Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park grew from a modest roadside berry stand into one of America’s beloved amusement parks. Its humble beginnings started around a hundred years ago when Walter Knott opened his berry farm on California State Route 39.

Within the next several decades, Knott’s Berry Farm expanded to a family theme park with attractions and entertainment for all ages. The earliest additions included fried chicken dinners and the Old West Ghost Town. Today, Knott’s Berry Farm welcomes 4 million guests per year, among the most visited amusement parks in the country.

The former family farm now boasts a theme park, waterpark, hotel, and year-round family fun. But Knott’s Berry Farm still honours its roots as a humble farm and sells delicious food at California Marketplace. Whether your family wants to ride roller coasters, chill on lazy rivers, or hang with Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang, this original Californian theme park is the place to be.

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What are the highlights and features of Knott’s Berry Farm?

Knott’s Berry Farm entertains the whole family with heart-racing rides and wholesome entertainment. The Old West Ghost Town remains the star attraction of the park, mimicking an authentic 1880s Old West Boomtown. Watch fierce showdowns between gunslingers, meet cowboys, and taste refreshing sarsaparilla and boysenberry beer. Fast-paced thrills like Calico River Rapids, Silver Bullet, and GhostRider complete your transition into the Wild West. 

As the first-ever theme park designed for kids, Knott’s Camp Snoopy is 6 acres of whimsical Peanuts attractions. With 15 kid-friendly attractions and hilarious shows, kids can spend the day with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyers and Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies entertain the youngsters, while Sierra Sidewinder is a high-octane coaster for teens.

Visit Fiesta Village to embrace California’s Hispanic heritage. Enjoy thrills such as Montezooma’s Revenge and La Revolución, snack on tasty Mexican cuisine, and spot Mexican-influenced artwork.

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What are the highlights of Soak City Waterpark at Knott’s Berry Farm?

The Soak City Waterpark at Knott’s Berry Farm lets you cool off on balmy summer days. The 15-acre water adventure park sits adjacent to the theme park and operates from mid-May to early September. Soak City entices thrill-seeking families with 23 speed, tube, and body slides for hair-raising aquatic adventures. The 7-storey plunge at Shore Break and rip-roaring family raft ride are attractions to get your adrenaline pumping.

The Sunset River is great for family members relishing a calm afternoon. Pretend you’re swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Tidal Wave Bay or let your ankle-biters splash around at the Gremmie Lagoon. With 3 stories of water guns, sprayers, and other wacky fun, the Beach House brings out the child in everyone. After your soak or watery thrills, book a Malibu Cabana to relax beneath the shade.

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Good to know about Knott’s Berry Farm

With multiple links to public transportation, Knott’s Berry Farm is easily accessible for Southern California residents. Metro Express Line 460 offers service for Los Angeles residents, while OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) routes 29 and 529 are options for Californians in Orange County.

If you’re driving to Knott’s Berry Farm, the 57-acre theme park is around 22 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, 7 miles from Anaheim, and 101 miles from San Diego. Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is a 320-room hotel that offers vacation packages, a kids’ splash zone, a fitness centre, and a Snoopy-themed wing.

To satisfy your hunger, visit the attached Amber Waves Restaurant for American classics. Foodies with a sweet tooth should try their homemade boysenberry pie a la mode. If you know someone getting married soon, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel has 3 ballrooms and a gazebo for private ceremonies.

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Knott’s Berry Farm near San Diego

Location: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA

Open: Hours vary by season

Phone: +1 714-220-5200

Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer