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), the Peanuts Celebration, and Knott's Merry Farm for Christmas.

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New for 2023

  • 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 for 2023. 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.

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
    Read Robert Niles' review of HangTime.
  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

And for little kids, Camp Snoopy has Timberline Twister, a Bradley and Kaye kiddie coaster.

Other Rides

Top recommendations

  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. Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair
    Interactive dark ride that calls back to the original Knott's Bear-y Tales ride.
    Read Robert Niles' review of Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair.
  4. Calico River Rapids
    A 2019 reimagining of the old Bigfoot Rapids ride, with animatronics from Garner Holt. Height requirement: 46 inches

Other notable attractions at Knott's include the Supreme Scream drop tower; the Calico Railroad and Stagecoach in Ghost Town; the first-ever Camp Snoopy children's play area, and the Sky Cabin observation tower.


Top recommendations

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

Also check to see what is playing in the historic Bird Cage Theatre, located in Ghost Town. It's almost always worth your time.

Bird Cage Theatre


Top recommendations

  1. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant
    The table service fried chicken restaurant that started it all is located outside the park gates.
  2. Boardwalk BBQ
    Counter service pork, beef and chicken, located near Xcelerator


Knott's Berry Farm is located in Buena Park, California - about six miles from Disneyland and 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport.