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Adventurous Valentine’s Day Getaway in Southern California

Take your Valentine’s Day to the next level this year and plan a SoCal overnight adventure in Buena Park, California. Just five miles from Disneyland, you and your loved one can have a thrilling getaway as you hold tight to your valentine and brave the roller coasters 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 two-day, one-night itinerary full of all the Buena Park favorites.
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, corn, biscuits, and boysenberry punch at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner in Buena Park, CA

Day 1

Get your hearts pumping by starting your day off at Knott’s Berry Farm where you can pair up with your sweetie to ride Ghostrider. This side-by-side ride is the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast. Then, hold tight to each other on HangTime, the only dive coaster in California. Stroll hand-in-hand before you spiral, corkscrew, and fly into a cobra roll with your love at a speed of 55 mph on Silver Bullet's 3,125 feet of looped track. Consider picking up one of Knott’s specialty drinks - the boysenberry latte. It’s a perfect way to end the day with your bae. If you need a lunch break to relax after the thrills, check out Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, located just outside the park’s gates. This classic SoCal eatery has been serving up mouth-watering fried chicken, biscuits and of course, boysenberry pie, since 1934.

Foodies with a taste for international cuisine can take a trip to Buena Park's very own Koreatown to get a taste of Seoul right here in California. Try staples like KyungBokKung, where they serve up top-tier wagyu barbeque or get adventurous at Koreatown Pizza Co. where they experiment with toppings like bulgolgi, corn cheese, fried onions, and more.

Whether you are looking for a quiet break from the crowds in the evening hours or want to continue the high-energy fun, Buena Park has lots of options. Pirates Dinner Adventure or Medieval Times additionally offer special Valentine's offerings for couples who want to spend the evening in a castle, or aboard the high seas of love.
Knotty Kid cocktail at The Cauldron in Buena Park, CA
More intimate dining options in Buena Park include Gaucho Grill, Argentine steakhouse with a modern twist and upscale setting, or Il Fiora, a contemporary Italian kitchen concept. Savor each other’s company at The Cauldron Spirits and Brews over a round of bewitching drinks like the Knotty Kid—boysenberry cotton candy topped with a magical splash of vodka and lemon. To end the night on a high note, swing by Rock & Brews for a round of beers with your partner (choose wisely, there’s 60 selections on tap).

If you just don't want the night to end, wrap up your Valentine's Day at EKO Karaoke Lounge, where you and your sweetheart can rent a private karaoke lounge and sing the greatest love ballads of all time to together. Each lounge is outfitted with a state-of-the-art sound system and audio equipment. You can also squeeze in a round of virtual golf or hit the digital batting cages at Olympic Golf Zone, a late-night spot decked out with a contemporary bar. Another great nightlife activity is Buena Park's hidden gem, Beach Boulevard Club. This 1920's-esque speakeasy is hidden inside of Pirates Dinner Adventure and boasts a lounge singer and dueling piano show completely run on audience requests.

With over a dozen hotels to choose from in Buena Park, you won’t have to stray far to find one that’s perfect for you. With affordable rates and amenities like free shuttle service, outdoor swimming pools, and hot tubs, you’ll feel fully relaxed on your romantic getaway.
Refugiados at Portos Bakery in Buena Park, CA

Day 2

Wake up and kickstart your morning with a hike at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, with trails ranging from easy to moderate for the more casual trailblazer. Once you've built up an appetite, make a stop at Porto’s Bakery & Cafe - named Best of the Southland by the LA Times! 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.

Another Buena Park breakfast option is Basilur Tea & Coffee where you can nosh on the fluffiest soufflé pancakes in town. Go for the purple-hued ube flavor with an ube latte, or try the tiramisu soufflé pancake with a cappuccino.

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