Every Season is a fun season at Knott’s Berry Farm. During autumn the staff at Knott’s decorate the park to appeal to all ages. It’s spooky fun for smaller guests before Halloween. Little ones under 11 years old can come dressed in their favorite costume on the weekends. At the entrance, they will receive a bag to hold open at various Trick or Treat stations throughout Ghost Town, and interact with an array of spooky but friendly Shopkeepers handing out candy and treats.
Here’s 10 different things to see, do and eat while exploring one of the oldest amusement parks in California. What started as a berry farm, inspired Walter and Cordelia Knott to sell they sweet boysenberries in the 1920s. They also sold berry preserves and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. Ten years later the Knott family opened a tea room and sold fried chicken dinners. It became so popular, that they opened “Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.”
- Visit Knott’s Ghost Town. Walter Knott constructed a replica Ghost Town in the 1940s. This is one of the most fascinating spots in the park with bandits, cowboys, and robbers, roaming around the beloved town of Calico. Kids like the authentic western architecture and adventurous live shows. The Bottle House was made in 1944 with 3,082 wine and whiskey bottles. Liquor bottles were always plentiful in the Old West. This house at Knott’s Berry Farm is similar to a bottle house built in Rhyolite, Nevada.
2. Be sure to talk to Sad Eye Joe, the beloved character and sole occupant at Knott’s Berry Farm Jail. He’s been a favorite since 1941. Look through the bars and ask him a question. He can speak, call you by name and read your mind (especially if you write down some information at the Sheriff’s window).
3. Take a Calico Railroad train ride from Calico station. Just be careful, because robbers have been known to hop on the Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge train and demand “this is a stick-up” to guests riding around the park.
4. Where else can you take a Stagecoach ride? It’s been a tradition at the park since 1949. Ride on top or inside an authentic stagecoach with four live horses pulling the carriage around the park.
5. For a sweet treat, be sure to order a Boysenberry soft serve ice cream. It’s unique and delicious. The Ice Cream Stand near Calico Station also offers an enormous cookiewich with chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips.
6. Over in Fiesta Village is an interactive, non-scary, educational celebration of the season. The themed area offers a walk through Fiesta Village filled with photo ops, educational activities and face paintings at a nominal fee.
7. Across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, along a paved path is Knott’s Independence Hall. It’s a So Cal fifth grade field trip experience, and open to the public every day. The building is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original Independence Hall in Philadelphia that Walter Knott’s built as a free-admission facility. Inside is a replica of the Liberty Bell, presidential artifacts and audio show of forefathers discussing the Declaration of Independence.
8. Be sure to go on the old and newer rides. Our favorites include Voyage to the Iron Reef over in Boardwalk. It’s the ultimate interactive video ride. The Calico Mine Ride is one of the oldest and filled with realistic looking audio-animatronic miners.
9. Children under 12 enjoy Camp Snoopy rides and activities. Teens and adults enjoy the terrifying Knott’s Scary Farm with 13 uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park from September 21 – October 31.
10. Before you leave, be sure to visit Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant or take a Chicken Dinner home. The chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and corn are delicious. Be sure to order additional biscuits and Boysenberry butter to spread on top.
For more information, go to https://www.knotts.com.