What started as a 1920s roadside berry stand and restaurant serving up fried chicken is now one of Southern California’s favorite theme parks. Knott’s Berry Farm slowly expanded from its farm stand and restaurant, adding stores and attractions to entertain visitors, until it transformed into a full-size park filled with rides of every thrill level and fun for all ages. So when you find yourself in laid-back San Diego or if you need a break from your star-studded LA getaway, take the family to Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim, CA for a few days of modern excitement and old-west charm in one of America’s oldest theme parks.
Welcome to the Wild Wild West
Begin your Berry break where the fun originally began. The first shops and amusements added to the farm became Ghost Town and it’s still the heart and soul of the park today. This frontier town replica transports guests to the Wild West with an interacting sheriff’s office, barber shop, and stables. Immerse deeper into the past with a ride on the authentic horse-drawn Butterfield Stagecoach ride or get scenic views of the entire park from a seat on the Calico Railroad, which uses an authentic Denver and Rio Grande train from the 1900s. But be on the lookout for a gang of bandits known to hold-up the train on every departure.
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Hands Up, Screams Out
Adrenaline junkies will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of speedy and unique roller coasters found throughout the park. The Pony Express takes riders to thrills of new heights when they speed through twists and turns astride their very own steed, and the Sierra Sidewinder’s cars spin 360 degrees as the train races around the track. From wooden giants to steel titans to hanging hair raisers, take ride or two on all 10 roller coasters to find your favorite.
See Snoopy and Friends
Tiny guests need thrills, too, and Camp Snoopy is the perfect refuge for families with small children. Kids can climb aboard their very own mine car and pump their way around the track like little miners on the Huff and Puff, or they can get in on the roller-coaster action on the smaller not-so-scary Timberline Twister. Best of all, they can participate in all of the pint-sized perks with their favorite characters from Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.
SoCal is no stranger to world-class theme parks but Knott’s Berry Farm is in a category all its own. With thrills to satisfy any generation, choose this charming theme park for your next family getaway. Call your local travel agent today for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, including the exciting holiday activities such as Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s Merry Farm.