SoCal Theme Parks add to the Family Fun This Summer

By Michael Berick

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Soak up the fun at Soak City. PHOTO COURTESY KNOTT’S BERRY FARM

With school out, it is a terrific time to find family fun. Do some day-tripping and head south down an Interstate for new attractions.

Knott’s Berry Farm has expanded its Soak City Waterpark, which stays open through Labor Day. Orange County’s largest water park is debuting two slide towers – The Shore Break and The Wedge – that add seven new slides for aquatic thrill seekers to try.

A trio of intriguing new attractions launch at SeaWorld San Diego this summer. The “Orca Encounter” uses documentary-style verbal and visual storytelling – projected on a three-story, first-of-its-kind infinity screen – to portray the life of killer whales, and the “Electric Ocean” will transform the entire above-the-ground park to look like the deep bioluminescent ocean below each evening. The main new attraction, the “Ocean Explorer,” is an immersive experience that uses multiple aquariums, cool rides and digital technologies to take guests on a virtual deep-sea voyage.

The San Diego Zoo, meanwhile, offers its summer-long “Nighttime Zoo” event June 18-Sept. 4. This year’s new addition, “Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore Africa,” adds to the popular seasonal festivities that include African-themed entertainment, music, performers and a 20-minute puppet-led procession to wrap up each evening.

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