Knott’s Berry Farm Planning Guide
Knott’s Berry Farm opened nearly a century ago, starting life as a humble roadside berry shop. Shortly after, the Knotts opened a restaurant offering chicken dinners, before a smattering of attractions sprung up to keep customers entertained.
Over time, Knott’s Berry Farm grew into a world-famous theme park with thrill rides, stage shows, and non-stop entertainment. It’s the perfect destination for those who want to immerse themselves in a spirited adventure in sunny California.
Before heading off to Knott’s Berry Farm for your first trip, use this handy planning guide to minimize vacation stress and maximize the fun.
It’s hard to pick highlights of Knott’s Berry Farm — because there are so many!
The location is divided into four themed areas — Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, and Camp Snoopy, all of which offer unique experiences.
Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest attraction, HangTime, the first and only “dive coaster” in California.
This journey along a steel track is punctuated with plenty of suspense before it rolls into scream-inducing inversions and descents, including a 96-degree drop. You can find HangTime 150 feet above the Boardwalk area.
More thrill rides are tucked away in Ghost Town, which is home to the Silver Bullet and GhostRider. The former is an inverted roller coaster while the latter is “the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast.”
Of course, Knott’s Berry Farm isn’t only for daredevils. Being a family destination, it caters to young children as well. A general guideline is that most of the kiddie attractions can be found in Camp Snoopy.
The kids can climb on board a miniature mining cart on Huff and Puff or hop on an 18-wheeler on the Peanuts Rocky Mountain Trucking Company, before rolling their way through the High Sierra Mountains.
Each day, there are all sorts of shows scheduled, including comedy, stunts, live music, or Broadway spectaculars. Have a seat at the Camp Snoopy Theater to view shows starring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and of course, Snoopy himself.
The Wagon Camp Theater offers thrilling stunt shows, while the Mystery Lodge is home to a Native American storyteller with intriguing tales to share. There are over 100 shows that take place at the park each year, with new performances added all the time.
Aside from rides and shows, there are also exhibitions such as Blacksmith, The Old School House, and the Pony Express Outpost. Also, don’t leave without dining in Mrs. Knott’s famous Fried Chicken Restaurant!
Discount Ticket Options
There are a variety of options available when booking a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. You can purchase single-day general admission tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm or multiply your savings with a Go San Diego® or Go Los Angeles® card!
Both passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day options and include entry to Knott’s Berry Farm as well as the neighboring water park, Soak City!
The Go San Diego® card also gets you into other world-class attractions like LEGOLAND® California, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Meanwhile, a Go Los Angeles® pass includes entry to Six Flags, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour, and much more!
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Tips & Tricks
Follow these tips and tricks to make the most out of your visit.
Download the Knott’s Berry Farm app onto your mobile device. You can check attraction wait times, show times, and height requirements, as well as putting a pin in the interactive park map to help you remember where you parked!
Seriously consider Fast Lane tickets. They could potentially save you hours spent waiting in queues. You may not need a Fast Lane ticket for everyone in your party, but certainly grab a few for the adrenaline junkies — thrill rides are high in demand.
If you decide not to opt for Fast Lane tickets, hit the most popular attractions at the back such as Xcelerator, Boomerang, and Extreme Scream as soon as you arrive.
Wear quick-drying clothing and hit the water rides earlier in the day. That way, you can dry off and enjoy the rest of the day. Pack extra clothes — especially socks!
Finally, if you don’t have access to a smartphone or tablet, you can download a copy of the Knott’s Berry Farm map from the official website. It’s handy to know where everything is situated, so use it to plan your day in advance.
Directions & Parking Tips
The address of Knott’s Berry Farm is 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA. In the car, the park is 20 minutes away from John Wayne/Orange County Airport and 30 minutes away from Los Angeles International Airport.
The parking lot opens at 9am. Standard parking costs $19 for cars and motorcycles or $24 for buses and RVs. Note that parking prices are different for Knott’s Scary Farm and other seasonal events.
You could also park at the California Marketplace’s Shopping and Dining Lot. After the first hour, every extra half hour costs $10, with a cap of $30 a day.
An extra two hours of free parking is available for those with a validated ticket and a receipt displaying a purchase worth $19 or more from any California Marketplace restaurant or shop.
Where to Stay
Aside from Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, there are a handful of great hotels in the vicinity of Knott’s Berry Farm, making planning an overnight stay simple.
Some of the top-rated choices include Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim, Hampton Inn Los Angeles-Orange County-Cypress, and La Quinta Inn & Suites Buena Park. The Holiday Inn Buena Park, four minutes away from Knott’s Berry Farm, is also a fantastic choice.
If you’re interested in a stay at one of these hotels or would like to explore more options, aRes Travel offers unbeatable packages that combine tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm with a stay at one of 40 hotels in the area. These packages will save you precious bucks that you can spend at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant instead!
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