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18 Fun Things To Do In Buena Park CA (with Kids)

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We’re always saying yes to new family adventures, and if our girls are in control of how that looks, you can bet there’ll be a fear-inducing thrill ride included.

Welcome to Buena Park

They were thrilled that we said YES to visit to Buena Park, California, which included a day at America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm.

We were delighted to find that there are plenty of things to do in Buena Park with kids that adults will enjoy too, that it made sense to add it to our California itinerary.

Mom and two daughters standing outside the entrance to a theme park called Knott's Berry Farm
Home to America’s first theme park

With its central Orange County location, Buena Park is within easy driving distance to top SoCal attractions like Disneyland, Hollywood, and the gorgeous OC beaches of Huntington and Laguna. It can be a great base when exploring the Orange County region, too.

Buena Park is known as the Land of Yes! So, if your kids have been bugging you for a YES Day, why not make it in a land where yes is followed by memorable family moments?

Bed of flowers in the foreground, and a rollercoaster in the background with people walking through the park
Knott’s Berry Farm

To help you plan your trip, we’ve listed all the top Buena Park attractions for families that you cannot miss!

We visited on a paid campaign with Visit Buena Park, but all the ideas, stories and opinions are our own!

Things to Do in Buena Park CA

Palm trees with a blue sky background

On this trip, we said yes to 80-degree winter weather, yes to screaming roller coasters, yes to swashbuckling pirate kidnappings, yes to family entertainment, and yes to delicious Southern California food.

If you are planning to visit Southern California the below attractions in Buena Park with kids should not be skipped.

1. Spend the day at Knott’s Berry Farm

Roller coaster at a theme park, Knott's Berry Farm, California
HangTime roller coaster

The most well-known Buena Park attraction is of course the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park.

It started back in 1920 with the Knott Family and their berry farm. Mrs. Knott soon became legendary for her chicken dinners, which helped this entrepreneur family expand their business from a food stall to the creation of the very first boysenberry, to a replica ghost town, to now one of the most visited theme parks in the USA.

Rollercoaster going over a loop
Silver Bullet – Savannah’s first upside down coaster

It’s so popular that even Australians will visit on their trips to California. I remember hearing my dad and brother’s stories of Montezooma’s Revenge when they visited back in the early nineties. They both said they enjoyed it more than Disneyland!

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