Pixieland adventures in Concord

A 35-minute drive from our house in Berkeley, Pixieland Amusement Park was a super fun day for all three of my kids (age 2, 6, and 8) in a contained area small enough that it wasn’t a problem to parent alone. Think of it as a more modern (some say better, others say charmless), smaller version of Fairyland.

Admission is free but you pay per ride carnival-style. Tickets are $1.50 each. With that in mind, allow me to give you a tour…

Red Baron Airplane (2 tix): Exactly like at Oakland Zoo. Little one was scared; big ones were bored. Preschoolers love it though.

Pixieland airplanes

Dragon Roller coaster (3 tix): Perfect intensity for my 6 and 8 year olds.

Pixieland dragon coaster

Tea cups (2 tix): Great if you like the spinny rides. My 2-year old discovered mid-ride that he’s not a fan; My 8-year old sat out.

Pixieland tea cups

Frog hopper (2 tix): Both big kids loved it.

Pixieland frog hopper

Carousel (2 tix/kid or 1 ticket/adult): Kinda fast for a merry-go-round. We learned that if you yell, “I don’t want to do it,” the operator will stop the ride for you and let you move from a horsie to a bench, even if you’re two. Little kids require adults and adults require tickets. Even on the bench.

Pixieland carousel

Windy Grove Cars (1 each):  This was the toddler’s most favorite ride — he got to DRIVE a car!! — and, oddly enough, he rode for free. The big boys seemed to enjoy it, too.

Pixieland cars ride

Pixieland cars ride, a toddler fave

Pixieland Express Train (3 tix): Runs occasionally so check the schedule. It’s a train and, thus, a must-do.

Pixieland choo choo

Okay, that’s it. You’ve seen the entire park. There is a picnic area and a few coin-op games that we avoided.

Prices: Tickets are $1.50 each or you can purchase multi-packs and wristbands.

For myself and three kids, we spent $50. That felt like a splurge of an outing. Regular priced wristbands are $25, so we saved by not doing that. Pixieland offers many special deals on wristbands depending on the hour or day so look for that when planning your visit.

There is a large free parking lot.

2740 E Olivera Rd, Concord, CA 94519

Open hours vary so check the Pixieland calendar.

Bottom line: It was a superfun outing and next time we go, I’ll look for a deal on ride prices. The boys all loved it. Pixeland is also a small enough amusement park that when the big kids left their hats on the dragon coaster, I sent them back in alone to find them. I would never do that at Fairyland.

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  1. Becky says

    Thanks for the tour! I’ve always had this place in the back of my mind to visit, but never knew if it was worth the trip :-)

  2. says

    Lisa, Very similar to the Oakland Zoo. I maybe should have done a straight-up comparison with the rides area rather than imagining it like a mini Fairyland.

    The car driving is a different style (PL has old timey cars and a longer track, OZ is a loop with modern cars).

    The roller coaster is probably similar, but my kids haven’t been on the OZ one.

    The carousel at PL seemed faster than OZ.

    The trains are quite comparable with different scenery to view.

    No teacups at OZ, right?

    Same same airplanes.

    No frog hopper at OZ.

    What’d I miss?