With summer vacation right around the corner, you might be wondering how to keep your kids entertained over the break. A fun attraction to consider is spending a day at Castle Park. Not only does this amusement park provide fun for the entire family, it’s also more affordable than other California fun parks, such as Disneyland, California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm. As an annual pass holder, I’ve spend many hours in Castle park. If you’re considering this park for a family visit, knowing what to expect, might help you make up your mind.
Caste Park is conveniently located right off the 91 freeway at 3500 Polk Street in Riverside, CA.When you pull up to the park, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the large parking area that you’ll have access to after paying a $5 parking fee.
Ticket prices for Castle Park range from $9.99 to 29.99, depending on the attractions of your choice. Even the cheapest ticket gets you unlimited rides and unlimited access to the water park and miniature golf course. Annual passes range from $29.99 to $49.99 and since there’s so much to do, you might be better off getting one of these.
Castle Park has close to 30 rides for kids of all ages. Whether you’re a thrill seeker who enjoy a good roller coaster and elevator drop, or a small adventurer who’s into trains and merry-go-rounds, Castle Park has it. Some rides have height restrictions, and if the child isn’t tall enough, an adult might have to go along with him. Caste Park also has a water park, known as Buccaneer Cove, that’s open during the warmer parts of the year. The water park features everything from slides and water tunnels to spray cannons and splash buckets. While the kids play, adults can relax on the onsite lounge chairs or in the cabanas. Visitors can also try their hand at golf on the 18-hole miniature golf course that makes for a fun photo-op, and the arcade with more than 200 games is also sure not to disappoint.
The opening hours of the park vary and some attractions might be closed due to maintenance or the weather. The arcade and golf course are often open at the same times, while the water park is open during the warmest hours of the day. For exact hours and ride closures it’s best to check the park’s website or to call the park at 951-785-3000.
When hunger strikes, Castle Park has a snack bar near the arcade area that serves snacks, such as pretzels, cookies and ice cream. The red and white high-top tent, which you see upon arrival, also doubles as a restaurant that serves kid-friendly foods, such as pizza, burgers, fries and chicken fingers. There are also several restaurants outside of the park, but with all the treats the park offers, you most likely won’t need to visit these.