Knotts Berry Farm Rides: Your In-Depth Guide

Knott’s Berry Farm has been drawing visitors from all over for hundreds of years! Discover the best rides and attractions and add them to your list.

There are dozens of theme parks in California, but Knott’s Berry Farm over at Buena Park always seems to dazzle us all.

So what’s the theme park’s secret? Why is Knott’s Berry Farm still so popular after all these years? It’s simple. They have the best rides!

Wondering what are the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm? Follow along as we share some of the best Knott’s Berry Farm rides, from thrill rides to family rides!

Knott’s Berry Farm Thrill Rides

Xcelerator The Ride®

If you ask us what is the best ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, The Xcelerator is hands down the best ride for thrill seekers!

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The Xcelerator is arguably the most thrilling out of all 10 roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm. The lines are often long, as everyone wants to experience going from 0-82 MPH in 2.3 seconds up hundreds of feet before diving straight down.

Your stomach will drop, and you might lose your breath and maybe your eyesight for a split second, but the adrenaline rush is unparalleled!

Pink track with green supports roller coaster with a car shaped seat with people in it against a blue sky
Photo Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm via Facebook

Supreme Scream

If you search for “best Knott’s Berry rides,” you’ll find the unbeatable Supreme Scream as an all-time favorite.

Be prepared to experience three seconds of total weightlessness if you ride the Supreme Scream. You won’t even have time to scream! How? The ride slowly pulls you up to a record-breaking 252 feet in midair, before power-blasting you straight DOWN – in three seconds flat – at gravity-defying speeds topping 50 mph. The adrenaline rush is incomparable.

The Wipeout

One of the most intense rides at Knott’s Berry Farm will have you spinning while rotating off the ground!

The Wipeout is a thrill ride made for anyone who is brave enough to hop aboard a circular spinning wheel that keeps spinning until everything around you turns into a blur. Find yourself holding on for dear life and bracing for every spin!

If you just ate at Knott Chicken Dinner Restaurant, hopefully, you can keep your lunch down when you ride The Wipeout!

Theme park setting with a white disk like spinning ride and a roller coaster in the background
Photo Credit: Coaster Chit Chat via Facebook

Sol Spin

There are dozens of Knotts Berry Farm rides that will take you spinning to your heart’s content, but arguably none more dizzying than Sol Spin.

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Sol Spin was made for brave guests who are bold enough to dangle their feet as high as 6 stories off the ground. Once airborne, these freely rotating, floorless gondolas will have guests spinning 360 degrees in all directions! Not to mention, guests will be spinning fully under the sun as the Sol Spin is a roofless gondola created to spin on brighter days.

Silver Bullet

If you are wondering what is the most popular ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, many will agree that it is hands down the Silver Bullet.

Imagine a cartoon bullet that goes crazy chasing its victim all around. You’ll flip, twist, turn, and drop. The ride is inverted, which means that your feet hang; so don’t wear your flip-flops on this one. Within 2 minutes, you will have gone upside down 6 times!

sunny day at Knott's Berry Farm with silver bullet roller coaster on loop in Los Angeles, California, USAMontezooma’s Revenge

Photos of Montezooma’s Revenge may be intimidating, but as one of “Knotts best rides”, we can tell you that this historic coaster has successfully made guests of all ages fall in love with its unstoppable thrill.

At level 5 thrill level, the highest thrill level at Knott’s Berry Farm, Montezooma’s is a unique, exciting ride that catapults passengers out of the station at 55 miles per hour, up through a 76 foot, 360-degree loop, and then to the top of a 148-foot tower.

After a moment of weightless and zooming down the tower, you will find yourself wanting to ride Montezooma’s Revenge over and over again!

Tracks at Montezooma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm - Los Angeles, California, USA
photo credit: Alexis Cargill via Facebook


HangTime–it’s like surfing on air! The very first dive coaster in California still looks good as new and still gives Knott’s Berry Farm guests the thrill that they seek.

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With the steepest vertical drop in California, gravity-defying inversions, and mid-air suspensions, it’s no wonder why HangTime is consistently voted as one of the best thrill rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. Ride at night to see spectacular views of the vibrant nighttime track chase lighting!


The Knotts Berry Farm Ghost Rider over at Ghost Town is one of the most popular rides in the family theme park. Ghost Rider Knotts Berry Farm has been routinely featured on the lists of the best wooden coasters in the entire world for decades and with plenty of reasons!

As the largest attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm, the GhostRider takes guests inside a mysterious mine and then sent galloping along over 4,500 feet of twisting timber! While other rollest coasters only last a minute or two, this massive roller coaster will have you twisting and turning for three full minutes!

For the ultimate thrill, take a ride at night when every twist and turn is hidden in darkness.

Ghost Rider Roller Coaster at Knotts Berry FarmKnott’s Berry Farm Family Rides

Calico River Rapids

Bigfoot Rapids at Knott s Berry Farm underwent a massive renovation! Now renamed Calico River Rapids, this exciting white water river raft ride now features new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay, and plenty of dynamic water effects.

If you’re excited to embark on this thrilling, outdoor white water river raft adventure, don’t forget to bring extra clothes! Guests should expect to get drenched from head to toe in this wet and wild trip down a raging California river.

Timber Mountain Log Ride

A classic journey through scenic woods and an authentic lumber mill will never be out of date. In fact, the Timber Mountain Log Ride continues to wow guests of all ages. Hollowed-out logs rush down a water flume which includes drops that get everyone soaked from head to toe!

The rapidly moving water at Timber Mountain Log Ride will have you energized to conquer more thrill rides.

people onboard Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knotts Berry Farm in Los Angeles, California, USAKnott’s Bear-y Tales Return to the Fair

This all-new 4-D interactive dark ride is all the rave at Knott’s Berry Farm! Maybe it’s the jelly blasters or the search for the stolen boysenberry pies–whatever it is that makes kids keep pulling their parents to keep going back to this attraction, it works!

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Traveling through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing with each other for the highest score sounds like a blast!

Calico Mine Ride

Knott Berry Farm’s very first major ride never ceases to amaze! This beloved attraction is considered one of the world’s most immersive dark rides. It takes guests on an exciting adventure through dimly lit tunnels of a working gold mine.

Throughout the ride, Calico Mine Ride wows guests with underground lakes, waterfalls, caverns filled with thousands of mysterious formations, chambers filled with steaming, bubbling pots, and geysers. Families who venture inside the Calico Mine will talk about this adventure for years to come!

skyline view of amusement park roller coasters at Knotts Berry Farm in Los Angeles, California, USAPig Pen’s Mud Buggies

When talking about family rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, it’s worth mentioning the Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies. It’s a super popular ride amongst adventurous little ones.

Located at Camp Snoopy, the bright yellow all-terrain vehicles are known to attract kids from a mile away! Kidding aside, these ATVs are a hit for kids who enjoy rides that spin, bounce and bump along. Adults can hop aboard, too, as long as they are accompanied by kiddos.

Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets and Vacation Packages

We only mentioned a number of the best thrill rides and family rides, but don’t be fooled! There are dozens more Knotts Berry Farms rides and attractions to explore.

Plan your next trip to Knott’s Berry Farm and book tickets and vacation packages, which are available on Tripster!

Which is Your Favorite Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm?

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Written by Nicole King

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1 comment about “Knotts Berry Farm Rides: Your In-Depth Guide”

Brett Lakefield

May 21, 2023 at 11:43 am

My favorite ride at Knott’s Berry Farm is Ghost Rider. It is the best wooden coaster in the world, and my favorite amusement park ride. Far better than the Log Ride.

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