Although named for the berry farm that Walter Knott harvested from the beginning of the 20th century, the farm sold and has since exploded into a full-blown family theme park whose brand is berries but whose character is exhilarating rides and national history.
It’s one of America’s largest theme parks, and one of the most unique as well. The characters from the popular strip “Peanuts” have been represented here since 1983, and today account for a healthy part of the attraction.
There are 40 rides that cater to all ages. You’ve got your thrill rides like Rip Tide, rollercoasters like the supper fast Xcelerator and curiously-named “Montezooma’s Revenge”; then there are children’s rides and family rides like the Calico Railroad.
“Ghost Town” is where it all began when Mr. Knott built it. It’s still there, and now you can find other sections like Indian Trails, Calico Square, Camp Snoopy, Boardwalk, Fiesta Village and more. Each of these park sections is themed differently, but with a taste for the classic American story.
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Knotts Berry Farm Hotel – Families can stay close to the action to make the best of a multi-day discount pass. The hotel has an entire wing that is themed Snoopy, and not to mention their pool, sports courts and the fact that kids eat free.
Live entertainment – Knott’s does not disappoint when it comes to live entertainment. Apart from characters in the park, there are planned shows like the Fool’s Gold Stunt Show, Native American dancers, Cowboys’ Antics and shows at the Camp Snoopy Theatre.
Special Events – There’s always something new going on. As of this writing, there was a Historic California Missions exhibition that had been ongoing for over 15 years. And eccentric Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies band put on concerts throughout the weekend.
Peanuts Characters – The kids will love big Snoopy and other Peanuts characters. Camp Snoopy was one of Knott’s personal ventures and it has since spoiled the imaginations of many families on vacation.
Shopping – The Market Place of Knott’s Berry Farm is outside of the park, and offers guests the best food in the area. There’s the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner, Pink’s Hot Dogs and a Simply Grand ice cream shop, among others. Families will also enjoy the eclectic shopping opportunities here.
Independence Hall – Located near the marketplace is this building—an exact replica of the famous edifice where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Mr. Knott himself built the hall, and it makes for the best way to experience a bit of American history without traveling all the way to Philadelphia.
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