This blog post was sponsored by Visit Buena Park. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

Buena Park is the most family friendly destination in Southern California. Known as “SoCal’s fun city,” Buena Park is home to some of the best entertainment and restaurants in the west. Located just 30 minutes from Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Orange County Airport (SNA), Buena Park is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the United States – and especially convenient to SoCal locals.

Having lived in Los Angeles for 10+ years, we were very familiar with Buena Park and had visited many times before as a couple, but this was our first time visiting as a family. We’ve always loved visiting the area, but we have an entirely new respect for the area while visiting as a family because of their endless family-friendly options. Buena Park is the most family friendly destination in California and here is why!

Where to Play in Buena Park

Buena Park is known as California’s Playground. As the home to Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, it’s the epicenter of entertainment min SoCal.

  • Knott’s Berry Farm: Knott’s Berry Farm is the best theme park in California. This was our fourth time to Knott’s and Scotland’s first time. It is truly a theme park for all ages! There are four themed areas plus, lots of heart pumping rides, activities for kids of all ages, and great restaurants. During the fall season, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm for selected nights, when it transforms into a spooky theme park.
  • PlayPie: This amazing indoor playground, located at The Source, has over 12,000 square feet of fun for the kiddos. There is a digital and interactive aquarium, plenty of games and books, and lots of playgrounds for kids of all ages to explore.
  • Ralph B. Clark Regional Park: Buena Park is all about all-year round outdoor adventures. Head to Ralph. B Clark Regional Park to enjoy hiking trails, tennis courts, fishing, and multiple playgrounds!
  • Knott’s Soak City: Open mid-May to mid-September, Knott’s Soak City is Knott’s Berry Farm’s waterpark. There’s a lazy river, a wave pool, and plenty of interactive fun.

Knott’s Berry Farm has rides for all ages!


PlayPie has 12,000 square feet of fun!

Where to Eat in Buena Park

The restaurants in Buena Park are out of this world. There is a diverse collection of restaurant genres to taste – from Korean BBQ and hot pot to Mexican, Italian pasta to Cuban baked goods, there are a plethora of incredible restaurants in Buena Park.

  • Porto’s Bakery: Porto’s Bakery is the best restaurant in Buena Park. This Cuban bakery has divine baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee. Porto’s should be the first stop of your day before heading out for the plethora of adventures in Buena Park.
  • dPot at The Source: This delicious Korean hot pot restaurant specializes in interactive shabu-shabu meals. Kids will love to watch their parents create hot pot meals made from the finest ingredients.
  • M Korean BBQ: Korean BBQ is always a fun, interactive experience for families. M Korean BBQ has elevated Korean BBQ in a spacious location at The Source OC.
  • The Broken Yolk: This delicious restaurant has a variety of yummy menu options, specializing mostly in breakfast options. Roamaroo recommendation: order one of their benedicts!
  • Il Fiora: Il Fiora is a family-friendly Italian restaurant located at The Source OC. We highly recommend any of their pasta dishes paired with a delicious Italian wine.

The food in Buena Park is parent and baby approved!


We highly recommend the benedicts at The Broken Yolk!