Many families we work with include Knott’s Berry Farm on their itineraries. Ticket prices have only increased over the years, so we understand it’s a big expense between admission, parking, food, and maybe even hotel costs. To help ease your wallet, we’ll show you where to find discount Knott’s Berry Farm tickets through regularly fact-checked authorized sellers.

We have an exclusive price on Knott’s and Soak City admission—an unbelievable deal. We’ll also discuss sightseeing passes that could be worth considering if you visit other nearby attractions. You’ll be armed with the tools to compare options, avoid invalid promo codes and coupons, and learn other important tips for your visit.

On a personal note, I grew up going to this park and am excited for the reopening of Montezuma’s Revenge! People of all ages enjoy dozens of rides, roller coasters, shows, and attractions in four themed areas, including Old West Ghost Town and the beloved Camp Snoopy. You’ll also want extra money in your wallet to enjoy the park’s famous boysenberry pie.

Knott’s Berry Farm Ticket & Entry Tips

Please note the following before buying Knott’s Berry Farm tickets — especially the new chaperone policy. You can skip to tickets if you know these things already.

Check Knott’s Berry Farm Hours

Before you visit, check open dates and hours. Knott’s Berry Farm is open year-round except on Christmas Day. Knott’s Soak City Water Park is open seasonally. Hours of operation at both parks can vary.

Knott’s Berry Farm Prices at the Gate

If you were to talk up to the gate without admission, you’d pay:

  • Knott’s Berry Farm Daily Tickets: $99.99 for ages 3+
  • Knott’s Soak City Daily Tickets: $69.99 for ages 3+
  • Ages 0-2 are free

For Knotts Scary Farm, gate prices average around $109.99 per person. You may also buy a “Fast Lane” wristband online starting at $74, separately from an admission ticket. You may also buy a Season Pass Fast Lane for the 2024 season starting at $675.

Reservations Are Not Required

You no longer need to make Knott’s Berry Farm reservations before arriving at the park. However, tickets purchased through Knotts.com and other authorized ticket sellers are date-specific. So, depending on who you purchase from, you’ll need to know when you are going. However, if using option #1 below on our list of discounted ticket options, you can go any day within a year of purchasing the ticket.

Knott’s Berry Farm Parking Price

Note that Knott’s parking price is currently $30 per car when purchased online. If you are driving a bus or RV, parking costs $35. Preferred parking is $50 per car. Parking lots open one hour before the park opens.

These Annual Events Are Included

Knott’s Berry Farm includes several annual events in the price of admission.

  • Peanuts Celebration
  • Boysenberry Festival
  • Summer at Knott’s (including Knott’s Summer Nights on select dates)
  • Knott’s Spooky Farm
  • Knott’s Merry Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm requires a separate ticket, which can also be purchased at a discount.

Chaperone Policy

A new chaperone policy is in effect until further notice (and is subject to change). The park may add other weekdays as necessary. You can keep up with the details, but here is the gist.

  • Guests aged 15 and older must be with a chaperone who is at least 21 years old to enter the park.
  • The chaperone must present a valid photo ID showing the date of birth.
  • One chaperone can accompany no more than ten guests ages 15 or younger per day.
  • Chaperones must be with their group during entry and stay inside the park during their entire visit.
  • Chaperones must be available by phone throughout their stay.
  • Guests ages 15 years old or younger who are found inside the park unaccompanied by a chaperone will be subject to ejection.

These rules apply to all Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Scary Farm, and Soak City Waterpark ticket and season pass holders.

A tame Camp Snoopy ride kids can enjoy with Knott's Berry Farm discount tickets.
Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

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1. Knott’s Berry Farm Discount Tickets: 1-Day & 2-Day Exclusive Price!

Our discount site has GREAT prices on Knott’s Berry Farm tickets. It’s powered by aRes Travel, a San Diego-based authorized ticket seller for major California attractions. They offer ways to buy Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets and tickets to other famous attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California (promo code LEGO), and Disneyland (promo code SAVE5 on multi-day tickets).

You’ll pay a $2 convenience fee per ticket, but you’ll likely come out ahead. For Knott’s Berry Farm and other Cedar Fair parks, we will now have to text or email you the discounted price and purchasing instructions.

Normally, I have a section for tickets purchased directly through the park in posts like this. Take a look at their online pricing. Our number crunching has revealed that our good any-day tickets are less in nearly every circumstance if you’re looking for 1-Day or 2-Day tickets.

  • A short personal message from Katie: We’ve successfully helped over 4000 people buy more than 14,000 cheaper Knott’s Berry Farm tickets. It would be easier if we could show you the price. We don’t market via text, and you can type stop after we deliver the discount. Thank you for supporting our small business!

KNOTT’S Berry Farm 1-DAY & 2-DAY PASSES — REQUEST MY DISCOUNT FOR A SUPER LOW PRICE!

  • 1-Day: The One-Day Ticket is valid for one (1) visit: Now – September 2, 2024.
  • 2-Day: The Two-Day Ticket is valid for any two (2) visits: Now – September 2, 2024.

Go straight to the gate. No reservations are required! Soak City Waterpark is not included, but we have separate discounted tickets for the water park, too!

*By texting the word KNOTTS to 1-833-490-0799 you agree to receive automated promotional messages with how to secure my deeper ticket discount, and this agreement isn’t a condition of any purchase. Msg and data rates may apply. 2 msg/mo. Reply STOP to cancel. Read my full privacy policy.


2. Discount Knott’s Soak City Waterpark Tickets 1-Day

Everyone’s favorite seasonal Southern California waterpark is open! And we also have a discount on admission! If you sign up to receive the discounts by email, you only need to sign up once. The email will include both Knott’s parks!

KNOTT’S SOAK CITY 1-DAY PASSES — REQUEST MY DISCOUNT FOR A SUPER LOW PRICE!

1-Day Admission Ticket includes park admission and unlimited use of all water rides and attractions during the 2024 season. Open certain dates: May 18 – September 8, 2024. Tickets are not valid for special ticket events.

Go straight to the gate. No reservations are required! Knott’s Bery Farm is not included, but we have separate discounted tickets for the theme park, too!

*By texting the word SOAKCITY to 1-833-490-0799 you agree to receive automated promotional messages with how to secure my deeper ticket discount, and this agreement isn’t a condition of any purchase. Msg and data rates may apply. 2 msg/mo. Reply STOP to cancel. Read my full privacy policy.


3. Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City Combo Ticket Deal

If you want to visit both parks on two separate days (can’t be the same day), this is a great deal.

4. Knott’s Berry Farm Vacation Packages

You can bundle tickets and a hotel stay in a vacation package to save up to 20%. Look out for price drop alerts that offer extra savings.


5. Go City San Diego Sightseeing Pass

The Go City San Diego pass saves up to 50% off admission to nearly 45 top San Diego attractions. Other Southern California attractions are included, like Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an All-inclusive pass or Explorer pass) and buy your pass in advance.
  2. Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
  3. Show the pass at any eligible attraction, and you’re in for free.

The passes are available at different prices in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7-day options. Ensure that the attractions you want to visit are listed on the option you purchase.

This is the most popular discounted, bundled San Diego attractions pass, because it includes a couple of Orange County and Los Angeles attractions, too.

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TWO WAYS TO SAVE ON GO CITY SAN DIEGO

Use promo code GOSDO5LJM to apply an extra 5% off ALL Go San Diego sightseeing passes when you buy through Go City! This discount stacks on top of sale rates! Also, check aResTravel, where All-Inclusive and Explorer Passes are currently cheaper.

(Pass has limited value for families at many attractions during Kids Free October in San Diego — we recommend individual tickets during this timeframe instead.)


6. Go City Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass

The Go Los Angeles pass works like the Go San Diego pass mentioned above. However, this pass also includes some famous theme parks in Orange County and San Diego.

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass Theme Parks

  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Universal Studios Hollywood (3, 4, 5, 7-day pass only)
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • San Diego Zoo
  • LEGOLAND California

Take advantage of my extra 5% discount on this pass as well!

EXCLUSIVE LA JOLLA MOM DISCOUNT

Use promo code GOLA5LJM to apply an extra 5% off ALL Go City Los Angeles sightseeing passes! This discount stacks on top of sale rates!

(Pass has limited value for families in San Diego during Kids Free October — we recommend individual tickets instead during this timeframe. See promotional terms and conditions.)

See also: 9 Go Los Angeles Pass Benefits For Sightseeing

Guests ride the Ghost Rider roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm.
Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

7. Knott’s Berry Farm Bring a Friend Tickets

Know a Seasons Passholder? Season Passholders can buy up to 4 discounted Bring-A-Friend tickets for $49.99 each. They will also receive 1 free Bring-A-Friend pass, with some restrictions that may apply.


8. Military Discounts Every Day

US military members can buy Knott’s Berry Farm tickets online for $54.99 with a valid military ID. Our discount tickets are less expensive on peak dates.

In the past, the park has also scheduled Military Tribute Days, offering admission at an even lower price for military families. Keep an eye out for these events.


9. Costco Discount Knott’s Tickets

Costco used to sell discounted tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm and other theme parks. Now, they sell theme park vacation packages instead. Currently, we do not see any packages for Buena Park, where the theme park is located.

It doesn’t hurt to check your local Costco store to see if they’re selling tickets or gift cards that may cover some or all of the cost of your visit. I always check mine, and I haven’t seen any recently.


10. AAA Knott’s Berry Farm Discount

AAA occasionally sells Knott’s Berry Farm tickets at a discounted rate. Check with your local AAA to see if there are discounts available. Or check online through Knotts directly to receive AAA discounts on regular admission tickets and a discount on regular admission tickets at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.

Use cheap Knott's Berry Farm tickets to enjoy roller coasters like the group in this photo.
Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

11. Group Discounts (Online Only)

Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm on their website for as low as $57.99. The discount may vary depending on the day you visit.

Birthday packages for special groups start at $79.99. Group prices for Knott’s Soak City and group admission to Knott’s Scary Farm started at $47.99 in 2023 – check back for updates on this when it gets closer to the fall season.


12. Knott’s Berry Farm Annual Pass Options

How much is a season pass to Knott’s Berry Farm? Annual passes to Knott’s Berry Farm for the 2024 season are:

  • $145 for the regular Season Pass
  • $170 for the Gold Season Pass (includes Knott’s Soak City Waterpark)
  • $425 for the Platinum Season Pass (entitles the pass holder to free parking and access to other Cedar Fair parks across the country)

You may also add on All Season Dining, Drink Plan, FunPix, Parking, Locker Rentals, and Seasons Pass Fast Lane.

Season passes may be an attractive option even for Los Angeles or San Diego residents who intend to visit the park multiple times yearly. We estimate that you must visit the park twice to get your money’s worth.

I have not seen a Knott’s Berry Farm season pass promo code, but I will let you know if one becomes available.


See also: How to Buy San Diego Zoo Safari Park Discount Tickets

Knott’s Berry Farm Fast Lane Tickets (Skip Lines)

To skip lines at Knott’s Berry Farm, buy the Fast Lane pass online for $74 in addition to your ticket. Knott’s also sells Fast Lane Season Passes. You can now purchase them for 2024 at $675.

A Fast Lane wristband gives you priority boarding on select rides, including GhostRider, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, Silver Bullet, and more.

It is not available every day, so be sure to check the Fast Lane calendar. You’ll need an admission pass in addition to the Fast Lane pass. If your budget permits, I recommend Fast Lane on peak days.


Knott’s Berry Farm History – America’s First Theme Park

As someone who grew up going to this California theme park, I believe its start is part of what makes it unique. Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to Buena Park in the 1920s to farm 20 acres of rented land.

Through ups and downs that included crops ruined by frost and the Great Depression, by 1928, they built a tea room, grocery, and nursery—on 20 acres of land that the family eventually could purchase.

Anaheim Parks Superintendent Rudolph Boysen created a new strain of berry, but the plants kept dying on the vine. Walter rejuvenated the struggling plants and named the new berry—a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry, and blackberry—after Boysen. All boysenberries can trace their roots to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Cordelia began selling jams and jellies from the boysenberries, eventually leading to home-baked pies, hot biscuits, and sandwiches. Then, on a night in June 1934, Cordelia served eight fried chicken dinners on her wedding china. The cost was 65 cents each, and the world’s largest chicken dinner restaurant was born. You can still dine at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant inside Knott’s Berry Farm, which serves more than 1.5 million guests annually.

By 1940, the restaurant served as many as 4,000 dinners on Sunday evenings. To give customers something to do, Walter built a Ghost Town (one of the current Knott’s Berry Farm-themed areas) by bringing in other buildings from deserted ghost towns. Over the years, more themed areas and rides were added.

Following the passing of founders Walter and Cordelia Knott, their children sold the park in the 1990s to current owners, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which operates amusement parks across the country. In 1999, Cedar Fair expanded Knott’s Berry Farm by adding a water park called Knott’s Soak City.

A staff member in costume in the Ghost Town role plays with a little girl in a cowboy hat at Knott's Berry Farm.
Ghost Town Alive (Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm)

FAQs About Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm

I just love this park. We sell A LOT of Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, so I know what people ask. Here are some answers to FAQs!

What city is Knott’s Berry Farm located in?

The amusement park is located in Buena Park in Orange County, California.

How much does a regular day ticket cost at Knott’s Berry Farm?

A regular single-day pass for adults costs $99 at the gate. At the time of this writing, the gate price of a regular day ticket is the same for juniors and seniors. This price applies to ages 3+.

What other kinds of tickets are available at Knott’s Berry Farm?

Aside from general admission, you can add All Day Dining and Fast Lane to your tickets. Season passes are available, too. 

Where can I find the Knott’s Berry Farm Bring-A-Friend Day calendar?

Knott’s Season Passholders could bring a friend at a discounted price, starting at $49.99 per person (for up to four people). Select days may apply!

How much does parking cost?

Knott’s Berry Farm parking costs $30 for regular cars and motorcycles. Parking for buses and RVs costs $35. Preferred parking is $50 per vehicle.

You can purchase your parking pass online in advance. Prices for event parking may differ.

What time does Knott’s Berry Farm open?

The park usually opens at 9 or 10 a.m., but Knott’s Berry Farm hours vary according to the time of year. Check the calendar before you go.

What time does the park close? 

The park has different closing hours depending on the season and holidays. In summer, it stays open until late at night, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. on holidays like Halloween. At certain times, it may close at 5 or 6 p.m. Make sure to check the park’s calendar for specific details. 

Can you bring food into the park?

No, the park only allows unopened water, baby food, or special dietary meals from outside. Other outside food is not allowed. 

Can you bring a backpack to the park?

Yes, backpacks are allowed but may be subject to search. The park also offers lockers for rent in the Ghost Town section. 

Is the park accessible?

Yes, the park has several features to help guests with varying needs. The park offers a Boarding Pass Program, which allows guests with mobility restrictions or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to access rides safely.

The park also has manual and electric wheelchairs available for rental. Service animals are allowed in the park but not on most rides or in the water park. 

What are some things to do at Knott’s Berry Farm?

The 160-acre park has four themed areas with rides and attractions galore. There are thrill rides for adventure seekers in the family and kiddie rides for younger guests.

The park has classic rides such as a Ferris wheel, swings, bumper cars, and a merry-go-round. These rides are perfect for families to enjoy together. 

GhostRider is a favorite at the park, as it’s the fastest and tallest wooden coaster on the West Coast. Then there’s the fastest ride at the park, Xcelerator The Ride, which rockets you from 0 to 82 mph in just 2.3 seconds.

The Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Ride are family-friendly favorites, while the rides in Snoopy Camp are great for the little ones. 

What kind of eateries are at Knott’s Berry Farm?

The theme park offers more than 50 dining options. Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is easily the most popular place to eat at the park. You can order a classic chicken dinner with boysenberry pie or sherbet for dessert.

The park also offers various places that serve anything from pizza and burgers to hot dogs and barbecue. You will also find food stands with sweet treats like funnel cakes, pies, ice cream, and more. 

What is Knott’s Scary Farm?

Knott’s Scary Farm is a Halloween event that transforms Knott’s Berry Farm into a spooky haunted park with scare zones and mazes.

The rides feature hair-raising themes, and park staff dressed as monsters roam around. It’s considered one of the longest-running Halloween events at a theme park. I went every season as a teenager!

When does Knott’s Scary Farm start?

Knott’s Scary Farm opens in mid-September and closes in early November. The attraction is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

What is Knott’s Soak City Water Park?

Soak City is a 15-acre water park next to Knott’s Berry Farm. It has 23 water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a three-story beach house. Visitors need to purchase separate admission for this attraction. 

When does Knott’s Soak City open for the season?

Soak City is open seasonally from mid-May to mid-September. 

What are some things to do near Knott’s Berry Farm? 

If you’re looking for more family fun, you’ll find Disneyland Resort just minutes away. Entertaining dinner theaters are also nearby. One option is Medieval Times, located in a castle arena. Another option is Pirates Dinner Adventure, which takes place on a replica 18th-century ship. 

How far is Knott’s Berry Farm from San Diego?

Knott’s Berry Farm is 100 miles from San Diego (downtown). Without traffic, the drive should take about 90 minutes.

You can also take the 2.5-hour Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train from San Diego to Anaheim Artic Station. Then, hop into an Uber for the 15-minute ride to the park.

How far is Knott’s Berry Farm from Disneyland?

Knott’s Berry Farm is less than 7 miles from Disneyland. The drive is completely on surface streets and should take less than 10 minutes. This is why many families traveling to California visit both theme parks on the same trip.

Is there a Knott’s Scary Farm Discount?

Those looking to attend Knott’s Scary Farm, Southern California’s largest (and scariest) Halloween Event, can buy tickets online to save on front-gate prices. Military discounts are also available for active members and veterans.

In the past, these special military discounts have allowed American heroes to save up to $44 on Knott’s Scary Farm tickets. Season Passholders can save an extra $5 by purchasing tickets online. 

Numerous special offers and hotel packages are available for guests wanting to extend their stay at this popular fright fest, making your visit as convenient, cheap, and stress-free as possible. 

Is there a Knott’s Berry Farm Student Discount?

Knott’s Berry Farm is not currently offering student discounts to students looking to purchase individual tickets to the theme park. However, student and youth program packages are available that are perfect for field trips or school-led trips to the park.

If you are looking for learning experiences outside of the classroom, Knott’s Berry Farm offers educational field trips that coincide with a state-approved curriculum. 

Is there a Knott’s Berry Farm Teacher Discount?

Although no regular teacher discount is available on the Knott’s Berry Farm website, visitors should regularly check back in for updated discounts and deals. 

Can I Use American Express Membership Rewards to Buy Tickets?

I am an AMEX platinum cardholder. Some websites say you can use Membership Rewards to buy Knott’s Berry Farm tickets or get discounted theme park tickets. I have never personally seen this option available. You can use your points to cover any purchase though so in theory, this card can save you money at the park.

I often check Chase Ultimate Rewards but haven’t found any deals for Knott’s Berry Farm tickets.

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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