Can you believe it’s been almost a year since theme parks have closed!? It seems like time has gone so fast yet so slow. Last weekend, I found myself really missing Knott’s Berry Farm and the weather was beautiful so I thought let’s go visit the California Marketplace. I wanted to share with you my favorite things to do at Knott’s while the park is still closed.
Note: Yesterday, it was released that theme parks including Knott’s Berry Farm would be allowed to open at a very limited capacity on April 1st. This list can still be utilized while waiting to get that coveted park ticket.
Top 5 things to do at Knott’s Berry Farm during the pandemic!
- Eating – I’m already drooling just thinking about Knott’s fried chicken. Besides the boysenberry, this is what made Knott’s Berry Farm famous. There are two ways to get fried chicken: Chicken to Go. Get a chicken meal and take it home to eat. There are also tables and chairs close to the Knott’s gate where you can sit and eat. Then there is Mrs Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Open for outdoor dining only, Knott’s has cleverly set up tables in the road inbetween both sides of the California Marketplace. I fondly remember this restaurant as my grandpa’s favorite and it was always a treat when we got to go here.
Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? The Farm Bakery has cakes, cookies, all sorts of deliciousness.
- Shopping – Do you love boysenberry as much as I do? Because if so, the Knott’s Marketplace has got what you need. The Berry Market has so so many different kinds of boysenberry goodies. Almost anything you can think of! They also have a whole selection of jams and jellies and even biscuit mix. I love making the biscuits before a long run, they are just right on my stomach.
Peanuts Headquarters has anything and everything Snoopy and is definitely my kids favorite shop. Virginia’s Gift Shop has tons of Pop Culture and Knott’s Berry Farm merchandise! I am a sucker for a souvenir and I like that I can get Knott’s merchandise outside the parks.
- Food Festivals – Knott’s has been the front runner of the food festivals! They have had one for every season it seems! We have been to the Taste of Knott’s Merry Farm and we have upcoming tickets to the Taste of Knott’s Boysenberry Festival (going on now through May 2). These have been day dates that my husband and I have had. It’s such a fun time! The price is reasonable too, $45 for 5 tastes and you get to walk around the park and shop. I highly recommend attending one!
- Build a Bear Workshop – we haven’t done this one yet but my son has been asking and asking to build a bear at Knott’s. If you haven’t done Build a Bear before, it’s a really fun experience of “building” a stuffed animal from scratch. There are a few steps in the process and it’s so fun to go through each one. I think the next time we visit, we will Build a Bear there. They even have special outfits unique to Knott’s!
- Atmosphere – I know this one sounds a little different, however, it is an important one. There are a few fun places to check out even when the park isn’t open. Upon arrival for our last visit, my son immediately noticed a fountain with beautiful flowers around it. He could have spent an hour there. While walking to the other side of the California Marketplace, we stumbled upon gorgeous poppies that were in bloom. Additionally, there was a bigger fountain there, that both my kids loved. The biggest thing about this scenery is that we were all content (even my 3 year old) to just be there. Didn’t have to shop, didn’t have to eat, we could just be.
We also found it fun to look in the side gates to see a bit of the park. There’s also a fence where you can see Ghost Rider and part of Ghost Town and on our visit in September, my son and I spent a lot of time playing “I spy” while looking inside the park. These are the simple things that can make us happy to just be in the general vicinity of Knott’s.
That’s my list! Did I miss anything? Have you done any of these? Let me know in the comments!