Hello there and Happy Summer friends! Are your kids on break for the summer? It’s always an opportune time to plan family vacations. Since we are Arizonans, we love to travel to California for vacations because it’s not too terribly far away. We love to cram in lots of fun things while on vacation like site-seeing, trying new restaurants, visiting the beach, renting bikes, and going to amusement parks. To get it all in, we have to plan each day strategically. So today, I’m going to tell you How To Do Knotts Berry Farm In One Day, since it’s one of our favorite places to visit in California!
These tips are simple and are bound to help you get through the park in one day while enjoying what Knotts Berry Farm has to offer. And it’s a lot more than just awesome roller coasters!
1. Stay at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel
The Knotts Berry Farm Hotel is in walking distance from the park, making it super convenient. You don’t have to deal with or pay for the amusement park parking. Score! The hotel has all the normal hotel amenities, but lots of extras as well! The restaurant connected to the hotel is delicious and affordable and when you check-in you get a free kids entree coupon. There’s also a gift shop, bar, basketball/tennis courts, pool, hot tub, room service, gym, awesome splash pad, and special visits from the Peanuts characters.
We stayed at the hotel for my daughter’s birthday, so the staff was sure to give her very special treatment… I’m talking birthday pin, Snoopy stuffy, and a brownie ice cream sundae sent up to our room. I can’t even tell you how special she felt! We were super impressed. If you go for a birthday or special occasion, be sure to let the front desk know!
2. Arrive at the park 30 minutes prior to opening.
This allows you to get your tickets and get in line to enter the park before things get too crazy. Kind of a give-in for any amusement park. Take advantage of the character pictures right as you enter the park. This helps you get it out of the way first thing so that you don’t have to stand in the lines to meet the Peanuts gang.
3. Work your way around the park to hit all the rides.
Rather than jumping all over the park, grab a map at the entrance and work your way around the park, riding the roller coasters that you and the family are interested in riding. Pony Express, Jaguar, Boomerang, and La Revolucion are some of our favorites! There’s also Camp Snoopy for the younger kiddos. There’s literally rides for all ages at Knotts!
4. Eat at the park.
Okay. Let me first say that I think the food prices at Knotts are a bit pricey. But I feel that way about most amusement parks. So the prices are comparable to other parks. I will also tell you that the food at Knotts is DELICIOUS. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices. So, I encourage you to eat at least one of your meals at the park. You can pack snacks and water bottles in your backpack and eat breakfast in the hotel room before walking to the park. Splurge for at least one meal at the park. You can thank me later. If you schedule it right, you can even eat while you watch one of the shows at Knotts and knock that off the list at the same time.
5. Walk through Ghost Town, it’s a must.
You can do this when the kids need a break from rides and lines or you can do this on your way out of the park, but either way, it’s a must. One of the greatest things about Knotts is that there’s SO much more than the roller coasters. There’s actually a ton of history in the park (I tell about it HERE), so be sure to take advantage of it! The Knotts employees made my daughter feel extra special all day because of the birthday pin she wore. Check out the personalized lucky horseshoe the blacksmith made her! So special.
I hope these tips help you to not only do Knotts Berry Farm in one day, but to get the most out of your visit. It really is one of our favorite places to vacation and we highly recommend it for families!
This post was written in exchange for admission tickets to Knotts Berry Farm, though all opinions and ideas are 100% my own and I only share things I love and feel my readers would love too.