We recently visited Knott’s Berry Farm a Southern California favorite named America’s First Theme Park. With dozens of rides, shows, and attractions in four themed areas, fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm. Splash down the Timber Mountain Log Ride, and stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town® or hang with the PEANUTS gang in Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun!
A great thing about Knott’s Berry Farm is ticket prices are super affordable. It can cost quite a bit to take your family to a theme park; you will find great value in visiting Knott’s Berry Farm. Be sure to purchase your tickets on-line and save even more. Their season pass is an even greater value; if I lived closer I would definitely go that route.
My favorite thing about Knott’s Berry Farm is there is a variety of fun for all ages. There were large roller coasters for my older boys who love coaster thrills and there is also Camp Snoopy, which has a ton of rides my toddler enjoyed. Children as young as two can ride most rides in Camp Snoopy alone, some require a supervising companion. Camp Snoopy also has a Peanuts-themed outdoor stage for shows and Peanuts character meet and greets.
My boys loved all the rides they rode, but they rode the Sierra Sidewinder more than five times so I would have to say that was their favorite.
Knott’s Berry Farm has an old west theme; another favorite of mine was the horse-drawn stagecoach experience. We rode on the top of the stagecoach which gives you the best views. We also enjoyed the humorous company of our two cowboy stagecoach drivers. The Cowboys offered pooper scooper work for my boys if they were giving me a hard time, lol. There is also a fun Wild West Stunt Show they put on in the old west area. There are so many fun places to explore you can pan for gold and visit an old schoolhouse.
One thing I noticed, there are plenty of benches and seating areas, which again came in handy as I waited with my toddler as the older boys were on rides. Knott’s Berry Farm does have a rider switch program, so if someone is waiting with a little one, the waiting adult can switch with the other adult and go to the front of the line similar to fast pass without getting back in line, just ask the ride attendant before getting on.
Both the Boardwalk area and Fiesta Village have an arcade area, my toddler and I hung out there while my husband and boys rode Voyage to the Iron Reef, a 4-D interactive ride, where you score points for shooting objects.
Knott’s Berry Farm has a great selection of restaurants and food in and right outside the park. They are world famous for their fried chicken and boysenberries. A boysenberry is a cross between a raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry you will find boysenberry treats throughout the park. If you eat at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant just outside the park entrance, you can get 3 hour’s free parking.
We saw so many delicious food options, from Mexican food to Pizza, BBQ and more. If you frequent Knott’s I highly recommend their All Day Dining Pass. My boys enjoyed burgers and chicken strips in an old diner feel restaurant named Coasters Drive-In. I was trying to eat healthier on this vacation and I was pleasantly surprised with all the healthy options. I enjoyed tri-tip and rotisserie chicken at the Boardwalk BBQ. They also had fresh fruit cups and salads. You could also indulge where I ate, with tasty comfort sides, but I appreciated the option to purchase a la carte since I was not indulging on this trip. They had BBQ sauces to choose from even one with boysenberries. If I wasn’t trying to eat healthy on this trip I would have most definitely eaten a Funnel Cake from Ghost Town Grub, it comes topped with soft serve ice cream and boysenberry goodness, yum!
Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the Boysenberry and each spring, Knott’s celebrates the flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment. The three-week food festival features over 75 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and family fun everyone will love! From sun up to sun down, the festival offers good ol’ fashion food, fun and entertainment. Pick up a tasting card to sample a few of the most popular boysenberry dishes in the park. For guests with a-hankerin’ for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park. The limited-time food festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs March 16 – April 8.
Knott’s Berry Farm will welcome HangTime, a brand new steel roller coaster and the first dive coaster on the West Coast to the theme park during the 2018 summer season. HangTime will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and twisting dive tracks.
If you are visiting Southern California I highly recommend visiting Knott’s Berry Farm it’s affordable fun the entire family will enjoy. We visited in January, I hope our next visit is in the warmer months so we can enjoy Soak City!
Knott’s Berry Farm is located at:
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Standard Parking at the time of our visit cost $18.
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