Castle Park in Riverside Gives us All the Carnival Feels!
Games, Golf & Grub!
A fun family destination in Riverside, CA
This is a Sponsored Post. I received tickets to visit Castle Park in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Considering I have a lot of relatives who live in Riverside, including some very beloved aunts and cousins, I'm actually surprised I had never made a trip to Castle Park. As a little girl, I remember my cousins Viviana and Wendy frequently asking their parents: "Can you take us to Castle Park!?"
A few decades later, Castle Park is still going strong.
During a recent visit, we got to appreciate the theme park's clean and quaint environment.
Castle Park gives off a timeless royal carnival vibe featuring outdoor games, 26 different thrill rides (including a carousel), a miniature golf course, a vibrant arcade, a water park and a magic show under The Big Red Top Restaurant, the park's only table service eatery that serves All-American favorites like burgers, salads and chicken wings.
We recently spent an afternoon with the boys at Castle Park and enjoyed every minute with the little rascals. Check out some of our faves:
Aside from the Big Red Top Restaurant, Castle Park offers three additional dining locations. They have Duke's Frying Factory where guests can indulge in deep fried Oreos, PB&J Sandwiches, Corn Dogs and Funnel Cakes. We decided to enjoy lunch at the Plaza Café which offers Pizza Hut fare. Duke the purple dragon is the park's mascot and and we fell in love with the shiny purple Duke souvenir cups!
Outdoor Carnival Games
Merchandise carts with trinkets, toys and bubbles are located near the Carnival game area. Kids and adults alike can give their best shot at winning a supersized plush toy if they land a ping-pong ball on a plate or throw darts directly at a target. Toby just wanted to chase after bubbles!
This was Benny's Favorite part of the experience. In order to play Castle Park arcade games, guests much purchase play cards. We found that most arcade games cost 4 points or more per play. The $10 play card arrives with 40 points. Some arcade games issue prize tickets and kids can exchange those for gifts and candy. Since Benny just wanted to spend hours shooting at Jurassic Park dinosaurs and riding the Ghost Blasters ride, located inside the arcade, we only collected enough tickets to get a few candies...hehe!
Given our brief visit, we only got to ride a few rides. We got on the Crazy Plane and flirted with the idea of waiting in line for the Log Ride but it was getting late and we needed to drive back home before it got too late.
A few things we missed:
The Bucanneer Cove, a water park with five water slides and four levels of water play was actually open but we hadn't planned to stay long and didn't bring extra clothes and towels for the kiddos.
Also, we didn't have enough time to play miniature golf, although we enjoyed spending time looking at the lush landscape from the nearby water fountain. Castle Park has four 18-hole golf courses offer varying levels of play for the beginner or pro. Each course has its own unique theme.
Tickets for Castle Park start at $9.99 per person for Unlimited Mini Golf to $29.99 per person for Unlimited Rides, Mini Golf, including Arcade game credits. Parking is $10 and I would recommend you budget anywhere between $50-$75 for food, drinks and snacks for a family of four.
I can't wait for the summer to arrive to visit Buccaneer Cove! If you're in the Riverside area with your kids, I would recommend you check out Castle Park. The kids will love it!
3500 Polk Street
Riverside, California 92505 (right off the 91 Fwy)
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