Next to Disneyland I love Knotts Berry Farm
It has an awesome history for 1, it also has a great product line (anything with boysenberries is delicious in my book), and its a good mixture of rides, shows (though they may be corny), and shopping/food! Its got a little bit of everything for everyone.
I definitely recommend trying the Boysenberry Punch if you go, its also cheap, the chicken dinner restaurant is world famous too.
You can even get in on a 2hour shopper's pass for free.
Knott's is also partially still family owned by the Knott's family even though the majority ownership was given to Cedar Fair. The Knott's family shows active involvement in the parks operations and politics. To the point they kept Cedar Fair from selling out to Apollo Group.