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Six Flags or Knott's Berry Farm? | How to Choose

Many fantastic parks can be found in California, which can at times make it hard to choose which one to go to.

In this page, we will cover whether to go to Six Flags or Knott's Berry Farm.

    Six Flags or Knott's Berry Farm?

    Six Flags is known as the Thrill Capital of the World featuring an enormous amount of rides (100+), games, and attractions.

    six flags magic mountain ride

    Knott's is also known for their world-class rides but also has shows, and a dedicated area for kids. 

    For strict rides, Six Flags is the way to go. For a more complete theme park, Knott's will be a better fit.


    Luckily for guests, Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain are both open every day of the year.


    Knotts Berry Farm: 57 acres

    Six Flags Magic Mountain: 260 acres


    Most guests that are visiting theme parks will stay in Anaheim which is very close to Knott's (6.8 miles) but not very close to Six Flags Magic Mountain (61 miles).

    Knotts: Buena Vista, California

    Six Flags: Valencia, California

    Is Knott's Berry Farm Cheaper Than Six Flags?

    Knott's Berry Farm is cheaper than Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    Prices vary by season and at times they can vary by day. Normally ticket prices will be more expensive on the weekends.

    Buyers should be aware that Six Flags is closed for weeks at a time in some months, which makes it difficult to check prices during those times.

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    Six Flags Magic Mountain Summary

    Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games, and attractions for the entire family and was voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park.

    Six Flags features Twisted Colossus, X2, Full Throttle, Tatsu, West Coast Racers, Justice League (Dark Ride) as well as Batman, Revolution, and Riddler’s Revenge.

    Aside from Magic Mountain, Six Flags has over a dozen locations in the US.

    Knott's Summary of Park

    Knott's is a 57-acre park that averages 4 million visitors per year that features 40 rides including Ghostrider, Hangtime, Xcelerator, Silver Bullet, Pony Express, and Montezooma’s Revenge.

    Knott's also features Camp Snoopy, which is a designated area for kids and families that showcases rides, shows, and play areas specifically for them.

    camp snoopy knotts

    If you're planning on visiting several parks throughout your visit, you should know that Knott's is also very close to Disneyland at only 5.9 miles. Riding in a car through California traffic normally takes around 15 minutes to get there.

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