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We’re at all times saying sure to new household adventures, and if our women are in charge of how that appears, you’ll be able to guess there’ll be a fear-inducing thrill experience included.
They have been thrilled that we stated YES to go to to Buena Park, California, which included a day at America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm.
We have been delighted to seek out that there are many issues to do in Buena Park with youngsters that adults will get pleasure from too, that it made sense so as to add it to our California itinerary.
With its central Orange County location, Buena Park is inside straightforward driving distance to prime SoCal points of interest like Disneyland, Hollywood, and the beautiful OC seashores of Huntington and Laguna. It may be an excellent base when exploring the Orange County area, too.
Buena Park is named the Land of Sure! So, in case your youngsters have been bugging you for a YES Day, why not make it in a land the place sure is adopted by memorable household moments?
That will help you plan your journey, we’ve listed all the highest Buena Park points of interest for households that you just can’t miss!
We visited on a paid marketing campaign with Go to Buena Park, however all of the concepts, tales and opinions are our personal!
Issues to Do in Buena Park CA
On this journey, we stated sure to 80-degree winter climate, sure to screaming curler coasters, sure to swashbuckling pirate kidnappings, sure to household leisure, and sure to scrumptious Southern California meals.
If you’re planning to go to Southern California the beneath points of interest in Buena Park with youngsters shouldn’t be skipped.
1. Spend the day at Knott’s Berry Farm
Probably the most well-known Buena Park attraction is in fact the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park.
It began again in 1920 with the Knott Household and their berry farm. Mrs. Knott quickly grew to become legendary for her hen dinners, which helped this entrepreneur household develop their enterprise from a meals stall to the creation of the very first boysenberry, to a reproduction ghost city, to now one of the vital visited theme parks within the USA.
It’s so fashionable that even Australians will go to on their journeys to California. I bear in mind listening to my dad and brother’s tales of Montezooma’s Revenge after they visited again within the early nineties. They each stated they loved it greater than Disneyland!
Knott’s Berry Farm has extra thrill-seeker rides than Disneyland at a extra reasonably priced value. Though, in case your finances permits, I’d suggest a Quick Lane Go to maximise your time within the park.
So, should you’re not that into Mickey Mouse, this can be a nice theme park different and it’s solely quarter-hour up the street from Disney in Anaheim. And, Knott’s Berry Farm is 57-acres, which makes it possible to beat in sooner or later.
There are 40 rides throughout 4 themed areas, which pay homage to the historical past and tradition of this area: the 1800s Ghost City, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, and Camp Snoopy.
You could not discover Disney characters at this park, however you’ll discover Snoopy and the PEANUTS gang. They wander round dancing and taking pictures with friends in addition to performing in a number of exhibits all through the day.
The Outdated West Ghost City was our favourite place to stroll round within the park with its previous picket shops, salons, blacksmith retailers, cute eating places, and the Chook Theater. There’s a lot to take a look at and do they usually usually have dwell exhibits and leisure. Take pleasure in one whereas sipping a boysenberry beer on the saloon.
I additionally beloved the enjoyable, seaside vibes of The Boardwalk, dwelling of California’s first dive coaster, HangTime. It additionally has the steepest past vertical drop in California. I discovered the drop thrilling, it was the vertical climb up on the opposite aspect that had me screaming, “I wish to get off!”
We can have a full information to Knott’s Berry Farm within the coming days. For now, listed here are our picks for one of the best rides:
- GhostRider – the longest, tallest, quickest Picket coaster on the West Coast. I actually wasn’t anticipating this experience to be nearly as good because it was. Completely shocking!
- HangTime: 150 ft past vertical drip, 5 inversions and mid-air suspensions, solely the bravest will say sure to this coaster.
- Silver Bullet– Savannah’s first the wrong way up curler coaster and thrill experience. Wow! 2 minutes of intense pace, inversions, corkscrews, cobra rolls, loops and 109-foot drop!
- Sierra Sidewinder – a curler coaster that spins because it dips, banks, and nostril dives? I’d say that’s a YES!
- Pony Specific: Whereas extremely brief, this experience will launch you 38mph in lower than 3 seconds.
- Supreme Scream: 312 ft excessive, spectacular views over Buena Park, and assured abdomen drops as you all of a sudden drop from these heights.
We didn’t get to expertise all of the rides on our day at Knott’s Berry Farm, some weren’t working, however we did many of the thrill ones.
If visiting in Spring, you’ll be able to benefit from the Knott’s Boysenberry Pageant, to have a good time this berry first created by Walter Knott within the Nineteen Twenties. The occasion runs from March to April and options dwell leisure, interactive experiences and scores of boysenberry dishes.
In addition they have seasonal occasions. In October, they’ve Knott’s Spooky Farm which is geared toward youngsters, and Knott’s Scary Farm which is geared toward teenagers. Christmas is a giant month, with Knott’s Merry Farm. It’s at all times enjoyable and cheerful at Knott’s Farm!
2. Store Native at Knott’s California Market
Outdoors the entrance gates to this California theme park is Knott’s California Market. It’s a group of shops and eating places that provide these visiting an opportunity to buy some Snoopy-themed souvenirs, native jams and jellies.
You may eat on the place that began all of it – Mrs. Knott’s Rooster Dinner Restaurant. It’s been serving up Cordelia Knott’s unique fried hen recipe since 1934, in addition to well-known boysenberry pies!
You should definitely cease in at Virginia’s Reward store to see the massive mural on the partitions sharing the historical past of Knott’s Berry Farm and the Knott Household story. I bought an attractive pink summer time costume right here.
The Market emporium is one other place for garments buying – heavy on the nation theme – in addition to a year-round Christmas retailer, and a mini-Sweet Parlor!
The biggest retailer within the market, PEANUTS Headquarters has unique Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Gang clothes, plush toys, books and even canine ears to put on into the park.
And what Aussies couldn’t resist choosing up just a few Billabong gadgets from Knott’s California Store?
The preferred souvenirs for guests to buy on the California Market are the berry market preserves, particularly the boysenberry, home made fudge, and berry market syrup! And you’ll devour some boysenberry funnel muffins from Cable Automotive Kitchen.
That’s a YES to as a lot boysenberry as you’ll be able to eat in sooner or later! You’re on trip, in fact you’ll be able to!
You don’t want a theme park ticket to go to Knott’s California Market, it’s free and open to the general public, making it among the best free issues to do in Buena Park!
3. Get Moist at Knott’s Soak Metropolis Water Park (Seasonal)
As we visited Buena Park within the winter, Knott’s Soak Metropolis Water Park, the 15-acre water theme park, was closed.
However, should you’re visiting from Could by early-September, it’s possible you’ll wish to incorporate a day into your Buena Park trip cooling down on their pace, tube and physique slides, or of their Tidal Wave Pool, and stress-free Sundown River float.
We additionally hear the cafeteria serves scrumptious boysenberry pie, so make sure you test it out should you occur to go to in the summertime.
Soak Metropolis is throughout the street from Knott’s Berry Farm and requires a separate ticket.
4. Study at Knott’s Independence Corridor
Out the entrance of Soak Metropolis is Buena Park’s very personal Independence Corridor. It’s the one place within the nation to have a precise brick-by-brick duplicate of the place the place American signed their Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
So, should you can’t make it to Philadelphia to see the actual factor, that is your subsequent most suitable choice. Inside can also be a reproduction of the Liberty Bell.
There’s a small room that has recreated what the signing of the Declaration of Independence expertise would have been like with recorded voice reenactments of the forefathers debating over the doc and plans for independence from Nice Britain.
5. Take pleasure in a Pirates Dinner Journey Present
As quickly as we walked into the Pirates Dinner Journey Present, we knew we have been in for a blast. Rambunctious friends have been swilling rum cocktails on the pre-show bar with their swords and pirate patches.
Children have been having simply as a lot enjoyable with their sodas taking pictures in entrance of the pirate paraphernalia, and you may even play mini golf when you look ahead to the present to begin and revel in free appetizers.
Contained in the theater, you’re seated in rows that encompass the middle stage – an 18th century Spanish galleon adrift on a small lagoon.
We have been within the 1st row near the motion because of a VIP seating improve, which additionally features a pirate headband, beaded necklace, pirate flag (make sure you wave it) and a Picture E-book!
Immediately the pirates wander round interacting with the friends, questioning what you’re ingesting, the place your flags are, and threatening you with swords.
For the subsequent two hours you’re entertained by their swashbuckling antics: sword fights, particular results, pirate songs, and pirate video games as they carry out stunts swinging throughout the ship’s rigging, and aerial trapeze performances.
They invite you to sing alongside and take part in a number of the video games, and cheer on your pirate workforce (we have been the pink workforce).
Youngsters have been pulled from the viewers for boat races and to behave as troopers within the closing pirate preventing scenes. I had a sword held to my chest a few occasions. I feel for not having rum in hand.
We did have two large glasses of pirate cocktails on the desk although! Drink purchases include memento glasses – which might be correct glass, not faux plastic!
All of this as a three-course meal is delivered to your desk all through the night: Soup, roast hen and mash, and chocolate cake for dessert. There are alternatives for vegetarians, vegans, and people with meals intolerances.
If you would like one thing else, there are numerous meal improve choices out there equivalent to shrimp skewers and turkey legs.
The Pirates Dinner Journey Present is among the finest issues to do in Buena Park for households eager to let their interior pirate have enjoyable. It was enjoyable for the entire household, vacationers and locals alike!
6. Watch a Medieval Instances Dinner & Event
Just like the Pirate themed dinner present – and just about subsequent door – is a themed attraction for many who love Center Age tournaments and preventing.
Once more, many friends – younger and previous – got here wearing costumes, able to be knighted, and watch their workforce’s knights compete in Medieval video games, sword preventing, and jousting.
The setting for the Medieval Instances Dinner and Event is an 11th century-style fortress, and the match is hosted by the Queen and her Lords. Andalusian stallions carry out dancing acts and a falcon flies across the area.
For this present viewers participation is generally of the cheering and jeering sort, though the courageous knights throw roses out to the gang. Savannah was delighted to obtain one from our Inexperienced Knight – the eventual winner and hero.
Once more, it’s a three-course menu of soup, roasted hen (which is a big Medieval sized portion) and a Dessert of the Citadel. I don’t wish to spoil your shock however, chocolate eclairs, YES Please!
There are alternatives for vegetarians, vegans, and people with meals intolerances. Communicate to your attentive server and they’re going to assist get the correct meal to you.
In true Medieval vogue, you may be consuming along with your arms. Embrace it. And naturally, beer in a memento glass. You’re on trip. Bear in mind, Buena Park is the Land of Sure!
Come early to see the horses and to take pictures in entrance of all of the props contained in the fortress. Seize your self a memento stein of beer – it’s the Medieval Means.
7. Eat & Play at John’s Unbelievable Pizza
This isn’t only a place for lunch – good day all you-can-eat pizza buffet – however a 58,000 sq. foot indoor leisure middle with arcade video games and points of interest.
After lunch, refill a card with credit score and revel in some household enjoyable competing towards one another in Pac-man, automotive racing, and different arcade favorites.
We loved the bumper vehicles, a model we haven’t tried earlier than. You management the motion of your round bumper automotive with levers that aid you go ahead, backward, flip, and spin round!
Households with youthful youngsters will particularly get pleasure from John’s and this Buena Park Attraction.
8. Bounce on the Massive Air Trampoline Park
Our women are at all times able to say sure to again flips and warrior programs. We’ve been to sufficient of them to know that The Massive Air Trampoline Park has an excellent number of leaping actions and programs.
There’s a Ninja Warrior course the place they’ll navigate their means round obstacles over a giant foam pit; a giant trampoline space for leaping, backflips and aerials, a trampoline dodgeball courtroom, a battle beam on your personal jousting, the bouncy Massive Courtroom for taking pictures hoops, rock-climbing and one thing I’ve not seen earlier than: a mechanical bull.
Whereas older youngsters will get extra out of this household exercise, there are leaping sections for youthful kids too.
9. Go Buying at The Supply OC
If in case you have time for buying in your Buena Park trip, the Supply OC is an open-air buying middle. We didn’t get time to go to, despite the fact that it was conveniently situated subsequent to our resort.
From my analysis, there are quite a lot of nice eating places within the middle as effectively, particularly the candy sort with creatively adorned macarons from Candy Field and soufflé pancakes from Basilur Tea. I had In-Sit Espresso bookmarked for my latte repair. YES, for subsequent time.
Day Journeys from Buena Park
In fact, you’ll be able to say YES to enjoyable day journeys from Buena Park. You’re surrounded by fashionable locations and enjoyable points of interest, that might be simpler to get to than should you stayed in Anaheim. Listed below are just a few we suggest from earlier journeys.
10. Seashore Play at Huntington Seashore
Huntington Seashore is our favourite Southern California seaside. With its surfer vibe, spectacular sunsets, and night firepit gatherings, it reminds us of Australia probably the most.
Huntington State Seashore is among the cleanest in California and among the best Southern California seashores for browsing, in addition to subsequent door Newport Seashore.
40 years in the past, it was recognized by the rows of oil derricks alongside the shoreline. Now it’s boutique shops, traditional cafes, fine-dining choices and luxurious inns create a vibrantly enjoyable environment. HB within the OC is the place to be seen!
11. Tour the Suan Juan Capistrano Mission
Orange County points of interest are not nearly amusement parks and delightful seashores. There’s additionally historic appeal just a few miles away from the Dana Level shoreline.
A worthy cease in your Southern California street journey, is Mission San Juan Capistrano, the birthplace of Orange County.
It was based by the Spanish in 1776, on the similar time the Founding Fathers have been signing these essential paperwork over within the East.
With its crumbling sandstone partitions, bell wall, bougainvillea draped pathways, and flowering gardens, it’s one of the vital fascinating locations to go to in Southern California and a fairly place to wander for an hour.
Whereas right here stroll across the Los Rios Historic district to get an inkling of life centuries in the past.
12. Go to the Dana Level Institute (or Whale Watching Tour)
40-minutes from Buena Park is Dana Level, a departure level for crusing adventures and whale and dolphin watching excursions. You may mix this with a go to to the Suan Juan Capistrano Mission, which is a 10-minute drive away.
Richard Henry Dana, the seaman who Dana Level is called after, described this place as solemn and romantic. It’s a really fairly location with the harbor sitting beneath the cliff tops that you just see a lot of in Southern Orange County.
It’s additionally the house of the Dana Level Ocean Institute, which makes use of the ocean as their classroom to encourage kids to be taught.
We wandered by the varied components of the amenities that included contact tanks, and life-sized shows of whales, and the rising life cycle of the jellyfish.
The Institute additionally teaches about maritime life and historical past. Outdoors within the harbor sits the tall ship, The Pilgrim, a full-sized duplicate of the brig on which Dana as soon as sailed, which you’ll discover.
The Ocean Institute is now open to the general public seven days per week the place you’ll be able to tour the ability, take part in lab actions, go on a Whale Watching Cruise or head to sea aboard a historic tall ship.
You might be near Laguna Seashore, so think about leaving time in your day for some seaside time. I want Huntington Seashore, however Laguna remains to be an excellent choice.
13. Go to Disneyland
And naturally, California is host to a number of the world’s prime theme parks, equivalent to Disneyland. It wants no introduction.
It’s particularly nice for youthful youngsters with all of the characters and exhibits, and for extra sedate rides. California Journey Park subsequent door is the place you’ll discover extra rides for older youngsters.
Staying in Buena Park places you exterior the chaos of Anaheim, however shut by. You may as well simply catch an Uber, get dropped on the door and save on parking prices and problem, or lengthy shuttle bus traces. AND, your Buena Park resort will in all probability have Disney shuttles, which gained’t be as busy because the Anaheim resort shuttles.
The place to Eat and Drink in Buena Park
We didn’t get to eat at many eating places in Buena Park as we skilled two themed dinner present experiences and a day contained in the theme park.
It’s Southern California, so that you’ll discover numerous, distinctive and flavorful meals from all kinds of cuisines, not simply scorching canine and burgers. Listed below are just a few we discovered and loved.
1. Damaged Yolk Café
Damaged Yolk Cafe has the form of meals typical to Southern California. A South of the border twist, with colourful, flavorful meals utilizing recent, native components – and HUGE servings.
Benedicts are their signature breakfast dishes: for a singular twist, order a hen and waffle benedict. I actually loved my MOM scramble, crammed with beneficiant servings of mushroom, pink and inexperienced bell pepper and topped with avocado. I additionally added bacon.
The Authentic Damaged Yolk Café began in 1979 in Pacific Seashore, in San Diego, California and has since turn into a Southern California favourite for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Because it’s throughout the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, Damaged Yolk is the proper place to gas up earlier than the 10am opening.
2. Porto’s Bakery & Cafe
Among the finest issues to do in Buena Park is to take pleasure in sweets and savories at Porto’s Bakery.
I don’t assume I’ve ever been in a bakery as huge or busy as this iconic native Cuban bakery. It’s like a big meals corridor all to itself with an abundance of Cuban pastries, savories, scrumptious muffins, and home made bread.
There’s additionally a espresso bar should you simply wish to seize and go (or eat in).
Meals baked with love and high quality components has at all times been the main target of Cuban-born Rosa Porto, who opened her first storefront on Sundown Boulevard, Echo Park in 1976. She began by promoting muffins to a protracted line of household and pals who heard how good her muffins have been again in Cuba.
These lengthy traces now snake round six of her bakeries in California. Rosa’s kids and grandchildren now proceed Rosa’s legacy after her passing in 2019.
I discussed it’s busy, so include time and endurance for ordering. Households will love that there might be one thing to go well with all members of the family – besides in case you are gluten illiberal – and the costs are reasonably priced.
You may get a filling savory or breakfast pastry for beneath $3. Their signature Cuban Sandwich is fashionable as are their potato balls and guava strudels.
The women gave a double thumbs up YES to apple strudel and chocolate croissant. My pork tamales have been flavorful, and Craig had a meat pie and ham and cheese croissant.
Unsure if Porto’s is the actual deal? It landed at Number one on Yelp’s 2016 Prime USA eating places checklist and the LA Instances named it within the area’s finest bakery in its 2022 Better of the Southlands awards.
3. Rock & Brews
We had an hour to spare earlier than our dinner at Pirates Dinner Journey, so as a substitute of losing that strolling forwards and backwards to our resort, we determined to cease into the Rock and Brews Restaurant for a drink and a snack.
Rock is our style, so we felt at dwelling on this restaurant devoted to the greats. As quickly as we noticed the large guitar out entrance and the vinyls embedded into the sidewalk, we made a plan to seek out time to go to.
Big murals adorn the partitions of Kiss (this chain was based partially by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from Kiss), Aerosmith, and wall to wall pictures of U2, Jim Morrison, and any Rock Gods and Goddesses you’ll be able to consider. A lot of which we obtained to hearken to and watch on the TV screens across the restaurant enjoying dwell live shows and music movies. I felt like I used to be surrounded by pals and recollections.
Their meals is comprised of scratch with domestically sourced components in dishes that go well with native flavors. We had some garlic parma fries and guacamole and dip for snacks. Their nachos regarded big!
There’s a beer backyard out again with the overhead shade fabric coated in rock icons and a small stage for dwell music.
Because the title suggests, it’s a beer lover’s paradise with over 60 brews from world wide. Craig was very impressed along with his Pilsner from close by Buzzrock Brewing and I loved my seltzer from the identical brewery.
The Grammy’s could now not acknowledge Rock, however that doesn’t imply it’s useless.
4. Latte Up at Espresso Code
I’d say it’s a criminal offense to make horrible espresso in California. I hereby proclaim Code Espresso in Buena Park, not responsible. I may inform it might be good at one take a look at the latte art work on the froth – no barista goes to that a lot effort with out backing up the artwork with creamy flavorful brew.
It’s proper close to the Damaged Yolk, so I’d say save your morning espresso till after your breakfast and cease in at Espresso Code.
It’s additionally close to the Knott’s Berry Farm entrance so should you’re in want of an excellent espresso throughout your theme park day, you’ll be able to simply stroll over and seize one from there. You should definitely have your ticket readily available for re-entry.
5. The Cauldron Spirits and Brews
Whereas we didn’t go to The Cauldron Spirits and Brews, my witchy spirit was fairly drawn to what I discovered by my analysis on issues to do in Buena Park at night time.
Darkish and comfy environment, overstuffed chairs, lounge hearth, cauldron, and witches and black cats’ paraphernalia (True witches like us have two black cats!)
It’s not simply enchanting brews and alchemic cocktails on provide, however French type meals.
I needed to embody this simply in case it’s possible you’ll discover time to sneak in!
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The place to Keep at Buena Park: DoubleTree by Hilton Buena Park
We beloved how our resort, the DoubleTree by Hilton Buena Park, was inside strolling distance to all of the Buena Park points of interest. This meant hiring a automotive, and worrying about parking, was not vital!
Knott’s Berry Farm was beneath a 20-minute stroll, and we often broke that up with a croissant from Porto Bakery alongside the best way, or a Pirate themed dinner of a night.
The resort was every thing you’d count on from a DoubleTree – heat cookies upon arrival, trendy double queen rooms, a big inviting lobby, heated swimming pool, health middle, and free shuttles to each Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (it’s essential to e book prematurely).
Knott’s Berry Farm additionally has its personal resort subsequent door to the theme park.
Attending to Buena Park
On account of its central Southern California location, there are a number of straightforward choices for attending to Buena Park.
Lengthy Seashore (14 miles) and John Wayne aiport (18 miles) are the closest to Beuna Park with LA airport solely 25 miles away.
We flew into John Wayne airport from Raleigh through Chicago (take a look at the scenic flight we obtained!) It was a couple of $30-$40 Uber experience from the resort (relying on site visitors).
As talked about, Disneyland is just a 10-15 minute drive and Huntington Seashore and the OC Seashores half-hour. Verify automotive rental right here.
It could be a good suggestion if you wish to incorporate some seaside time in your journey as Huntington seaside (our favourite in SoCal) is just 10 miles away straight down Seashore Boulevard that runs by Buena Park.