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Planning a family vacation to Buena Park, California? Find out the coolest kids activities at Knotts Berry Farm. Read now for all my recommendations!

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When I visited Knott’s Berry Farm this spring during a blogging conference, I thought it would be such a fun place for a summer family vacation.

So, I headed back with my 5 year old this summer to spend a full day exploring (almost) every inch of this California amusement park.

Where is Knott’s Berry Farm?

So, I admit that I didn’t realize Knott’s Berry Farm was just 5 minutes from Disneyland until earlier this year when I visited for the first time.

It’s located in Buena Park, which is an awesome place to go with kids.

From John Wayne Airport, it’s about a 20 minute drive. And it’s about an hour from LAX, depending on traffic.

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Best Rides for Kids at Knott’s Berry Farm

If you are visiting Knott’s Berry Farm with little kids, you’ll probably spend most of your time at Camp Snoopy.

However, braver kids will find fun rides all over the park.

Enjoying the Camp Snoopy rides is one of the best kids activities at Knotts Berry Farm CA
Camp Snoopy has some of the best rides for little kids at Knott’s Berry Farm. Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

CAMP SNOOPY

One of the best spots for kids rides at Knott’s Berry Farm is Camp Snoopy. Here, kids can ride all the rides by themselves (if they are tall enough) or parents are invited to join them on select rides.

Balloon Race

This is a very gentle ride where you sit in a hot air balloon and it slowly spins you around. You can see an aerial view of Camp Snoopy, which is kind of cool.

It’s for kids and adults.

Camp Bus

This is a mini school bus that rotates clockwise and counterclockwise. Kids usually try to sit in the driver’s seat up front.

It’s for kids and adults.

Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer

This is a miniature version of WaveSwinger where you sit in a swing and gently spin in a circle. Look at the post during the ride and you’ll see a Peanuts character pop up!

It’s for kids and adults.

Flying Ace

This is one of the cutest rides in Camp Snoopy! Kids get to sit in a vintage-looking airplane and soar around like the Red Baron!

This ride is just for kids.

Grand Sierra Railroad

Hop on this kid-sized train ride that takes you around a small loop in Knott’s Berry Farm. Keep your eyes out for Peanuts characters along the way!

It’s for kids and adults.

High Sierra Ferris Wheel

Like the name implies, it’s a ferris wheel. But, just on a smaller scale.

It’s for kids and adults.

Huff and Puff

Parents will love this ride because kids have to use their arm strength to motor themselves around a little track. It’s a great way to burn off some energy!

This ride is just for kids.

Linus Launcher

Kids and adults lay down on their tummies and “soar” around in a circle and you can get great views of the Balloon Race, Flying Ace, and Sierra Sidewinder.

It’s for kids and adults.

Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies

Kids will love this bouncing ride that simulates going over rough terrain (without actually getting dirty!)

It’s for kids and adults.

Rapid River Run

Climb inside a large boat that rocks and spins. Don’t worry, the name sounds much more thrilling than the actual ride!

It’s for kids and adults.

Rocky Mountain Trucking Company

Kids can drive parents around in a miniature truck that’s on a little track. Kids will love the real, working horn. Parents, you have been warned!

It’s for kids and adults.

Timberline Twister

This is a small, family-oriented roller coaster perfect for younger kids. I’m not a fan of roller coasters, but this one was pretty tame and very short.

It’s for kids and adults.

Woodstock’s Airmail

Hands down, this was my 5 year old’s favorite ride! Kids sit in a row and the ride takes them up and down for gentle drops.

This ride is just for kids.

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OTHER KNOTT’S BERRY FARM FAMILY RIDES

Butterfield Stage Coach

This is a real, horse-drawn stage coach that does a slow loop inside the park.

Note: They will seat you and you might not get the seat your child wants.

Calico Railroad

This is a basic train ride around Knott’s Berry Farm. Well, basic until there’s a train robbery!

Calico River Rapids

This is the newest ride at Knott’s Berry Farm. Be prepared to get wet!

Note: If your kids don’t want to do the ride, they can still participate by pushing a button outside the ride that will make water explosions!

Dragon Swing

This is one of those classic swinging boat rides.

Hat Dance

Sit inside a spinning sombrero and prepare to get dizzy!

Merry Go Round

This is one of the world’s oldest working Dentzel carousels.

Pacific Scrambler

This 3 minute classic ride goes 11.5RPM.

Sky Cabin

This slow moving ride gives you a 360-degree panoramic view of Orange County and Los Angeles from more than 180 feet in the sky.

Surfside Gliders

Spin around the Boardwalk around in a glider where you can control the wing.

Timber Mountain Log Rides

This is a classic log ride into the water.

Voyage to the Iron Reef

This is a 4D interactive ride where you shoot lasers at sea creatures.

WaveSwinger

This is where you sit in a swing and you spin around.

Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars

Classic bumper cars that will delight the whole family!

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM RIDES FOR TEENS/TWEENS

Coast Rider

It races down 1,339 feet of track with hairpin turns, twists and spins.

GhostRider

Towering 118 feet over historic Ghost Town, GhostRider is the largest attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm and one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world.

HangTime

HangTime, the first and only dive coaster in California and has gravity-defying inversions and mid-air suspensions.

Jaguar

This is a ride that takes you above and THROUGH other rides and attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm.

La Revolución

Swing more than 6 stories high to 120 degrees in both directions while spinning up to 9 RPMs!

Montezooma’s Revenge

This speed coaster blasts you from 0 to 55 in just 3 seconds, traveling through a giant, seven-story loop forward AND backwards.

Pony Express

On this unique roller coaster, you’ll sit on a pony and ride your “horse” at 38 MPH on a 1,300 foot route around rapids, Boot Hill and the Calico Railroad.

Sierra Sidewinder

This crazy roller coaster will take riders through a series of nose-dives, banks, dips, and turns at a speed of 37 mph while continually rotating on its axis.

Silver Bullet

Silver Bullet at Knott’s Berry Farm flips upside down and all around during a thrilling two minute roller coaster ride.

Sol Spin

Go on a thrilling adventure more than 6 stories high as you rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Each arm rotates 360 degrees independent of one another providing you a different experience every ride.

Supreme Scream

Get transported up to a record-breaking 252 feet in midair before shooting straight down in 3 seconds flat where you will experience total weightlessness!

Wipeout

This circular spinning ride starts off flat and gradually lifts you off the ground.

Xcelerator The Ride®

Rocket 0-82 mph in 2.3 seconds as you fly 205 feet into the air before immediately hurtling 90 degrees straight down on 2,202 feet of cool coral track.

Peanuts Characters at Knott’s Berry Farm

When we were planning our trip to Knott’s Berry Farm as part of our trip to Buena Park, I realized that my son didn’t know who Snoopy (or any of the Peanuts gang) were.

Kids will love meeting Peanuts characters like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Franklin and others at Camp Snoopy in Knott's Berry Farm
Peanuts characters are available for meet and greets all over Camp Snoopy. Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

I panicked that he might not get as excited for the characters as much as he does at Disneyland.

Thankfully, we were able to watch The Peanuts Movie (the new one) and my son watched it over and over the week before our trip.

That actually helped a lot and he happily ran over to take photos with Snoopy, Franklin and Sally when we saw them at the park.

Ghost Town

A huge part of Knott’s Berry Farm is their Ghost Town area. It looks like a real town from the Wild West and it’s full of all kinds of quirky characters!

Families will love taking photos with Old Western backdrops like the Calico Railroad train
The Ghost Town is one of the most popular spots at Knott’s Berry Farm. Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

If you are wondering what life was like in the 1800s, Ghost Town has it all!

Step inside a real schoolhouse from 1879 where you can learn what life was like for students and teachers.

The Western Trails Museum is fun to explore. They have lots of clothing and memorabilia from the pioneer days.

As you walk around, be sure to read all the signs and graveyard stones, as they are pretty entertaining!

And you can even visit the town jail and talk to a prisoner!

GHOST TOWN ALIVE!

One of the most popular shows at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer is Ghost Town Alive! It’s filled with bandits, cowboys, robberies, a hoedown, and more!

Kids will love playing a part in this Wild West extravaganza!

It runs on select days May 24th through September 2nd,

Where to Shop at Knott’s Berry Farm

If you are a Peanuts fan or love the Wild West, you will be in gift shop heaven! They have a great selection of souvenirs, Snoopy items, and regular clothing to wear during your SoCal family vacation.

One of our favorite kids activities at Knott's Berry Farm is finding yummy treats to eat!
We loved this cute candy shop inside Camp Snoopy! Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

KNOTT’S CALIFORNIA SHOP

This Knott’s souvenir shop is right outside the main gate. You’ll find lots of California-specific items.

VIRGINIA’S GIFT SHOP

Here’s where you’ll find jewelry, clothing, food, and niche gift items in this boutique-style gift shop.

BERRY MARKET

As the name implies, here’s where you’ll find all things boysenberry! They have the world’s largest selection of Knott’s Berry Farm’s signature jellies and jams, cookies, flavored coffees, and gift sets.

CANDY PARLOUR

This delectable shop has all kinds of fun candy (from old-time favorites to boxed chocolates and taffy.)

MARKETPLACE EMPORIUM

Here’s where you can find Jim Shore items and Christmas items year-round.

PEANUTS HEADQUARTERS

Find exclusive Peanuts clothing, toys, plushies, and collector’s items.

KNOTT’S CALIFORNIA SHOP

Find the coolest California-style clothing and accessories just outside the Main Gate.

Knott’s Berry Farm Shows

Besides all the fun rides, there are several family friendly Knott’s Berry Farm shows. These change throughout the year.

Waiting for a show to start is perfect for Knott's Berry Farm pictures
Isn’t this Snoopy Theatre stage cute? Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

BIRDCAGE THEATRE

Located in Ghost Town, this is a replica theatre where you can watch melodramas from time to time, as well as the Birdcage Theatre Musical Review.

Cool fact: Steve Martin performed here back in the day!

CALICO SALOON SHOW

Want to bring your kids to a saloon? Get in the Wild West spirit with this funny, musical show featuring Cameo Kate and Dakota Dan.

CAMP SNOOPY THEATRE

Peanuts fans will love the kid-friendly show featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy. Linus, their friend JT, and Snoopy himself!

There’s also a Space Beagle show where Snoopy becomes the first dog on the moon.

CHARLES M. SCHULTZ THEATRE

Inspired by the beach movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s, “Beach Blanket Beagle”is a music and dance revue that includes a surfing Snoopy.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCER

Celebrate Native American culture with this presentation featuring music, dance, and legends of local Native American tribes.

WAGON CAMP

Head to Wagon Camp for the Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies country music comedy show, fit for the whole family.

WILD WEST STUNT SHOW

One of the most popular Knott’s Berry Farm shows for families is this Wild West Stunt Show featuring gunfights, fistfights, and more!

Best Things to Eat at Knott’s Berry Farm

MRS. KNOTT’S CHICKEN DINNER RESTAURANT

If you eat at one Knott’s Berry Farm restaurant, make sure it’s Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

Since 1934, this is THE place for Mrs. Knott’s famous fried chicken and buttery biscuits. And here’s where you can get amazing boysenberry pie!

Plus, the offer a to-go menu!

LOG RIDE FUNNEL CAKE

For an amazing, sharable treat, grab a loaded funnel cake. You can add ice cream, whipped cream, and boysenberry or strawberry topping and it’s delicious!

STARBUCKS

Ok, this is totally the Seattle-girl coming out of me, but I added Starbucks to the list specifically because they do a boysenberry Frappuccino!

BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL

If you’re heading to Knott’s Berry Farm next Spring during the Boysenberry Festival, wear your comfy pants!

This food festival has more than 75 boysenberry-inspired dishes, drinks, and more! They have a tasting card where you can sample these one-of-a-kind food items!

SUMMER NIGHTS

If you visit Knott’s Berry Farm in the summer, you can take advantage of their Knott’s Summer Nights Tasting card!

For $35, you can get samples of one-of-a-kind summertime items all over the park.

How Do You Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Knott’s Berry Farm?

GET THERE EARLY

Unlike other area theme parks, Knott’s Berry Farm usually opens at a reasonable hour: 10am*. Even if you are staying outside of Buena Park, you should be able to get there by 10am.

Now, I’m not saying it won’t be busy when it opens or you won’t have to wait, but it will give you a full day before the park closes (sometimes as early as 5pm!)

* Sometimes they open at 9am.

STAY AT KNOTT’S BERRY FARM

The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is right next door to the Park, which makes it easy to walk back for naps or to take a mid-day break.

VISIT KNOTT’S BERRY FARM DURING A SPECIAL EVENT

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Each Spring, Knott’s Berry Farm holds their Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with live entertainment and boysenberry-inspired food.

There’s a Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, family entertainment, unique entertainment and all the rest of the Knott’s Berry Farm fun!

Knott’s Summer Nights

No one knows how to throw a summer party quite like Knott’s Berry Farm. There’s live music, unique summer food, Insta-worthy photo ops, family friendly games, a DJ and so much more.

Plus, you get to play at Knott’s Berry Farm at night!

Knott’s Scary Farm

While not geared for kids younger than 13 years old, Knott’s Scary Farm is their Halloween celebration.

Knott’s Merry Farm

This Christmastime celebration featuring live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, holiday food and decorations, plus nightly snow in Ghost Town.

Top Questions About Knott’s Berry Farm

Now that you’ve read my post about kids activities at Knott’s Berry Farm, you might still have some burning questions for me to answer.

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My son strikes a superhero pose on an empty stage at Knott’s Berry Farm. Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

Is Knott’s Berry Farm Crowded?

While this is subjective, I’d say that Knott’s Berry Farm doesn’t feel as crowded as other Orange County theme parks.

Of course, weekends, holidays, and summer break are popular times to visit.

Note: There are lots of summer camps that bring their kids to Knott’s Berry Farm, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.

How Much is Parking at Knott’s Berry Farm?

It’s $20 for cars and motorcycles. Buses and RVs are $25.

If you have a Season Pass, you can add on parking for as low as $70.

Note: Parking prices change during special events. You may not leave and park again without repaying.

When is Knott’s Berry Farm Open?

Knott’s Berry Farm is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Please visit the calendar page for a list of hours.

Is the Knott’s Berry Farm Fast Lane Worth it?

Even though Knott’s Berry Farm feels less crowded than other California amusement parks, the lines are very slow.

So, they have the option of paying an additional $75 to get a Fast Lane wristband, where you can get in a much shorter line.

But is it worth it?

It really depends on the types of rides you want to do and the time of year. If you are going during the summer and plan on doing as many roller coasters as possible, it might be worth it.

FAST LANE RIDES

  • Hangtime
  • Calico River Rapids
  • Ghostrider
  • Calico Mine Ride
  • Xcelerator
  • Voyage to the Iron Reef
  • Coast Rider
  • Silver Bullet
  • Sierra Sidewinder
  • Pony Express
  • Montezooma’s Revenge
  • Jaguar!
  • Supreme Scream
  • La Revolucion

What’s the best thing to eat at Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park CA?

This is such a hard question to answer because there are SO many food options at Knott’s Berry Farm!

However, I’d definitely recommend anything with boysenberry, since that’s what they are known for.

Best things to eat at Knott's Berry Farm? Anything with boysenberry or any sort of fun theme park food!
I always recommend getting fun treats like cotton candy! Photo credit: Adam & Claudia Photography

Knott’s has incredible treats like a loaded boysenberry funnel cake, churros, special Slurpees, ice cream, etc.

But Knott’s Berry Farm also has lots of more substantial food options like BBQ, Panda Express, pizza, Mexican food, TJI Friday’s, hamburgers, Johnny Rocket’s, and fresh cut french fries.

What Rules should you be Aware of before Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm?

You aren’t allowed to bring any outside food, drink or snacks except: unopened and empty water bottles, baby food and food for guests with special dietary restrictions.

And no radios, stereos, luggage, or large coolers (Larger than 1’x1’x1’).

Can I Bring a Stroller to Knott’s Berry Farm?

Yes! You can also bring in wagons used as strollers.

If you’d like to rent a stroller at Knott’s Berry Farm, they offer single strollers and double strollers inside Ghost Town next to the Geode Shop.

Why does Knott’s Berry Farm have such Strict Rules about Outside Food?

But, Knott’s Berry Farm does an awesome job about offering several options for families with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Are there Lockers?

Yes! There are a variety of locker sizes available inside the park near Ghost Rider in Ghost Town for a rental fee of $15 – $25.

Is there an ATM?

Yes! In fact, there are 6 ATMs at Knott’s Berry Farm:

  1. Outside the Main Entrance near the ticket booths
  2. Lee’s Last Stop Service store near Xcelerator,
  3. Inside Classic Candy near the Charleston Fountain in the Boardwalk area
  4. At Peppermint Patty’s Candy Cabin in Camp Snoopy
  5. Inside the General Store in Ghost Town
  6. At Emporium in the California Marketplace

Where Can I Change/Nurse a Baby?

While you can nurse your baby anywhere you like, baby-changing and nursing stations are available in the California MarketPlace® and Camp Snoopy.

Is there a First Aid Center?

First Aid is available at the First Aid Center in Ghost Town. Nurses are on duty during Park operating hours.

Is there WiFi?

Yes, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park. But, don’t spend all your time on your phone!

Are Pets Allowed at Knott’s Berry Farm?

No! Animals are not allowed inside the Park with the exception of service animals and Snoopy.

How Do I Get Discounted Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets?

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark one-day tickets are $47.99 per person.

You can upgrade to a Ride & Slide combo ticket that includes Knott’s Berry Farm for $94.99. This is a two-day (one park per day) ticket.

If you live in Southern California or are planning to spend a few days at Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, the season pass is totally worth it!

Gold Pass

Enjoy unlimited visits to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark all season long.

Plus, enjoy early entry to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City on select days and special discounts on food and merchandise, hotel stays, and Knott’s Scary Farm.

This is $143/person.

Platinum Pass

Enjoy all the benefits of the Gold Pass plus free parking with the added benefit of enjoying all of those exclusive privileges at all Cedar Fair Parks across the country including California’s Great America, Cedar Point and more!

This is $220/person.

Buy your Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes here.

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What Else to do in Buena Park with Kids?

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Head across the street to Knott’s Soak City! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

KNOTT’S SOAK CITY WATER PARK

If you are visiting Buena Park in the summer, you really should set aside an entire day to play at Knott’s Soak City Water Park.

It’s across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm and it’s full of water activities for kids of all ages (plus adults!)

PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE

If you are looking for something fun to do in Buena Park with kids at nighttime, the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is incredible!

PLAYPIE

Located at The Source, a new shopping area in Orange County, PlayPie is one of the most unique indoor place areas.

They have lots of climbing structures, a toddler play area, a kinetic sand play table, extensive reading nook, playhouses, interactive video screens, a cafe, and some of the best designed bathrooms I’ve ever seen!

BIG AIR TRAMPOLINE

Kids (and adults) will love testing out their ninja skills at this huge trampoline park in Buena Park.

I hope you enjoyed this post about all the kids activities at Knott’s Berry Farm. Did I forget to include something? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks to Visit Buena Park for hosting us. All opinions are my own.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

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