An affordable theme park in the center of Orange County, Knott’s Berry Farm is a must-see on your trip to Southern California. Dating back to the 1920’s when it was originally called Knott’s Berry Place — a true berry farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott — the now 160-acre park is known as America’s first theme park. The amusement area is divided into six sections: Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Camp Snoopy, Wild Water Wilderness and Indian Trails. Be sure to grab a glass of Boysenberry Punch, eat a traditional chicken dinner at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and ride the Calico Mine Train. Also don’t miss the newly renovated “Ghost Rider” roller coaster, which has over 4,000 feet of wooden track and can reach 50 miles per hour.
All-day admission is $52 for adults and children 48 inches or taller, and $22 for those under 48 inches or 62 years or older. Adult admission is also discounted after 4 p.m. Parking is $10 per car for the day.