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If you follow me on social media or read my blog at all, you know that we recently took a family vacation to Southern California. It was so amazing! We haven’t been on a real family vacation for about 7 years. 7 LONG years! So we really needed to get away.
We realized that our oldest son will be graduating from High School in 2 years. Do you know how short 2 years is? Really short. I want to spend every waking moment with him, which he thinks is really annoying. I can’t understand why.
He is growing up too quickly. He has a job as a Life Guard and he will be riding a scooter to work and back. NOT OK with me, but it was a decision his dad and he made. I wanted to buy a junker car for him. But believe it or not, I don’t always get what I want. Boooo! Don’t worry though, I bought him a neon green armored jacket that bullet bike riders wear and I’ve threatened his life if he doesn’t wear his helmet, boots and jeans. I don’t care that he’s a life guard and has to wear a tank top and shorts to work, his body need protecting. YES, I’m THAT mom.
Anywho. Back to our family vacation.
While we were in paradise, we visited Knott’s Berry Farm. I knew that the older kids would really like it but I wasn’t so sure about the 2 younger ones. But we were pleasantly surprised that there was plenty to do for the whole family. We really enjoyed ourselves there. I think it was the older kids favorite part of the vacation, besides the beaches.
We did need to split up because there weren’t a ton of rides that the whole family could go on. I have kids ranging in age from 16 to 4. Daddy went with the oldest four and I took little mister with me. I was very impressed with the amount of rides that cater to small children there. I loved spending one on one time with him because I could go on every ride with him. Smart huh? I thought so too.
So we’ll start with the little kids rides, since I know that a lot of you are reading this wondering if your little ones will like Knott’s Berry Farm. I think you won’t be disappointed.
Here we are on the fun authentic old fashioned train.
It was so fun to take a relaxing ride around the park and see what we wanted to ride on.
There were some “real cowboys” that came on the train to rob us. They were really funny!
Next we headed over to the Dragon Swing and the Hat Dance.
Then we had a fun time “driving” around in our big trucks.
When my 10 year old son came to meet up with us they went on the Balloon Race.
The other rides we really liked for the little one were:
And so many more! Check out all the children’s rides at Knott’s Berry Farm on their website.
I wasn’t so sure that the 10 year old would love the older kids rides, but I think he is finally getting to the stage where the big roller coasters don’t scare him as much as they did. He is still a little cautious about them, but he tried them and had a blast!
The older kids favorite roller coaster was the Silver Bullet. This roller coaster takes riders to the height of 146 feet then plummets them down 109 feet then up again and all around.
They also really liked the Ghost Rider. GhostRider is the largest attraction in Knott’s Berry Farm and one of the longest and tallest wooden roller coasters in the world. It’s made out of wood and so you need to be really brave to ride this one.
The Xcelerator was a blast of energy to say the least! It goes 0-82 mph in 2.3 seconds. It’s crazy! See how the highest part of the roller coaster goes out of the frame of the picture below. Yep. Crazy.
Other roller coasters you shouldn’t miss are:
Here are more roller coasters that are also so fun.
And for family rides? Don’t miss:
Here are some tips that will make your trip to Knott’s Berry Farm more fun and easy with small kids.
Take breaks from the rides and check out Ghost Town.
Ghost town offers shows like Native American Dancers where families celebrate the myths, legends, music, and dance of Native American tribes. And Mystery Lodge where kids venture deep into the Native North American West with the Old Storyteller. And the Fool’s Gold Stunt Show where you can take a walk on the wild side at the open-air Wagon Camp theater for an exciting visit to the West.
The shops at Ghost Town are fun also. We loved the Candy Shop where we bought Knott’s Berry Farm Cookies and Knott’s Berry Farm
I love old town feeling the candy store has.
The kids had fun learning about the Old West in the Ghost Town.
There are characters that walk around dressed in old fashioned clothing, water hand pumps, a real blacksmith shop and a few museums.
The boys had fun pretending they were driving a real steam engine.
Most people go to Knott’s Berry Farm for the rides and to have fun with their kids or their friends. With ticket prices far below its competition, it’s a great alternative if you’re on a limited budget. I think it’s well worth the visit.
If you’ve been to Knott’s Berry Farm, what is your favorite ride?