So when planning our trip to Cali a few months ago, one thing that popped up on everyone’s “must do” list for families was Knott’s Berry Farm! But before going to Cali, I had absolutely no clue what Knott’s Berry Farm even was, or of it was actually worth going to. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably feeling the same, right?
While other blogs rave about going to Knott’s Berry Farm, they didn’t really convince my daughter and I that we should visit. Honestly, Riah took one look at the website and scratched it off our list.
I tried to convince her otherwise, but she only wanted to do Disneyland and Universal Studios.
So how’d we end up at Knott’s?
Well .. Riah’s friend, who lives in Cali, mentioned how much fun it was, and naturally she wanted to go because she trusted his recommendation.
So they set up a date, we parents figured it out, and we went!
So Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth Going To? Here’s Everything Families Need To Know Before Planning A Visit To California
First thing’s first … what is Knott’s Berry Farm?
According to their website … “Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings.”
What started as a small berry farm soon began to grow into a family theme park destination thanks to famous fried chicken dinners, boysenberries and an Old West Ghost Town.
Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, delicious food creations and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.
So yeah, long story short, it’s an amusement park!
There are rides for the little ones, and rides for the older kids.
However, it’s definitely got that “old ghost town” feel. Not in a creepy way though.
In a, we’re from the city, and the city is all we know, so this is cool, kind of way.
Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth Visiting?
It does get super hot though, but if you take it easy, and get there when the park opens so you can get on rides early, it’s totally worth a trip.
Plus it’s about $50 a ticket?
So compared to Disneyland and Universal Studios, it’s pretty cheap.
There’s even an arcade for kids, and face painting.
Which of course Riah loved! The face painting at least. We didn’t get to play in the arcade because we ended up eating lunch while her friend was in the arcade.
However, her friend had to leave early, and Riah and I spent the rest of the day just walking around, and getting on the rides.
Make sure you download the app.
If you’re new to the park, the map on the app is super helpful.
You’ll be able to find wait times for the rides, use the map to find where the rides are, and you can of course use it to present your tickets on your phone.
Just know that, just like every other amusement park in Cali, the lines can get pretty long.
Which means the wait times can get pretty long as well!
Including the lines for food!
I kid you not, we almost didn’t make it. It was so dang hot, and we were standing in line for so darn long for food, that we almost called it quits and went home.
But we pushed through, and had fun anyway.
While we didn’t get on a ton of rides, since the new 4D one was slightly broken and the kids jumped off the line because they couldn’t wait any longer, and Riah scares easily, so we didn’t do any of the thrill rides. Which is fine by me, because alas, I to hate the thrill rides. We definitely had a great day together.
So it’s totally worth it. Here’s a few more photos from our trip.