The Gift of Travel: A Buena Park Getaway
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The Gift of Travel: A Buena Park Getaway

Give the gift of travel this holiday season with a trip to SoCal’s Fun City, Buena Park. While physical gifts are wonderful in their own right, gifting someone the opportunity to make memories in a new place is truly from the heart. Whether your loved one makes it their mission to dine their way through a city, or prefers looking for immersive experiences and attractions, there’s something for every type of traveler. To give you an idea all the fun to be had, we’ve rounded up some of the best things about visiting Buena Park. For a special stocking stuffer to go along with your gift, request one of our free travel guides.

Interactive and Immersive Attractions
California’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, boasts 160 acres of world-class rides, shows, restaurants, and attractions in four themed lands. Adrenaline junkies can test their limits on the longest wooden coaster on the west coast, GhostRider, or dive down a 96-degree drop on HangTime. Little ones can ride on a pint-size coaster or meet Snoopy in Camp Snoopy. Just next door to Knott’s Berry Farm, cool off at Knott’s Soak City, a 15-acre water park with waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river, shaded cabanas, and delicious dining options. Medieval Times in Buena Park is an entertaining two-hour immersive dining experience that transports guests in time and features daring swordplay, royal falconry, and beautiful horsemanship. Join the scallywags of Buena Park for an evening of swashbuckling swordplay, exciting intrigue, and riotous fun at Pirates Dinner Adventure. For a night on the town, Beach Boulevard Club is a dueling piano bar where guests run the show with music requests. The universal appeal of an all-you-can-eat endless menu, amusement rides, and video and ticket-dispensing games into an incredible experience for the young and the young at heart can be found at John’s Incredible Pizza. Jump off the walls on Zero-Gravity Court or test your climbing skills on Martian Mountain at Big Air Buena Park.

Notable Dining Options
Named Best of the Southland by the L.A. Times, Porto's Bakery & Cafe serves up delectable pastries, savory sandwiches, specialty beverages, and their famous potato balls. The family-owned business still uses many of the original recipes that they brought with them from Cuba in 1963. The Cauldron Spirits & Brews conjures up an evening of delicious drinks and pub-style bites at this 17th Century, witch-themed bar in Buena Park. Visitors are transported back in time to a French inspired pub adorned with antique furniture, a spell-binding cauldron and secrets hidden around every corner at. This local watering hole was voted Best Neighborhood Bar by OC Weekly. Chicago-style restaurant, Portillo’s, is famous for their hot dogs and Italian Beef sandwiches, which earned them the accolade of five Silver Platter Awards for Best Restaurant in the Country. Considered the Best Ramen House by the OC Register, Yoshiharu Ramen is an authentic Japanese restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients and slow simmer broths for their ramen. For something unique, try their signature black garlic broth and macaroon ice cream sandwich. Bring your appetite because Miss Shabu is all-you-can-eat hot pot with premium meats, a wide selection of broths, fresh vegetables, your choice of noodles, and flavorful sauces all cooked right at your table. This local spot made Yelp’s Top 100 list for their incomparable kimchi broth.

The Source OC
, Buena Park’s foodie haven, houses a multitude of Korean-style street foods in one three-story shopping center. Korean hot dogs at Myungrang Hot Dog, rice cakes at K Soul Food, fried chicken at Misoolkwan OC are just some of the many Instagrammable eats found at this outdoor shopping and dining center. Buena Park is also home to a wide variety of authentic taquerias, with favorites like fish tacos at Belinda’s Authentic Mexican Food, the gobernador at La Huasteca, birria at Red Tacos Rey food truck, nopal tacos at Tacos la Calle, or chorizo tacos at Tacos Mexicanos.

Free Educational Sites
Across from Knott’s Berry Farm is Knott's Independence Hall, an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original in Philadelphia. The free exhibit allows visitors to explore a duplicate of the Liberty Bell, view presidential artifacts, and hear the forefathers discuss the Declaration of Independence. The Nutrilite Experience Center attracts medical professionals, elite athletes and visitors from all over the world who want to learn about the latest trends in health and nutrition. The center officers free 90-minute tours that cover the company’s history, the agricultural growing process, and how scientists develop and manufacture vitamins. Visitors can also travel back in time by touring the Buena Park Historic District at no cost. The district includes several preserved buildings from the 1800’s, such as the Whitaker-Jaynes House, the Bacon House, the Stage Stop Hotel, the Tice House, and the First Congregational Church. Reservations for the free tours at Nutrilite and the Buena Park Historic District are required.

Unique Digital Experiences
At Olympic Golf Zone, a one-of-a-kind experience is offered that combines state-of-the-art technology and sports. Grab a group of friends and a round of cold drinks before hitting the course for 18 holes of digital golf on some of the world’s most famous courses, or hit one out of the park in the interactive batting cages. Experience the biggest blockbusters like never before in CGV Cinema's unique 4DX theaters. Enjoy cutting-edge sound, immersive viewing technology, seats that move with the action and special effects including rain, scents and smoke. EKO Karaoke Lounge has 16 beautifully-designed private karaoke rooms, each with its own unique design and outfitted with state-of-the-art karaoke audio equipment. Ultimate Esport has created the perfect environment for expert gamers to showcase their skill, socialize, and attune to the world of gaming. They offer gamers of every age group an open and interactive atmosphere to introduce their inner-gamer.

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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