Fun Things To Do: Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm has a brand new area called the Boardwalk with three new family friendly rides. Construction is all done, just in time for Summer! I’ve been to Knott’s twice since their official Grand Opening Ceremony of the Boardwalk on May 30th. Pop culture guru and “Ambassador of America” Charles Phoenix was the MC for the event, serving up interesting facts about the Knott’s history and kicked off the ribbon cutting ceremony with a giant piece of taffy instead of ribbon! John Wayne’s son, Ethan Wayne was at the dedication and re-opening of the Timber Mountain Log ride with his nephew Duke! Ethan was at the actual opening with his dad when he was a young boy. It was incredible to see him up there, all grown up over four decades later. The log ride’s construction wasn’t quite ready for us to enjoy, so I waited until the blogger’s family event on June 15th.

While chatting with Sugar Jones near the log ride, she spotted Eric Lynxwiler, the ultimate Knott’s Guru. We were so excited to greet him. Turns out, he co-authored the book “Knott’s Preserved” with my Irvine High School classmate, Christopher Merritt! You can ask Eric anything about Knott’s and he’ll tell you everything there is to know. What a pleasure to meet him.

I met Eric Lynxwiler!

I met Eric Lynxwiler!

Here are a few photos from the opening ceremony of the Boardwalk & Dedication of Timber Mountain Log Ride:

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I couldn’t wait to show my family the Boardwalk!

The 3 new rides:

  • Coast Rider — Jim and Marissa (11) loved the Coast Rider. This kid friendly coaster has lots of fun twists and turns, perfect for kids 44″ ¬†or taller and adults who enjoy easy roller coasters.
  • Surfside Gliders — You become the pilot as you glide around in a two-person aircraft, taking in the view of the Boardwalk from up high in the sky.
  • Pacific Scrambler — A classic midway type ride full of circles and spins. Sure to create dizzy laughs.
The kids enjoyed the Boardwalk!

The kids enjoyed the Boardwalk!

Another ride that we found that I haven’t been on before is the Sky Cabin, located near Coast Rider. I remembered vaguely as a child, screaming down a parachute ride with my dad and sister once we got to the top. I must have been scarred slightly from that experience because I’m a bit sketchy with heights. The Sky Cabin was once that same parachute ride years ago. The view from up there is amazing. When you check out the Boardwalk, don’t forget about the Sky Cabin!

We really enjoyed the Timber Mountain Log Ride! They spruced it up and added realistic animated log workers everywhere. There’s a nice drop in the dark that you don’t expect and the big drop at the end is the best! I shot video with a GoPro of the full ride. Make sure you watch it in HD to see the details!

We took a break from the sun and enjoyed some drinks at the Calico Saloon, just in time for a show!

The show at Calico Saloon is so entertaining!

The show at Calico Saloon is so entertaining!

Marissa met the entertainers at the Calico Saloon show!

Marissa met the entertainers at the Calico Saloon show!

Jessie (5) loves Camp Snoopy. There are so many rides there that are perfect for her! I love seeing her smile and giggle on everything.

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Summer vacation just started for most of the kids here in Southern California. Knott’s is the perfect place for family fun all day long!

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90620
www.Knotts.com

Cost:

Online prices start at $37.99!
Click here for Tickets Page

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