Knott’s Berry Farm, a 160-acre (65-hectare) amusement park in Buena Park, California, is one of the most-visited theme parks in the United States. The attractions—from dizzying roller coasters to scream-inducing thrill rides—and water park make Knott’s a popular option for family fun in Southern California.
Thrilling roller coasters are Knott’s claim to fame, and each of its six themed areas, representing part of the Southern California experience, is home to at least one. Ghost Towns is a trip into the past with authentic 19th-century buildings and gun-slinging bandits duking it out in the legendary Wild West Stunt Show. Camp Snoopy is home to the Peanuts Gang and offers 20 kid-approved rides and hands-on adventures. At Wild Water Wilderness you’ll find a raging white-water river, cascading waterfalls, soaring geysers, and old-style ranger stations. Head next door to Knott’s Soak City Water Park to beat the heat on body slides, speed slides, and an artificial wave lagoon.
Purchasing tickets ahead of time can save time at the gate and guarantee against disappointment in case of a busy sold-out day. Admission is also discounted if you have a Go Los Angeles Card.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Knott’s Berry Farm is a must-visit for theme park lovers.
- Strollers and manual and electric wheelchairs are available inside Ghost Town, next to the Geode Shop. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis for a minimal fee.
- Guests with mobility restrictions or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may access rides at specified times via the exit ramp in order to avoid crowds and waiting in lines.
- Unopened water bottles, baby food, and food for guests with special dietary restrictions are permitted. No other outside food, drink, or snack items are allowed.
- California MarketPlace’s shops and restaurants include the original favorite, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
How to Get There
Knott’s Berry Farm is located outside of Los Angeles, just 10 minutes northwest of Disneyland via Interstate 5 and the Artesia Freeway. Parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
Due to the mild weather in Southern California, the park is popular year-round. The park’s opening hours change seasonally, so check the website for updated times. To avoid the crowds in summer, plan to visit on a weekday for shorter ride wait times.
Knott’s Berry Farm all started with the humble boysenberry (celebrated each spring during the Boysenberry Festival). After adding fried chicken to its repertoire, the rides sprung up to occupy customers waiting in line for these tasty treats—and the rest is history. Some say Knott’s, California’s oldest theme park, was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s empire.