Laid-Back Labor Day Weekend Itinerary in Buena Park, CA
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Laid-Back Labor Day Weekend Itinerary in Buena Park, CA

Close out the summer with a relaxing Labor Day weekend in SoCal’s Fun City of Buena Park. From limited time food offerings, a seasonal water park, unique indoor activities, and more, this small fun town is making the most of that summer sun.
Lazy River at Knott's Soak City in Buena Park, CA

Soak Up the Sun
No trip to Buena Park is complete without a visit to California’s First Theme Park, Knott’s Berry Farm. The park is filled with thrilling coasters, pint-sized attractions for the little ones, and sensational shopping and dining locations. Labor Day weekend marks the finale of Knott’s Summer Nights, the nighttime party that livens up the evening with music, shows, festival food booths, and games that take over the Knott’s midway. Ghost Town Alive! also brings out the citizens of Ghost Town to bring you along with them on a true Western adventure for the day. There’s also still some time to make a splash at Knott’s Soak City water park that boasts 23 waterslides, a wave pool, and the chance to lounge in one of the area’s longest lazy rivers. Those looking for a truly laid-back day in the California sun can book one of the water park’s various full-service cabanas. Anyone looking for an adventure in the outdoors can visit Ralph B. Clark Regional Park where there are several acres of sports facilities, a lake, and hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate.

Ice cream at Honeymee in Buena Park, CA

Cool Off with Refreshing Treats
Visit Don Melt for an ice cream cone that that stacks up a mile high with 12 ounces of plant-based strawberry, vanilla, or a mixture of the two. True milk ice cream paired with 100% pure honey can be found at Honeymee, where the flavors range from honeycomb, chocolate, yuzu, matcha, and caramel. Fans of Korean shaved ice, otherwise known as bingsu, will love Okbingsul’s diverse menu of red bean, green tea, Oreo, affogato, watermelon, and other unique flavors. Portillo’s Hot Dogs churns out their famous Chocolate Cake Shakes that are a perfect blend of ice cream, chocolate syrup, and a slice of chocolate cake. Macaron ice cream is on the menu at Sweet Box, with the green tea variation being their staple flavor. Chill out on the patio at Rock & Brews, where you can play a round of corn hole with one of their 60 craft brews in hand. If cocktails are more your speed, pay a visit to The Cauldron, a spooky witch-themed bar that serves French fare and wickedly cool beverages.

Check out our Dining Guide to The Source OC, the city’s foodie hot spot that houses Instagrammable treats, savory ramen, hand-made pasta, gourmet Korean hot dogs, and so much more.

Knight giving away rose at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Buena Park, CA

Take a Break from the Heat
Experience the latest summer blockbusters at CGV Cinemas 4DX theaters that implement cutting-edge sound, immersive viewing technology, seats that move with the action, and special effects like rain, scents, and smoke. Sing your heart out to your favorite tunes at EKO Karaoke Lounge, outfitted with state of the art karaoke sound and audio equipment. Their menu offers a wide selection of dining options to snack on in between your sets.

Dinner and a Show
Come face-to-face with scallywag pirates aboard a replica 18th century Spanish ship at Pirates Dinner Adventure. Watch brave knights on horseback, epic fights of steel and swordplay, and live flight of a royal falcon within the walls of an 11th century castle at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Beach Boulevard Club is the city’s speakeasy filled with the sounds of dueling pianists, craft cocktails, and delicious bites.

Sit Back and Relax
A jam-packed itinerary can be a lot of fun, but it’s also key to set aside a block of time for rest and relaxation during your visit to Buena Park. Choose from one of our 17 comfortable and affordable accommodations where you can spend some time poolside and get your tan on.

After a long day of excitement, choose from over a dozen comfortable and affordable hotels in Buena Park. Check out our ‘suite’ hotel and ticket deals. To start planning your SoCal vacation, order your FREE Buena Park Travel Guide.

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