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Small World Park, Pittsburg is Perfect for Kids Under 8

Small World Park in Pittsburg, CA reopened for the 2024 season on April 6, 2024.

Small World Park in Pittsburg is like a smaller version of Children’s Fairyland in Oakland. Not as charming, but definitely cheaper and less crowded. One entrance fee gives you access to a couple of mini carnival rides – a spinning whale, a carousel, a train that runs around the park, a zipline, and a Ferris wheel. Plus you’ll find various playground structures, lots of green grass for picnics, and a pond where you can fish for crawdads. Bring your own hot dogs and polls if you are serious about fishing!

girl and ferris wheel
Athena is excited to be at Small World Park in Pittsburg | Photo: William Munny

Small World Park is best for the under-8 crowd. There are a few height restrictions, for example, you can’t be taller than 38 inches to ride Humphrey the Whale. We barely made the cutoff and it was definitely my boys’ favorite. With no line, we rode it for a solid 10 minutes straight. Parents are allowed on the carousel, Ferris wheel, and train – woo hoo!

Small World Park shark ride

I was worried the park would be hot, it was a whopping 90 degrees in Pittsburg the day we went, but honestly, there were so many trees I didn’t even notice the heat. The park is very shaded, which was a huge plus. On the downside, there is nowhere to purchase food or water, so be sure to bring your own. Another funny thing – the employees are given two breaks throughout the day, which means no rides are open from 12:30 – 1 pm and 2:45 – 3 pm. So plan your lunch and snacks accordingly.

Small World Park, brothers hold hands

Small World Park red play structure

Plan your visit to Small World Park in Pittsburg

Admission Prices (as of 2024)

  • Adults (15 – 54) – $6
  • Seniors (55+) – $3
  • Child (1-14) – $3
  • Under 1 – Free


Park hours change seasonally. Summer hours are 11 and to 5 pm, weekend only.

Check the website first for all other details.

Location: Small World Park is located at 2551 Harbor St. in Pittsburg.

Small World Park play structure and swing

[Uncredited photos by Anna Azimi]

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