• December 21, 2016 at 7:30 am #1953
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      A slice of boysenberry pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice creamIt’s not everyday you can savor a berry that gave rise to a billion dollar theme park empire.

      Back before Knott’s Berry Farm grew into SoCal’s first theme park, it was a modest berry farm that specialized in the boysenberry—a blackberry, raspberry and loganberry hybrid that was cultivated in the OC in 1924.

      People would wait for hours just to get a slice of Mrs. Knott’s boysenberry pie, punch, jam and sherbet.

      In 1941, Mr. Knott added a Wild West Ghost Town to keep customers entertained during their wait. Over time, he kept adding attractions and the Ghost Town grew into a popular theme park — years before Disneyland debuted in 1955, just a few miles down the road.

      Nowadays, you can treat yourself to these and other boysenberry delights at the California Marketplace located outside the park, which boasts a bakery, a general store and a restaurant serving up a variety of berry-licious goodies.

      California Marketplace at Knott’s Berry Farm


      Free 3-hour parking with proof of purchase

      If you want to ride the roller coasters and thrill rides in the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, you can save 40% by buying your ticket online for just $44+. Theme park parking is $18.

      Knott’s Berry Farms hosts a Boysenberry Festival every April, during which you can indulge in 80 one-of-a-kind boysenberry dishes, libations and more. Theme park admission is required to fully enjoy the festivities.

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