What's five miles from Disneyland, 15 miles from white sandy beaches, 20 miles from Los Angeles, and 1,000,000 miles away from your everyday life?! You guessed it: The lively city of Buena Park, California.
Buena Park is home to some of the world's biggest attractions, thrilling roller coasters, and everybody's favorite pet beagle, Snoopy—making it the perfect place for your next family vacation. Kids big and small will love the interactive dinner shows, jam-packed amusement parks, and casual, award-winning dining.
Here are just a few of the many reasons to pack up the kids and head out to Buena Park:
1.Knott's Berry Farm. This 160-acre amusement park has it all. Knott's Berry Farm started as a small, family-run berry farm (did you know that Buena Park is the birthplace of the boysenberry?) and has transformed into a destination full of family fun.
The park, which is actually California's first theme park, offers many classic, unique, and thrilling family rides perfect for all ages. Defy gravity on the newest ride, HangTime, enjoy the twists and turns of GhostRider, which is the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast, and take the little ones on one of the dozen kids' rides at Camp Snoopy. When you're ready to cool off, enjoy the attractions at Knott's Soak City, featuring 23 speed, tube, and body slides.
Once hunger strikes, don't miss your chance to grab a classic fried chicken dinner at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which first opened in 1934. Every complete chicken dinner includes handmade biscuits, side salad, choice of cabbage or cherry rhubarb, three pieces of fried chicken, and mashed potatoes smothered with gravy. For dessert, choose between boysenberry pie or boysenberry sherbet.
2.Disneyland. Grab your Mickey and Minnie ears and hop in the car for a short drive to Disneyland. With more than 60 attractions, you and the kids are in for an exhilarating trip. Ride the roller coasters, meet your favorite Disney princesses or Star Wars characters, see a show, and of course, do some shopping.
3.Interactive shows. When the sun sets and the parks all close, enjoy the sight of pirates battling, knights jousting, and aerial ballerinas. Buena Park is home to not one, but three interactive dinner shows.
At Pirate's Dinner Adventure, you can dress up in your favorite pirate garb and travel back to the age when pirates ruled the seas and monster legends ruled the deep. Enjoy epic battles of steel and steed at Medieval Times, where six brave knights battle and joust for the Queen's heart. And if you're traveling with a party of adults over the age of 18, listen to live music and watch aerial ballet, mind-blowing magic, and the best of cabaret at Teatro Martini.
4.Insanely good grub. Picky eaters, unite. From sweets to pizza to classic American fare, Buena Park restaurants have got you covered. Porto's Bakery & Café has been ranked the number one restaurant in the U.S. by Yelp, and we have to agree. Decadent Cuban classics include cheese rolls, apple strudel, chocolate croissants, and an insane amount of cookie, cakes, and other sweet and savory treats.
For quality American comfort food and a killer atmosphere, enjoy a juicy burger, signature wings, and rustic hamburgers at Rock & Brews Restaurant. You'll enjoy a casual, energized environment with a fun outdoor area where you can challenge the kids to beach volleyball or cornhole.
Ready to plan your trip to Buena Park, California? Call 800-541-3953 or check out their website at www.visitbuenapark.com.