Buena Park

Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Buena Park is one of Southern California's best kept secrets! This small town is an entertainment powerhouse packed with family-friendly fun and adventures, from interactive dinner shows at Pirate's Dinner Theater and Medieval Times to luxury 4D theater experiences at CGV Cinema to thrilling educational opportunities at Bodies: The Exhibition, you'll fill up your vacation in no time in Buena Park!

One of Buena Park's most prominent attractions is Knott's Berry Farm, America's 1st theme park. At Knotts you can ride thrilling roller coasters like HangTime (featuring the steepest drop of any coaster in California) and GhostRider (one of the longest wooden coasters on the West Coast). During the summer, unwind at one of America's longest lazy rivers at Knott's Soak City, and in the fall and winter make sure to visit Knott's Scary Farm or Knott's Merry Farm!

During your visit make sure to explore the exciting local food scene with kid-approved options like John's Incredible Pizza Company and Farrell's Ice Cream, and award winning restaurants like Yoshiharu Ramen (named OC's best ramen house) and Spencer's Bistro (home to Spencer Kim, named Orange County's best chef). Make sure to try traditional Cuban food at Porto's Bakery & Cafe, and Michelin Star rated pastries at The Bakery!

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Things to do and see in Buena Park:

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings. What started as a small berry farm soon began to grow into a family theme park destination thanks to famous fried chicken dinners, boysenberries and an Old West Ghost Town. Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, delicious food creations and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.

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Knott's Soak City

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark is a separately gated, 15-acre water park next to the Knott's Berry Farm theme park. In 2017, Orange County's largest water park expanded 2 acres to offer even more fun in the sun with seven new slides. The park now boasts a total of 22 speed, tube and body slides plus the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile long Sunset Lazy River; and the three-story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. The water park also features Gremmie Lagoon, a hands-on water playground for younger kids and families. Open seasonally on select days from late May to early September.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Witness the drama of a medieval joust and swordplay in this immersive dining experience! The style of Medieval times is based on 11th Century Spain, and includes a bit of royal drama along with displays of horsemanship, falconry, and of course, battle prowess! Cheer for your appointed knight and enjoy a hearty dinner with friends and family - birthdays and other celebrations are especially fun at Medieval Times!

Pirates Dinner Adventure

With a 250,000 gallon indoor lagoon housing a replica 18th century Spanish Ship, the stage is set for an incredible show at Buena Park's Pirate's Dinner Adventure! Witness astonishing displays of special effects, death defying stunts, beautiful aerial artistry, and swashbuckling sword play, all combined into a classic story of good vs. evil in this interactive theater!

P.S. If you're visiting during the Halloween season, be sure to check out the "Vampirates" show!

Teatro Martini

While Medieval Times and Pirates Dinner Adventure are geared towards the whole family, Teatro Martini is an exclusively 18+ experience. Edgy and interactive, Teatro Martini Dinner Comedy Theater combines cabaret and burlesque influences with aerial ballet, astonishing magic, outstanding music, a four course dinner, and of course plenty of rowdy and risque humor. Laugh, cheer, holler, and live it up at this one-of-a-kind dinner theater!

The Source OC

Home to PlayPie indoor playground, Olympic Golf Zone, and CGV Cinemas, with a karaoke lounge and VR experience coming soon, The Source is a one stop destination for entertainment, shopping, and dining. Refresh your beauty routine at K-Pop Beauty, shop on trend at IM Vely get an afternoon caffeine boost at Ding Tea, and satisfy your seafood craving with delicious healthy options at Ocean Snack!

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Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of theme parks and entertainment? Ralph B. Clark is a beautiful refuge settled on the border of Buena Park and Fullerton. An easy 1.2 mile hiking loop circles the park, and the park itself includes fire rings, picnic and playground areas, and a fishing pond stocked with catfish and trout. The interpretive center is also worth a visit, with a small museum featuring ice age fossil and geology exhibits.
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Local Dining

Buena Park is home to an incredible variety of food, and the really impressive thing is it's all good. Here are just a few of the top dining experiences you must try:

  • Local Korean food: eat all the meat you can at Cham Soot Gol, or enjoy traditional meals at Han Yang or Mountain.
  • Dessert: With Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, 85 Degrees, and the Bakery all nearby, this is no time to watch your sugar intake!
  • Portos: If you only make one food stop in Buena Park, make it Portos! Get a traditional Cuban Sandwich, sample the variety of potato balls, and take some pastries home for breakfast tomorrow!

Indoor Play

Need a break on an especially hot summer day? Never fear, Buena Park happens to be home to an abundance of indoor activities that will keep the whole family busy:

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