Knott’s Soak City Waterpark Kicks Off with a Splash!

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark Kicks Off with a Splash!

By Erin

*We were invited to the media day, courtesy of Knott’s Soak City for purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*

Last weekend was a scorcher! Good thing for us it was also the opening weekend for Knott’s Soak City . There’s no place I would have rather been than floating around the lazy river to keep cool. It was the perfect weekend for Knott’s Soak City Waterpark to kick off with a splash for the summer season to start an unforgettable summer season running through September 10th. It is Orange County’s largest waterpark and is the perfect destination to cool off during summer as it debuts two brand new water slide towers with seven new slides, Shore Break and The Wedge. Plus, Soak City has undergone a 2-acre expansion and thematic renovation, which includes new shaded seating areas, spacious cabanas and a newly remodeled Longboard’s Grill. So go grab your swimming trunks and sunscreen and plan a fun day at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark! Let’s take a look at what’s new and some of my favorite things to enjoy at Soak City!

SHORE BREAK

Shore Break towers over seven stories high and offers six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides will have guests climbing into an exhilarating Aqua Launch chamber which will send riders on a vertical free fall through a series loops and curves. When you climb into the chamber you await the chamber’s floor dropping from beneath their feet sending you on a high-speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide and through a series of exhilarating drops and daring loops. I was way to chicken to try this one.

Shore Break also offers two dueling tube slides which riders go zipping through adventurous drops and turns as they soak up the warm summer sun. Now this one I can do!

THE WEDGE

The Wedge will take up to six riders on an exhilarating trip down on an open-raft ride as they descend down hair-raising twists, turns and unexpected dips. Now that one I’ll ride again and again. The Wedge was my favorite of the new additions.

LONGBOARD’S GRILL

Longboard’s Grill  returns for the 2017 summer season after a complete remodeling and expansion which now offers a newly redesigned sleek restaurant layout.  While Longboard’s theme remains the same, the menu includes new and delicious items such as fish & chips, hand breaded chicken tenders and assorted wraps. Classic favorites like grilled burgers and hot dogs are also available. A new shaded outdoor seating area has been added by the restaurant’s entrance, welcoming diners to fuel up with delicious meals as they take a break from the sun. I really love all the new shady spots at Soak City!

CABANAS

If you really want to get most out of your stay, you will want to rent one of these for the day! As part of the water park’s expansion, additional spacious cabanas and seating areas have been added to the park’s blueprint. Guests can relax and unwind in the new row of cabanas which will be conveniently located across the new Shore Break tower. A new seating area equipped with lounge chairs will allow guests to relax in the sun and is also located near the Shore Break complex.

WHAT ELSE?

The park has attractions for the whole family, from a fun zone for the little ones called Gremmie Lagoon to thrill slides for the adventurous and the Sunset River for the not so adventurous who just want to sit back and relax and float down the river. Make sure you don’t miss these fun attractions.

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Knott’s Boysenberry Festival April 1st-23rd!

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

By Erin

It’s almost Boysenberry time! This unique berry is a cross between a loganberry, a red raspberry and a blackberry. Did you know Knott’s Berry Farm was at one time a berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family? Knott was the first to commercially cultivate the boysenberry in Southern California after transplanting the berry’s vines from the former Boysenberry farm. Mrs. Knott began making preserves, which made Knott’s Berry Farm famous. The popular purple little boysenberry put Knott’s Berry Farm on the road to being America’s first theme park. As the birthplace of the delectable boysenberry, Knott’s Berry Farm once again showcases the little berry that started it all with a spectacular 23-day food and beverage celebration. 

This year, the festival is over three weeks (April 1–April 23) featuring over 70 boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more. During these 23 days everyone can indulge in succulent eats and enjoy live entertainment, new shows, pie eating contests, meet the Easter Beagle and PEANUTS gang, make new friends at the new Old MacDonald petting zoo, mingle with the Ghost Town townsfolk, line dance, and join the nighttime dance party. Of course there is all the usual fun too because entrance to the Boysenberry festival is included with park admission. (Additional cost for tastings of food and drink).

There are so many boysenberry inspired food and drinks to choose from throughout Ghost Town that are both sweet and savory. Items include ribs, meatballs, chicken wings, BBQ dishes flavored with Knott’s very own Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, boysenberry cream soda, chocolate covered Boysenberry cheesecake, Boysenberry ICEE Floats, Boysenberry Latte, and the now super famous Fun Bun! The Fun Bun is a crowd favorite with its warm, sweet, gooey deliciousness. If you have not heard of the Fun Bun yet; it is a cinnamon roll, boysenberry and funnel cake rolled into one delicious bun of fun. New this year is the boysenberry pizza, boysenberry ravioli, and boysenberry fry bread! There is so much to enjoy, you will have to come back more than once to enjoy it all! 😉

Now, ready to get a sneak peek of all the Boysenberry goodness of some of my favorite picks? Here you go!

  • Fun Bun – Fried Cinnamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping (also shown is the Fun Stick)

  • Fun Stick

  • Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a stick

  • Boysenberry Nutella Crepes

  • Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli

  • Boysenberry Fry Bread

  • Boysenberry Pizza

  • Marinated Boysenberry Meatball on a Stick with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce

  • Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork  Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combo

  • Boysenberry BBQ Wings

  • Boysenberry Corn Dog

Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card*

One of the best ways to experience the Boysenberry Festival is with a Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card. For only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:

  1. Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
  2. Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
  3. Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
  4. Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
  5. Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
  6. Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

The Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card can be purchased online or at the following locations at the park: The California Store, Little Spurs, General Store, Ghost Town Candy, Gold Trails Hotel, Spurs Chophouse, Pemmican Pickle, Calico Saloon, Ghost Town Bakery, Sutter’s Grill, and Ghost Town Mix-it-up.

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Celebrating the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm!| @Knotts #MerryFarm

Celebrating the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm!

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Knott’s Berry Farm, the first theme park in the nation, carries a legacy of joy that once a year it indulges in completely. From November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016, the seasonal Knott’s Merry Farm brings the winter of storybooks to life in southern California, complete with dazzling decorations, fresh snow, and show stopping performances.  There’s more to see and experience this year than ever before!

It’s Snowing in Knott’s Christmas Craft’s Village!

Ghost Town transforms into Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village at this special time of the year, turning into a shopping wonderland that boasts local artisans and Knott’s specialties throughout the Village. It’s a magical white winter complete with jolly Santa Claus in Santa’s Christmas Cabin.

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Then make your way to share your wish list through the fresh snow that falls every night across the Village, from the School House to the Saloon and stretching as far as the Assay Office. All around the cabin, you can find decadent pastries, homemade cookies and seasonal craft beer to satisfy everyone’s favorite indulgences. Take your picture with Santa to bring the memory home with you!

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Just a *few* of the yummy treats to be found at Santa’s Christmas Cabin! 😉

Calico Train Ride

Don’t miss Christmas on Engine 41 as you make your way around the park. Ghost town and Calico Railroad invite guests to celebrate the holiday with the crew of Engine 41! Vintage cars are filled with an ever-changing group of cheery Ghost Town denizens eager to share their busy Christmas plans.

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Stop by to see the new show: Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown. The show features a delightful mash up of some of your favorite holiday songs with a cheerful and heartwarming dose of the Peanuts gang.

As you wander the streets of the Village you’ll find it brewing with adventure.

Calico Carolers make the streets sparkle with holiday cheer to the tune of song and hand bell chimes as they walk past chainsaw sculpting performances, delicate glass blowing demonstrations, and tasty treats. All around will be Knotts’ world-famous holiday treats: poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, warm gingerbread men at the Farm Bakery, tasty holiday churros from the Churro Factory.  

Live Shows

Returning this year:

Merry Christmas, Snoopy!

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The PEANUTS® gang is back on the ice with a cast of world class ice skaters in the traditional, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! for a breathtaking show: tree trimming, waiting for santa and more holiday adventures carved in ice! Enjoy all the best parts of the season with your favorite characters in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre on select dates from Nov. 21-Jan. 3.

Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting

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On the Calico Square Stage, find a magical tree lighting that will awe the young and young at heart with a cast of marching toy soldiers, Mrs. Clause, dancing snowmen, and Snoopy, everyone’s favorite beagle.

Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies

On select nights, music lovers can head to the Birdcage Theater to see Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform comedy and upbeat bluegrass as they are warmly welcomed to continue their Knott’s Merry Farm residency.

The Ghost Town Miners

Joining the musical side of the Knott’s Merry Farm, The Ghost Town Miners brings cheerful bluegrass to the Fireman’s BBQ Stage as they return for another year!

New attractions joining the family:

Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown

Families with young children will find much needed entertainment at the Camp Snoopy Theater. Christmas Time is Here, Charlie Brown is the perfect mashup of our favorite holiday songs and a heartwarming show by the PEANUTS gang.

Knott’s Melodrama Company

The Knott’s Melodrama Company shares a deeper side of the holidays with daily performances in the Bird Cage Theater. Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s, A Gift of the Magi, bring to life the spirit of the season in moving performances.

Make the Most of the Season

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Monday through Thursday, November 23 – December 10, 2015, enjoy the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village for free. Bring the whole family to enjoy the beautiful decorations, unique gifts from local artisans, and everyone’s favorite holiday treats. Admission is included in theme park admission each day.

For your favorite theme park lover, a 2016 Season Pass is an incredible stocking stuffer! It includes one free admission in 2015, unlimited visits in 2016 (no blackout dates!), discounts on some foods and merchandise, and access to year round events! All for just $81.00 right now. You can find out more about when this price expires at knotts.com or by calling (714) 220-5200.