Buena Park, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

159 Votes - "Most Fun"
5 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Buena Park boasts all kinds of fun in a vacation destination perfect for every age. From theme parks and attractions to interactive dinner theater and shopping, everyone can have fun in this small town. With close proximity to both Disneyland and Orange County Beaches, its even perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway.

America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm features roller coasters, family and children’s rides, entertainment and water and thrill rides. Visit Soak City Water Park after hitting all the attractions and make room for traveling and ongoing shows. The park offers snacks and shopping as well.

For local entertainment, try Medieval Times or Pirates Dinner Adventure for food and a family-friendly show. Also choose from parks, golf course, shopping and art in the area. Knott’s Independence Hall and the Buena Park Historical Society provide history while Buena Park Downtown and Knott’s Marketplace offer shopping and dining.

The community puts on a number of events throughout the year including parades, concerts and classes at the community center. Attend the free summer concert series, watch a civic theatre performance, or browse Saturday farmers markets at the downtown mall. See what else locals and tourists love about Buena Park in its reviews.

You won't find another town filled with as many fun things to do as Buena Park! Starting with Knott's Berry Farm with the charm of a home town feel with Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant to awesome thrill rides that will take your breath away! I love that you can watch Knights battle at Medieval Times and watch Pirates sword fight at PIrate's Dinner Adventure! Love the Buena Park Mall with great shopping and you have to check out John's Incredible Pizza while you are there - more than just amazing pizza! With all of the unique restaurants and places to see, the most fun part about Buena Park is that it is very affordable for the entire family!
Reviewed by abc123
on September 17, 2012
Buena Park is referred to as the "Center of the Southland" and centrally located it is. It's a perfect spot to enjoy all the great entertainment this city has to offer. From Knott's Berry Farm, to Knott's Soak City, to Medieval Times, to Pirates Dinner Adventure - there's an array of attractions that will definitely keep you and your family busy.
Within walking distance of Knott's Berry Farm is also the Buena Park mall which features great shops as well as great restaurants. I highly recommend John's Incredible Pizza, Portillo's and Pat & Oscar's. There's also TGIF restaurant conveniently located outside of the park & you have to try Mrs. Knott's Chicken & Dinner Restaurant. Buena Park is definitely a great town to visit!!
Reviewed by loves2travel
on September 17, 2012
My home town is a great place for families at the 1st Theme Park--Knott's Berry Farm--and the other attractions. An ocean breeze cools the city each evening in the summer from the Pacific, just 15 miles away. Buena Park is close to many other southern California attractions, and yet has the benefits of a "small town" such as when we celebrate "Silverado Days" in October.
Reviewed by BSwift
on September 17, 2012
2012: Summer vacations growing up - always spent a day at Knott's with dinner at the Chicken house. Then we moved to Anaheim and we could go to Knott's more often. Lots of fond memories of Knott's and the surrounding area with my family, then dating with my fiancée/husband - spent many an evening at Knott's and then sharing Knott's with our daughter while growing up. Now we share memories with the grandsons.Every generation in the family liked visiting the shops outside the park before the wooden roller coaster came along, but that's progress. Older memories are joined to newer memories.
Can't forget the New Year's Eve when one of my sisters was married in the Little White Church at Knott's. One of the best western themed weddings I've ever been too. Reception was at the steak place which is now another restaurant. We all just had the best of fun - dancing and partying. A night to remember long after the fireworks.Buena Park has many themed tourist attractions to visit, but I always did love visiting the patriotic area of Knott's with the replica Liberty Bell and the first house of Congress for the 13 states. A little bit of history on the west coast.Buena Park has grown and some of the sites have changed to meet with the growing tourist demands, but it is still a great quality family place to make some memories.Buena Park and its attractions is one of the places I do miss moving to Texas
Reviewed by ljw
on September 17, 2012
I have lived in Buena Park for 13 years, almost as long as I've lived any place else. Prior to BP, I lived in 6 other states, driven across the U.S. 3 different times traveling 3 different routes (42-states), been to Mardi Gras 3x/Time Square for New Years/ a few Superbowls and not enough small town carnivals. When it comes to fun, count me in. (I'm not into the party scene and neither is Buena Park!) My thoughts on Buena Park are quite mixed.
As an African-American, I find that Buena Park is one of the most racist places I have ever lived, although the town has slowly improved. [I was born and raised in the south.] In fact, I find California to be the 2nd most un-friendly places for Black people behind Texas. (I was dismayed to see that not one of the finalists for this contest are African-American, but not surprised. My guess is that not many, if any, applied, and I wonder if the contest was publicized in the Black media. As much as I wish it weren't so, Black people still are treated differently most places I've visited; whether it's relief or angst on the other side doesn't matter.)
Despite all my issues with the place, I do think that Buena Park is not only a fun place to live, but also a safe place to live. Most of the fun here is affordable and deals are aplenty. Restaurants are fair to good with high value and quite accessible.
I am proud of the way we treat visitors to my town. I am proud of the way we cater to outsiders while maintaining our pride of ownership. Our children are well-behaved and we curb our dogs. Most everyone follows the noise ordinances (but I live in a good neighborhood). I am grateful that most visitors are good, but when the visitors are noisy hooligans bent on making trouble our (nepotistic) police force is here to stop trouble in its tracks which is part of why we are so fun.
There are considerably more good people here than bad. I'd vote for my town.
Reviewed by KayeRoze
on July 16, 2012
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