Knott’s Berry Farm recently hosted my family for the purpose of a review. Our opinions, photos and love for boysenberries are 100% ours!
My family visited Knott’s Berry Farm in California for the first time last month and had a blast! Everyone always raves about how much fun the roller coasters are at Knott’s Berry Farm, but there’s also so much to do there with non-thrill seekers. My 3 year old doesn’t like anything fast or scary and we were pleasantly surprised with how much fun she had. Knott’s Berry Farm really is for the entire family. We all loved it so much that we are talking about going back for a quick weekend trip soon. Here’s our top ten list of things to do at the park with young children.
1. Meet Snoopy & the Peanuts gang. Knott’s Berry Farm has a really cute meet and greet area, where kids can interact and take photos with their favorite characters. Head there right after the Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers show to meet all of the characters at once.
2. Visit the livery stable. Located in Ghost Town, kids can meet and pet the horses and burro. My kids could have stayed there all day.
3. Head to Camp Snoopy. This area of the park is perfect for the little ones or the non-thrill seekers. My 3 year old loved the Flying Ace and Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies rides. The carousel was also a huge hit and was ridden at least 5 times.
4. Pan for gold. Travel back in time and pan for gold in Ghost Town (for a small fee). A miner will show you the ropes and teach you a little bit about the gold rush era. This is always such a fun, hands on activity for young kids!
5. Catch a show. There are plenty of shows to choose from, but young children will especially love the Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers show. The show features all the favorite Peanuts gang characters and kids can participate in a parade during the show. For current showtimes and info, check the Knott’s Berry Farm website.
6. Play in the arcade. Boardwalk and Fiesta Village each have a video game arcade, as well as interactive games. While my son and husband rode Voyage to the Iron Reef, a 4-D interactive ride, my daughter and I spent some time in the arcade.
7. Eat a boysenberry treat. Mr. and Mrs. Knott’s helped discover the boysenberry. The boysenberry is a cross between a red raspberry, blackberry and loganberry. It’s delicious! From boysenberry funnel cakes to boysenberry soft serve, you’ll find delicious boysenberry treats throughout the park.
8. Visit the blacksmith. Learn how metal is forged to create tools, horseshoes and more from the Knott’s Berry Farm blacksmith. My kids had a great time watching the blacksmith work.
9. Try the fried chicken. We quickly learned that a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm simply isn’t complete without the fried chicken. I recommend stopping by Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which is located just outside the entrance of the park, for dinner after a day in the park. Save room for the boysenberry pie!
10. Ride a stagecoach. Go back in time and catch a real horse drawn stagecoach. My kids thought this was the coolest experience!
What is your favorite thing to do in Knott’s Berry Farm?