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Discovering the Old under the New Knott’s Berry Farm

1880's style Old West Ghost Town

Knott’s Berry Farm started as a small boysenberry farm where you could order up some fried chicken. Then go on to tour the Old West Ghost Town. The Ghost Town has got a bit lost through the ages of the ongoing plethora of new rides and other attractions. It is still there with new rides and attractions.

Butterfield Stagecoach, an authentic stagecoach with horses.
Butterfield Stagecoach, an authentic stagecoach with horses.

1880’s style Old West Ghost Town

Take a ride on the Butterfield Stagecoach, an authentic stagecoach with horses to pull it. And a driver who knows how to handle a team of horses. Well, let’s hope he does. This ride could get rowdy, so hang on.

1880’s style Old West Ghost Town is still the heart of the park. Be careful when you head over there. There are gunfights still going on on main street. The cowboys and stagecoaches ride through town awful fast. Check out the steam locomotive. And if you are really nice, they may just let you pan for gold.

Some very friendly horses hang out at the Livery Stable.
Some very friendly horses hang out at the Livery Stable.

One of the best-kept secrets of Knott’s Berry Farm is the Livery Stable. Some very friendly horses hang out at the Livery Stable in the center of town. Calico and Brutus, the burro, love to meet with kids and get petted. The stable is open seasonally.

Enjoy a glass of boysenberry beer or sarsaparilla at the Calico Saloon. Meanwhile, enjoy the family show. Don’t miss the Wild West Stunt Show. The gunslingers are just raring to draw down on that other feller, the mangy low life.

For those who enjoy things from the past, the Western Trails Museum is a no-miss. Old-time curiosities, collections, and antiques galore. While you are there, check out Knott’s Memory Corner, where Knott’s Berry Farm history resides.

Blacksmith - showing folks how to forge metal.
Blacksmith – showing folks how to forge metal.

Before you leave town, head on over to the blacksmith. He will be showing folks how to forge metal while making horseshoes, branding irons, and tools.

Head out of town on the Calico Railroad, in operation since 1952. This authentic Denver and the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge train was in use in the early 1900s. Look out for bandits. They rob the train regular like.

Authentic Denver and the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge train
Authentic Denver and the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge train

The Ghost Town also has some thrill rides and the tallest, fastest, longest wooden roller coaster in the West. Ah well, the West Coast. Ya have to be awful brave to get on the GhostRider.

GhostRider - The tallest, fastest, longest wooden roller coaster in the West Coast
GhostRider – The tallest, fastest, longest wooden roller coaster in the West Coast

The Ghost Town has rides for everyone in the family. There are also several places to enjoy a meal or a snack. Some are:
– The Calico Saloon and Calico Tater Bites
– Ghost Town Bakery, Ghost Town Grill, and Ghost Town Grub
– Sutter’s Grill, Sutter’s Pizza, and Sutter’s Funnel Cake

A century-old Dentzel carousel still swirls.
A century-old Dentzel carousel still swirls.

Traditional Rides – Old Time Favorites

Enjoy a timeless classic Merry Go Round. A century-old Dentzel carousel still swirls to the music from the past. It has a menagerie of 48 hand-carved animals. They include lions, tigers, ostriches, camels, zebras, giraffes, pigs, cats, and, horses.

Ready for more bumper-to-bumper traffic? Wheeler Dealer Bumper Car rides are a crashing 1970’s fun for the whole family. Don’t get spun out. Drive like you never can again. Swerve, whip, bump into anybody you can.

Overwhelming Combination of Thrilling and Kids Rides

It seems annually there are a few new rides to enjoy at the Farm on Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620.

Home to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, and Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. With a combination of thrill rides, family favorites, waterpark rides, and slides. Special shows go on throughout the park. And for the little ones, hugs from Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.

Fun Seasons at Knott’s Berry Fun

Knott’s has special seasonal events year-round. Upcoming events include Knott’s Scary Farm (opening Thursday, September 23) evenings. Separate tickets are required to get in.

Knott’s Spooky Farm for children 3 to 11 – Daytime, Saturdays, and Sundays September 25 to October 31. The park is transformed for the fall season. Fun shows, including a friendly magician, go on. Children can participate in the daily costume contest at Camp Snoopy Theater.

Special days from November to January Knott’s becomes Knott’s Merry Farm. The entire park is transformed to the seasonal holiday décor. Special shows and live performances are included.

Approaching Knott’s Berry Farm takes some advanced planning because there is so much to do and see.

La Revolución swings riders an astounding 64 feet in the air
La Revolución swings riders an astounding 64 feet in the air
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