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8 Tips to Make Your Buena Park Visit Safe and Full of Adventure

Nestled in Southern California is the lively town of Buena Park -- home to famous attractions, award-winning dining and affordable accommodations. And while things may look a little different than what we are used to, with a little preparation you can still have a safe and adventurous time. The small town is 20 miles from Los Angeles, 15 miles from Huntington Beach and 5 miles from Disneyland, making it the perfect home base for your getaway. Staycation discounts will make your visit budget-friendly, and the year-round mild climate is perfect for outdoor dining and activities. We've gathered up all the information you'll need in one spot to make planning your SoCal vacation a breeze.

Two knights fighting at Medieval Times in Buena Park, CA

Tip 1: Plan Ahead

It seems like things are changing every day. Make sure you know what rules and precautions are in place before you head to SoCal. Visit the City of Buena Park’s website for the latest updates on COVID-19 guidelines. A well-planned itinerary is a great place to start and we've got lots of different itineraries already planned for you, from a couple's guide to Buena Park to the perfect budget-friendly spots to visit with the kids.

When you've got your itinerary set, you'll want to book your tickets in advance. Many venues are open at a reduced capacity and advanced reservations are required, so you want to make sure you get everything set up before your trip begins. Check out the latest local attraction procedures at: Pirates Dinner Adventure, Medieval Times and Knott's Berry Farm theme park.

When you arrive, you can expect an increase in safety measures, so you'll need to allow extra time at Buena Park attractions. Plan to arrive early if you are seeing a live show, and order ahead for takeout meals to make your transaction quick.

Firepit and chairs at Courtyard Marriott in Buena Park, CA

Tip 2: Save Money & Stay Safe

Buena Park hotels are eager to welcome guests back to their properties and many are offering special staycation discounts to make your visit even more affordable. All of the hotels have increased their cleaning protocols to keep you safe and you can get some added peace of mind when you stay at a hotel that has earned a Clean + Safe Certification from the California Hotel and Lodging Association like the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center and Knott’s Hotel. The Hampton Inn & Suites has completed the Hilton CleanStay Program and the Radisson Suites has implemented a 20-step protocol for their cleaning and disinfection procedures through SGS, the world’s leading inspection and certification company. Courtyard Marriott and the Fairfield Inn & Suites have also completed all Marriott safety and cleanliness programs through their Marriott Cleanliness Council. The Quality Inn and Rodeway Inn have implemented The Commitment to Clean initiative through Choice Hotels’ that enhances the existing program with guidance developed in response to the pandemic. SureStay by Best Western has launched their We Care Clean Program, which ensures an even higher level of cleaning standards and operational best practices. Days Inn and Howard Johnson launched their Count on Us Wyndham initiative to put safety first with elevated cleanliness standards and an expanded relationship with Ecolab for EPA-approved disinfectants.

Calico Mine ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA

Tip 3: Travel in Smaller Groups

We need to put large group travel on pause for the time being to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. It will be easier for you to maintain a safe distance from others when you travel with only a few people in your group. It will also make it easier for you to get reservations at local attractions and outdoor seating at restaurants if you keep your group small.

Tip 4: Spend More Time at Fewer Locations

Make it easy on yourself and make Buena Park your home base for your SoCal visit. Its central location makes it easy to have tons of fun without having to travel very far. There's more than enough activities to keep you busy in Buena Park itself, and its proximity to beaches, Los Angeles and San Diego can't be beat. Road trip to Buena Park and pick from one of over a dozen hotels in Buena Park for your stay.

Lake and trees at Ralph B Clark Park in Buena Park, CA

Tip 5: Spend Time Outdoors

The great thing about visiting Buena Park is that the weather is pretty much perfect all year-round. Plan to spend time exploring the outdoors while you are here. Buena Park's Ralph B. Clark Regional Park is full of recreation opportunities like fishing, hiking, and bike riding. William Peak Park offers a skate park, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and children’s play area among its amenities. The 20-acre Henry Boisseranc Park is perfect for a picnic and offers lighted tennis and handball courts.

Pack a lunch or grab takeout from the many award-winning restaurants in Buena Park before you head down Beach Boulevard for a day at Huntington Beach. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, whale watching, and taking in the coastal views just a short drive from Buena Park.

Outdoor dinning at Il Palco in Buena Park, CA

Tip 6: Pack the Essentials

A little bit of preparation goes a long way to making your Buena Park visit the best it can be. Face coverings are required on all public transit including airplanes. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings at indoor public settings and businesses. And don't forget to bring your sun essentials like sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and refillable water bottles.

Tip 7: Dine Outdoors

With al fresco dining a major part of the Buena Park restaurant scene, it's always a good time of year to dine outdoors. Don't miss these restaurants you can only find in Buena Park, with traditional Cuban pastries, Korean BBQ, fresh-made tortillas, and the OC's best pho topping the list. Take out options are even easier than ever and expanded outdoor dining areas will keep everyone safe.

Tip 8: Travel Responsibly

Adventure is always out there and travel is still an option when you plan ahead and travel responsibly. Check out Visit California's tips on how to support the California economy through travel by following the California Responsible Travel Code.

Buena Park is waiting to welcome YOU! For more tips and recommendations on what to do when you visit, download the Buena Park Travel Guide or request a FREE copy be sent to your home. Check out all the hotels in the area and book your stay today!

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