Buena Park  is a city in Orange County in Southern California. It is widely known best for being the home of Knott's Berry Farm.
- 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.
- Fullerton Municipal Airport  only accepts private airplanes and is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Buena Park.
- Long Beach Airport  is about 15 miles (24 km) from Buena Park. JetBlue Airways serves it nonstop from 14 destinations. It is also served by Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, and USAirways.
- Orange County/John Wayne Airport  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 Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, USAirways, and Virgin America
- Los Angeles International Airport  is served by a wide array of foreign carriers as well as most US airlines.
- 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).
- The main tourism corridor in Buena Park is 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.
- Many Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)  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  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 and other hotels in Buena Park provide a shuttle to Disneyland.
- Buena Park is small enough for driving, but most attractions are on Beach Boulevard.
- 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
- Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  7662 Beach Blvd.
- Pirates Dinner Adventure  7600 Beach Blvd.
Knotts Berry Farm
- Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd, ☎ 220-5200, . daily except for Christmas Day. Hours vary seasonally. It features a wide range of attractions from Camp Snoopy for the little ones to scream machines like the Silver Bullet rollercoaster and the Supreme Scream Drop Tower. 'Single Day''' - Adults: $51.99, Children (3-11) and Seniors (62+): $22.99 '''Half-day (after 4pm)''' - Adults: $25.99, Children (3-11) and Seniors (62+): $22.99 '''AAA Discount''' - 30% off Adult tickets. edit
America's oldest theme park with the first ride attraction, the Ghost Town & Calico Railroad opening in 1952. The park was established on the site of a Berry Farm. The claim is that crowds were originally drawn by the chicken dinners being sold there, and then rides and attractions added to entertain the crowds. Today the theme park is large, and the chicken dinners are still on sale.
It first started as a berry stand founded by Walter Knott, who unknowingly laid foundation for what was to become one of America's oldest and most revered amusement parks. The first ride attraction, the Ghost Town & Calico Railroad opened in 1952. Knott's Berry Farm remained a family-owned venue until late 1997, when Ohio-based theme park operator Cedar Fair, L.P. acquired it for $275 million from the Knott family (Walter's descendants). Knott's Berry Farm has accomplished and set many technological milestones in the amusement industry with its unique ride and attractions. The Calico Mine Ride, introduced in 1960, is commonly recognized as the first themed amusement park attraction in the world. The Timber Mountain Logging Co. (now Timber Mountain Log Ride) was the first log flume with thematic elements, which was the inspiration Walt Disney modeled his Splash Mountain flume concept after for his Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA (10 miles from Knott's Berry Farm) even though he had been dead for 23 years when Splash Mountain opened. National media was brought to the park in 1975 with the introduction of Corkscrew, the first modern roller coaster to successfully turn riders upside-down.
Other ride and attraction records and milestones:
- Ghost Town & Calico Railroad; only remaining narrow-guage steam engine still in operation. (1952).
- Supreme Scream; world's tallest free-fall-type attraction (312-feet tall). (1998).
- Perilous Plunge; world's tallest and steepest water chute ride (121-feet tall; 77.8-degrees). (2000).
- Xcelerator; world's first hydraulically-launched roller coaster. (2002).
The rides here tend are less themed than in Disneyland, but aim for bigger thrills. Rides:
- Mystery Lodge
- Wild West Stunt Show
- Timberline Twister
- Silver Bullet
- Montezooma's Revenge
- Pony Express
- Perilous Plunge
- Bigfoot Rapids
- Timber Mountain Log Ride
- Supreme Scream
- La Revolucion
- Ghost Town & Calico Railroad
- Wave Swinger
- Hat Dance
- Calico Mine Ride
- Screamin' Swing
- High Sierra Ferris Wheel
- High Sierra Railroad
- Stagecoach Ride
- Walter K Steamboat
- Rip Tide
- Sky Cabin
- Wilderness Scrambler
- Charlie Brown Speedway
- Woodstock's Airmail
- Lucy's Tugboat
- Red Baron
- Joe Cool's Gr8 Sk8
- Knott's Soak City USA 8039 Beach Blvd.; phone: 220-5200.  Open seasonally from May-Sept. A water park filled with water slides, a river and a wave pool. $25.95 for adults, $14,95 for children 3-11; after 3:00 PM: $15.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3-11.
- Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt  (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 extravaganza for mature audiences. (Special event tickets are required for Knott's Halloween Haunt).
- Buena Park Mall 8308 On the Mall, 503-5000.  Accessible via La Palma Avenue, a short distance east of the Beach Boulevard intersection.
- Knott's Marketplace 8039 Beach Boulevard.  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.
- Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant 8039 Beach Blvd. 220-5080.  Open year round except for Christmas Day. Hours vary seasonally. Breakfast: 7:00-11:00AM; Lunch: 11:00AM-4:30PM; Dinner: 4:30PM-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.  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.
- Motel 6 Buena Park-Knotts/Disneyland, 7051 Valley View Street, 522-1200, Fax: 562-8978. 
- Buena Park Howard Johnson's, 7039 Orangethorpe Avenue, 521-9220, Fax: 521-6706. $55-$139.
- Courtyard Anaheim Buena Park, 7621 Beach Boulevard, 670-6600, Fax: 670-0360. 
- Holiday Inn, 7000 Beach Blvd., 522-7000. 
- InnSuites Hotel & Suites - Buena Park, 7555 Beach Boulevard, 522-7360, Toll-free: (888) 522-5885, Fax: 523-2883. 
- Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel , 7675 Crescent Avenue, 995-1111, Toll Free: (866) 752-2444, e-mail: [email protected]  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.
- Portola Inn & Suites Hotel - Buena Park/Disney-Anaheim Area, 7921 Orangethorp Ave, ☎ 714-739-5885 ([email protected], fax: 714-228-9663), . Offers free wifi, comfortable accommodations, complimentary breakfast and is walking distance to many local restaurants. edit
- Radisson Suites Hotel Buena Park, 7762 Beach Boulevard, ☎ 714-739-5600, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. The Radisson Suites Hotel Buena Park, CA is a stylish, ALL-SUITE hotel conveniently located within walking distance of Knott's Berry Farm and just minutes from Disneyland® Resort. Our full-service Buena Park, CA hotel provides an array of amenities, including complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast in our on-site Flora Restaurant, meeting space, Manager's Receptions Monday - Thursday and complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Disneyland® Resort and Knott's Berry Farm (reservations required). Choose the Radisson and see why we're one of the top Buena Park hotels $89-$179. edit
The telephone area codes for Buena Park are 657 and 714.
- 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)
As most cities do, Buena Park has its fair share of crime and should not be underestimated by any visitors. However, an area visitors should most definitely avoid is the deeper end of the city's main street, Stanton Ave., where it has been reported that narcotics and prostitution is rampant, despite being frequently visited by the police. There are also certain areas gang activity is present, usually in the suburbs, and is highly discouraged for any out of town visitors to trek into these locations.
As long as common sense is exercised, Buena Park is a safe place for anyone to visit.
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