A day at Knott's Berry Farm can be a memory-making experience. It can also be a budget-busting one as well. Between entrance fees, parking and food, a day at Knott's Berry Farm for a family of four could cost well over $200, as of 2011. However, there are ways to lessen the costs associated with this experience. Besides deals and discounts for admission fees, also consider how you might save on food. With a bit of preplanning, you may save enough money to get that second bag of popcorn after all.
Bring your own water bottles. If you prefer ice cold water, ask the food vendors for a cup of water with ice. You may also want to bring individual packets of powdered ice tea or lemonade to mix into the water.
Order items from the kids' menu. Food choices such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pretzels and nachos contain starches and breads, which can be filling. By ordering a child's portion, you can fill up while saving. Or consider splitting an adult sized meal.
Share a sampler platter. Many of the restaurants offer a sample platter with a variety of items. This is a great way to save a bit of money while trying a few different selections.
Exit the park for your meals. You may choose to pack a cooler with lunch and dinner and store it in your car. Knott's Berry Farm allows re-entry by showing your hand stamp. Gather up the family and head to the car for a picnic of home packed items and then re-enter the park and continue on with the rides.
Consider having a big breakfast before you go to Knott's Berry Farm. This should push lunch time back a few hours, possibly eliminating the need for a dinner.