What to See, Do & Eat at Knott’s Berry Farm

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.

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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.”

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  1. 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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

IMG_3298For more information, go to https://www.knotts.com.

10 Fun Family Activities in January 2016

Looking for some fun weekend activities during the month of January 2016? Here is how you can save money on attractions, dining and hotel accommodations.

  1. Visit the California Welcome Center to pick up family activity coupons. It’s located in the historic Stage Stop Hotel, built in 1890. This used to be a popular overnight rest stop for stagecoach travelers  – 6601 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90621 – 800-541-3953 welcomecenter@buenapark.com.  You can also download tickets clicking on this link – http://www.visitbuenapark.com/visitors/special-offers/
(Photo courtesy of Disneyland)
(Photo courtesy of Disneyland)

2. Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland® Resort.

May the Force be with you during January 14-17 starting at 10 a.m.. It’s a weekend journey with various runs, special events, Disney entertainment, and your favorite Star Wars and Disney characters cheering your family along the course.There’s a run for Jedi Knights and Padawans of every age and skill level including the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars 10K and Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kid Races.Put yourself to the ultimate test and join the Star Wars Rebel Challenge combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon for an out-of-this-world running adventure.   Visit http://bit.ly/SciptI for more information and to sign up for an email reminder today. Disneyland – 1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California 92802.

(Photo Courtesy of Buena Park)
(Photo Courtesy of Buena Park)

3. Knott’s Berry Farm offers a FREE  visit to experience American History. Knott’s Independence Hall is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original in Philadelphia, but without the ticket fee and long lines. The Hall is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Want to explore the amusement park? Get a discount for families in January with $32 off adult admission and $7 off kid’s admission. Stay overnight at the nearby Holiday Inn and get exclusive packages that include a free meal for kids and admission to Knott’s Berry Farm. https://www.knotts.com

4. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure all the action takes place on a replica of an 18th century Spanish Gallion set in a 250,000 gallon lagoon. the ruthless bandits have stolen tickets and are giving away free kids admission with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. http://www.piratesdinneradventure.com. 7600 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90620 Phone: (714) 690-1497

5. Medieval Times is offering kids $7 off admission and $22 off for adults. 7662 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90620 Phone: (888) 935-6878.

6. Big Air Trampoline Park is allowing parents to jump off the walls with one free hour of jump time for kids. Free admission for children (ages 12 & younger) with a paid adult general admission. 8308 On The Mall, Buena Park, CA 90620 – Phone: (844) 550-5867

7. Aquarium of Pacific FREE Child Admission with the purchase of an Adult Admission (reg. Adult price $29.95 and Child price $17.95) Present original coupon at the Aquarium ticket window to receive a FREE Child Admission (ages 3-11) with the purchase of a regular Adult. 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 – Phone: (562) 590-3100 http://www.aquariumofpacific.org

8. Discovery Cube Orange County – become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine “launch”, explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur and try your best slap shot against the Anaheim Duck’s goalie! Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Bug Invasion and Bubblefest throughout the year. Get free admission for kids with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. 2500 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705 – Open daily from 10am – 5pm.  – (714) 542-CUBE or visit us online www.discoverycube.org. There is also a Brand new Discovery Cube Los Angeles off the 210 Freeway. Starting January 4 families can witness children’s books come alive at Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™. • 11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91342. Discount Tickets are $10 for adults and children 3 and up.

9. Dine at Fuddruckers in Buena Park and kid’s meals are only $0.99. 7802 Orangethorpe Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621 – Phone: (714) 739-8801

10. Stay overnight at the Radisson Suites in Buena Park and kids get free breakfast as well as 10% off your room. At the Courtyard by Marriott, parents can take advantage of hotel packages that include free breakfast for kids. The Portola Inn & Suites is also adhering to the kid’s demands with a 20% hotel discount, Buena Park Hotel & Suites is offering 20% off and the Days Inn is complying with a 10% room discount.

For more information please contact Visit Buena Park at 800-541-3953 or VisitBuenaPark.com.

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