What there is to see at Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town. Wild west shows, food and activities that are family friendly and free with ticket admission.
We got to visit Knott’s Berry Farm again this week and caught some great new shows we hadn’t seen before. Of course went on a few of our favorite rides! It’s a great time of year to visit Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town. Visit sponsored by Knotts. (originally published 6/16)
Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town
They are having their 75th anniversary and there is a lot going on at the town hall and all around the strip! Beyond just the thrill rides year round, Spooky Farm and Knotts Merry Farm they have this great area. You have got to check out this old town with lots of live events you can watch for free, eat great food and shop there too.
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This is just a peek, but just from one snapshot. Doesn’t this look like a fun show??!! This is just one of the live shows in Ghost Town you can see, and you can sit inside a covered wagon to watch it too!
Ghost Town Knotts Berry Farm
Nestled in the heart of Buena Park, California, Knott’s Berry Farm is a beloved amusement park renowned for its thrilling roller coasters, entertaining shows, and family-friendly attractions. While the park offers a multitude of modern adventures.
It also boasts a unique and captivating area known as Ghost Town. Step back in time as we delve into the what this area of the park is all about. You see, in the early 1940s, Walter and Cordelia Knott transformed their berry farm into a thriving tourist destination.
As the popularity grew, the couple decided to preserve the heritage of the Old West by creating a true to life copy of a Western ghost town. That year they opened Ghost Town and visitors were in love with its rustic charm and they kept adding more events year after year.
What to See at Ghost Town
There are several shows like the Wild West Stunt Show, Ghost Town Alive!, Circus of Wonders, Blockbuster Beagle! and many more. I suggest taking a peek of their entire show schedule here before you arrive so you can see what time each one is and plan accordingly.
Pay careful attention to detail creates an authentic Western atmosphere that has a lot of hidden gems. From wooden facades and dusty streets, vintage storefronts and saloons. Every element has been made to look like a 19th century town.
Look around at all the historical buildings and artifacts all around you while you’re there. Walter Knott had a passion for collecting and preserving pieces of Americana. His acquisitions have found a permanent home there but not always out in the open.
Explore original buildings relocated from all over Southern California, including a blacksmith shop, huge vintage bird cage, schoolhouse, and a jail. Each structure offers a glimpse into the past and the opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history.
What to do at Knotts
One of the highlights is encountering its colorful cast of characters. From cowboys and bandits to lawmen and dance hall girls, the streets of Ghost Town are populated with lively individuals who bring the Old West to life. Visitors can engage in playful interactions, snap photos with the characters, and even witness thrilling gunfights and daring stunts.
There is an array of entertainment and attractions. The Calico Saloon Show, a classic Knott’s Berry Farm staple, features lively can-can dancers and musical performances that transport audiences back to the Wild West. Try their hand at gold panning, take a leisurely train ride aboard the Calico Railroad, or explore the Mystery Lodge, an interactive Native American storytelling experience.
Now over the years this area has also undergone several expansions and additions. In the 90’s and beyond it has introduced new attractions, including the thrilling GhostRider wooden roller coaster, which intertwines with the ghostly town.
They now always have lots of seasonal events such as Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s Merry Farm bring a unique twist to Ghost Town, enhancing the visitor experience and providing fresh entertainment.
Live Shows at Knotts
Hats off to Walter Knott’s vision to preserve history and share it with the youth for years to come, and then some. It continues to make all visitors of all ages fall in love with it, offering a nostalgic journey through time. A great opportunity to experience the Old West in this day and age.
Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking a unique theme park experience this is a must visit destination. Enter as a family in 2023 and transform yourselves with the purchase of a Stetson hat, enjoy some old fashioned candy from the candy store and see what it felt like “way back when” your grandparents were around.
While you’re strolling thru Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town make sure to look around. There is SO much to see. The Blacksmith does incredible work and will make you a personalized horseshoe as a souvenir, and across the way at the Sheriff’s office you just might find a prisoner asking to be released. 😉
There’s a fun dress shop too you should stop by and see the old fashioned looks they once loved.
These were probably their favorite parts of Ghost Town though. We ran into a fun guy with a four legged friend my girls could pet and take a picture with.
Then we found a stable with horses and they were able to pet several of them…the best! We were treated this visit with all-day dining which was great!
This is how it works. You purchase the bracelets and it allows each person to eat a meal as frequently as every 90 minutes throughout the day!
We visited two different restaurants there, and returned to Grizzly Creek Lodge inside Camp Snoopy again for dinner. There are a lot of things to choose from and you get BIG portions so you will stay quite full all day long.
10 reasons to visit Knott’s Berry Farm
- Wild West Stunt Show
- Blacksmith – order a personalized horseshoe
- Ghost Town Alive!
- Circus of Wonder
- Blockbuster Beagle!….on Ice
- Ghost Rider (new and faster than ever, see my experience here)
- Shops in Ghost Town
- All-day dining pass…yum
Shows and attractions change throughout the year at Knott’s Berry Farm like their Boysenberry Festival which is a must see.
These are just 10 things but there are so many more things where you can do. Like a knock knock knock from someone buried beneath the surface and more! Visit Knott’s Berry Farm for year round celebrations and shows, see you there!