Wednesday, October 16, 2013
knott's berry farm
We had a holiday on Monday, and since it is so very unusual for our district to take an October holiday of any sort (it was actually a furlough day for us and a teacher work day for the boys' district), I was feeling in a festive mood and wanted to really make something of it. We decided on an overnight trip to Knott's Berry Farm! We drove up Sunday, spent the night in the Knott's Berry Farm hotel (and played in the pool there) and went to the amusement park on Monday, where we suspected it would be uncrowded. It really was uncrowded! We practically had the place to ourselves and there were very few lines.
I'm not a huge amusement park person, but I love seeing the boys' wonder at them. And Knott's Berry Farm has a certain appeal to me, with its history. It started as an actual berry stand and a chicken dinner restaurant. The restaurant was so popular that Mr. Knott started adding attractions the amuse the diners lining up for their chicken dinners. Eventually more and more attractions were added and it changed into an amusement park (but they totally still run the restaurant and people still line up for the chicken dinners, ourselves included).
Knott's has an old feel to it. I think the central part of the park, with its old West theme and old buildings, is largely unchanged over the decades. They still have a blacksmith there and a glass blower and an old schoolhouse with a "school teacher" who will tell you about the history of the park. I was disappointed to learn that the park is no longer owned by the Knott's family, but a big conglomerate now. Oh well!
The boys loved the whole experience. I was weirdly fascinated by the crazy modern roller coasters and kept staring in wonderment. I would NEVER go on one, though. The log ride is as daring as I get (it has a big drop at the end!), and those swings in the top photo.
I'm still meaning to post about our Disneyland trip too, which was this summer and was very different. Do you go to amusement parks? I'd love to hear your thoughts.