August 2018 Features

Family Vacation at Knotts Berry Farm

Summer may be soon coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to! There are three-day weekends, fall & winter break plus so much more coming up, plenty of time for families to play little getaways.

One great location for a family fun getaway is Knotts Berry Farm in Anaheim, California. I had the pleasure of taking my family to Knotts this summer, and the experience was amazing. There is definitely something for everyone and all ages.

One of the best events during our visit was participating and taking part of Ghost Town Alive! This is an authentic western adventure that runs all day long, with interactive adventures and an evolving storyline all day. Guests have the ability to decide how the story turns out, making it all part of the fun! But for Ghost Town Alive, you’ll have to hurry because it is only running select days through September 3rd.

The rides of course are magical and exhilarating. There are rides perfect for those not-so daredevil and adventurous types (including the smaller kids.). Those include Stagecoach, Calico Mine Ride, Bigfoot Rapids, Timberline Twister and more. There are also much more advanced rides such as GhostRider, Hang Time and Silver Bullet, for those looking for more of a thrill.

One thing we found useful during our visit to the park was the FastLane pass. It was an additional cost on top of the park entrance tickets, and doesn’t work on EVERY ride (however on most of the busy rides), but for a family traveling with children who find it difficult to stand in long lines, this was a great addition to our day. We walked onto most rides throughout the day without much waiting at all.

No park visit would be complete without some delicious delights. There are plenty of treats and food to be found throughout the park. There are options for all in the food department from healthy to the indulgent, there is plenty to choose from. Of course, since you are on vacation, a special treat during the visit is a must! And boy did we find them! Funnel Cakes, ice cream, homemade fudge and more!

Knotts Berry Farm has a lot of really cool spots for the entire family, and there are lots of additional special events in the months ahead. Hours vary depending on the day and the season, so be sure to check online for the latest information and all the great stuff coming up! Visit for a closer look.

*Disclaimer: Knotts Berry Farm provided complimentary media passes for park entrance.

Written by: Gretchen Pahia

Gretchen Pahia

With more than 15 years valuable experience in both media and public relations, Gretchen Pahia is a wife and mother of two. Over the years, Gretchen has used her media and public relations skills at a variety of firms in the valley and is now principal and owner of Media by Connection and editor of North Phoenix Family Magazine. Gretchen is a firm believer that building lasting relationships with her clients is a strong background for achieving solid and visible results. She uses those same techniques at home with her family and boys. Keeping busy is her game, running around with two very active kids, who are growing bigger every day. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised here and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She keeps active herself while enjoying exercise, playing sports, watching movies with her husband!

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