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The Adventurer's Guide To Buena Park

Buena Park is nothing short of thrilling. From the steepest rollercoasters to the most daring dinner shows on the west coast, there's a thrill on every block that's suitable to everyone. Take your summer trip to the next level this year and plan a SoCal overnight adventure in Buena Park, California. Just five miles from Disneyland, you and your friends and family can have a thrilling getaway as you grip the lapbar tight on Hangtime at Knott’s Berry Farm, and then explore all the foodie hot spots and entertainment the city has to offer. We’ve made planning your getaway a breeze with this five-day, four-night itinerary full of all the Buena Park favorites.
Exterior of Hampton Inn Hotel in Buena Park, CA

Day 1

As you arrive into Buena Park, check into one of over a dozen hotels to choose from, you won’t have to stray far to find one that’s perfect for you.

Consider checking out the all-new Hampton Inn & Suites. A quick five minute drive to Knott's Berry Farm, this fresh new hotel is conveniently located and features an outdoor patio, indoor gym, pool, hot tub and large sized rooms with the latest amenities.

You'll want to freshen up and relax for a few before your adventures begin. With complimentary wi-fi, you can grab a Lyft or Uber down Beach Blvd to begin your first evening of adventures at Pirate's Dinner Adventure.

Knotty Kid drink at The Cauldron in Buena Park, CA
When the sun sets, you'll want to dry off from the day on the slides, and get ready for the ultimate dinner adventure: a three course meal with a show at Pirates Dinner Adventure! Featuring an all-new show with something rather elusive and mysterious lurking in the waters around the ship. You'll get to experience the all new show with thrilling stunts, death defying acts and possibly get up close and personal with a mermaid. Dinner served includes a three course meal straight from the galley.

As you end your evening on the high seas, take your sea legs over to the Cauldron Spirits and Brews for a spirited cocktail. Themed to look like a witches' tavern, this magical, mystical bar isn't just themed well, it has a great variety of themed drinks and food to choose from. We really suggest the 'Knotty Kid', a clever drink with its own magic trick. What starts out as boysenberry cotton candy ends up a liquid libation that's well, rather knotty! If you're looking for great appetizers for a late night bite, give the prosciutto wrapped shrimp a try, or the sliders.

Guava Streduel from Portos in Buena Park, CA

Day 2

Wake up and make your morning memorable with a stop at Porto’s Bakery & Cafe - named Yelp’s #1 Restaurant in the US! Share an order of papas rellenas (potato balls) and a pastel de guayaba (guava strudel) and you’ll know why all the foodies flock here. Take home a slice or two of Cuban cake to enjoy later, you won’t regret it. Trust us, after being adventurous and moving to a new Cuban style breakfast, this'll put those boring old bacon and egg combos to shame and you'll question why you haven't had this sooner.

Wood Roller Coaster at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA

Get your hearts pumping by starting your day off at Knott’s Berry Farm where you can race through the wild west on Ghostrider - The fastest, longest wooden coaster on the west coast! If you need to shake the Ghostrider, run into Calico Ghost Town, where you'll come face to face with the town sherriff and all of Calico's citizens in 'Ghost Town Alive!'. Beginning in May, you'll immerse yourself as a honorary citizen of Calico, where you can play a game of poker in the Birdcage Theater, or stop those bandits from robbing the town again. The stories are as unlimited as your imagination can create!

Exterior of Rock and Brews with sign in Buena Park, CA
If you need a break from the parks, head down to Rock & Brews for some great American food and brews! This rockin' spot on Beach Blvd. is owned by two of Kiss' very own members, and it shows. Rock logos and album art adorn every inch of the wall with a kickin' soundtrack to keep the energy flowing for hours on end.

While you wait for your meal, take up a game of volleyball or cornhole on the outdoor sand court, or play 'spot the album art' as you wait for your meal. Remember though, losers pay for the next round of beers. Speaking of which, there's over 60 draft beers on tap, and plenty of great food. Our favorite entree lands top spot with the Santa Maria Tri-Tip Sandwich, or Top Sirloin. You can never go wrong with either. Now, to wash it down, we recommend the Elysian Dayglow. It's strong enough it'll make even Pink Floyd see the Dark Side of the Moon! If you're looking for a lighter beer, give Sierra Nevada's 'Hazy Little Thing' a go. It's definitely a crazy little thing we call love (at first pour, obviously).

After dinner, head over to the Boardwalk and drop in on HangTime, the only dive coaster in California! With a vertical drop, four inversions and loads of airtime, this will leave your breath hanging at the first drop.
Souffle Pancakes with coffee in back at Basilur Tea in Buena Park, CA

Day 3

A great way to begin your day is with Basilur Tea & Coffee where you can nosh on the fluffiest soufflé pancakes in town. This Sri Lanken establishment plays host to a wide variety of fresh teas and breakfast options. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but we suggest you go for the purple-hued ube flavor with an ube latte, or try the tiramisu soufflé pancake with a cappuccino. Take time to soak in the atmosphere. The wall covered in 'books' actually is a clever decoy of tins used to hold tea you can purchase and take home!
Families on Lazy River Floaties at Knott's Soak City in Buena Park, CA
After that hearty breakfast, you'll need to burn some energy, so why not head over to Knott's Soak City for the day? With over 20 slides and a giant lazy river, this is the perfect place to slip and slide the day away under the California sun. Be sure to check out the 'Shore Break' - a seven story drop slide - no, literally. You stand inside the tube, they count down and you drop down into the rest of the track as you race down the seven stories before hitting the pool below. Insane? Probably. Thrilling? Absolutely.

If you want to take a break from the slides, you can rent a cabana for you and your friends. Each cabana comes stocked with eight non-transferrable wristbands, shade, four inner tubes and waiter service. Talk about the ultimate summer luxury!

Star Wars Lang Galaxy at Disneyland

Day 4

If you want to add on an extra day of play to your Buena Park vacation, then keep your hotel stay for an extra day, and take a Lyft down to the Happiest Place on Earth to experience the all-new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Resort®. Spend the day experiencing the classics of Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and then experience the new Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run where you can pilot the most iconic ship in the galaxy, or wander through the markets of Batuu and purchase a glass of that famous blue milk. It's the summer of adventure, and what better way to end your stay in Orange County than by jumping to lightspeed at Star Wars Land?

Huntington Beach Pier at sundown

Day 5

When you and your pals are tired from the non-stop, high-energy fun of Buena Park, it’s time to take a relaxing drive 15 miles to the coast of Southern California to visit Huntington Beach.

The 1,850-foot Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest recreational piers in the world. At the beginning of the pier, Duke’s offers out of this world seafood accompanied by out of this world ocean views; a great lunch place. If you work up an appetite again by the end of the pier, you have to try a bag of fries from Ruby’s, the diner located at the very end of Huntington Beach Pier. Just be sure to keep a watchful eye over them if you’re eating outside, the seagulls are not exactly polite.

Close out your afternoon with a drive over to one of Orange County's most premiere shopping destinations - South Coast Plaza. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, from Gucci to UNIQLO and more, along with its customized concierge services, makes this one of the best places to buy the latest and greatest fashion trends in SoCal.
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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