Visit California’s First Theme Park Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings nearly 100 years ago. Starting with a simple roadside berry stand, then a restaurant serving mouthwatering chicken dinners, Walter and Cordelia Knott attracted long lines of customers to their Buena Park farm.  To keep crowds entertained, the Knott family built an entire western-themed town that remains the heart of Knott’s Berry Farm today.  Anchored in its rich California history and charm, Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters and thrill rides, elaborate stage shows, interactive entertainment, and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. To complete the family resort, the Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Hotel are located within walking distance of the theme park. Plus, true to its roots, Knott’s continues to serve up delicious food creations that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm— California’s first theme park.

The Calico Mine Ride

A Legendary Attraction

The Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s first major ride, opened in Ghost Town in November 1960 and was quickly recognized as one of the world’s most immersive “dark rides.” The beloved attraction, designed by industry pioneer Bud Hurlbut, carries riders aboard ore cars on a realistic adventure through dimly lit tunnels of a working gold mine. The winding journey takes passengers to underground lakes, waterfalls, caverns filled with thousands of mysterious formations, chambers filled with steaming, bubbling pots and geysers. At several points in the trip, riders find themselves along the rim of a sixty five foot deep and ninety foot wide scene filled with dozens of animated miners trying to strike it rich. 

The attraction’s rustic wooden loading platform has been refreshed and now includes a “peek-in” similar to those found throughout Ghost Town, offering guests windows into the rich mining history of the 1850s on their way toward boarding the mine train car.

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