Knott’s Berry Farm is America’s very first theme park. Today, guests enjoy dozens of rides, shows, and attractions in four themed areas that include Old West Ghost Town and the beloved Camp Snoopy. All ages love this Buena Park attraction, and discount Knott’s Berry Farm tickets leave more space in the wallet to enjoy famous boysenberry pie.
Knott’s Berry Farm History
As someone who grew up going to this California theme park, I believe its start is part of what makes it so 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 was eventually able to purchase.
Anaheim Parks Superintendent Rudolph Boysen created a new strain of berry, but the plants kept dying on the vine. Walter took rejuvenated the struggling plants and named the new berry—a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry, and blackberry—after Boysen. This means that all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots to Knott’s Berry Farm.
Cordelia began selling jams and jellies from the boysenberries, and this eventually led 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 each year.
By 1940, the restaurant was serving 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 deaths 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.
Important Knott’s Berry Farm Tips
Check Knott’s Berry Farm Hours
When booking a vacation that involves a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, it is imperative that you check opening dates and hours. Both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City are not open all day year-round. On some days, the parks are not open at all.
Even in the course of a given week, when the parks are open, their hours of operation can vary. In 2019, Knott’s Soak City is open select dates between May 18–September.
Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets Gate Pricing
At-the-gate ticket pricing varies by day of the year. Currently, the low price is $53 and the high $84. Good Any Day tickets for adults are $64 online versus $84 at the gate for adults.
You may also buy a “Fast Lane Combo” online for $75 (a $5 savings) separately from an admission ticket.
Read the Terms and Conditions
Read all terms and conditions before purchasing a Knott’s Berry Farm ticket. Be sure that they do not expire before your visit and check refund or transfer policies.
Knott’s Parking Price
Note that the Knott’s parking price is currently $20 per car when purchased online.
1. aRes Travel (Most Popular)
aRes Travel is a San Diego based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. They offer a myriad of ways to buy discount Knott’s Berry Farm tickets and tickets to other famous attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California, and Disneyland. aRes Travel charges a $2 convenience fee per ticket, but you will still likely come out ahead.
2. Knott’s Berry Farm Fast Lane Tickets
If you are going to take advantage of the Knott’s Berry Farm Fast Lane pass, you’ll need to buy it online to add to your admission ticket.
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 for 2019. You’ll need an admission pass in addition to the Fast Lane pass. The online savings for the Fast Lane pass is $5. (Price: $75)
3. Multi-Park Tickets
Save even more by bundling Knott’s Berry Farm with other nearby California theme parks.
4. Go San Diego (Most Popular Bundled Attractions Pass)
The Go San Diego pass saves up to 50% off of admission to nearly 40 top San Diego attractions and other Southern California attractions, including Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, in three simple steps:
- Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an all-inclusive pass or build your own) and buy your pass in advance.
- Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
- Show the pass at any eligible attraction, and you’re in for free.
The passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options, each at different prices. Make sure the attractions you’d like to visit are listed on the option you buy. This by far the most popular discounted, bundled San Diego attractions pass as it does include a couple of Orange County and Los Angeles attractions, too.
5. Go Los Angeles Pass
The Go Los Angeles pass works exactly like the Go San Diego pass mentioned above. This pass, however, includes some famous theme parks in Orange County and San Diego, too. Knotts Berry Farm is included in the Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass AND Build-Your-Own pass.
6. California Explorer Pass (Includes Los Angeles and San Francisco Attractions)
The brand new California Explorer Pass offers savings for those visiting Los Angeles and San Diego attractions (San Francisco, too). Explore 3, 4, or 5 major California attractions over 30 days. Participating attractions include:
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- LEGOLAND California
- San Diego Zoo
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- Warner Brothers Studio Tour
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Knott’s Soak City
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- SeaWorld San Diego
- Belmont Park
- California Academy of Sciences
- California’s Great America
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
7. Military Discounts Every Day
Show your Military I.D. card at the Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booths to purchase Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets for only $54. However, you can save time and receive an additional discount by purchasing your tickets in advance online.
From time-to-time Costco sells discounted tickets for Knott’s Berry Farm. The best thing to do is head to their website and type “Knott’s Berry Farm” into the search bar to see what is currently on offer.
9. AAA Discount
Show an AAA membership card (USA only) at the Knott’s Berry Farm ticket office or check online to receive an instant 30% discount on regular admission tickets and a 20% discount on regular admission tickets at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.
10. Group Discounts (Online Only)
Discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more people are available for purchase on the Knott’s Berry Farm website (online only) for as low as $49 plus taxes and fees (aRes Travel’s discount is currently lower).
11. Annual Passes
Annual Passes to Knott’s Berry Farm are $99 for the regular Season Pass, $120 for the Gold Season Pass (which gives access to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark), and $197 for the Platinum Season Pass, which entitles the holder to free parking an access to other Cedar Fair parks across the country. This may be an attractive option for San Diego residents who intend to visit the park multiple times per year.
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