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Overview on Knott’s Soak City
Located across from Knott’s Berry Farm is a 15-acre-themed waterpark owned and operated by Knott’s Berry: Knott’s Soak City. Orange County’s largest water park, Knott’s Soak City is a beloved addition to Knott’s southern Californian resort. First opened on June 17, 2000, Knott’s themed waterpark drew a lot of attention for its size and soon became one of California's most-visited attractions.
There are many water slides to enjoy, and also a tidal wave pool. You can choose to float and relax in the lazy river, also. Knott’s Soak City is a water wonderland that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. You can find rides for everyone here, from high-thrilled to relaxing and kid-friendly. Your entire family will have a great time.
Knott’s Soak City has a large, interactive playground complete with water guns, splash buckets, and small-scale waterslides. There are so many attractions at Knott’s Soak City to choose from! This is a perfect place to come with friends.
Knott’s Soak City was inspired by 1950's southern Californian beach towns and includes a full resort experience equipped with cabana rentals, on-site restaurants, and nearby hotels so that you can enjoy everything at your pace – you might come stay a day or two just to unwind.
The park is open from mid-May to the end of September, giving you enough time to enjoy everything this fun-filled Knott’s Berry Farm waterpark has to offer. If you are ready for some fun, exciting, and watery fun, then choose Knott's Soak City as your next family holiday destination. Book your discount tickets with Funex and save up to 37% per discount ticket! Buy your discount Knotts Soak City tickets today to get the best savings at FunEx!
The History Knott’s Soak City
Knott’s Berry Farm was America’s first theme park and it started out as a humble, roadside farm and market. It grew so much over the years that it later added the famous waterpark.
The Knott family would move to Buena Park, California in the 1920s and with the help of a cousin who was an experienced berry farmer, the Knott Family would lease land and begin to farm berries.
By 1923, the Knott Family had a large enough crop to begin selling their berries from a roadside stand on a nearby avenue. At the stand, they would sell berries as well as jams and pies made from their home-grown berries. As business and their crops grew – so did the stand. By 1927 the Knott Family purchased the land, built a house, and made a permanent shop to replace their roadside stand. Their new shop was named Knott’s Berry Place.
Even as the Great Depression began to take hold of America, the Knott Family continued to grow their farm and business. After expanding their land and business the Knott Family decided to investigate claims of a newly created berry which was a fusion between raspberries, loganberries, and blackberries made by a local berry farmer named Rudolph Boysen. Mr. Boysen had abandoned the idea but allowed the Knott family to continue the experiment.
A year later and the Knott family had grown massive berries which they dubbed Boysenberries after the original creator. After this successful experiment, they created products using the Boysenberries which became a smash hit, further propelling the family into the public eye.
Cordelia Knott’s, Walter’s wife, made a deliciously famous fried chicken dinner which became the center of a public frenzy and ended up opening a restaurant, their daughter Virginia later added a small trinket shop and suddenly, the Knott Family Farm became a franchise.
By 1940, Knott’s Berry Farm grew even more popular with the addition of attractions as well as the main street, styled after the Old West where patrons waiting to eat Cordelia’s food could relax and shop around. Walter’s Ghost Town was a hit and quickly became a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.
Slowly but surely, the Knott Family incorporated rides, shows, and attractions into their farm. That is how Knott’s Berry Farm theme park was born.
Many of the first rides were themed after the Wild West, from a wooden rollercoaster to a Calico train ride and a Calico Mine ride. However, as the park grew, Knott’s Berry Farm ventured from the Old West and started incorporating different themes as well.
This is where the idea for Knott’s Soak City began to form. The waterpark itself was built years before it would be acquired by Knott's Berry Farm but once owned, they would expand 4 extra acres of slides to the park grounds.
After planning and development, Knott’s Soak City waterpark opened its doors on June 17, 2000.
Today, Knott’s soak city waterpark and the adjacent Knott’s Berry Farm receive around 4 million visitors every year. The classic Knott’s Berry Farm has been a beloved holiday destination for families for generations, while Knott’s Soak City has added a thrilling, watery element to the fun. Buy your discount Knotts Soak City tickets today to get the best savings!
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What to Expect at Knott’s Soak City
Knott’s Soak City is located just across from Knott’s Berry Farm and sprawls across 15 acres. Once you enter the park you are met with a huge fountain and many shops, a lifeguard hut, and amenities. The Sunset River is just near the main area – this is Knott's famous lazy river a great choice to relax. You can also find the large Tidal Wave Bay and so many slides while visiting this really fun park.
There are three different restaurants and snack shops located within the waterpark, so you can forget about getting hungry. The restaurants are located throughout the park. There is a pizza shop, a grill, and another food hut. You can take-away or you can enjoy the outdoor seating areas and eat there.
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Did you forget something at home? Don’t worry, there is a lovely shop inside the waterpark. You can purchase sunscreen, beach towels, and even sandals if you need them. The surf shop also sells some really cool items and souvenirs to remember the wonderful day you had at the waterpark.
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You might want to think about renting a Cabana that are near the wave pool. It's a great place for your friends and family to hang out and relax in the shade. The rental shop is near the wave pool, in case you need to rent tubes.
The park is really big and has a distinct 1950s Californian beach town theme, so you will always find something interesting and fun to do! Enjoy splashing around with your Knott's Soak City discount tickets from FunEx!
Slides at Knott’s Soak City
There are a total of 23 different slides available at Knott’s Soak City, (all of them are included in your discount Knotts Soak City tickets from Funex) – some are kid-friendly while others are made only for thrill-seekers. You will have an incredible time sliding and splashing. Check out some of the best slide options:
Banzai Falls has 6 thrilling body slides that allow you to race against your friends. Slide on a mat face-first 41 feet and reach incredible speeds!
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Beach House Slides
If you visit the Beach House splash complex, then your kids will have the best time on the Beach House Slides.
This incredible playground complex is great for little ones, as it has a lot of interactive features!
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Laguna Storm Watch Tower
The Laguna Storm Watch Tower is a swirling trio of 43-foot-high slides. You will slide down at high speed while going through tight twists and swirling turns before falling into a pool.
Grab a friend and climb to the top of the watch tower. The staff will set you up on the raft and send you flying down through the tunnel slide. Get ready to experience a really thrilling ride.
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The Malibu Run has winding slides that are 39 feet high and are full of twists, turns, and drops. Slide all the way down, before you end getting dropped in a pool. This exciting tube ride has several features that guarantee a super-fun ride.
Climb to the sky-high platform, hop on a tube with or without a friend, and prepare yourself to race down an amazing waterslide.
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Old Man Falls
Old Man Falls provides the ultimate thrill as you drop from staggering heights at adrenaline-pumping speeds. Try out this gravity-defying drop and shoot down at incredible speeds.
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Shore Break is a set of four launch waterslides. This adrenaline-filled adventure slide starts with you climbing on to the sky-high platform and getting into the state-of-the-art aqua launch chambers. Get ready, you will be launched once the floor drops and off you go! Slide down a seven-story freefall, and race down slopes, twists, and loops.
This slide also has two dueling tubes that will have you racing side-by-side with other riders. Grab your friend and your Knotts Soak City discount tickets and race away.
The Wedge is a thrilling, family-friendly, open-air raft waterslide that will have you cruising and racing towards the bottom. Hop aboard a 6-person raft and attempt to navigate the slippery twists, heart-racing turns, and exciting drops before being dumped into the pool at the bottom.
The Wedge operates with a conveyor belt raft system so you don’t need to bring up your raft, instead, you and up to 5 others can just climb aboard at the top and have some wet, thrilling, fun.
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Pools at Knott’s Soak City
A waterpark wouldn’t be complete without two essential pools – a Lazy River and a Wave Pool. Both are available with your discount Knotts Soak City tickets! Luckily for you, Knott's Soak City discoun tickets will save you money and will offer you tons of fun. Check out these awesome pools:
The Sunset River is a winding pool that circles around the park non-stop. The water is propelled by currents, created by jets. All you need to do is float, relax and let the current take you round and round the pool.
Knott’s Soak City Sunset River is 1780 ft long.It's the perfect place to take a much-needed break from all the thrill and running around the park. Your family will love it. Purchase your discount tickets from FunEx today and relax on this river.
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Tidal Wave Bay
Soak City brings you the best parts of the ocean right into the park: Tidal Wave Bay. This large, state-of-the-art wave pool holds 750,000 gallons of water allowing you and your friends to spread out and catch waves.
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Fun and games at Knott’s Soak City
Are your kids ready to have the time of their lives? Check out some cool places you can visit in the park:
The Beach House is a splash playground that has three levels of amazing, and splashing fun for the entire family. Whether you wait under the huge splash bucket to get soaked or try out the different slides on the different levels, you and your kids are sure to have a blast.
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Perfect for the little ones in the group, Gremmie Lagoon is a kid's centered pool and playground where toddlers can enjoy water slides and pools made just for them. Children will love the interactive octopus, miniature submarine, and the slides that drop them into a puddle deep pool.
Gremmie Lagoon also has some great splash toys that kids and parents are sure to in the lagoon.
Dining at Knott’s Soak City
One of the great things about spending a family holiday at Knott’s Soak City is that you don’t have to leave the park or interrupt your visit to grab a snack and fuel up. There are two great restaurants and a snack stand to enjoy some classic American meals. They are located inside the park. Enjoy a tasty meal on your family fun day at f Knott’s Soak City with your discount tickets from FunEx.
The Longboards Grill at Knott’s Soak City is located near Malibu Run. Serving up a fine selection of American Classic dishes such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs, you will certainly have a delicious meal at Longboards Grill.
If you need to escape the sun for a bit, you’ll be pleased to sit inside this diner inspired by California surf culture. You can also sit outdoors and relax.
Longboard’s Grill makes for a great spot to rest and have a sit-down meal with your family and friends before going back to the great activities waiting for you in Knott’s Soak City with your FunEx discount tickets .
Everyone loves a good slice of pizza – whether you’re stopping in for a full meal complete with salad and funnel cakes, or you just need a quick slice to get you going, Portside Pizza is the best choice. They offer a great selection of classic pizza flavors as well as an assortment of side dishes and desserts to choose from.
You can find Portside Pizza right near the entrance to Knott’s Soak City, next to the surf shop.
Surf Daddy’s Food Hut
Surf Daddy’s Food Hut is a great stop for snacks and drinks that you can enjoy while enjoying the view of the pools. Located just across from Tidal Wave Bay, this is a great option for quick snacks in between slides.
Where is Knott’s Soak City located?
Knott’s Soak City Water park is located next to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. You can find them at:
8200 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, United States
When is Knott’s Soak City Open?
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark is open from May 20th 2023 Separate admission will be required.
Tips for Visiting Knott’s Soak City
Whether it’s your first time visiting a waterpark like this or you just want to make the most of your time at Knott’s Soak City, we’ve got you covered. Below are our top 10 tips for visiting Knott’s Soak City:
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The Californian sun is hot and the park is entirely outdoors, so it’s very important that you pack a lot of SPF with you. Packing a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher will keep you and your skin safe from the harmful UVA/UVB rays.
The best practice is to apply your sunscreen before heading to Knott’s Soak City. This will allow the sunscreen to really settle in the skin and will ensure that your skin is protected from the moment you step into Knott’s Soak City.
Another key practice is to reapply every hour or so during your stay at the waterpark. After spending some time in the wave pool or the lazy river or cruising down the many slides, your sunscreen will begin to wear down so it’s best to reapply as much as you can.
If you forgot your sunscreen at home, you can simply head to the Wipeout Surf Shop located next to the entrance of Knott’s Soak City where you can stock up on sunscreen, hats, sandals, and beach towels.
Stay Hydrated at Knott’s Soak City
It’s easy to get carried away with all the fun in Knott’s Soak City and forget to drink water. You are going to be under the hot Californian sun all day long, and suffering heat/sunstroke is not the way to go. So, carry a water bottle around with you and make sure to stay hydrated.
There are fountains located around the park for your convenience should you need to refill a water bottle. Head to the Wipeout Surf Shop where you can find plenty of water to keep you hydrated if you wish to buy.
The early bird gets the worm and the early park-goers get fewer lines for slides, more room in the tidal wave pool, and get dibs at the best cabana seats in the house. It is better to arrive at the park early.
A lot of the rentals at Knott’s Soak City are on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if you want a locker, flotation jacket, or cabana you should head to the rental stand as soon as you can.
Wear the right swimsuit
Wearing the right swimsuit is really important at Knott’s Soak City. You should wear something comfortable, and appropriate, that follows Knott’s Soak City’s guidelines. Swimming wear with metal ornaments, zippers, snaps, and buttons will stop you from going on most of the slides for safety reasons – so if you don’t want to be turned down, make sure to read up on the Knott’s Soak City Appropriate Attire guide before going to the waterpark.
Knott’s Soak City has some guidelines for appropriate swimwear attire while visiting their water park:
One or two-piece bathing suits
No thongs, denim, transparent materials
No metal ornamentation on the swimsuit (this can pose a hazard to yourself, others, and the park property while going on slides, in the lazy river, or the wave pool).
No aqua shoes
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Wait 30 minutes after eating
It’s important to let your food digest a bit before heading back into the water.
Check the Weather before coming to Knott’s Soak City
Although California is known for its sunny days and beachy vibes, double check the weather forecast. Knott’s Soak City does not issue refunds due to inclement weather.
You will probably find fewer crowds during a rainy day at the park.
If there is a heavy storm, you may be forced to vacate the park.
Check out the safety restrictions and requirements on the waterslides
This rule is important for those with smaller children, teens, or adults with special needs as you’ll want to be sure to be informed on whether certain waterslides are safe and accessible to them. Height restrictions, supervision requirements, and safety regulations can be found in Knott’s Soak City.
Rider safety information and requirements are always important things we should know.
Read up on the Rules at Knott’s Soak City
To be fully prepared for your fun-filled day at Knott’s Soak City you should pay attention to some rules:
Make sure that you don’t bring in any prohibited items. These items include glassware, material that might shatter, water toys, whistles, snorkeling gear, and personal floaties and are not permitted inside the park.
Do not bring large coolers, outside food and glass drinks, radios, megaphones, tents, and pop-up playpens. These items aren't allowed
The only outside beverage you’re allowed in the park is water and/or sports drinks. Any outside food, snacks, and drinks are strictly prohibited.
Read the signs located at each attraction and around the park. No diving allowed at any of Knott’s Soak City attractions. There is no running or boisterous activity allowed on park grounds. Make sure to pay attention to them during your time at Knott’s Soak City.
Keep a close eye on your small children while in the waterpark at all times. There are a lot of areas that can be unsafe for small children to be near unattended, including the lazy river, wave pool, and slide structures. It’s important that all families always keep a close eye on small children, even if they are wearing life jackets and floatation devices.
These are some general rules that when followed will ensure you have a safe, fun, and exciting time at Knott’s Soak City.
Keep a Knott’s Soak City Park map with you
Whether you save it on your phone or grab a map while entering the park, having a detailed guide to the park is a must for a smooth visit. You can mark meet-up spots in case the group gets separated, plan your way around the park, or can just keep track of where everyone is.
Quickly locate washrooms, change rooms, restaurants, and shops using the legend on the map.
This also is a great safety tip; in case of emergencies, you know where you can go for first aid and help.
Water Park Information and Guideline
Whether you're planning for a fun day of adventure or a week-long staycation at Knott's Soak City, we've got you covered! Here are some park information and guidelines for your safe and enjoyable visit!
You must bring your swimsuit to enjoy the water rides at the park. To make the most of your trip, consider the following suggestions:
- You must wear suitable swimwear. A one- or two-piece swimsuit is the standard definition of swimwear. Please do not wear pants, denim, thongs, or see-through clothing—no metal jewelry or buttons are allowed.
- Old Man Falls, the Laguna Stormwatch Tower, Malibu Run, the Shore Break Tower, The Wedge, Banzai Falls, Beach House Slides, and the Gremmie Lagoon Slides are off-limits to guests wearing any metal on their bathing equipment, including buttons, rivets, zippers, or snaps.
- Soak City's rides and games are shoe-free zones: Banzai Falls and the Wedge welcome water shoes, such as aqua socks.
- Contact an Aquatics manager if you or your party need assistance during your stay. Some riding limits may be in place to meet the needs of the attraction's manufacturer.
- Children who are still in diapers but old enough to enjoy water parks must wear brightly colored swim diapers. Don’t worry! The WipeOut Surf Shop sells swim diapers for your little ones.
WipeOut Surf Shop sells swimwear and other watersports equipment in case you didn't bring any.
Across Soak City, life jackets are accessible for use. All guests who prefer to utilize a life jacket are welcome to do so at no additional cost. Wearing a life jacket is strongly recommended for children, non-swimmers, and weak swimmers. All guests who require special assistance have access to life jackets.
Children under a specific height restriction may not enter certain attractions without wearing a life jacket. Lifeguards and other aquatics staff have the authority to require wearing life vests at any time. Guests are welcome to bring their life vests, but the Coast Guard must approve them.
There is a first aid station close to the Davy Jones Lockers. Please see the First Aid attendant or a nearby lifeguard if you have any emergencies at the park. They will be happy to lend a hand if you need it.
To accommodate guests with special needs, a water wheelchair is offered at the water areas of Tidal Wave Bay and Gremmie Lagoon on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can take turns using the water wheelchair throughout the day. At the pool's outside entrance, near Sunset River you can find a pool lift for your convenience.
If you need to use the water wheelchair or the pool lift during your stay, or if you have any other questions about the accessibility of our facilities, please don't hesitate to ask a member of our Aquatics management team.
You'll find the lockers inside the main entrance to Soak City. There are lockers of many different sizes available for your convenience. Rental of lockers is fully automated and can be paid for with a credit card.
Electronic PINs provide users with continuous, 24-hour access to their lockers. You can use the lockers until Soak City closes for the day. Lost or stolen items are not the responsibility of Soak City.
Credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and most debit cards, can be used to make purchases. They also accept Google Pay and Apple Pay. Many Cash-to-Card kiosks are spread out over the park, where you may exchange cash for a prepaid card at no charge.
The unused balance can be utilized at any store that accepts VISA.
Cedar Fair Parks’ Chaperone Policy
The safety of our guests and associates has always been our top priority at Knott's Soak City. Over the past two years, there have been increasing incidents of unruly and inappropriate behavior across our industry and at other major entertainment venues. We are committed to keeping Knott's Soak City a place where families and friends come together to enjoy a one-of-a-kind park full of fun experiences and immersive entertainment.
As part of that commitment, we are implementing a chaperone policy beginning Saturday, April 22, 2023.
Under this policy, all guests ages 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old in order to be admitted to, or remain in, the park after 4:00 p.m. local time to close. The chaperone must present a valid government-issued photo identification with date of birth at ticket entry. One (1) chaperone may accompany no more than ten (10) guests ages 15 or younger per day. In addition, the chaperone must accompany their party during entry, remain inside the park during their visit, and be available by phone throughout their stay. Guests ages 15 years old or younger who are found inside the park unaccompanied by a chaperone will be subject to ejection. This chaperone requirement applies to all Knott's Soak City ticket and season passholders.
We believe these changes will help ensure that Knott's Soak City continues to have a positive atmosphere where generations of families and friends can gather for a day of safe fun and good food. Millions of guests have counted on us for exactly that, and we will continue to deliver on that promise for generations to come.
Frequently Asked Questions about Knott’s Soak City :
Are reservations required despite having discount Knotts Soak City tickets?
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Do I have to print out my discount Knotts Soak City ticket?
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Is there free parking at Knott’s Soak City?
No, but there is available paid parking at Knott’s Berry Farm.
What can I not bring to Knott’s Soak City?
Some items not allowed in the park are radios and stereos, luggage, and large coolers (larger than 1’x1’x1’), weapons, glass items.
What if I lose or leave something behind?
If you happen to lose or forget something while visiting Knott’s Soak City, you can submit an online request on their website. Someone will contact you if your item is found.
What happens if I get hurt?
There is a first aid station with trained nurses.
Are outside food and drinks allowed at Knott’s Soak City?
Unfortunately, outside food and beverages are not permitted except in sealed water bottles. They also make exceptions for medication and food needed for medical reasons. If you bring your own food, there is a picnic area outside the entrance.
What are prohibited items that can’t be brought to Knott’s Soak City?
Below is a complete list of items that guests are prohibited from bringing into Knott’s Soak City:
Glassware and other materials that can shatter easily
Whistles, megaphones, radios, water toys, inflatable assists,
Face masks, snorkels, fins, personal floatation devices,
Outside food and beverages (more info read above FAQ)
Are there alcoholic beverages available?
You can purchase beer and wine throughout the Soak City Waterpark from park vendors.
Is smoking allowed?
No, smoking is prohibited within park areas.
What is the appropriate attire?
Knott’s Soak City requires guests to wear proper swimwear (One- or two-piece suit). Thongs, denim, pants, and transparent clothing are not allowed.
Are there lifeguards at the waterpark?
Yes, Knott’s Berry Farm Waterpark has trained lifeguards at every park’s attraction.
Are lifejackets available?
Yes, there are life jackets available, and are complimentary.
Last updated October 2, 2023.