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  • Suzy L.

Family Weekend in Buena Park, CA: How Much I Spent and Saved w/ Military Discounts

My family and I spent an entertaining three-day family weekend in SoCal’s Fun City, Buena Park, California. I planned a fun busy weekend for my family of four by using our military discount to make sure I save as much as I could. My husband and I both served in the Marine Corps with my husband retiring after 22 years of military service. So, when I plan a fun trip or outing, I make sure I check out all the military discounts I can apply to our fun.

Buena Park offers so many fun experiences all in a radius of less than one mile on Beach Blvd. I planned three days filled with enjoyable experiences for the whole family less than a mile from our hotel stay. I visited Visit Buena Park’s website for all the information I needed and to check out trip ideas.

Day One

We started by checking into DoubleTree by Hilton Buena Park using our military discount, we got a very good room rate. The Doubletree by Hilton offers a shuttle to local attractions which is super convenient. I love the welcome cookie you get at check-in and you can always ask for another cookie at any time.

For brunch we visited Porto’s Bakery and Café to try some delicious freshly baked pastries. We got an assorted pastry box and coffee to keep us good until lunch. Porto’s offers a complimentary box of pastries to active and veteran U.S. Military on Veterans Day.

During dinner time we headed to Rock & Brews. The restaurant is rock n’ roll themed with super cool ambiance and music. They offer a lot of food and beer options to choose from. For Veterans Day they give free meals to veterans and U.S. Military. My husband and I both ordered the “We Salute You – Pulled Pork Sandwich” which was complimentary for Veterans Day.

Day Two

For breakfast we went over to Eggslice for delicious egg sandwiches. The sandwiches were huge and shareable. We ordered them as combo meals that come with tater tots.

After breakfast we headed out to Knotts Independence Hall. Knott’s Independence Hall is located outside Knott's Soak City and open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free to visit the hall and it is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original Independence Hall landmark in Philadelphia.

We walked across the street and spent the afternoon and lunch at Knotts Berry Farm. During certain days in November (please check website for specific days), Knotts offers Military Tribute Days. Active, Retired, and Veteran U.S. Military Personnel may receive discounted admission to Knott's Berry Farm for themselves and up to 5 guests during Military Tribute Days. Tickets can be purchased online for $19.99 (plus taxes and fees) at or at the Knott’s Berry Farm ticket booths.

For dinner time we drove less than 3 minutes to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. They offer a military discount for 20% off per person and other royal upgrades. The dinner is super delicious and the show is entertaining. The whole family loved it and had a blast.

After a full day of fun, we went back to our hotel room and had a great night’s sleep.

Day Three

We checked out of Doubletree Hilton Hotel and drove down Beach Blvd. to The Broken Yolk Café. The service is fast, and the food is delicious. The portions of the food are plentiful, and their menu has something for everyone.

When I plan a family trip, I know I am going to spend money but I also know that I can save money by doing a little planning. Visit Buena Park was a great resource in helping me plan my family fun Buena Park trip.

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