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Knotts Berry Farm’s Soak City
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
Open Seasonally from late spring through Summer.
Phone: (714) 220-5200
Here is the 411 on Knott's Soak City. The parking for Soak City is $10. Their hours are usually 10 am - 7 pm over the summer but some days are 10-6. Check their website at knotts.com/soakcity to get the exact hours of the day you are planning to go to the park. Admission prices are $28.99 for adults, $17.99 for kids ages 3-11 and seniors over 62. If you purchase and print your tickets at home the price for adults drops to $23.99. Also, the price for So.Cal residents is also $23.99 and tickets for residents can be purchased at the park. Locker prices are either 4 or 7 dollars depending on the size of the locker. There is only main place to eat, and it is outdoors, the type of place where you wait in an often long line and get hamburgers, hot dogs and foods like that for foods at slightly inflated prices prices. Outside food and drink is not allowed in the park.
We wanted to get to the park right when it opened but there was traffic and we were a little slow out the door. We got there at 11:30 and luckily it was not a hot day. The parking was $10. This is expensive but not as bad as Hurricane Harbor which is $15 and we were able to park close to the entrance which is almost impossible at Hurricane Harbor.
The walk from the parking lot to the main gate is through a very pretty setting with a river, trees, ducks and flowers. There is also a building which is a representation of Independence Hall complete with a 2,075 replica of the Liberty Bell. Our kids enjoyed looking around this building and we told them about the history of the hall. We waited in a maybe 10 minute line for tickets and then went inside to change into our bathing suits. The restroom and changing rooms are right near the entrance. I would highly suggest water safe shoes for the whole family because the ground is hot and you will be walking around to the various areas a lot.
We headed over to Gremmie lagoon which is the play area for the youngest kids. It is a shallow pool (think 1 foot deep) with a gradual entry from all sides and in the middle is a big octopus with water slides and stairs all around it. Logan was brave and went up the stairs and down the slides by himself. The biggest negative for the park for me was that adults can not go down slides with their young kids. So Madison, who was afraid to go up the stairs by herself and attempt the slides, did not get to experience the water slides at all. There is another attraction in Gremmie Lagoon which is a big structure with sprayers and wheels to turn. We did that for a while and then sat in the pool while the kids splashed around. I think it would be a big benefit if Soak City erected a few shade structures in Gremmie Lagoon. It is already a fun spot and would make it even more pleasant if there was shade. Next we took off to find the Lazy River.
The Lazy River is long but beware that there is only one entrance/exit for the whole river. In Hurricane Harbor there are entry/exit points in many places along the river's path. Also, you must be on a raft to ride the lazy river here at Soak City and the rafts are provided free of charge. The rafts are very big and fine for adults and kids who are maybe 10 or older. If you have young kids like us, I would recommend waiting for a double raft and positioning yourself and kids in such a way that you can sit and hold them. Also, all kids under 48 inches must wear a life vest on the river but these are provided free of charge. The current at the Soak City lazy river was slower than at Hurricane Harbor, but the rafts are $14 at Hurricane harbor which is totally overpriced.
After the lazy river we walked around and checked out the bigger slides for older kids and adults and they all looked fun. I liked the layout and how it was a smaller park but still had lots for kids, especially older kids to do. It was definitely a smaller park and less crowded than Hurricane Harbor. The lines were much more manageable at Soak City. They also had a wave pool but my kids were getting tired and hungry so we said our goodbyes. So here is my assessment of the park: it's cleaner, there are more lifeguards, it is less crowded and the parking is way better than Hurricane Harbor.
Here is what I wished was different: more shade and shade structures and they need to have slides where kids can ride with their parents. The kid area at Hurricane Harbor is definitely more elaborate but the crowds are also more extreme.
We recommend visiting Soak City as a day two attraction when visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.