A hub for adventure seekers, foodies, and history buffs, make Buena Park your next destination. 5 minutes from the Disneyland® Resort, Buena Park is centrally located in northern Orange County. The entertainment hotspot is a must-visit for those looking to add hair-raising thrills, delightful dishes, and historical interest to their itineraries.
Knott’s Berry Farm
California’s first theme park was built around a blossoming boysenberry stand in Buena Park, California. For over 100 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has been delighting guests. Explore 160 acres of world-class rides, shows, restaurants, and attractions in four themed areas: Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, and Camp Snoopy. Adrenaline junkies can test their limits on more than a dozen scream-inducing rides. Hop on Ghostrider – the longest, fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast. Drop down over 200 feet in three seconds flat on Supreme Scream, or go all out on Hangtime, California’s first dive coaster. For the Little's Camp Snoopy offers dozens of kid-friendly attractions, including a pint-sized roller coaster and a meet-and-greet with Snoopy and the PEANUTS Gang.
Knott’s Soak City
During summer months, the coolest spot in Buena Park is Knott’s Soak City. The 15-acre waterpark is home to 23 heart-pumping speed, tube, and body slides. Enjoy the wave pool or kid-friendly Gremmie Lagoon. For the ultimate relaxation, rent a private cabana for the day. Your oasis comes with lounge chairs, table, wait staff and a select menu. Plus, you’ll have private use of inner tubes, perfect for floating down the ⅓ mile of lazy river that snakes throughout the waterpark.
Interactive Dinner Theaters
We’ve got your reservation for an amazing evening with two unique attractions in Buena Park. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament transports you to the days of yesteryear where dinner guests cheer on a knight of the round table in battles of pure brawn on horseback and foot. Then celebrate with a feast (no forks included!) in honor of the Queen.
At Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, you’ll gather round a Spanish ship for a high-energy and hilarious family-friendly show. The engaging performances include audience participation to help the dastardly pirates along the way. If swashbuckling takes a lot out of you, rest assured that the three-course meal will refuel you.
Beach Boulevard Club
Go from pirates to pianos. The Beach Boulevard Club is located within the same complex as Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, but has a completely unique feel. The Prohibition-style speakeasy invites you into the 21+ lounge to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and small bites. At the Beach Boulevard Club, you’ll be delighted by dueling piano entertainment playing selections across all genres. Bring friends and song requests for a night of music and memories.
Ralph B Clark Regional Park
Capture a day in the SoCal sunshine at Ralph B Clark Regional Park. The 104-acre park features hiking trails, ball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and more. One additional highlight is the Interpretive Center where you can dig into Orange County’s prehistoric history with an extensive fossil collection.
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
The tradition began when Mrs. Knott’s began serving her fried chicken to passerbys on her wedding china. Come experience the beloved menu filled with chicken, mashed potatoes, and biscuits with plenty of boysenberry jelly at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, just outside the theme park.
Brews and spirits are conjured with a wicked twist at The Cauldron. The bewitching cocktails and French-inspired menu items are served in a themed, intimate setting with a private room behind a moving bookcase available for parties.
Porto’s Bakery and Café
The potato balls are legendary, as is the entire menu of sandwiches, cakes, and beverages at Porto’s Bakery and Café. The family-owned café features original recipes brought over from Cuba that have made them a top pick for locals.
Some of the Best Noodles and Ramen in OC
Buena Park is home to a variety of cuisine, including some of the best noodle and ramen spots in Orange County. Stop by SUP Noodle for a bowl of pho with your choice of protein or experience hot pot dining at Miss Shabu. Don’t miss the ramen at Ramen & Tsukemen TAO, named among MICHELIN Guide’s Bib Gourmand restaurants recognized for quality flavors at affordable prices.
History & Culture
In addition to studying marine fossils up to 9 million years old at the Interpretive Center at Ralph B Clark Regional Park, Buena Park offers unique historical and cultural destinations for your visit.
Knott’s Independence Hall
Find a brick-by-brick recreation of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall just outside of Knott’s Berry Farm. The free museum will allow you to step inside replicas of the rooms where Founding Fathers started our nation.
Buena Park Historic District
Step back into the 1800s. Take a free tour through historic Buena Park buildings including the Whitake-Jaynes House, which also serves as the city’s local history museum, plus the Bacon House.
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