Knott’s Soak City Water Park with Kids in Buena Park, California

Are you ready for non-stop water fun for the whole family in Southern California? Check out Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park. This family-friendly water park offers an array of thrilling water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, and interactive play areas that cater to visitors of all ages. Whether you’re seeking heart-pounding thrills or a tranquil day by the pool, Knott’s Soak City has something for everyone.

Soak City Attractions

Knott’s Soak City has water activities for all ages.

Wave Pool

The “Tidal Bay” wave pool is the centerpiece of the park’s aquatic adventures. This massive pool simulates the rolling waves of the ocean, creating an exhilarating experience that’s perfect for all ages. Little ones can play at the water’s edge, feeling the gentle ebb and flow, while more adventurous swimmers can venture further into the pool to ride the waves. The wave pool offers a safe and controlled environment for families to enjoy the thrill of the ocean without leaving the park.

Lazy River

For those seeking a more relaxing experience, the “Sunset River” lazy river at Knott’s Soak City is the ultimate oasis. Hop on a single or double inner tube and let the gentle current carry you along a winding path, passing lush tropical landscapes and gentle waterfalls. The lazy river is a favorite for families who want to unwind and enjoy each other’s company while basking in the warm California sun. It’s the perfect way to take a break from the excitement of the water slides and cool off in a leisurely manner.

Play Structures

Knott’s Soak City features interactive play structures that promise endless fun for kids of all ages. The Gremmie Lagoon is specially designed for young visitors, with shallow pools, mini water slides, and fun water features. This water playground allows little ones to splash and play in a safe environment under the watchful eyes of their parents. For older kids, the Beach House is a multi-level play structure that offers a thrilling combination of slides, water cannons, and water jets. It’s a place where imaginations run wild, and kids can create their own aquatic adventures.

Multiple Water Slides

Thrill-seekers will find their paradise at Knott’s Soak City with an array of exhilarating water slides to choose from. The Pacific Spin takes riders on a whirlwind adventure as they plunge down a massive water slide before spinning around a swirling bowl, creating an adrenaline-pumping ride like no other. The Old Man Falls offers a thrilling twist with its steep drops and sharp turns, while the Malibu Run lets you race your friends side by side on an exhilarating mat slide. Whether you prefer steep drops, twists, turns, or high-speed racing, Knott’s Soak City has a water slide that caters to every level of excitement.

Visiting Knott’s Soak City

Location and Address

Knott’s Soak City is located in Buena Park, near where the 5 freeway and 91 freeway intersect. It’s across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm.

8200 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620

Parking & Admission

There is paid parking available next to the park. Admission depends on the day you buy your ticket. You can purchase tickets that need to be used on a specific day from the Knott’s website, or you can buy tickets that are good for any day here >

Best Time to Visit

Knott’s Soak City is open seasonally, typically from late spring to early fall. Weekdays generally have fewer crowds, allowing for shorter lines and more time on the attractions. Arriving early in the day let’s you get better parking and is also less crowded.

Soak City Food & Facilities


There are 2 main restaurants inside the park. Longboard’s Grill has American cuisine like burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Portside Pizza offers pizza for everyone. There are also multiple food stands throughout the park with drinks, snacks, and ice cream.

Bathrooms & Facilities

Soak City has bathrooms and drinking fountains throughout the park. There is a changing room and showers at the front of the park, along with lockers which are paid.

Things to Note

To make the most of your trip to Soak City with kids, make sure you bring all these essential items:

Lockers are available to store your items like clothing, but many people opt to just take a backpack around and leave it on a chair unattended at each attraction. There is a risk of theft, so if you choose to do this for convenience, don’t leave anything valuable in it.

The waterproof cell phone pouch is a great option to keep your valuables (phone, wallet, keys) on you at all times while playing at water activities.

Accommodations Near Knott’s Soak City

If you’re coming from out of town, or just want to stay a few days in Buena Park, there are a lot of options available to you.

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

Stay at the official hotel, located conveniently right next to Knott’s Soak City and Knott’s Berry Farm. You can easily walk to either theme park. Book Here >

Family-friendly Hotels in Buena Park

There are a lot of hotels suitable for kids in Buena Park. Here’s are shortlist of some great ones – they include some combination of free breakfast, onsite restaurant, pool & hot tub, cribs available and family-style living rooms:

Search for more hotels:

Vacation Rental Homes in Buena Park

If you’re looking for an entire house for more of a “home” feeling, there are plenty of rentals available on Airbnb or Vrbo:

Activities & Attractions Around Buena Park

If you’re staying a little longer, there are plenty of other activities in the Buena Park area for the entire family. Here are a few highlights:

Explore other things to do in Buena Park >

Video of Our Visit to Soak City

Scroll to Top