Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm

Cordelia Knott opened her chicken dinner restaurant in 1934, next to her and her husband Walter's berry farm. Over the years, Walter added a Ghost Town and other attractions to entertain diners while they awaited tables. That evolved into the Cedar Fair-owned theme park that welcomes more than four million visitors a year.

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Knott's invented the after-hours theme park Halloween event with Knott's Scary Farm in 1973, which now runs select evenings in September and October. Knott's also puts on several food and entertainment festivals throughout the year, including the Boysenberry Festival (celebrating the fruit hybrid first cultivated on Knott's farm) in the spring, the Peanuts Celebration in late winter, and Knott's Merry Farm for Christmas.

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New for 2024

  • Camp Snoopy
    A reimagining of the park's children's land will include a new coaster - Snoopy's Tenderpaw Twister Coaster, a Zamperla Lift & Launch family coaster - plus the Sally's Swing Along swing ride. Opens Memorial Day weekend.
  • MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress
    The park's former Montezooma's Revenge, a 800-foot-long Schwarzkopf shuttle loop with a 55-mph launch and one inversion, is getting a new name and a rebuild. The new ride will feature a randomized launch sequence and its queue will get story upgrades about doomed treasure hunters searching for Montezooma's gold. Originally slated to open in 2023, this ride's future is now in doubt.

What to Do

Roller Coasters

  1. GhostRider ★ ★
    A 4,533-foot Custom Coasters International wooden coaster, retracked by Great Coasters International in 2016, with a 108-foot drop and top speed of 56 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches

  2. Silver Bullet
    A 3,125-foot Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster with a 109-foot drop, top speed of 55 mph and six inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches

  3. HangTime
    A 2,198-foot Gerstlauer infinity coaster with a 150-foot beyond-vertical drop, top speed of 57 mph and five inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches

  4. Xcelerator
    A 2,202-foot Intamin accelerator coaster with an 82-mph launch onto a 205-foot Top Hat. Height requirement: 52 inches

  5. Pony Express
    A 1,250-foot Zamperla Moto coaster, styled to look like you are riding on the back of a horse, with a 38-mph launch up a 44-foot hill. Height requirement: 48 inches
    Pony Express

  6. Sierra Sidewinder
    A 1,411-foot Mack Rides spinning coaster with a 39-foot drop and top speed of 37 mph. Height requirement: 42 inches

  7. Coast Rider
    A 1,339-foot Mack Rides wild mouse. Height requirement: 44 inches

  8. Jaguar
    A 2,602-foot Zierer Tivoli with a top speed of 35 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches

Other Recommended Attractions

  1. Timber Mountain Log Ride
    Bud Hurlbut's 1968 log flume ride, which Disney Imagineers freely admit "inspired" their design for Splash Mountain. Height requirement: 36 inches
    Timber Mountain Log Ride

  2. Calico Mine Ride
    Hurlbut's iconic 1960 dark ride in the heart of Knott's Ghost Town

  3. Ghost Town Alive!
    Play along with the residents of Calico in this interactive production that takes place throughout the day in Ghost Town. Operates during the summer season.

  4. Bird Cage Theatre
    Various live shows throughout the year, but always worth watching.
    Bird Cage Theatre

  5. Calico Saloon Show
    Musical review - complete with dancing girls - on the bar in the Calico Saloon. Plays seasonally.

  6. Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair
    Interactive dark ride that calls back to the original Knott's Bear-y Tales ride.

  7. Calico River Rapids
    A 2019 reimagining of the old Bigfoot Rapids ride, with animatronics from Garner Holt. Height requirement: 46 inches

Other Rides

Ghost Town
  • Calico Railroad
  • Butterfield Stagecoach
  • Pacific Scrambler
  • Sky Cabin
  • Supreme Scream
  • Surfside Gliders
  • Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars
  • Wipeout
Fiesta Village
  • Dragon Swing
  • Hat Dance
  • La Revolucion
  • Merry Go Round
  • Sol Spin
  • WaveSwinger
Camp Snoopy
  • The first single-IP immersive children's land opened in 1983 and includes a variety of kiddie rides, shows, and character meets.

Where to Eat

  • Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
    The table service fried chicken restaurant that started it all is located outside the park gates, in the adjoining California Marketplace.

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Park Map

Knott's Berry Farm is located in Buena Park, California - about six miles from Disneyland and 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). John Wayne Airport (SNA), in Santa Ana, is only 20 miles away, but more destinations around the world have nonstop service to LAX.

Once you get close to the park, watch for signs directing you to whichever parking lot Knott's is filling at the moment.


Once you buy your tickets, plan to park and arrive at the entrance gate before it opens, usually at 10am. In addition to the main entrance on Grand Ave., there is a back gate on Western Ave. that Knott's opens if it is using the parking lot there.

Your first priority as soon as the gates open should be to get to GhostRider, which has absolutely terrible waits for most of the day. Compared with GhostRider, nothing at Knott's tends to have too long a wait, so do what you want, when you want to, noting our readers' recommendations above.

We very much do recommend the entertainment throughout the park, including the Ghost Town Alive interactive experiences throughout Ghost Town in the summer, anything playing at the Bird Cage, plus whatever is on at the moment in the Walter Knott Theater. And set aside time (and get your hand stamped as you exit) to visit Mrs. Knott's restaurant for a sit-down lunch or dinner. If you don't have a big appetite, or much time, try the chicken sliders at the bar.