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Knott's Berry Farm

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Location: Knott's Berry Farm is located in Buena Park, California, about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles and five minutes west of Disneyland. You can get driving directions by clicking the Knott's Berry Farm link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.

History: Knott's really once was a berry farm. Walter Knott built a themed Ghost Town to entertain diners waiting for tables at his wife's fried chicken restaurant. Over the years, the park grew into a destination of its own. Today, the park is owned by the Cedar Fair company.

Hours: Knott's is open 365 days a year, except Christmas.

Tickets: Buy and print online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.

Fast Lane: Beginning in 2012, Knott's offers the Fast Lane pass allowing priority boarding on up to thirteen of the park's rides, including all major roller coasters. Prices start at $60 per person.

Strategy: Following an extensive refurbishment, GhostRider is once again the most popular ride at Knott's Berry Farm and should be your first stop once inside the gate. After experiencing GhostRider, thrill-seekers should proceed counter-clockwise around the park, stopping at Silver Bullet, Sierra Sidewinder, Montezooma's Revenge, Supreme Scream, and Xcelerator in that order, before proceeding to other attractions. Those who are a bit rattled by GhostRider should instead opt for the classic Knott's attractions such as the Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride, as well as the park's interactive dark ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef. All first-time visitors should also be certain to take a ride on the Stagecoach and make time for a performance of the Mystery Lodge.

If you've got little kids, head to Camp Snoopy and just spend the day there until the kids tire out. Wrap up with a ride on the Carousel, a chicken dinner at Mrs. Knott's then call it a day.

Note on food: The star food attraction, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, is actually located outside the park. That means you do not need park admission to dine there, but it does mean you'll have to get your hand stamped and exit if you are visiting the theme park.

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