Theme parks in California's northern region include unusual offerings, like Trees of Mystery, which features a gondola ride up through the redwoods.
The parks here are small family-friendly affairs, especially catering to the younger set.
Trees of Mystery: This is one of the few theme parks in California's North Coast, and one of the most unusual. It's all about the majestic coast redwoods, with a few fun elements thrown in.
You'll be greeted at the entrance by a 49 foot Paul Bunyan statue, and his 35 foot pal, Babe the blue ox. After that, there's an interpretive trail through the redwood forest ending with a gondola ride (the Sky Trail) that takes you up to a viewing platform. On a clear day, you can enjoy some outstanding views.
There's also a shuttle to the Sky Trail, and a fine Native American museum. Located on Highway 101 south of Crescent City, near Klamath.
Sonoma Traintown: This family-owned theme park in California's wine country appeals primarily to the younger set, and to train enthusiasts. The park features a narrow gauge scale railroad that takes you through tunnels, over bridges, past waterfalls and stops at a petting zoo and miniature town before returning.
Other rides include a carousel, ferris wheel, roller coaster, and more. Admission is free. Tickets for the train and for the rides are sold separately. Located on Highway 12 in Sonoma.
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