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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Knott's Berry Farm

We treated ourselves this year to season passes to Knott's Berry Farm. Knott's calls itself America's original theme park. It may be over-shadowed by its famous cousin a few miles away, but many people who grew up in southern California have fond memories of this place.


We have been going a couple times per month since buying the passes in December, so definitely getting our money's worth! Here are a few things we have found that make each trip fun.

Eats:

For food we either stop at Pink's Hot Dogs on the way in (this is the hot dog stand in Hollywood that has a notorious line), or we have found the Ghost Town Grill to be a good value (same food found elsewhere in the park, but includes sides which typically cost extra at other food stands).

We typically don't wait in line for Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant, but we have gotten the chicken to go, which was still delicious and much more cost effective.

It wouldn't be Knott's without a funnel cake with boysenberry topping!

Rides:


Admittedly since getting the passes, BT and I still haven't been to the park sans Hank to relive our youth riding the coasters. There are a LOT of roller coasters here - more than you remember if you haven't been here for a few years. The coasters distract a little from the original attractions, as the struts and supports weave themselves just about every darn place, but I understand they have to keep up with what folks want.

Camp Snoopy is where it's at. We spend most of our time here, riding the race cars at Charlie Brown Speedway, the Rocky Road Trucking Co. semi trucks, and walking through an adventure tunnel filled with butterflies. Hank is still too small for a few of the rides, so it will be fun for him to them as he grows this year.

Although they seem more intense than some of the rides in Camp Snoopy, kids are allowed to ride on the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which has a substantial water drop. Hanks LOVES the Log Ride, and has taken to putting his hands up as we drive down hills around town and pretending to splash down at the bottom.

Attractions:


One of our first stops is to get a hug from Snoopy. We also have to see the Peanuts Gang show at Camp Snoopy Theater. Fortunately the show appears to change a few times a year, so mama and dada won't get too sick of it...

The Ghost Town has so many fun things to see, and we spend a good chunk of time here. We enjoy saying hi to the Catawampus, and to Sad Eyed Joe - a mannequin - sitting in jail (there is a guy sitting in a building in front of the jail cell. You can give him somebody's name to say as he is talking to his visitors.) We also stop to see the live creepy crawlies in the Ranger Station, sit in an old-fashioned desk in the Iowa Schoolhouse, and stop to see the various "look-sees" located throughout the old Ghost Town.

Mama likes the Western Trails Museum's collection of buttons!!


I'm sure we'll find more favorites as the year progresses. Just glad we didn't decide once was enough after buying the passes!

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Favorite of the day: Love the collage and bead kits!

Working on: A pillow

1 comment:

mascanlon said...

Looks like a fun place to spend the afternoon without all the drama of that place down the street! especially at this age.