Knott’s Berry Farm is the oldest theme park in California and dates back to the 1920s, however, it’s often overshadowed by the nearby Disneyland as well as other theme parks in California.
This leaves many (ourselves included) wondering whether this theme park is worth visiting. In an attempt to find out, we reached out to Knott’s Berry Farm and asked if we could come and visit.
We found that Knott’s Berry Farm is worth visiting if you (or your party) love thrill rides and attractions. Popular rides include; Ghost Rider, Jaguar! and Montezooma’s Revenge – a launch coaster that reaches heights of 148 feet and features an upside-down loop.
We visited Knott’s Berry Farm in the middle of January and experienced little to no wait times which made the experience all the more enjoyable – allowing us to go on multiple rides, despite taking turns while looking after our one-year-old with whom we visited the park.
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Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth It With Toddlers?
We visited Knott’s Berry Farm with our 14-month-old little boy, Oliver and found that given his age and subsequent height there was a limited number of rides and attractions that he could experience.
The vast majority of the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm have a height requirement of at least 36″ – a height that children typically reach at 3 years of age.
As a result, children under the age of 3 years old are able to enter Knott’s Berry Farm for free and do not require a ticket.
That being said, we still would not recommend visiting Knott’s Berry Farm if you only have a child under 36″ and do not wish to experience the rides and attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm yourself – or have other kids that would enjoy the park.
Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth It With Young Kids? (3 – 7 Years Old)
Knott’s Berry Farm is somewhere we’d highly recommend visiting with young children (between the ages of 3 and 7 years old) since it has a lot to offer families with children of this age.
The majority of rides and attractions suitable for children of this age can be found in the Camp Snoopy area of the park which is situated just to the right of the entrance.
Since Knott’s Berry Farm isn’t as popular as some of the other theme parks in California you’ll typically find that wait times are short and therefore kids can go on multiple rides in the space of just an hour or two.
Alongside the rides, you’ll also find a number of interactive experiences, shows and character meet and greets at Knott’s Berry Farm which is sure to both delight and entertain younger guests throughout the day.
Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth It With Tweens? (7 – 12 Years Old)
Knott’s Berry Farm has a number of rides and attractions suitable for tweens that make it a well-worth day out for families with children of these ages.
For more reserved kids, there are family-friendly rides and attractions such as the Calico Railroad which is available to children of all heights and ages (provided they are accompanied by another guest of at least 46″).
However, there are also a number of introductory rollercoasters, rides and attractions that kids of this age may enjoy. This includes the Pony Express which goes from 0 to a max speed of 32mph in just 3 seconds.
Again, unlike other theme parks in California, Knott’s Berry Farm typically has relatively short wait times even for more popular, intense rides that make visiting incredibly enjoyable – especially with kids who can easily get bored waiting in line.
Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth It With Teens?
Knott’s Berry Farm is in our opinion best suited to teens and adults looking to experience the excitement and adrenaline that rides and rollercoasters offer.
The park has a number of incredible rollercoasters to choose from, and during our visit (middle of January) we found that even the most popular rides had a standby wait time of under 20 minutes – which made the experience all the more enjoyable.
As a result, if your teens love thrill rides then we’d highly recommend visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.
Is Knott’s Berry Farm Worth It For Adults?
If like us, you’re an adult who loves thrill rides and rollercoasters then you’re going to love Knott’s Berry Farm.
While the theming of the park isn’t as impressive as the nearby Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, we found that the rides were significantly more intense.
Better still, we found that the wait times at Knott’s Berry Farm were significantly shorter than those you’d experience in other rival theme parks (on the same day / time of year).
However, if you’re an adult that doesn’t enjoy thrill rides then the lack of theming and attractions available to you may mean that you want to skip Knott’s Berry Farm in favour of some of the region’s other entertainment options.