Experience Knott’s Berry Farm
Knotts Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, California. What started out as a small berry and pie stand has evolved into a food and amusement park that is one of the most favorite tourist attractions in the United States.
In the 1920s, Walter and Cordelia Knott set up a table next to the road and sold berries, plants, and pies to the public. Walter discovered the boysenberry plant in the 1930s and began offering foodstuffs made from this fruit. By 1934, the Knotts had a small restaurant and served fried chicken and boysenberry pie to patrons. The construction of a highway near their restaurant increased their popularity so much that patrons would stand in line for hours just waiting for a table. Walter decided to build a miniature town around the restaurant to occupy the waiting customers. This town featured real buildings from the old west, rides, and attractions. As years went on, a General Store and more shops and gift shops opened. Animal attractions were later added such as burro rides, sea lions, petting zoo, and Old McDonald’s Farm for children’s birthday parties.
Cordelia and Walter died in 1974 and 1981 respectively. In 1995 the food business was sold to ConAgra who sold it to the J.M. Smucker Company in 2008. The theme park was sold to Cedar Fair in 1997. Knotts Berry Farm is still a favorite public attraction for all ages. The theme park, restaurants, and all the shops are open year round. Knott’s Berry Farm coupons and discounts can be purchased online at www.knotts.com. Adult admission for ages 12 and over is $53.99, junior admission for those under age 12 is $23.99, and senior admission for those age 62 and over is $23.99. A 2010 special price is being offered for adult admission of just $45.99 or $43.99 for Southern California residents. AAA members benefit from 30% off the adult admission price plus 10% off purchases made at Knott’s Marketplace. The admission for military personnel is only $29.99. The theme park hosts special events all year. There are celebrations for holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. In January, patrons can receive a discount on admission by bringing canned food.
There are also 15 shops and restaurants besides the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Other dining establishments include TGI Fridays, Chicken To Go, Souper Subs, Berry Farm Bakery, Simply Grand Ice Cream, Pink’s Hotdogs, and the Candy Parlour.
The many shops include the Marketplace Emporium and Virginia’s Gift Shop for gifts from around the world and Finishing Touches for jewelry, purses, and leather products. The Snoopy Headquarters is a 7,000 sq. ft. replica of Snoopy’s dog house that is loaded with Snoopy and Peanuts merchandise. There is also a Christmas store that is open all year and the Berry Market offers jams, jellies, biscuit mix, flavored coffee, gourmet gifts and food, Snoopy and Peanuts collectibles, and beanie bears.
Knotts Berry Farm coupons can be obtained online for admission discounts. Once inside, there’s something to interest everyone of all ages.