Opening Weekend at Knott's Soak City!

We spent Sunday enjoying the opening weekend of Knott's Soak City in Buena Park with some of my favorite Mom Bloggers. It was my family's first trip to a water park and it definitely won't be our last. Knott's Soak City in Orange County is a 13-acre water park adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm with 17 tube slides, a crazy wave pool, awesome lazy river and the most exciting toddler playground I have ever seen. This year Open Season is from May 19th-September 3rd and hours vary based on the day of the week.

The first thing we did upon arrival was rent a cabana. There are plenty of lounge chairs located all throughout the water park, but we usually travel with so much baggage that it's easier for us to have a secluded cabana to store all of our stuff while we are off playing. Our cabana was located above the wave pool at Tidal Wave Bay. We had an amazing view of the entire water park.

The kids couldn't wait to jump into the wave pool. It was the best wave pool we've ever been in. Every 10 minutes the bell alerts swimmers that the waves are a coming! Jackson totally left us! He was diving through the waves just like a dolphin. Hard to believe last Summer he was still in floaties!

After the wave pool, we were off to have have lunch with the other Mom Bloggers and their families. It was a yummy BBQ lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh fruit and our favorite side dishes. The decor was hand carved out of fruit and we sat right by the lazy river during our feast. What made lunch even more special was the warm hospitality that Kristin Enriquez served up with a smile. Kristin and Crystal were so great with all the kids and made it a point to see that we had everything we needed. Thank You Ladies!

Obviously, our next stop was the lazy river! This is a family favorite. I usually look for hotels that offer lazy rivers when booking a vacation so it's great to know that anytime we are craving a cool cruise down a lazy river, we can just take a short drive and enjoy the lazy river here at Knott's Soak City in Buena Park.

We spent the rest of the day running from one attraction to another. There is literally something here for everyone. We followed a trail that ended up in Gremmie Lagoon and I swear I couldn't get my kids out of this place until the whistles blew and it was time to leave! This lagoon is a child's wonderland! There is water squirting out of everywhere! Turtles, whales, fish, crabs...oh my! The AWESOMEST feature of this playground is a giant yellow octopus on top of a submarine! Kids can climb into the submarine and exit down a water slide. They can climb up and slide down the octopus' tentacles. I was crawling around all over this place! I took pictures after the park had already closed, but just imagine this place spraying water everywhere and tons of kids splashing around like crazy!

You can't miss the Harbor Waterworks playground smack dab in the center of the water park. It's a three story high structure filled with canons, buckets, slides and much more. I managed to catch a couple quick videos of Jackson and Mya taking on the slides before my cameras started getting wet:

We were the last family to leave the park. I wanted to see everything once it had settled down and waters were still. It was such a serene sight. I am in love with this place. Check out these photos of the waveless wave pool!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Knott's Soak City for having us. Our first visit has left us wanting more. We are already making plans to take our extended family this weekend for Memorial Day. I suggest purchasing a Season Pass! A Season Pass gives you entry to all 3 Southern California Soak City Water Parks! Buena Park, Palm Springs and San Diego. You have the option to pay in full or break it up into 3 monthly installments. For more info on Season Passes, click here.

Happy Soaking!!!!

Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated for this post. I was invited to a media day at the water park. These are just my two cents!


  1. Loved your post! Thanks again for coming out! - Leidy :)

  2. That place looks really fun! We will have to make it a goal to head out to Soak City this summer.

  3. I have been to Knott's a bunch of times but never gave Soak City a thought because the kids & I go to Hurricane Harbor but after reading your post & seeing those pics...we're definitely going when the kids are out of school this summer. Thank you do much for the post!

  4. Love Love Love the fruit arrangement pic, that alone makes me want to go. Maybe the bf will get me one! Thnx for the post mom blogger!

    1. If you love the fruit arrangement, then you'll LOVE the Fruit Cups available at Longboard's Grill inside the water park! They are soooooo yummy!

  5. You always have the BEST photos and I really get a sense as if I am there. Sad we missed it but hoping to take the kids soon!

  6. Hooray for another water park option! And hooray for Summer!! =)