Knott's Soak City Water Park in Buena Park, CA

8039 Beach Blvd.Buena Park, CA 90620
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Located in Buena Park, California, Knott’s Soak City Water Park offers a thrilling water adventure experience situated adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park. Guests can enjoy 13 acres of excitement, complete with a 750,000-gallon tidal wave pool; six-story tube and body slides; a lazy river; a three-story beach house; and a hands-on water playground with 200 water guns, sprayers, nozzles and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Buena Park Travel Experts
  • Sunset River is one of the largest lazy rivers in the world.
  • Dont forget sunscreen, sunglasses, beach towels and sandals.
  • Day lockers available for a fee.
  • No outside food or drinks allowed.
  • Personal float toys not allowed.
  • Cabana rentals available at the park.


from Knott's Soak City Water Park
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark kicks off with a splash this summer season! Orange County’s largest water parks is the perfect family destination to cool off during summer. This 15-acre water park located next to Knott's Berry Farm is open seasonally on select days from mid-May to early September. Shore Break will have guests climbing into an exhilarating Aqua Launch chamber which will send riders on a vertical free fall through a series of loops and curves. Enjoy the Tidal Wave Bay wave pool or the three story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns and slides. Soak City has undergone a 2-acre expansion, which includes new shaded seating areas, spacious cabanas and a newly remodeled Longboard’s Grill. The Wedge family raft ride, takes up to 6 riders on a thrilling and exhilarating trip through twists and turns and drops down the waterslide. Grab your swimming trunks and sunscreen for a fun day at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark before summer ends!

Parking is $20 autos and $25 Buses and RVs.

Tripster Customer Reviews

6 Reviews
Julio Rodriguez
Imperial, CA
1 Review
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"Family trip"
August 2018
It is very good place to spend the day with family and is good price for it
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Tip: They can take ice chest whit water

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Daniel Rozich
Alta Loma, CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
July 2018
First time going to Soak City for me and my grandkids. Within the first hour, both grandkids said it was the best waterpark they have ever been to.
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Tip: Lockers are plentiful, securen and easy to get. Lounge chairs were abundunt.

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luis huerta
chino hills, CA
1 Review
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"More fun than disneyland!!!"
August 2016
Had a blast!! Disney sucks!!! I paid40 compared to rip off disney 150 price!!!
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William Nickman
Alhambra, CA
1 Review
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"Stay cool on a hot day"
July 2016
Relatives from AZ were visiting, and wanted to cool off. Soak City worked fine!
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Sharon Y.
Laughlin, NV
1 Review
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"Three days, Three parks"
June 2016
My husband and I took our oldest and youngest grandchildren on vacation. We did three different parks. We had a blast there, the staff was awesome for encouraging the little ones to just be children. The five year old I was worried about. But as he put it " best vacation ever" he couldn't get enough of the wave pool or banzai ride. The ten year old did it all, as did my husband. Clean park, not long lines. Before we knew it,the park was closing. We had stayed all day. We had more fun there than Disneyland. We plan on doing this again at the end of summer. Thank you for My best vacation ever as well!!??????
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Tip: Any person of any age can and will have a blast

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Maria Prado
Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
July 2015
My two kids and I had a wonderful day!
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Tip: It's a great place to visit with the family....

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Los Angeles, California
"Not worth full price"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2019
Soak city is dirty! The changing rooms are hot and grimy. At least one of the slide staircase has bird poop all over it. From a health point of view it’s pretty gross. We had a season pass this year but won’t be getting one for 2020
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Pomona, California
"Season Pass holder"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019
We live local and purchased a season pass. We love everything about it. The lines are long so I suggest getting there right when it opens if you want to go on rides and go during the week if possible. The weekends get pretty crowded. We spent most of our time in the lazy river and the wave pool. My kids are young so the enjoy the splash pad and the kids pool. Seating is next to impossible to find, but they have grassy areas were you can set down a blanket and bring an umbrella. Most kids around here go back to school mid August so if you are from out of town I'm guessing it wouldn't be as busy at the end of August.
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Kent, United Kingdom
"Very good - but why the rules on goggles and swim shoes??"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed our day at Knott's Soak City ... the slides are superb. The park is organised well. We had no problem finding sunbeds, even without "setting up camp". The locker system worked well. Plenty of food/beverage outlets and a swim shop. A wonderful day in the California sunshine. HOWEVER I was not able to participate on several slides because I was told I couldn't wear my goggles. I wear contact lenses which I don't want to lose. Also, my optician strongly advises I should protect my eyes when participating in any water activities because of the risk of microscopic bacteria/germs etc that can lodge behind lenses, causing infections that can lead to blindness (having experienced a corneal ulcer once before, I absolutely don't want to risk this again). I understand that the park would not have allowed me to wear spectacles on these rides either (I assume that the concern is regarding "hard" objects perhaps causing injury to the rider, or damage to the slide? To cover the first risk, surely the park could include a warning on these slides, alongside all the other warnings? If the concern is risking damage to the slide, then why were many youngsters with mouths full of metallic braces allowed to ride, but plastic goggles are not allowed? Perhaps there is a good reason I've missed ... We were also told to remove our water shoes for several slides (which are soft/flexible), but allowed to wear them on others. Again ... why? It was a pain to keep taking them off and putting them back on but the pathways between the slides were VERY hot in the sunshine ... without the shoes our feet felt like they were burning? As with any activity in bare feet, there is a risk of picking up a verucca... so for this reason I would also have preferred to keep my water shoes on. So, I've knocked off one star. Still - a great park.
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Robert E
Irvine, California
"fun in the sun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 03, 2019
cool slides, nice environment, lines weren’t bad - fun water play areas - cool wave pool - nice lazy river
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"Knotts Soak City"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019
So we went around when it opened. The process through security was a struggle and very frustrating. They were inconsistent with was they were allowing in the park. We brought sandwiches and snacks in a cooler. The first bag check we were told we couldn't bring in the sandwiches (just the sandwiches inside one large ziplock bag) because it accumulates too much trash. We passed the first check point when Damion the security guard stopped us and told us we couldn't bring in the ice chest he also said he was very strict on rules and would not budge. So we exited the search area and returned to witness the same person who told us we couldn't bring in the sandwiches allowing someone else to bring in the same type of sandwich packaging except made them remove the foil. We were shocked! The second person who searched our bags allowed the sandwiches inside the park. The searches were very inconsistent. Staff were rude about the situation also. Once we were inside it was very enjoyable. We set up our chairs we brought on the grass area and parked there for the day. Some rides had lines but for the most part they went fairly quickly. Water was comfortable, and park was clean. There were not enough larger ring floaties for the lazy river. They are color coordinated so there were a ton of "yellow" rings which were the kid size ones. Kids were wild and crazy in the wild river swimming splashing although staff was strict with the younger kids wearing life jackets before entering. Staff were not friendly but just seemed to be there. I understand it was hot and busy but smiling of some sorts would be nice. The lifeguards were all visible and present at every ride / attraction. It was very obvious they were scanning the pools. A lot of them were just doing the neck motions which made me laugh because it was more of a dance and exaggeration. Overall it was a fun and hot day!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Knott's Soak City Water Park

How much is parking?
Auto’s are $20 and Buses/RV’s are $25.

If I’m not swimming, do I have to pay?
All guests entering Soak City must pay an admission fee.

Can I bring a cooler or my own food into the park?
Outside food and/or beverages, glass containers, and coolers are restricted from entering Soak City. Small hand-held coolers not exceeding 12"x18" in size will be allowed that contain unopended water bottles or baby food only.

Do you have chairs or lounge chairs?
Chairs and lounge chairs are provided free of charge throughout the park and are available on a first come first served basis.

Can I bring my own floatation device?
Inner tubes are available free of charge at the tube slides, wave pool, and lazy river. The inner tubes must be left at those locations when not in use. If you would like your own personal inner tube, all-day tube rentals are available. Life jackets are available at no charge and are available in sizes from infant to adult. All personal life vests must be Coast Guard approved. No personal float toys are allowed.

What is the water temperature?
The regular water temperature ranges from 74-76 degrees.

What is proper swimwear?
Proper swimwear is required. Swimwear is defined as a one or two piece swimsuit. Pant, denim, thongs, or transparent clothing are not permitted. We reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of swimwear. Diaper dependent guests are required to wear swim diapers or a diaper specifically designed for aquatic use.

What should I remember to bring?
For your protection and comfort, Knott’s Soak City recommends you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, beach towels and sandals. If you forget any one of these items, you can purchase them in our Wipeout Surf Shop inside the park.