With the Summer heating up, In the Parks will be cooling off at some of Southern California’s top water parks. This week, we splash down at Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park. Soak City is a compact 13-acre water park adjacent to Knott’s Berry Farm theme park.  It features 17 tube slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. Read all the way through our review for a chance to win 4 FREE tickets to Soak City!

The admission prices are fairly reasonable
Single Day Regular (ages 12+)
Online: $25.99 / Gate: $32.99 / You Save $7
Single Day Jr (ages 3-11) / Sr (ages 62+)
Online: $22.99

Unfortunately, parking is shared with Knott’s Theme park and,because of that, is pretty expensive considering the short amount of time an average visitor stays in a water park.
Single Day Parking Car: $15
Single Day Parking Bus/RV: $20

The park is located directly across Beach Blvd, in the shadow of the lovely (and free admission) Independence Hall exhibit.  Following the pathway surrounded by lush landscaping leftover from the former Jungle Island attraction, visitors are led to the entrance of Soak City.

Soak City, Buena Park, plays off of the long coastal history of the area in its theme.  Entering the park, guests are greeted with the park icon, the Golden Surfer.  In this main entrance area we have the usual guest services such as the lockers, annual pass processing, and the park’s only gift shop.

The Golden Surfer

All day locker rentals are $8.  Not too bad.  But $25.00 for a large Locker?  Ouch.

Wipeout Surf Shop
Wipeout Surf Shop is the only gift shop in Soak City, but it carries  everything guests will need to enjoy their day.  They have the usual water themed souvenirs, but they also carry supplies like sunscreen, sandals and, of course, towels.  Not to candy and toys.

Guests can also rent cabanas for the entire day to use as base camp for the group.  The cabanas vary in amenities, but all offer a cool, covered place to rest up. Guests can purchase the use of a cabana at the front of the park, but Knott’s advised us that people planning on visiting should reserve cabanas ahead of time on line here as they often sell out.

•Wavepool Cabana
10×10 Semi-Private cabana / Mon – Thur / $110*
•Malibu Cabana
10×10 Semi-Private cabana / Mon – Thur / $110*
•Malibu Cabana with Extended Shade Structure
10×10 Semi-Private cabana with 10×10 extended shade / Mon – Thur / $110*

*Holidays: Memorial Day – May 28, Independence Day – July 4,
Labor Day – September 3 pricing is $140


Soak City has a nice variety of watersides from the mild to wild.

Banzai Falls
Height Requirement: 42 Inches
This 41 foot tall racing slide is a hoot.  It’s funny to watch people get so competitive.  Good times.

Pacific Spin
Height Requirement: 48 inches
Pacific Spin is a thrilling multi-person raft ride that includes a 132-foot long tunnel that drops its riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel. Despite the fact that this is the latest addition to the park (it joined the lineup 5 years ago), it packs quite a thrilling punch.

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to get sucked into a funnel? This is the ride for you.

Sunset River
Height Requirement: Guests under 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible adult, guests under 48 inches need to wear a life vest.
Spanning the park in a giant figure eight, is the parks lazy river attraction, Sunset River.  At 1,780-ft.-long, this is one of the longest water park lazy rivers in the world. It is also a simple and friendly for all ages attraction. Think of this as the Peoplemover of Knott’s Soak City.

There are zero depth entry points (which make it easy to enter) and the path is quite wide.

The Sunset River has a disabled loading chair at the entrance as well.

Old Man Falls
Height Requirement: 48 Inches
The highest waterside tower in the park is the Old Man Falls Tower, which has three slides stemming from its peak.   Pipeline, Point Break and Riptide are all the fastest slides in the park and require riders not wear any abrasive suits or accessories.  It’s fast and fun.

Malibu Run
Height Requirement: 48 Inches
Lower down the Old Man Falls tower, at 39 feet, are the four inter tube slides: Dropoff, Heavy Swell, Rincon, and Wave Chaser.  These are fun, basic slides that are pretty much a fun ride for all ages.

Tidal Wave Bay
Height Requirement: Guests under 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Rider Safety: Swimmers under 48 inches must wear a life vest
Every water park needs a good wave pool.  Thankfully, Soak City has a sizable 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay.

Toyota Beach House
The Toyota® Beach House offers three stories of hands-on water fun including interactive water guns, nozzles, and faucets.  Every five minutes the water bucket atop the structure dumps a crushing 500 gallons of water on everyone below!

Gremmie Lagoon
Height Requirement: Must be UNDER 54 inches
The children’s play area in the park is a nicely themed little splash zone called Gremmie Lagoon.

Laguna Storm Water Tower
Height Requirement: 42 inches
Rider Safety: Swimmers 42 inches – 48 inches must wear a life vest.
For those still looking for more of a thrill there is the 43 foot tall Storm Tower.  These enclosed raft slides are in almost total darkness with waterfalls inside the tube along the route.  What’s nice about these is that the height restriction is not as high as the other thrill rides.

The park delivers adequately on the food, offering the basics in meals and munchables.

Three locations around the park have everything from pizza to fried chicken to burgers.  What was surprising was the reasonable pricing on the food in this park.  We were also told that the food items are all being systematically revamped and improved.  The burger, we were told, was particularly good.

Longboard’s Grill
This is the main food location in Soak City and offers pretty much something for every taste.

4th of July! (Monday thru Friday July 2 – 6)

WE LOVE that Knott’s Soak City Salutes our Military service members by offering free admission for all active or retired service members! All that they have to do is show a Valid Military ID at any open ticket window on July 2nd thru 6th to receive a free admission ticket!

Remember ,however, that this offer is for active & retired military personnel only.  However, they are permitted to purchase up to 6 additional tickets at the “Show your Military ID” price for their friends and family members.

Overall, we feel that Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park is a pretty good deal for the money.  While the parking is a bit too far on the pricy side, you can’t really go wrong with a $26 admission price for a day of fun at a water park.  What is an even better deal is the Gold Pass for $149.  The Gold Pass gives you entry into All three Soak City parks in Southern California, (Buena Park, Palm Springs and San Diego), Free Parking, AND entry into Knott’s Berry Farm through the end of the season.  The perfect day would be to roll into Knott’s for a few hours, then go cool off at Soak City.


The contest is now closed.  Congratulations to DBhays as the winner  of the Knotts soak city family pack.


Knott’s Berry Farm is so convinced that you will like Soak City that they are giving away a pack of 4 tickets to the water park to one of our readers! What do you have to do to win? Answer the question below. If you post the correct answer in your comment you will be entered in the random drawing in which one lucky winner will get the prize of four tickets into Soak City.


You can go here to find the answer.  GOOD LUCK
The winner will be announced in one week.

Let’s hear from you below folks. Are you ready to visit Old Man Falls in person?

And that is the news from Soak CIty today.  But that’s not all, not by a long shot.  We have a whole other article about the Disneyland Resort too. Over the weekend we have news from Six Flags, and Universal Studios too. So, please be sure to click the links and check back to the site all weekend for lots of great new articles.

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  • Natenob

    Old Mans Tower is 63 feet (19 m) high! =)

  • SoCalbma

    The old man tower is 63 feet tall. Great report Norman.

  • adavidw

    The old man falls tower is 63 feet high. Thanks!

  • vrbanks

    Old Man Falls is 63 feet high. Thanks!

  • mratigan

    Old man falls-63 feet
    Thanks norman

  • dmomof4

    Great update…Old Man Falls Tower is 63 Ft!

  • Gregg Condon

    Great update!!! Been wanting to visit Soak City for awhile, may just have to this summer. Oh, and Old Man Falls is 63 ft (not that I’m eligible to win or anything ;)).

  • RDdB

    Old Man Falls (featuring three speed slides named, Pipeline, Point Break and Riptide.) is 63 feet (19 m) high.

    Nice update and thank you for the chance to win tickets! :-]

  • davanzino

    63′ feet high

  • shariki utundu

    The old man falls tower is 63ft (19m)
    Thanks Norm!

  • currence

    Old man falls tower is 63 feet high. 🙂

  • SpcMtn77

    Hmmm…I’m guessing 63-ft.-high?

  • 2DieFR

    The Old Man Falls tower is 63 feet high.

  • cdirvine

    Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet high. Thanks for the great detail of the park!

  • cruise

    Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet high of course.

  • TheHopper

    63 ft. high…I need 2 adult tickets and 2 children tickets…call me at 559-259-8614 and I will come pick them up. 🙂 PS. Can you make those the gold passes please!

  • Heartdisney10

    Great article. Love all the info. Old Man Falls is 63 ft.


    Old Man Falls is 63 feet high. Thanks!

  • simaand

    Old Man Falls is 63 feet high. About 6 stories!

  • Maria Garcia

    Old Mans Fall is 63 ft tall. =)

  • cdirvine

    63 feet!

  • kirbilicious

    As a Philly native who walks by Independence Hall daily, seeing a picture of it surrounded by palm trees is quite disconcerting to my brain.

  • DisneyFan28

    I think its 65 Ft

  • caitlinerin

    Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet tall. Great article, thanks!

  • mottmike

    Old Man Falls is 63 feet high.

  • 22branch

    Old Man Falls Tower is 63 Ft!

  • jasoncram

    63 feet.

  • tinkerbell819

    63 feet high.

    (Thank you!)

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  • KimbaZ

    The Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet. This place looks like a lot of fun!

  • BrerDan

    Why Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet high of course.

  • percytheguineapig

    62 ft., 12-inches

  • I have never been to KSC, but I hear it is one of the better on in the country. The height is 63 ft or 756 inches or 19202.4 mm. My favorite measurement is .046076% the height of Mount Everest.

  • babyfirefly

    The tower is 63 feet!

  • kayoss

    Old Man Falls is 63 feet high

  • JoeDavidson

    Old Man Falls is 63 feet according to the official website.

  • my03yellowv

    Old Man Falls is 63 Feet high,

  • TheDisneyMouse

    The Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet tall or high as the website says!

  • RossMidlane

    I recently got back to England from spending 18 nights in the states, 14 of them in So Cal doing all the theme parks. Soak City is average, especially once you have been to any of the Florida water parks. Also, does anybody else find the lifeguard routine there weird? They all look like they’re sort of dancing a couple of steps, then turn, do a couple more before repeating the process. Would be tiring working as a lifeguard there.

  • jedited

    My wife and I went there a few summers ago and I didn’t like it at all
    First off, I was drinking a can of Coke Zero and carrying an unopened one in my hand and Soak City wouldn’t let me bring either one inside. I MAYBE can understand the unopened one, but the half drank one in my hand?!?! That’s one of the things about Knott’s is they nickel and dime you to DEATH and their prices on everything but admission is THROUGH the roof!! And their food is HORRIBLE!
    Second of all, they let too many people in. The place was WAY too crowded. It’s one thing to wait 30 minutes for Pirates, but it’s ENTIRELY a different thing to wait 30 minutes for a slide standing in the sun in a wet bathing suit. Plus the setup is VERY odd with half the slides on one side of the lazy river and the other half on the other side. Making the traffic flow VERY difficult. In addition, most of the slides are grouped together and have one line for three or four different slides.
    I would NOT recommend Soak City at all.
    Wild Rivers was WAY better, but it’s closed now. 🙁

  • princessbelle92

    old man falls is 63ft high

  • Arilvdc

    The tower is 63 ft high.

  • Gullywhumper

    Thanks Fishbulb, I used the $160.00 I would have paid extra for a renual of my Premium Pass to Disneyland, buying instead a Delux, and used the extra to buy a Cedar Fair Parks Pass. I get unlimited admission to Knotts Berry Farm, all Knott’s Soak City Parks, California’s Great America just outside San Jose, plus Boomerang Bay water park at Great America. Lastly, I get admission to Gilroy Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, CA; and all Cedar Fair Parks in the US and Canada! I’m going to have to try Soak City this summer!

  • OogieBoogie

    63 feet

  • Crazee4mm

    The Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet tall. I should know. I’m an Old Man and I’m 6’3″! The coincidence is too great to ignore! 🙂

  • felixthequick

    The old man tower is 63 feet tall

  • lnsemsf

    The old man falls tower is 63ft tall. Thank you for this entry, I hope the power of the Internet grants me magical free admission to this park!

  • dbhays

    Old Man Falls is 63-ft.-high. My niece and nephews will have a blast. Choose me and make me the best uncle in the world!

    • Norman Gidney

      Congratulations Dbhays! You are the winner of the Knotts soak city family 4 pack.

      Please email your mailing address to [email protected] and we will send them to you right away!

      • MiceChat Staff

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  • Flealick

    63 ft…it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been to any waterpark, would be fun!

  • cymplaya

    Old Mans Fall is 63 ft tall.

  • cymplaya

    Old Mans Fall is 63 ft tall. =)

  • fastpassninja

    63 feet. Hope I win!

  • Disneygirls

    Old Mans Fall is 63 ft high

  • nannur

    I’ve already tried Riptide and Point Break, but I just realized right now that I was up 63 feet high on Old Mans Fall!

  • disneylandkitty

    63 feet tall for Old man Falls….. Would love to go since wild rivers is closed. Would love to take my friend her 13 year old son just died. Her and her 9 year old daughter are having a hard time with this and I would love to cheer them up and take them to soak city with me and my fiancee. Please and take you. Happy 4th mice chat.

  • mickey7

    Old Man Falls Tower is 63 feet high.

  • shadowman

    63 feet!

  • coopercaseycody

    The answer to the trivia question: Old Man Falls is 63 feet! I would love to win! 🙂

  • SeeASmile

    The old man tower is 63 feet tall.

  • scottc

    I am going to guess…. 63 feet.