Did you know that Anaheim has more theme parks than just Disneyland? One of them is called “the little theme park that’s big on family fun” and it caters perfectly to the 10 and under crowd.
Adventure City Theme Park in Anaheim is perfect if you’re looking for something fun to do in Anaheim or Orange County that’s clean, family-friendly, and where the lines are always short! No need to wait in line for over an hour just to enjoy a thrilling ride that lasts less than a minute.
Plus there really IS something for everyone, from ages 1 and up. I promise. 😉 Speaking from personal experience, our toddler loved it and we’re already looking forward to our next trip there. If you don’t want to take my word for it, then check out the glowing reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor.
What is Adventure City Theme Park in Anaheim?
As the name suggests, Adventure City is a miniature city where kids can have their own adventure. In my opinion, it’s an affordable, low-stress, easy-to-navigate option for a fun-filled day with young kids.
Here’s a list of all the rides:
1. Thomas the Tank Engine
2. Rock Climbing Wall
3. Children’s Theatre
5. Giggle Wheel
7. Rescue 911
8. Petting Farm
9. Freeway Coaster
10. Rewind Racers
11. Balloon ride
12. Barnstormer Planes
13. Drop Zone
14. Crank ‘n Roll (hand operated, kid-powered trains)
15. Adventure City Express Train
16. Crazy Bus
Click HERE to view the Adventure City ride height requirements.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for information like hours, address, phone number, and onsite amenities.
Now, here are 3 reasons why you will want to take your family to Adventure City.
1| There’s something for everyone.
There’s a carousel, train ride, and petting farm, which are classics that kids of all ages will love. But there are also rides tailored to specific age groups, like the Rewind Racers family roller coaster (for older kids) or Thomas the Train play area (for younger ones).
When you enter, the Thomas play area is at the front along with a place to rent a stroller and a misting area where your whole family can cool off. It was certainly a hit with our toddler!
From there, you’ll run into the Adventure City Carousel, Giggle Wheel, and Rescue 911 rides.
The Rescue 911 ride entrance is located inside the Fire Dept. gift shop and behind the Police Dept. facade. It consists of separate emergency rescue cars that run on a track that kids can “drive” themselves.
Both the Giggle Wheel (which is a mini ferris wheel) and Rescue 911 don’t have a minimum age or height requirement. Win win!
Pass through the Adventure City Airport for more fun rides with a transportation theme.
Fly your own bi-plane on the Barnstormer Planes, take a trip 25 feet in the air on the Balloon Ride, or steal a joy ride on the Freeway Coaster.
Then head over to the Rock Climbing Wall to scale new heights.
The Adventure City Crazy Bus, Crank ‘n Roll, and Express Train are located to the left of the Airport.
The Crank ‘n Roll is perfect for 3-6 year olds, the Crazy Bus is great for 2 and up, and the Express Train is suitable for all ages.
The Drop Zone, Rewind Racers roller coaster, and Petting Farm are located to the right of the Airport.
If you’re visiting with school-age children then they’ll enjoy the Rewind Racers and Drop Zone. They’re family roller coasters so they’re not as high or as scary as those you would find at Knott’s Berry Farm.
2| There’s a Petting Zoo
How many theme parks have a petting zoo?! It was a treat to be able to ride a few rides and then take a break to view and pet the animals. It’s a welcomed change of pace from the typical theme park and is a special activity for little ones. We even got to see some baby chicks that were only a few days old! Overall, we found the Petting Farm to be very clean (for a place that has live animals) and there’s a conveniently-located hand-washing station across from it.
3| It’s easy to spend the day there.
Since there’s so much variety beyond the typical theme park attractions, it makes spending an entire day there with little ones feasible. If you need to leave for nap time and want to return afterwards, the staff will stamp your hand at the gate for re-entry.
Activities like the Petting Zoo, Arcade, Train, Carousel and Children’s Theatre alone are fun attractions for kids even if they prefer not to ride any of the theme park rides. Plus, the layout is family-friendly since it’s not a large theme park. It’s certainly walkable for a toddler.
Children’s Theatre showtimes for the day are posted near the theatre seating area. The live shows include songs, stories, and interactive shows with volunteer audience involvement.
Parker’s Fill-Up Station has delicious hot dogs, burgers, chili cheese fries, lemonade, and more. They even serve Starbuck’s coffee in case you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 😉 Note that outside food and drink is not allowed, except for baby food and formula.
Next to the Fill-Up Station, we were pleased to find a diaper changing station located in between the men and women’s restrooms that’s perfect for a quick change by either parent.
What You Need to Know About Adventure City
Monday through Thursday 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm
Check their website for the current Park Hours during your visit.
Address and Phone:
1238 South Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804
Click here to get directions.
Everyone that’s older than 12 months is $18.95
Seniors 55+ are $14.95
Babies 12 months and younger are FREE
Their party areas are perfect for your little ones birthday celebration! There’s a Party Treehouse you can rent (which looks like a lot of fun) and a Party Station that’s your very own private miniature train station. The Adventure City train track even passes through it!
Lockers: All day locker rental is available for use.
Re-entry: Hand-stamp exit for re-entry is available. Good for nap times!
A Fun Family Diversion
If a family trip to Disneyland is what brings you to Anaheim then Adventure City is a low-stress, easy-to-navigate option for a non-Disneyland day. It’s really an awesome place. I think you and your kids will love it!
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about Adventure City in the comments below!
Photo Credits: All the pictures in this post were taken by the author.