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Knott’s Berry Farm will always be in our memories as the place where Savannah rode her first upside down roller coaster.
She’s always been the more cautious in our family, and thrill rides have been a little too much for her. But as I always say to her, I didn’t ride my first thrill ride until I was 15 so she’s braver than she thinks!
She couldn’t have chosen a greater thrill ride than the Silver Bullet. She had spent weeks leading up to our Buena Park vacation watching YouTube videos of all the rides, preparing for her big debut.
After a two-minute intense ride of 55 mph, loops, cobra rolls, and corkscrews, I walked off saying, “I can’t believe that was your first coaster. That was intense. If you can do that, you can do anything!”
It’s memory making opportunities like this that keep us traveling as a family. Theme parks are a great way to discover more about your children – their level or risk taking, what brings them joy, how they handle lines and crowds.
And we found Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California a great memory making experience. If you’re thinking of visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and not sure what it’s all about, keep reading to learn more in our comprehensive guide.
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A Short History of Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm began as a small roadside stand in the 1920s, when Walter and Cordelia Knott started selling berries, preserves, and pies to passing motorists.
In the 1930s, Walter Knott developed the boysenberry by crossbreeding raspberries, blackberries, and loganberries. They became so popular that they opened a tearoom where Cordelia served fresh berry pie, hot biscuits, and berry jam.
She also soon became legendary for her chicken dinners, which helped this entrepreneurial family expand even more.
They added attractions to the farm, including a ghost town, a narrow-gauge train ride, and a mining company simulation. In 1940, the Knotts opened their first amusement ride, the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which became a model for future water rides.
Over the next few decades, Knott’s Berry Farm continued to expand and add new rides and attractions, including the Calico Mine Ride, the first interactive dark ride, and the Corkscrew, the…
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