As California’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm
has an interesting history. It started with a boysenberry! In fact, Walter Knott created the boysenberry in 1926 by crossbreeding a blackberry, loganberry and raspberry. The boysenberry became a top seller at his roadside fruit stand. In 1934, Knott and his wife, Cordelia, opened Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, another big hit with visitors. To entertain guests as they waited, Knott built a Ghost Town and later added rides. Today, the 160-acre Knott’s Berry Farm has dozens of rides, shows and attractions in four themed areas. The Old West Ghost Town, Camp Snoopy, the Boardwalk, and Fiesta Village trace California’s history. The park is unique in that it has a hometown feel, combining old timey fun with modern attractions. Yummy food, interactive shows and themed holiday events round out family fun. The park is especially fun to visit during the annual Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s Merry Farm.
The seasonal Knott’s Soak City Water Park
is a perfect way to cool off on a sunny California day. Remember to pack your swimsuits on your weekend getaway near Disneyland. Adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm, the 15-acre Knott’s Soak City Water Park has 22 slides for all ages. In addition, Tidal Wave Bay and Sunset River offer more boatloads of family fun.