Knott's Berry Farm#8 in Best Things To Do in Anaheim-Disneyland
If you're sick of Disney – or just want try out some big roller coasters – you should check out nearby Buena Park's Knott's Berry Farm, a popular theme park that features some thrilling attractions. The park contains the quaintness of a Wild West reconstruction with some of the attractions of a multimillion-dollar theme park. It also boasts a log ride, a Wild West stunt show, a boardwalk-themed area and a playground area called Camp Snoopy that is geared toward young children. Highly recommended thrill rides include the HangTime dive coaster and the super-fast Xcelerator The Ride roller coaster. If you're visiting during the summer and need a break from the heat, consider purchasing tickets to the water park, Knott's Soak City, which is open from mid-May through early September.
While Knott's Berry Farm offers a different experience (and a cheaper price tag) to the Disneyland attractions, many past visitors noted that, unlike Disney, the staff and amenities were not always up to par. If you plan on drinking more than one fountain drink, consider purchasing the park's souvenir bottle, which costs $12.99 and grants free refills throughout your visit. Travelers also suggested downloading the Knott's Berry Farm smartphone app, which includes an interactive map of the park showing the fastest routes between rides and wait times for select rides, among other features.
Park hours vary, but generally the Knott's Berry Farm opens at 10 a.m. It closes as early as 5 p.m. and as late as 1 a.m. (on New Year's Eve). You can save on admission by purchasing your park tickets online. For example, a single-day adult ticket will cost you $55 if purchased online. That same ticket will set you back $84 if bought at the gate. If you drive to Knott's Berry Farm, it'll cost you $20 to park. To save a bit of coin, opt to get here via public transportation; Anaheim Resort Transit route No. 18 will drop you off in front of the Knott's Berry Farm MarketPlace. The Buena Park Metrolink station is also located minutes from the park. From the Metrolink station, you can hop on an Orange County Transportation Authority bus, which will drop you off at the park gates. Knott's Berry Farm is located about 6 miles northwest of downtown Anaheim. For more information, visit the Knott's Berry Farm website.
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Many travelers say this original Disney resort lives up to its motto as "The Happiest Place on Earth." You'll find three unique areas inside Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District. The main park is still the favorite among reviewers and frequent guests, as it harbors several themed areas like Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Mickey's Toontown and its latest attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which has brought a whole new level of excitement to the park. While not all the "Star Wars" rides are available (rollout continues until early 2020), the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride and the themed shops and eateries that are open have garnered high praise from visitors.
Meanwhile, at California Adventure, you'll find Golden State-themed lands like Paradise Pier, which is modeled after California boardwalks similar to the one in Santa Monica, and exciting new attractions like the "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride in Hollywood Land. Visitors can also explore the worlds of "The Little Mermaid" and "Cars." For a tasty meal and some entertainment, head to Downtown Disney.
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