Saddle up, partner! It's time to travel back to the Old West at Knott's Berry Farm.
Located on 160 acres in Buena Park, this classic amusement park was originally a berry farm belonging to Walter Knott and his family. In order to sell more berries, jams and pies from their roadside stand, the Knotts first added Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant in 1934, where a slice of their famous boysenberry pie was served for dessert, and then additional attractions and shops. Construction started on the Old West Ghost Town in 1940, and little by little, the family turned this one-time small farm into a popular Southern California amusement park.
Today visitors to Knott's can enjoy nine roller coasters, three water rides and countless attractions. Start with Ghost Town, where you can learn all about Western heritage at the Western Trails Museum or swing through the air 254 feet above the ground on the original Screamin' Swing. Then celebrate the spirit of Mexico in Fiesta Village, home of La Revolución. If a severe vertical drop gets your blood pumping, don't miss Montezooma's Revenge, the last standing flywheel-launched roller coaster in the United States.
It's a thrill a minute at The Boardwalk, where you'll find several of the park's scariest rides, including Perilous Plunge, Rip Tide, Sky Cabin, Supreme Scream, Wipeout, Xcelerator and the roller coaster Boomerang. Then wander the midway to play classic boardwalk games. To cool off, go and get wet at the Wild Water Wilderness area. Bigfoot Rapids is a popular white water river rafting adventure, and the equestrian themed Pony Express roller coaster offers the fastest horseback ride west of the Mississippi.
You'll find fun for the whole family at Camp Snoopy, where the Peanuts gang is waiting to welcome you. Try zipping around the racetrack on Charlie Brown's Speedway, riding the waves on Lucy's Tugboat, or flying through the skies with Snoopy on the Red Baron.
If you're heading to Knott's, be sure to bring your appetite! No trip to the park is complete without a hearty serving of their classic fried chicken, at least one old fashioned funnel cake, some famous boysenberry punch and old school sarsaparilla. When you've had your fill of fun, food and thrills, you can ride off into the sunset on the Butterfield Stagecoach.