the home of Disneyland, the first Disney theme park, known around the world as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but there is much more family fun to be found in and around this city outside Los Angeles, California.

South California Disneyland

Packed with family-friendly attractions, “The Happiest Place on Earth” is a mesmerizing kingdom of imagination and fantasy.

Disneyland is divided into eight themed “lands”, each of which has several rides and attractions that are somehow related to the theme of that geographic designation.

Disney’s California Adventure

Opened on February 8, 2001, Disney’s California Adventure occupies about 55 acres of the original 100-acre Disneyland parking lot. Located immediately to the south of the Magic Kingdom, this entirely separate gated attraction features all the best of California in condensed form.

Legoland California

With most of the attractions being kid-powered, this vast 128-acre park is must-visit for children 2-12. The rides require physical activity from the kids, and they need to pedal, pull, push, or steer their way.

Legoland South California

The park is the ultimate playground that features the LEGO toys and prominent LEGO constructions made with 20M LEGO bricks called Miniland.

There is also the LEGO Mindstorms learning center featuring, a castle, a roller coaster, and a safari adventure.

You may also have a boat ride through your favorite storybook adventures. Again, most well-known rides take priority, so should you see a quick wait, make the most of it right then and there. Not only do you receive all of the enjoyable LEGO rides of LEGOLAND itself, but you and the kids can take pleasure in the waterpark too.

If you do plan to go to the water park, be sure to look at their schedule in advance. Be aware that water parks aren’t open daily. Because the LEGO Water Park is open seasonally, there are a few ticket types that are only available at specific times of the year. Do consider that it might become very crowded, particularly during the summertime.

Ripley’s “Believe it or Not!” Museum

7850 Beach Blvd, Buena Park

Ripley's in San Francisco

Here at Ripley’s, the guests are challenged by the unique and the bizarre. They have gathered a collection of scores of curiosities that are both mind-boggling and true.

Universal Studios

Located in Universal City, Hollywood, about a 40-minute drive northwest of Anaheim

Hours of operation Park hours vary based on the day. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Universal Studios Hollywood, the world’s largest movie studio and theme park, allows guests an exciting opportunity to experience a genuine working movie studio through their thrill rides, one-of-a-kind attractions and live shows based on movies filmed at its fully functioning movie studio.

Universal Studio California

It offers a limited number of Express Plus pass, which allows holders to skip the bulk of the lines and fit in more rides–they can be bought throughout the park.

Using your discount tickets is wholly straightforward. Among the more popular tickets to become through ARES travel is the front part of the line VIP Tickets. Naturally, completely free tickets are even better, so take a look at a number of the bargains at Universal’s website before making your buy. Whichever way you take a close look at it, theme park tickets are costly.

Themed rides and shows propel the visitor into the exciting worlds of their favorite movies. Among these are the new rock n’ roll Spider-Man Rocks, the popular Mummy Returns: Chamber of Doom or the monster plunge of Jurassic Park: The Ride, plus more attractions and shows. Some current shows will also receive a Christmas make-over.


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