Check out what's new in California

Deals Of The Week

August 05, 2007|By Richard P. Carpenter | Richard P. Carpenter,Boston Globe

There's always something new in the Golden State of California. Here are some of its latest attractions for children and adults:

At Disneyland in Anaheim, the just-opened Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage combines something old with something new. The eight submarines of Disneyland's original Submarine Voyage now prowl beneath the seas while surrounded by the fishy stars of the Finding Nemo movie. Single-day tickets to Disneyland are $63 for ages 10 and older, $53 for those younger. The average daily price drops with a multiday ticket. Go to disneyland.com.

At the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures donated from the collection of the late film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran, are on permanent display. Admission to the Getty Center, including the museum, is free, no tickets or reservations needed. Parking is $8. Go to getty.edu.

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park has a new thrill ride, Sierra Sidewinder, a coaster that nosedives, banks, dips and turns at 37 mph, while rotating on its axis. Tickets to Knott's Berry Farm are $43.95 for ages 11 and older, $18.95 for seniors 62 and older and ages 3-10. The adult ticket price drops by $2.95 if you print your tickets from the Web site. Go to knotts.com.

In Long Beach, the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its arrival there as a visitor attraction, has three new exhibits. Queen Mary Historic Exhibit: Her Story Is History takes guests through the ship's history, from construction to World War II service to Long Beach. Admission prices vary according to how many shipboard attractions you want to see. A First Class Passage ticket, which gets you into key exhibits and includes guided tours, costs $27.95 for ages 12 and older, $24.95 for seniors and members of the military, $16.95 for ages 5-11. Go to queenmary .com.

In San Francisco, a new way to see the attractions along Fisherman's Wharf is with a Wharf Pass. Buyers can pick six options from a group of 12 attractions for a savings of 33 percent off individual admissions. Those options include hop-on-and-off sightseeing on a double-decker bus or trolley; a bay cruise aboard a choice of two fleets; Ripley's Believe It or Not! or Pier 39's Turbo Ride and much more. The pass allows users to visit each of the six attractions once over three consecutive days. Cost is $61 for ages 12 and older, $38 for ages 5-11. Go to wharfpass.com.

The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has a big new tour. Journey Into Africa replaces the Wgasa Bush Line Railway tour, which operated for more than 30 years. The attraction brings riders eye-level with animals, such as a white rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, giraffe and African crowned cranes. One-day tickets are $33 for ages 12 and older and $22 for ages 3-11. Two-day passes are $39 and $27, respectively. Hotel packages start at $82 per person. Go to wildanimal park.org.

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