Knott's Soak City

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Knott's Soak City
Knott's Soak City logo.svg
SloganThe Coolest Spot in Town
LocationBuena Park, California, United States
Coordinates33°50′27″N 117°59′42″W / 33.840881°N 117.994888°W / 33.840881; -117.994888Coordinates: 33°50′27″N 117°59′42″W / 33.840881°N 117.994888°W / 33.840881; -117.994888
OwnerCedar Fair Entertainment Company
OpenedJune 17, 2000
Previous namesKnotts Soak City USA
Operating seasonMay — September
Water slides23 water slides
Children's areasA single children's area

Knott's Soak City is a seasonal water park owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company located in Buena Park, California. The Knott's Soak City name was previously used for two other water parks in Southern California, since sold to SeaWorld Entertainment and CNL Lifestyle Properties.


The chain's first water park opened in Buena Park under the name Soak City U.S.A. in June 17, 2000. It is located east of Knott's Berry Farm and occupies 13 acres (5.3 ha) near the Knott's main parking lot and Independence Hall replica.

Name Description Height Requirement
Banzai Falls A six-lane family Mat Racer water slide. Over 42"
Gremmie Lagoon A small children's area featuring slides and play areas.
Laguna Storm Water Tower A slide complex featuring three enclosed slides, 43 feet (13 m) high. Over 48", between 42" and 47" must wear a life vest
Malibu Run A slide complex, 39 feet (12 m), featuring four adventurous slides named Dropoff, Wave Chaser, Heavy Swell, and Rincon. Over 48"
Old Man Falls A slide complex, 63 feet (19 m) high, featuring three speed slides named, Pipeline, Point Break and Riptide. Over 48"
Sunset River A 1,780-foot-long (540 m) lazy river. Over 48", under 48" must wear a life vest
Tidal Wave Bay A 750,000-gallon wave pool. Over 48", under 48" must wear a life vest
Toyota Beach House A children's area that features three stories of interactive water guns, nozzles, faucets and other surprises. Every five minutes the water bucket dumps 500 gallons of water on everyone below.
Toyota Beach House Slides Two children water slides connected to the Toyota Beach House. Over 42"
The Wedge Opened 2017; Six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and surprise drops. Over 48", over 40" when accompanied by a supervising companion
Shore Break Opened 2017; Multi-Slide Complex featuring four capsule slides and two dueling tube slides, Similar to identical installations at Kings Island, Carowinds, Dorney Park, Kings Dominion, Cedar Point, Oceans of Fun, and California's Great America. Over 48"

Former Attractions[edit]

Name Date opened Date closed Description
Pacific Spin 2006 2016 A ProSlide Tornado water slide with a drop of 75 feet (23 m) into a six-story funnel. It was replaced by The Wedge in 2017.

Former Knott's Soak City locations[edit]

San Diego[edit]

The chain's third water park was located in Chula Vista. It opened in 1997 under the name White Water Canyon. On November 20, 2012, Cedar Fair announced it had sold its San Diego Soak City park to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The park reopened as Aquatica San Diego on June 1, 2013.[1]

Name Description Height Requirement Rating[2]
Balboa Bay A 500,000-gallon wave pool. Over 48", under 48" must wear a life vest 4
Coronado Express A 78-foot-long (24 m) four-person raft water slide. Over 46" 5
Dick's Beach House A children's play area that offers four stories of hands-on water fun with slides, hoses, jets, geysers and more. Every five minutes, Surfer Dick’s water bucket unloads 500 gallons of water on everyone below. Over 42" to ride the three slides 2
Gremmie Lagoon A children's area featuring pool and ropes. 2
Imperial Run A 60-foot-tall (18 m) water slide complex with six slides, four enclosed and two open air. Over 48" 4
La Jolla Falls An 80-foot-tall (24 m) water slide complex featuring two enclosed and two open air slides. Over 48" 5
Pacific Spin A ProSlide Tornado water slide with drop of 75 feet (23 m) into a six-story funnel. It was added to the park in 2005. Over 48" 5
Palisades Plunge Three 60-foot-tall (18 m) water slides, one enclosed and two open air. Over 48" 4
Solana Storm Watch Tower Three 60-foot-tall (18 m) water slides, one enclosed and two open air. Over 48" 4
Sunset River A 1,250-foot-long (380 m) lazy river. Over 48" 2
Tykes Trough Children's water slides Under 48" 1

Palm Springs[edit]

The chain's second water park was located in Palm Springs. It opened in 1986 under the name Oasis Water Park; it was purchased by Cedar Fair and operated under the Knott’s name from 2002-2013. On August 14, 2013, Cedar Fair announced it had sold its Palm Springs Soak City to CNL Lifestyle Properties. The park was allowed to operate under the Soak City name for the until the end of the 2013 season.[3] CNL Lifestyle Properties operated the park as Wet’n’Wild Palm Springs until 2018, when it was sold again to Pono Acquisition Partners I, LLC. The park was closed and demolition began in 2019 for transformation into the Palm Springs Surf Club, which is forecasted to open in 2020.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weisberg, Lori (November 20, 2012). "Soak City to become a SeaWorld water park". Archived from the original on March 22, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Ratings assigned per Knott's Berry Farm, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See their "ride listing". Knott's Berry Farm. for more specific details.
  3. ^ "Cedar Fair Sells Palm Springs Water Park To CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc". Market Watch (Press release). August 14, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Photos: Work underway on Palm Springs Surf Club surf park". The Desert Sun. October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Thropay, Caitlin (February 26, 2020). "Update on surf parks popping up around the Coachella Valley". KESQ. Retrieved March 22, 2020.

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