Stop by the California Welcome Center (6601 Beach Blvd.) in Buena Park, located inside the historic Stage Stop Hotel built in 1890. Here, you can get directions, brochures, maps, information about restaurants, local attractions, parking tips and more. The center is easily found just off the 5 and 91 freeways.
Spend your day at Knott's Berry Farm, where thrill-seekers can brave some of the wildest coasters on the West Coast. The Silver Bullet features six inversions and stomach-dropping corkscrews. If you dare, try the 205-foot-tall Xcelerator with a heart-stopping 90-degree drop. Young children will enjoy the park's Calico Mine Ride, an iconic classic at Knott's Ghost Town. The Butterfield Stage Coach takes families on an authentic horse-drawn excursion. Eat lunch at the historic Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, serving customers since 1934. The traditional chicken dinners are "something to crow about."
If you're still up for more fun, take the family to Pirate's Dinner Adventure (7600 Beach Blvd.). This swashbuckling dinner theater features a Spanish galleon floating in an indoor lagoon, plus lots of swordplay action.
Take in some culture and prepare to be astonished at the new blockbuster exhibits, Titanic The Experience and Bodies...The Exhibition or visit Knott's Independence Hall and view exhibits about America's founding. This brick-by-brick replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia hosts historical reenactments about the Founding Fathers. Free parking and free admission for adults and children.
You don't have to look far to cool off in the summer, Knott's Soak City Water Park is located across from the theme park and offers 16 speed, tube and body slides. Or, if shopping is more your speed, explore Buena Park Downtown, a shopping, dining and entertainment destination that includes John's Incredible Pizza, serving all-you-can-eat fun. For some rest and relaxation, take in a movie at the Krikorian Metroplex 18-Screen Theatres.
Take a tour of the historic Whitaker-Jaynes Estate and the Bacon House Museums (6631 Beach Blvd.) and learn about the pioneering families of Buena Park. The houses are furnished with period pieces and original family heirlooms. Tours are free, but call ahead for hours and appointments. Another free option is the Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum located inside Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. The museum provides an educational view of prehistoric Orange County through exhibits, programs and guided tours. Among the fossils on display is a 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton --it is reputed to be one of the only complete ice age whale fossils in existence.
Get ready for some jousting action at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (7662 Beach Blvd.), featuring a "Knights of the Roundtable" banquet and tournament. Expect two hours of thrilling sword fights, horsemanship, jousting, falconry and more, while you feast on roasted chicken, spare ribs or vegetarian offerings.For more information on any of the exciting Buena Park activities you've read about here, simply visit www.visitbuenapark.com.