101 Tips for Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm in 2020

Best Tips for Visiting Knott's Berry Farm

We LOVE Knott’s Berry Farm!!! We love it so much that we’ve been over 100 times and would love to share all our Best Tips for Visiting Knott’s Berry Farm with you. Hopefully you can use some of them to make your visit to Knott’s extra enjoyable! There are 101 tips on this list…Do you have any more??

Get the best prices at Knott’s

1) Pre-purchase your tickets, food and parking online so you are not paying full price at the gate. You can get tickets on the Knott’s website for less.

2) You can get discounted tickets on Goldstar!

3) Knott’s has bring-a-friend days for Season passholders where you can get up to 4 friends in for a discounted price.

4) Get a Season Pass – for a low price, you can enjoy Knott’s all year long. This is the best deal ever in my opinion!

General Tips for Visiting Knott’s

5) Check isitpacked.com to check how the general crowds will be in the park that day.

6) Follow Knott’s on Facebook and Instagram for special news updates

7) Knott’s has fun happenings all year long called Season of Fun – you will want to visit all year long to experience all the seasons!

  • Peanuts Celebration
  • Boysenberry Festival
  • Ghost Town Alive! & Summer Nights
  • Knott’s Spooky Farm
  • Knott’s Scary Farm
  • Knott’s Merry Farm

8) You can rent a locker to hold all your stuff all day. Lockers are located near the Ghost Town Bakery in Ghost Town.

9) There are 4 ATM’s inside of Knott’s – at Lee’s Last Stop Service store near Xcelerator, inside Classic Candy near the Charleston Fountain, at Peppermint Patty’s Candy Cabin in Camp Snoopy, and inside the General Store in Ghost Town.

10) Follow the hashtag #Berrybloggers on Instagram for insider tips on visiting Knott’s.

11) The First Aid Center is in Ghost Town near Ghost Rider.

12) Buy a Single Day FunPix card to document all of the fun you’re having at Knott’s!

13) Take a peek into the parks from the comfort of your own home through one of the Knott’s Webcams. You may be able to see how crowded it is.

14) Learn more about California History by checking out the California Mission models located throughout Fiesta Village

Tips for Rides at Knott’s

15) The longest lines in the park is usually Ghost Rider, Pony Express, Silver Bullet and Hangtime. Try to get to the park at opening, and ride these coasters first.

16) Use the Knott’s App to check for ride wait times.

17) If you want to skip the lines, you can purchase a Fast Lane Pass for an additional fee. This is AMAZING for crowded days. You only need to purchase for those who want to ride coasters and thrill rides.

Tips for Shows at Knott’s

18) The shows at Knott’s are popular, so make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the shows begin.

19) The Snoopy on Ice Show happens during Merry Farm, and is a must see!

20) At the Wild West Stunt Show, you can sit in one of the stage coaches if you get there early. Best place to sit if you want some shade.

21) Meet Native Americans at the Native American Dance presentation. It’s filled with amazing movement, mesmerizing stories and fascinating culture and history.

Tips for Knott’s Berry Farm Food

22) Purchase a Single Meal Deal online for less than inside the park. Includes one entrée, side and a regular size fountain drink at any of the 16 participating locations throughout Knott’s Berry Farm.

23) Purchase an All Day Dining Plan. You’ll never go hungry, and you’ll save a bundle all day long. Enjoy an entrée and a side at any of the 16 participating locations throughout Knott’s Berry Farm every 90 minutes for one low price. (Drinks not included with this one.)

24) These food locations inside Knott’s accept dining plans:

  • Beachy Keen’s Pizza
  • Boardwalk BBQ
  • Calico Fry Company
  • Cantina
  • Coasters Diner
  • Fiesta Dogs
  • Fireman’s BBQ
  • Grizzly Creek Lodge
  • La Papa Loca
  • Panda Express
  • Sutter’s Grill
  • Sutter’s Pizza
  • Wilderness Broiler

25) Purchase a refillable drink cup for unlimited refills on the day of purchase. Refills are $1 after that. 

26) Special Dietary Needs

27) Want a Knott’s chicken dinner but don’t want to dine at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant? You can get a full chicken dinner to go at Chicken-To-Go located outside the park next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. You can even bring it into the park.

28) Make reservations for Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant on OpenTable so you don’t have to wait in line.

29) There are Starbucks located at the entrance to Knott’s and inside the park at Gourmet Coffee Hut near the Charleston Fountain. Hint: You can get the exclusive Boysenberry Frappuccino year round at the Starbucks located just outside the entrance.

30) Funnel cakes, popcorn, and churro sundaes make great sharable treats.

31) There is a Johnny Rocket’s and a Panda Express located within the park if you are looking to get food that is more familiar to you.

32) At the Classic Candy Store, they sell 2-foot licorice ropes in lots of yummy flavors. It’s buy 2 get 1 free!

33) You can get a boysenberry pie milkshake at the Ghost Town Grill. AMAZING

34) Need to feed a family. You can purchase full sized pizzas at Wagon Wheel Pizza, Beach Keen’s Pizza and Sutter’s Pizza

35) You can purchase alcohol at Judge Roy Bean’s Hitchin’ Post, the Calico Saloon, Boardwalk BBQ and the Cantina.

36) You can get the best deals on single cookies, cupcakes and donuts at the Ghost Town Bakery.

37) Knott’s sells Boysenberry Icees, a flavor only sold at Knott’s.

38) Want to have a special Snoopy experience while eating breakfast? Go to the Amber Waves Breakfast Buffet at the Knott’s Hotel. Snoopy comes during breakfast for a visit. Make sure to double check the times at which he comes.

39) You can bring a small amount of food into the park for those with dietary restrictions. Just don’t bring in fast food with the wrappers still on. Make sure to pack it in ziplocks and tupperware containers. You can also bring unopened water and sports drinks into the park.

40) The best donuts are found at DoughKnott’s located near the entrance to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Tips for Knott’s Season Pass Holders

41) Season Passholders get early entry into Knott’s all summer long.

42) Use your Season Pass to get 10% – 20% discounts on food and merchandise. Save 15% at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.

43) Join Knott’s Season Passholders Group on Facebook, and/or search for Knott’s Groups on Facebook to chat with other Knott’s Season Passholder’s and fans!

44) You can load your Season Pass (and other family member’s passes) onto the Knott’s App on your phone so that you don’t have to get your season pass card out.

45) Purchase an All Season Souvenir Bottle for unlimited drink refills all year long.

46) There’s a new refillable popcorn Snoopy bucket. You can refill with popcorn for $1 all year long.

Tips for Using the Knott’s App

46) Trust me. Load the Knott’s App onto your phone. It can help you navigate the park with ease.

47) The interactive map on the app helps you find your location and every ride, restaurant, shop and show easily.

48) While inside the interactive map, choose the category you would like to view. Then press the location symbol on the top right of the screen for detailed descriptions.

49) Knott’s App has show times and wait times for all the rides!

50) Knott’s App has sections for all the rides in categories so you can choose the ones that are best for you – coasters, thrill, family, and kids.

51) You can attach your FunPix photos to the app.

Tips for Birthday Parties at Knott’s

Although Knott’s doesn’t have a formal birthday package, you can still enjoy your birthday at Knott’s. Read this blog post on How to Celebrate Your Birthday at Knott’s, and follow these tips below for the best Knott’s Birthday ever.

52) Get a Happy Birthday Button at Guest Services.

53) Purchase Happy Birthday Snoopy Ears

54) The Knott’s Bakery sell birthday cakes that are delicious and very reasonable in price.

55) During Ghost Town Alive! you can have the birthday person’s name added to the newspaper. Just talk to one of the characters.

Tips for Knott’s with Kids

56) Use the “Parent Locator Service” for your kids. Register your child with the Information Office when you arrive, so that if he or she is found without you, your cell phone number will be on file. They give you wristbands to help.

57) Camp Snoopy has the most of rides for kids and toddlers…plus a cute Snoopy show at the Campy Snoopy Theater,  a family-friendly restaurant called Grizzly Creek Lodge and a baby changing center.

58) Use the Knott’s App to check height restrictions ahead of time to avoid meltdowns

59) Visit and get your picture taken with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang at Beagle Scout Headquarters located near Flying Ace. Snoopy and his friends are there throughout the day. Your best chance to catch them is directly after the shows at the Camp Snoopy Theater.

60) If there a lot of day camps when you are visiting, save visiting Camp Snoopy until the afternoon when the day camps start to leave the park.

61) Cheapest souvenirs are pressed pennies. Make them at the Penny Press near the Mystery Lodge. You will need two quarters and a penny for each pressed penny you want to make. You can even buy a pressed penny book at the Mystery Lodge to keep them organized.

62) There is a mini play area in Camp Snoopy with logs to climb on and shade.

63) Are your kids too short to go on the Calico Rapids River Ride? Walk down to the area near the entrance of Pony Express. There they can have fun blasting the Calico River Rapids riders with water while you wait for the rest of your party to ride it.

64) There is a carousel in Fiesta Village with lots of cool vintage carousel animals. It’s a great ride for younger kids to enjoy while the big kids go on the other rides in Fiesta Village.

65) In Camp Snoopy, there is a suspension bridge that takes you into a cave behind the waterfall. It’s fun and cool!

66) Are your little ones thrill-seekers? Have them board their first roller coaster, Timberline Twister in Camp Snoopy.

Tips for Knott’s with Babies

66) There is a nursing room with changing tables and rocking chairs located in Camp Snoopy near the Timberland Twister. (kiddie roller coaster)

67) Addition Baby Changing Stations at located at the Mystery Lodge, Excelerator Bathrooms and the Market Place (outside the park near Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant).

68) Need a shady spot to rest? Here are some of my favorite shady spots around Knott’s:

  • Ghost Town near the Pitchur Gallery
  • Camp Snoopy near the waterfall and Grizzly Creek Lodge,
  • Under the patio cover at Boardwalk BBQ
  • Tables and area near Charles M. Schultz Theater and Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars
  • Entrance near the Mystery Lodge

69) They sell baby necessities at Snoopy’s Camp Store

70) Knott’s allows strollers and wagons into the park.

71) Use Parent Swap and avoid having to stand in line twice for height-restricted rides.

Tips to Stay Cool at Knott’s 

72) Get wet on the water rides. Timber Mountain Log Ride and Grizzly Creek Rapids are the two rides at Knott’s Berry Farm that have water. Make sure to bring extra socks or to wear waterproof shoes to avoid having to walk around in wet shoes all day.

73) Head into one the indoor shows to rest your feet and some air conditioning. (Charles M. Schultz Theater, Birdcage Theater, Calico Saloon)

74) Eat a meal inside one of the Knott’s restaurants.

75) Bring a portable fan or water misting spray bottle.

76) Boysenberry soft serve from The Churro Factory. Enough said.

77) Purchase a cooling bandana to take with you into the park. These work great!

Tips for Visiting Knott’s for the First Time

Although there are tons of great things to do at Knott’s, these are my tops picks if you are visiting for the first time!

78) Ride the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mining Ride. These rides are iconic.

79) Eat at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The fried chicken is famous, and the reason Knott’s is here today.

80) Visit Calico Ghost Town. This is the oldest section of Knott’s and full of history. If you see a cowboy or one of the townspeople of Calico, ask them to tell you a little bit about the history.

81) Take a picture with the cowboy statues next to the Calico Hotel and the saloon girl statues near the Calico Saloon.

82) Get your family photo taken at the Pitchur Gallery. They dress you up in western wear and take an old fashioned photo. It’s an amazing keepsake and so much fun.

89) Visit the Berry Patch across from Silver Bullet to learn more about the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry, which helped create California’s First Theme Park.

83) Now you must get a slice of boysenberry pie at the Ghost Town Bakery, Farm Bakery, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant or Ghost Town Grill since boysenberries were founded here.

84) See a show at the Charles M. Schultz Theater. Snoopy on Ice or the summer shows are top notch entertainment.

85) Get a funnel cake. Preferable topped with boysenberry topping.

86) Ride the Calico Railroad. You may get a visit from some robbers in this real life working Steam Engine.

87) If you are brave enough to ride Hangtime, do it! It’s the first and only dive coaster in California, and towers over 150 feet with a beyond vertical drop. Yikes!

88) Take a jar of Boysenberry preserves home with you to enjoy Knott’s after you leave.

90) You can ride a real stagecoach pulled by the Knott’s horses. It’s located near Calico Square next to the entrance of Fiesta Village.

Tips for Visiting Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town is the oldest area of the Farm. Here are some fun things to check out while in town.

91) Say hello to Sad Eye Joe–he’s been serving (on the wrong side of the law) a LONG time! He’s locked up in a jailhouse in Ghost Town, where he’s been sitting since 1880. If you peek through the bars, he’ll talk to you. Want Sad Eye Joe to surprise your friends? Tell the hotel manager some information about them.

92) Find the beating heart grave at the Boot Hill Cemetery. You must stand on top of the graves to feel the heartbeat.

93) You can pan for real gold at Knott’s. Panning for gold is located near the entrance for Ghostrider.

94) Visit the Blacksmith and have him show you a demonstration on making horseshoes.

95) Bird Cage Theatre hosts great musicals and shows throughout the year. Stop by and rest your feet while watching one of their iconic shows.

96) You can meet the real animals of Knott’s at the Livery Stable.

97) Visit the Old Schoolhouse. A real school house from 1879 that was brought to Knott’s Berry Farm in 1952. The teacher in the schoolhouse is a real historian and will tell you all about it. 

98) Visit the Western Trails Museum, located across from the Bank. It is filled with curiosities from the days of old.

99) You can watch people actually knit and sew year round in Ghost Town.

100) See “live” baby rattlers next to Boot Hill Cemetery

101) Pump water at the old water pump in front of the Pitchur Gallery. Kids love this!

Most of all…

Have Fun! Knott’s has so much to do, you will have a blast exploring all there is to do with your friends and family.


  1. Pepper Ivy says

    Thanks so much for these awesome tips! It’s our first time visiting and we appreciate the insider info.

  2. Boysenberry soft serve at the Churro Factory. Like you stated…enough said. 🙂

  3. Cassandra D says

    Try to get as much discounts as possible.

  4. Jennifer B says

    We like going on Sundays and getting there when gates open…we can usually hit the big rides before the lines get too long.

  5. Amanda Gravatt says

    I had no idea there was a Knott’s app!! I’m so excited about that. We’re planning to take our 6 kids when we head down in December. They’ve never been!

  6. Susie says

    Didn’t know they had an app like Disney does! N

  7. Irene says

    Boysenberry ice cream are the best

  8. Cindy Benatz says

    My favorite Knott’s Berry farm moment was the day that I needed the chicken dinner restaurant. I had the cutest waiter ever I’m happy to say that we’ve been married for 16 years now and have two beautiful children if it wasn’t for that trip I would have never met him.

  9. Carol Pankiw Tyner says

    Love tip # 55 — printed name in newspaper for your birthday! And the app tip too 🙂

  10. I haven’t been to Knott’s with kids so your tips are priceless!

  11. Jenny C. says

    Bringing a cooling bandana! Great tip!

  12. Janet S says

    Love all the tips! Thank you!

  13. Gloria Valdez says

    Tip number 101 is my grandsons fav.

  14. Kristin Buller says

    I have never been to Knott’s Berry Farm!!! I know, how is that possible? I don’t know! But my favorite amusement park tip is packing the kids’ extra clothes in zip loc bags so they are separated and flattened. It also keeps them safe from splashes or spills inside your backpack or stroller. Lastly, it is a nice spot to put the dirty, wet, or stained clothing when they change.

  15. Vanessa Guzmán says

    Having the season dinning pass is the best!

  16. Katie says

    We love bosenberry icees!! Didn’t know they were exclusive to Knott’s!

  17. Keri says

    Wow, what an amazing list of tips, thank you!

    • Cori Mcgee says

      Also, you can purchase a stamp book in the camp snoopy store. Each character you meet has their own special stamp that they can stamp in your book.

  18. Donelle says

    Geez so many great tips! I had so many favs. Food recs. The app tips. Things to do with the littles. Great post!!!

  19. I love all these tips! I grew up with an annual pass to Knotts. I haven’t taken my daughter yet but am thinking about it for her 5th birthday so the birthday tips are very helpful. Thanks, Jill!

  20. Lon Salgren says

    Use the Knott’s app to mark your vehicle location when you park. Later you’ll have an easier time returning to your vehicle. Also something I learned by accident. This feature works everywhere, not just for Knott’s Berry Farm parking lots. I use it in unfamiliar places or crowded malls, etc.

  21. Shannon says

    Great tips thank you

  22. Nancy Austin says

    Love the tip about birthday snoopy ears, cooling bandana, and fan.

  23. JILL DAVIS says

    Great tips! Thanks for the ideas for keeping cool.

  24. Rachelle Paris says

    Love tip #10… but your blog posts has it ALL!!!

  25. We love Knotts!! Especially love to go now during summer nights!!

    My tip is to load the Knotts app and store your tickets on the app!!

  26. These are all such good tips! I’ve only visited twice and haven’t been to Knott’s in about 5 years, but I’d say my best tips are to try all of the boysenberry flavored things. And I know quite a few people in Ghost Town Alive, so I know how wonderful and interactive it is!

  27. Erin Long says

    These are all great! I love the lost child tip. It’s so important to have your info on file and if your child gets lost to notify a worker. Safety first!! Thank you for all these tips! We are thinking of getting passes for Christmas.

  28. Rachel says

    Ahh I WISH i had a great Knotts tip, but we’ve lived in SoCal for 6 years and we’ve never been! All your tips are super helpful should we ever get to go!

  29. Tamara Gallarzo says

    Love Knotts and my favorite top was isitpacked website! Never heard of that but it’ll be cool to check out the crowds.

  30. Kristin says

    So many great tips! Thanks for sharing. I like the parent finder wristband tip. I didn’t know this was available. This would have been helpful when my kids were younger. There’s no worse feeling than losing your child in a crowded public place ????

  31. Becca w says

    I like the tip about taking your pic at the Pitchur Gallery.

  32. carey says

    In the summertime freeze a water bottle so you have cold water and also bring a little squirt bottle to keep cool. Thanks for the opportunity to win an amazing giveaway and all your wonderful tips

  33. Denise Lita says

    I will definitely download the app and look into getting a season pass! Thanks for the food tips too!

  34. Catherine Yates says

    Jill, this is why every time we go anywhere So. Cal. I pull up your blog. Thank you for the awesome tips! And yes, I love food. Give me all the boysenberry stuff!

  35. Heather Talley says

    Didn’t realize I could pay for/save on parking by if I do it online, great tip, every little bit helps! Also didn’t know about the beating heart grave, my kids would love that!

  36. Daniella says

    Thank you for the tips! I really need these. (:

  37. Amber K says

    So many incredible tips, thank you! I didn’t know they had an app’-very cool! Also, thank the webcams are so cool & helpful! I have a child on the spectrum, and being able to prime them by giving them a glimpse of what to expect is super helpful!

  38. Surbhi K. says

    Buy tickets or refillable drinks online, it’s a bit cheaper.

  39. Susan Griffith says

    Always loved the boysenberry punch at Mrs. Knott’s kitchen when I was a kid.

  40. Kathleen zolondek says

    I could not possibly pick one favorite tip! All 101 were great but I most appreciate knowing where the food and drink vendors are. Special treats are always one of the kids’ favorites. Knowing about the aps certainly will make this trip great and possibly more affordable than we thought.

  41. Carrie Kleckner says

    Oh my goodness you literally gave us 101 tips! That is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much especially since I messaged you for ticket tips recently & you have answered that plus 100 more! My top favorite tip was buying everything online saves money which is what I needed to know. An additional tip I love was boysenberry soft serve. Want that right now!

  42. Jennifer Martinez says

    My favorite tip! Take a peek into the parks from the comfort of your own home through one of the Knott’s Webcams. You may be able to see how crowded it is. – I didn’t know this! Now I’ll be able to try to find my teenage daughter when she’s at Knott’s with her friends!

  43. Tim G says

    Get reservations at Mrs. Knotts on OpenTable. No need to wait!

  44. Rachel M says

    Thank you so much for all the tips!! Only been twice and kinda just winged our visits. Now I know all the cool places to take the kids other than the rides… like the suspension bridge, the berry farm, and standing on the graves to feel the heartbeats… some of the things I’m sure my kids will love!

  45. Alicia Steward-Puga says

    Love the Giveaways from PopsicleBlog????
    Knott’s is a family favorite ????
    Always check the Specials Offers!!

  46. Lisa G says

    Love tip 20. Get there early to sit in a stagecoach!

  47. Alina N says

    We love visiting the Old Schoolhouse! The kids are always flabbergasted by how schools used to look!

  48. Allison Smith says

    I love all your great tips!! My favorite tip is number 4 get a season pass!!! That way you can enjoy Knotts all year long:)

  49. Kiele Kasiano says

    No idea about their app!!! Great and perfect tip!

  50. Jenny Larson says

    Best tip…by the passes at the end of the year. You get a free day then and the whole next year included.

  51. Miranda H says

    We love using the Knott’s Berry App to check on wait times for the rides and events.

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