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Buena Park

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Buena Park [1]Southern California is the world's most exciting tourist destination, and for visitors to the area, Buena Park is the very best place to see it all. Located in Orange County, on and around Beach Blvd, south of the 91 Freeway, Buena Park is at the top of the list when it comes to family entertainment. World famous tourist attractions, numerous hotels and motels and a variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities abound.

The telephone area code for Buena Park is 714.

Get in

By car

  • I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) or CA-91 (Riverside Freeway) takes you directly to Buena Park. Take the Knott Ave, Beach Blvd, or any of the other Buena Park exits. Anaheim is just south of Buena Park, with Fullerton to the east, so both of those cities can serve as an entry as well.

By air

  • Fullerton Municipal Airport [2] only accepts private airplanes and is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Buena Park.
  • Long Beach Airport [3] is about 15 miles (24 km) from Buena Park. JetBlue Airways serves it nonstop from 12 destinations. It is also served by Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, and USAirways.
  • Orange County/John Wayne Airport [4] in Santa Ana, is about 16 miles (25 km)/24 minutes from Buena Park. It is served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and USAirways.
  • Los Angeles International Airport [5] is served by a wide array of foreign carriers as well as most US airlines.

By rail

  • Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner runs from Paso Robles to San Diego, and Metrolink's Orange County Line runs from Los Angeles to Oceanside. The nearest stations to Knott's Berry Farm are in Buena Park itself (serviced only by Metrolink) and in nearby Fullerton (serviced by both Amtrak and Metrolink).

Get around

By foot

  • The main tourism corridor in Buena Park is the E-Zone, located along Beach Boulevard. Most of the main attractions, including Knott's Berry Farm, are located here and are within walking distance of each other.

By transit

  • Many Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) [6] lines come together in Buena Park. Route 29 (Beach Blvd.) runs north-south, from the Brea Mall to downtown Huntington Beach and the Pacific Coast Highway, straight through downtown BP. Route 38 (La Palma Ave.) runs east-west, from Lakewood to the Anaheim Shopping Center, serving the Buena Park Promenade. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority [7] Route 460 connects BP with downtown Los Angeles, Norwalk, Fullerton, and Disneyland. All three routes serve Knott's Berry Farm.
  • The Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel along with several other hotels in the area, provide a shuttle to Disneyland.

By car

  • Buena Park is small enough for driving and most attractions are on Beach Boulevard.

See

E-Zone Map

  • Knott's Berry Farm 8039 Beach Blvd.; phone: 714-220-5200. [8] OAmerica's first theme park, Knott's Berry Farm, has been a tourist destination since Walter and Cordelia Knott started selling their farm-fresh produce, secret recipe friend chicken and boysenberry pies to travelers in the 1920s. Since then, the farm has grown into a 185-acre vacation destination, complete with multiple gated attractions, world-class thrill rides, a resort hotel and of course, SNOOPY! Just inside the gates you will be greeted by Silver Bullet. This $16 million high-flying suspended coaster sends riders climbing to a height of 146 feet and soaring back down an initial drop of 109 feet. Overall, riders find themselves upside down six times including one vertical loop of 105 feet, all while suspended under 3,125 feet of track! Other proven crowd-pleasers include Ghostrider, one of the world's highest-rated wooden roller coasters, 30-story Supreme Scream, Perilous Plunge, and the world's tallest, steepest and wettest water ride and Xcelerator, a high-octane launch roller coaster sending riders 0-80 mph in 2.3 seconds! And for pint-sized thrills, don't miss Camp Snoopy, the first-ever theme park area dedicated solely to kids. This six acre wonderland is the High Sierra home of Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang and offers more than 30 rides designed for the young and the young at heart, including Sierra Sidewinder, and new twist on traditional roller coaster fun. Located at the entrance of Camp Snoopy, the Sierra Sidewinder travels at a speed of 37 mph and takes riders on a series of nose-dives, dips and turns all while continually rotating on its axis! Of course, Knott's also features such timeless classics as Old West Ghost Town, complete with stagecoaches, stunt shows, a real steam train, and the world's most beloved log ride.

Operating Hours: Weekdays 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-7pm. Extended hours during the summer and seasonal periods. They are open every day, except for Christmas. Admission: kids 3-11 and seniors 62 and older is $19.99. Adults are $49.99. Group rates are available for those with groups of 15 people or more.

  • Knott's Soak City USA 8039 Beach Blvd.; phone: 714-220-5200. [9] A separately gated water adventure park immediately adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Soak City offers 13 California beach-themed acres designed for thrill seekers of all ages. Tube slide fans can choose between seven watery ways to challenge gravity. Speed fans will want to head to Banzai Falls' six slides or Old Man Falls' three 63-foot high vertical chutes. For wave riders, 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay provides the ultimate endless summer while the whole family will love the relaxing Sunset River, the world's widest and one of the longest lazy rivers. Even surfers of the future can have their day in the kid's water wonderland of Gremmie Lagoon. And who can resist the hands-on fun of the three-story Toyota Beach House, where everyone can soak, squirt, splash and startle anyone who dares to enter? And don't forget to try your luck on the big spin-Pacific Spin-Soak City's most action-packed water adventure to date! This exciting tube slide includes a 132-foot long tunnel that drops riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel. After pitching riders back and forth through 5,500 gallons of swirling water, the ride culminates in a thrilling waterfall splash!

Operating Hours: Opens daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 10am-6pm. Admission: for all day unlimited ticket use, adults are only $28.99, and kids 3-11 and seniors 62 and over are only $17.95. Group rates are available, with a minimum of 15 people.

  • Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt [10] (seasonal website, redirects to Knott's for part of the year) - 8039 Beach Blvd.; phone: 220-5200. Evenings in October. On October evenings, Knott's is transformed into Knott's Halloween Haunt, a Halloween extraveganza for mature audiences. (Special event tickets are required for Knott's Halloween Haunt).
  • Independence Hall at Knott's Berry Farm 8039 Beach Blvd.; phone: 220-5200. Open 7 days a week except for Christmas Day. Across the street from Knott's Berry Farm is a recreation of Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Decleration of Independence. It's so accurate that the original structure in Philadelphia even used Knott's blueprints for its own restoration, and the replica also stood in for the actual Independence Hall in the film National Treasure. Free
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum - 7850 Beach Boulevard, 522-7045. [11] No other name and no other phrase have gripped the imagination and interest of people throughout the world to such an extent and for such a long period of time as Ripley's "Believe It or Not!". Located one block north of Knott's Berry Farm and housed in a 10,000 square foot "Odditorium", you'll discover the unique, the bizarre and the beautiful. Experience Robert L. Ripley's odyssey of travels to search out and collect items such as a double-eyed man, an eight legged pig, and a real shrunken head. Over the years, these and other obviously strange yet mystifyingly true artifacts have caused millions of people all over the world to come and see and wonder..."Believe It or Not!" Open everyday of the year except Christmas.
  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament [12] 7662 Beach Blvd. Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and tale of devotion, courage, and love--at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Discover the pageantry, romance and excitement as a guest of the King ten centuries ago. That's exactly what you'll experience at Medieval Times, North America's most popular dinner attraction. The electrifying new show features heroic knights on spirited horses displaying the astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay that have become hallmarks of this unique entertainment experience. Cheer your favorite knight to victory. Marvel at the mighty Andalusian stallions as they defy gravity with power and grace. Enjoy a "hands-on" feast as the dynamic performance unfolds before you. A sweeping new musical score and spectacular special effects provide a fabulous backdrop for this spellbinding adventure that blurs the boundary between fairy tale and spectacle!

Their hours are: Mon-Thurs 7pm; Fri 6:30pm & 8:45pm; Sat. 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:15pm; Sun 5:00pm & 7:15pm. Admission: Adults are $51.95 and kids 12 and under are $34.95. This includes a two hour tournament, dinner and two rounds of select beverages. Reservations are required.

  • Pirates Dinner Adventure [13] 7600 Beach Blvd. "Live the Pirate's Life" and experience "the world's most interactive dinner show" - Pirate's Dinner Adventure! The story unfolds as guests visit the King's Festival, an annual celebration of the King of Spain's defeat over the evil pirate Captain Sebastian the Black! The King's Festival celebration offers a variety of complimentary hot and cold hors d' oeuvres, including fresh fruit, shrimp, pasta salad and much more. But the celebration is short-lived as Captain Sebastian the Black and his band of renegade pirates shanghai Princess Anita and her guests. With a crack of lightening and a jolt of thunder, guests are virtually transported back to the 1800's as a classic tale of good versus evil is told. The story is set in an indoor arena where a full-size replica of an 18th century Spanish galleon is anchored in a 250,000-gallon lagoon. Under the sign of the skull and crossbones flying high on the four-story sail of the mighty ship, voyagers can only hope that the love of a beautiful princess will change the handsome pirate crew member from his dark ways. The show features an astonishing display of special effects wizardry combined with amazing aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels. During the show, guests will be served a meal fit for a king, or a Pirate! The dinner menu includes garden salad, roasted chicken breast, choice of Buccaneer Beef or garlic shrimp with scallops and lobster, seasoned rice or roasted potatoes, mixes vegetables, warm apple cobbler pie with vanilla ice cream. Two house beers or two house wines and unlimited soft drinks are included during the main show.

Hours: Open daily. Show times vary based on season. Please call to confirm show times and to make reservations. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more.

Buy

  • Buena Park Downtown Shopping Mall 8308 On the Mall, 503-5000. [14] Accessible via La Palma Avenue, a short distance east of the Beach Boulevard intersection. Buena Park Downtown is an exciting urban shopping and entertainment destination that offers 1.2 million square feet of shopping, dining, and family entertainment all located in the heart of sunny Orange County. A convenient shuttle ride from most of the area's hotels, Buena Park Downtown is located a comfortable walking distance from a host of family-oriented tourist attractions, including Knott's Berry Farm. Retail favorites like Wal Mart, Khol's, Sears, Steve & Berry's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross Dress for Less, and DSW Shoe Warehouse, make their home at Buena Park Downtown, along with a wide variety of specialty stores offering the latest in sport and casual fashions, fashion accessories, home electronics, and footwear for men and women.
  • Knott's California Marketplace 8039 Beach Boulevard. [15] A shopping and dining district adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm. One of the highlights is the Berry Market where Knott's jams and jellies can be purchased.

Eat

  • Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant 8039 Beach Blvd. 220-5080. [16] Open year round except for Christmas Day. Hours vary seasonally. Breakfast: 7:00-11:00 am; Lunch: 11:00 am-4:30 pm; Dinner: 4:30 pm-closing. Sunday brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For Brunch Reservations call (714) 220-5055. The Knott's Berry Farm theme park actually began with this restaurant. Lines at the restaurant lasted for hours so Walter Knott built a ghost town to entertain the crowds, and this eventually evolved into the theme park. True to its history, Mrs. Knott's is an extremely popular place to eat and usually has long lines so plan to arrive early. The menu features traditional American fare with the specialty being the fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. In general, no reservations are accepted except for the Sunday brunch and for parties of 12 or more.
  • Medieval Times Tournament and Dinner Show 7662 Beach Blvd., 521-2342. [17] Open seasonally, call or check website for show times. A Medieval feast dinner show that features knights, maidens, kings and jousting. Adults: $47.95, Children: $33.95. Check the website for discount coupons.
  • Fast food and diners on Orangethorpe and nearby streets.

Sleep

  • Alpine Inn, 715 W. Katella Ave. (1 blk west of Harbor and Katella), 800-772-4422, [18]. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am.
  • Best Western InnSuites Hotel & Suites - Buena Park, 7555 Beach Boulevard, 522-7360, Toll-free: (888) 522-5885, Fax: 523-2883. [19]
  • Courtyard Anaheim Buena Park, 7621 Beach Boulevard, 670-6600, Fax: 670-0360. [20]
  • Holiday Inn, 7000 Beach Blvd., 522-7000. [21]
  • Motel 6 Buena Park-Knotts/Disneyland, 7051 Valley View Street, 522-1200, Fax: 562-8978. [22]
  • Buena Park Anaheim Travelodge, 7039 Orangethorpe Avenue, 521-9220, Fax: 521-6706. $55-$139.
  • Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel [23], 7675 Crescent Avenue, 995-1111, Toll Free: (866) 752-2444, e-mail: reservations@knotts.com [24] Knott's Berry Farm's on-site hotel. Special features include deals to the theme park, special entrance to the park, complimentary shuttle to Disneyland, and special themed Snoopy rooms complete with tuck-in service provided by Snoopy himself. Great for kids.
  • Woodfin Hotel, 5905 Corporate Ave, 714-828-4000, [25]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. 3 Star Hotel. 142 Suites. Rates from $99 to $279.

Get out

  • Anaheim - the home of the Disneyland Resort - 10 to 20 minutes (travel south on Beach Boulevard then east on Katella Avenue, take LA Metro, Interstate 5, or use the free shuttle from the Knott's Hotel)
  • Long Beach - 20 minutes (travel west on State Route 91 then south on Interstate 710)
  • Los Angeles - 25 minutes (take I-5 or an Amtrak/Metrolink train to LA Union Station)
  • Hollywood - 32 minutes (travel to LA Union Station and transfer to the LACMTA Red Line)
  • Orange County beach cities - 25 to 43 minutes (travel south on Beach Boulevard)
  • Yorba Linda - Richard Nixon's Birthplace, Museum, Library, Burial, and Childhood home - 20 minutes (travel north on Beach Boulevard then east on the Imperial Highway/California State Route 90, or simply take the 91 freeway)
  • San Diego - 2 hours (by train from Fullerton)


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