Family Travel California: Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm
Southern California is known for its family travel destinations and amusement parks top many family’s lists. Knott’s Berry Farm is located just south of Los Angeles and includes both an amusement park and water park. I was given complimentary tickets in exchange for visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and writing this review. All opinions are my own. Our family visited the amusement park but not the water park during our vacation.
Knott’s Berry Farm Roller Coasters
This was our first trip to Knott’s Berry Farm so I wasn’t sure how big the roller coasters would be, what the height requirements are, or how many we’d ride. I have a roller coaster loving tween and she was so excited to see that there are at least six roller coasters plus other thrill rides. The Ghost Rider, a tall wooden roller coaster is the longest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the west coast. Ghost Rider was a favorite for sure!
The Excelerator came in as a close favorite with it’s speed launch going from 0-82 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Prepare for speed with this thrill ride! I rode the Jaguar as my only thrill ride of the trip. The roller coaster itself was fun and not too crazy, but the line inside was stuffy and hot. Next time I’ll probably choose a different roller coaster with an outdoor line. While I was waiting around for the rest of my family to ride roller coasters I noticed a cool feature of Knott’s Berry Farm thrill rides. Many of the tracks intertwine meaning you may ride one roller coaster under, over, or through another!
Camp Snoopy for Younger Kids
Camp Snoopy has all the rides younger kids are looking for plus they’ll have a chance to meet Snoopy and his friends! Soar in an airplane, glide in a hot air balloon, or drive a truck in Camp Snoopy. Rides here reminded me of a mix between amusement park and county fair. Camp Snoopy is surrounded by tall trees which gives it a woodsy feel and a lot of shade.
Ghost Town Alive
Enter a Ghost town that is anything but deserted! Pan for gold, visit the blacksmith, or just watch the live scenes. Visit the sheriff and jail while you’re there. Ghost Town Alive is a summer event where an entire old west town opens for your family to experience. Watch out for bandits when riding the train!
When to Visit and Tips for Families
California theme parks can be packed during the summer months. Remember to always pack sunscreen and prepare for long lines. This time I was pleasantly surprised with the lines and crowd at Knott’s Berry Farm! We’ll be visiting again during the summer months because the crowds weren’t bad at all. We didn’t wait very long except for the log plume ride (which was well worth the wait!) and restaurants and shops weren’t busy at all. An added bonus to our trip was that Ghost Town Alive was open but there are fun events later if you’re visiting in the fall. Scary Farm and Spooky Farm are both popular events at Knott’s Berry Farm.
If you’re visiting southern California and looking for a less expensive theme park to visit with your family, definitely head to Knott’s Berry Farm. Overall, Knott’s Berry Farm is clean, well kept, and has rides for every age. My advice would be to try a hotel in the Anaheim or Buena Park area which are close to theme parks and restaurants.