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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Go crazy on mega roller coasters and see exotic animals

There’s no hiding what the big draw is at Six Flags Dicovery Kingdom, located in the North Bay city of Vallejo. Even before you park your car you’ll see the giant loop-the-loops, spirals and white-knuckle descents of the park’s trademark rollercoasters and thrill rides, such as Medusa and Skyscreamer. Your favourite comic-book superheroes and super-villains are represented as well, with supercharged rides like SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight and THE JOKER. 

Get your fill of these adrenaline pumpers and then retreat to the calming beauty of the park’s unique Butterfly Habitat. Once your blood pressure is back to normal, watch the educational demonstration shows to learn more about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins or Californian sea lions. Get up close with big cats like African lions and Bengal and Siberian tigers and cougars, and meet a sloth or feed a giraffe.

For milder entertainment for the little ones, let them romp around the Acme Fun Factory, a two-storey playhouse. There’s also a water play area just for smaller children, plus tot-friendly rides and activities, many based on the classic Warner Bros. characters of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety Pie, such as the mini aeroplanes of Yosemite Sam’s Flight School. Keep an eye out for the wandering characters, too, for a photo op. For all-ages fun, choose from the Family Rides like the teacup-style Monkey Business or the big rafts of the seasonal White Water Safari. For more up-close and personal experiences check out the Dolphin Discovery or Wildlife Discovery programmes, where you can go backstage and learn more about the amazing animals.

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A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine.

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me."  –singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

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