Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park, is an excellent way for your and your family to spend a day in Southern California.
Knott’s is ideal for a one-day excursion, which boasts a lineup of ride and attractions to suit everyone.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting Knott’s Berry Farm, packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, nearby attractions, and much more.
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Tips for Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm
- Present your Go City Card at the Guest Services Window for your general admission ticket. You’ll see several ticket booths at the front of the park, but if you already have a Go City Card, should head just beyond that area to the Guest Services building to get your tickets.
- Take your time and enjoy the park. There are some amazing craftsmen at work in Ghost Town, and you won’t want to miss the fine attention to detail given to the park’s features. Knott’s Berry Farm is a lovely park, and it’s worth a leisurely stroll to enjoy the scenery.
- Try some boysenberries. Although they’re sold throughout the country, buying a jar of boysenberries at the actual park is almost a mandatory part of the Knott’s experience for any family visiting.
- Cool off in the Voyage to the Iron Reef. One of the newest features at Knott’s is a video game-like ride where you wear 3D glasses and battle evil sea creatures. You’ll want to ride it in the middle of the day when the sun is at its warmest point because much of the line is in the shade and the ride is inside and air conditioned. The Sky Cabin ride is also air conditioned and offers an amazing view of the park from a height of 180 feet.
- Paying for the dryer is well worth the money. After you ride Bigfoot Rapids, use the dryer machine that sits on the right, outside the entrance to the ride. It costs a few dollars, but it’s well worth it, particularly when your whole family can stand inside.
Best Times to Visit
Any time is a good time to visit Knott’s Berry Farm! With the seasonal celebrations and year-round schedule, Knott’s offers fun and excitement every month of the year.
You’ll want to devote at least half a day to Knott’s Berry Farm, so arriving near the opening hour will allow you to experience as much as possible at this fun park.
What You Should Bring
If you have any experience visiting theme parks, you know that it’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot (and it’s often hot in Orange County), so items like hats and sunglasses are an important part of your visit.
Here are a few extra items you may want to bring along…
- Knott’s features two water rides including the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Bigfoot Rapids, and you may want to bring water shoes for these rides. Even though you can use the dryer after you ride, sneakers definitely take a while to dry. Don’t forget to bring a few sealable plastic bags to store your water shoes after you use them!
- Bring a canvas bag to store your goodies if you plan to do some shopping. There are several opportunities around the park to pick up handmade crafts and fun items like old fashioned photographs. You can store your bag and goodies in the park’s lockers in Ghost Town. Shopping is so popular at Knott’s that the park offers 45-minute entry passes just for shopping.
- Make sure your sunglasses have a strap or be prepared to take them off on most thrill rides and roller coasters. The attendants will ask you to remove your sunglasses for many of the fastest rides, so it’s helpful to have a handy pocket for your shades.
- You may opt to bring your own water into the park, but make sure it’s in an insulated cooler that’s no larger than a foot on any side and that the cooler doesn’t have any other types of drinks stored inside.
What to Do There
Your experience at Knott’s Berry Farm will likely be guided by the age and temperament of your family.
You’ll probably get familiar with the roller coasters if your children are somewhere above 48″ or 52″ tall and love “twists, turns, and towering plunges.”
If the kids don’t yet reach the minimum height requirement for the biggest rides, the park also offers a slew of family rides and children’s adventures, so everyone will get to enjoy a few rides at any age.
Roller Coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm
Here are a few of the roller coasters you might want to try out if you need a shot of adrenaline during your Knott’s visit:
Coast Rider: This unique ride takes you high in the air for an initial dive, but then the track turns into a series of horizontal twists and turns that are supposed to feel like you’re barreling down the Pacific Coast Highway in your classic car.
GhostRider: A huge wooden roller coaster, GhostRider is visible from well outside the park, and it reaches a top speed of 56 mph. It’s the biggest ride in the park, and it’s also one of the longest wooden roller coasters anywhere on the planet.
Montezooma’s Revenge: This roller coaster travels in two directions and reaches its top speed of 55 mph in just three seconds. You’ll feel some serious g-forces as the ride hurtles through its seven-story loops.
Silver Bullet: Your feet dangle in the air on this inverted roller coaster that takes you high into the air for an initial plunge and then sends you through a series of corkscrew turns. You’ll spend a lot of time upside down on Silver Bullet.
Supreme Scream: This ride sends you up a vertical tower that reaches 252 feet into the air and then drops you for a weightless plunge at 50 mph. Supreme Scream is an ideal ride if you want to feel a huge drop like you might experience on a roller coaster, but you don’t want the jarring experience of racing along a track.
Xcelerator: Knott’s shares that this ride hurls you out of the starting gate from 0 to 82 miles an hour in just 2.3 seconds. If you love fast rides, head for Xcelerator first and then ride it again before you leave! It’s definitely worth more than one trip through the line.
Family Rides at Knott’s Berry Farm
If you’re visiting Knott’s with a few pint size adventure-seekers, Knott’s offers several “low thrill” rides for the kiddos, as well as some rides that offer fun without crazy speeds, twists, and spins. Here are a few:
Calico Railroad: You’ll ride an authentic locomotive train from the nineteenth century and hear a few cool tidbits about the park’s history along the way. Guests have been riding the railroad since the early 1950s at Knott’s, and the park shares that the railroad has “the highest crime rate in all of Orange County.” What does this mean for you? Take a ride on the railroad to find out!
Timber Mountain Log Ride: A classic “log flume” ride, Timber Mountain Log Ride travels through an elaborate recreation of a 19th-century mining town. The ride was recently updated in 2013 with new effects and features.
Voyage to the Iron Reef: This new ride is interactive and is as fun for adults as it is for children. You’ll get a pair of 3D glasses and a “ray gun” that you’ll use to shoot invading attackers from the bottom of the ocean. It’s an awesome experience with the entire family.
Rides for Kids at Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s also provides the youngest thrill seekers with quite a few mini adventures including the Balloon Race hot air balloon ride and the Huff and Puff mini mining car ride.
You’ll also see the Rocky Mountain Trucking Company ride where kids travel along a little highway in their miniature 18-wheeler.
Seasons of Fun
Be sure to check out the seasonal celebrations at Knott’s if you’re visiting Southern California in the fall or winter. Knott’s Scary Farm is the terrifyingly fun Halloween festival, and it runs during the month of October.
If your family includes toddlers or small children, you’ll want to try Knott’s Spooky Farm, which is the tame version of the Halloween celebration.
Knott’s Merry Farm comes along during the holiday season where the entire park is decorated, and you’ll see a nightly tree lighting ceremony.
If your vacation is scheduled for the spring, you might get to see the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival that features live entertainment and “farm fresh fun.”
If your vacation affords you a stay of a few days in the vicinity of Knott’s Berry Farm, here are a few extra attractions you may want to visit during your stay…
Knott’s Soak City – If you’re visiting in the summer, Soak City is almost next door to Knott’s Berry Farm and features water rides and wave pools.
Places to Eat Nearby
Knott’s will allow you to exit the park for a meal and return as long as you have a hand stamp, but you have many options for eating inside the park, too.
Each themed section of the park offers a particular type of food. For example, you’ll find cheeseburgers and fries at The Boardwalk and Mexican food in Fiesta Village.
If you have a hankering for fries, visit Papa Loca in Fiesta Village, which sells a half-dozen different kinds of loaded fries.
You’ll find some gluten-free and vegan options at the Cantina, and the best place to sit down inside to eat is at Camp Snoopy’s Grizzly Creek Lodge.
If you’d like to take a stroll right outside the park for dining, you’ll find several options along Grand Ave., which runs along the eastern side of Knott’s. If you’re in the mood for fried chicken, visit Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. You’ll find a TGI Friday’s right across the street from the entrance, as well as a Claim Jumper immediately north of the park.
Need to Know
- Open daily
- Call or check calendar online at Knotts.com/Park-Hours
- Closings – Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Directions & Address
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
Public Transportation: Take The Bus From Your Southern California Hotel! Pacific Coast Sightseeing and A.R.T. Route 18 provide daily service to Knott’s from select area hotels. Check with your hotel concierge or front desk for details.
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