Sometimes referred to as America’s oldest theme park, really did start out life as a berry farm – in fact, it’s where the boysenberry was first developed. In the 1930s, Mrs. Knott opened a restaurant there and her husband built an Old West Ghost Town attraction to entertain the customers. That Ghost Town still stands today, now with animated interiors and a range of characters to meet. It’s an appealing place for families to explore and small children will love it. There’s now lots more to explore at Knott’s, however, and enough variety to deliver thrills for visitors of any age.
A wild ride
Many people now know Knott’s best for its roller coasters, which offer some of the wildest rides on the West Coast. There are more of these than at nearby Disneyland and the lines are generally shorter, though guests should be aware that they sometimes have to close in bad weather. That doesn’t happen too often – it is California – and when it does, compensation is usually offered, as the staff at Knott’s look after their guests really well.
Roller coaster fans visiting the park should check out the Silver Bullet, the Boomerang and Montezooma’s revenge. The Log Ride (open seasonally) features the kind of precipitous drop rarely to be found in a water ride, and Riptide, too, should not be missed. There are many more, but perhaps the scariest is the Supreme Scream, which simply lifts guests up 250-feet in the air, then lets them go. It’s amazing how scary it is, especially when it starts to go back up again.
Fun for small kids
Not everything at Knott’s is for thrill seeking adults and older kids – this place actually provides very well for the little ones. Fans of Charlie Brown will love Camp Snoopy, where there’s a chance to meet favorite characters and enjoy gentle rides through a beautifully constructed landscape. Mystery Lodge is a great place to sit and rest your tired feet while listening to a campfire tale, and the Balloon Race provides the chance to explore the whole park from above.
Hints and tips
There’s much more to Knott’s Berry Farm than just the rides. The compact nature of the park makes it easy to explore on foot and there are all sorts of hidden attractions to discover. Small shops in each of the themed zones sell much more than just run-of-the-mill souvenirs. There’s also the food – everybody wants to try Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, and with good reason. All the food in the park is real, good quality stuff, and the prices are surprisingly low.
To make the most of a Knott’s Berry Farm vacation, it’s advisable to stay in or near the park so as to make an early start before it gets busy. There’s quite a variety of Knott’s Berry Farm Hotels to choose from and many offer special packages to make the vacation even more fun for young kids.
Season passes to the park are very reasonably priced and also provide special discounts. They’re well worth getting in order to enjoy the experience to the maximum.