Soak City! The place to beat the heat!


Last fall my family purchased annual passes to Knott’s Berry Farm. The passes we bought for myself and our kids include admission to Soak City which is the water park across the street from Knott’s. I have three children ranging from age 2 to 7 so I was worried about going alone with the kids.  Recently a friend invited us to join her and a group of her friends.  Since that trip we have returned two times.

I am impressed with how family friendly the Park is. For example the wave pool is well staffed with lifeguards some in the water some out and others carrying life vests which they require children under 46″ to wear.  In addition the water is not scary deep and the waves are not over whelming even for my kids who are good swimmers but have never been in the waves at the beach.  Sunset River also known as The Lazy River is so relaxing and great for all ages.  They have a nice toddler area and a beach house which is a large structure with slides, sprayers and large buckets that intermittently dump water on the crowd below.


I suggest you bring an umbrella they allow umbrellas under 7ft. Shade is limited and seating under the shaded areas gets claimed quickly. Take your sunscreen and wear protective clothing.  They allow you to bring in water but not food.  However they have several options for purchasing food and a nice grassy area just outside the entrance where you can eat a picnic.  They have nice clean bathrooms with showers and changing areas near the entrance. Each time we went on a week day so the crowds were fairly light.   I imagine on the weekends and at the height of the summer it gets pretty crowded.  Also Soak City is only open from May to mid September. From now until the end of October Knott’s is offering special pricing on all annual passes. You can find information on their website. I know we will be renewing or passes.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received for this feature but SoCal City Kids has received free passes and can’t wait to beat the heat soon at Soak City!


  1. Shayna Wells says

    Thanks for featuring!

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