What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA

So here’s the thing, I’m not very good at camping. By that I mean that I grew up poor so the idea of camping outside in nature and sleeping on the floor was just one step away from how I grew up (so… never a big fan). Then Ventura Ranch KOA invited us on a weekend getaway and changed EVERYTHING.

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We visited Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula for a weekend stay. Somewhere to get away from it all as they say. About two hours drive from our home took us from the city into the country where we were surrounded by hills, enormous trees and wildlife. We drove into the campground, checked into the office at the front and pulled up in front of our spacious 400 square foot cabin. And that’s where I fell in love with camping.

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What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Ventura Rancho KOA campground

The campground itself is gorgeous. It’s a little bit of a drive in, and when you get there you are surrounded by trees and it gives you the feeling of getting away from the rush of city life. It smells amazing and the campground offers all the amenities you need (especially if you rent one of their cabins). We walked around during our stay and saw all the different accommodations available at the campground, including teepees!!! Yup – you and la familia can stay in the cutest teepees with a playground just outside your door.

At the top of a hill you’ll also find a clubhouse that is available to rent for large parties. It has a kitchen, dining area inside and outside, and a BBQ grill. We had a few of our meals here because we were traveling in a large group.

WATCH: Ventura Ranch KOA Tour

Deluxe Cabins at Ventura Ranch KOA

My favorite accommodations, the cabins, are located towards the front of the campground, while the RVs and such as spread out throughout the area. You can also tent camp or go “glamping.” There is literally something for everyone.

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Our deluxe cabin was 400 square feet and it had a loft inside that allowed all six of us to be in the same area without going crazy. The Hubster and I stayed in the one bedroom at the back of the cabin that also housed a queen size bed, a large closet and air conditioning unit. Yup – there is AC in the deluxe cabin. And linens. We didn’t have to bring anything else!

Outside our room was a restroom with a shower – and it was fully stocked with towels and washcloths. There was also another closet outside of the restroom giving us the feeling of a home way from home.

Plan your own adventure by visiting GoRVing.com. Get info on how to choose the campground that’s right for you, search for campgrounds that offer park model cabins like the one we stayed in, ideas on what to bring and so more!
 

The kitchen came fully stocked and included a refrigerator (a full size one, not one of those mini fridges), a sink, a stove, a microwave, a coffee maker and every utensil and dish you could possibly need. It’s a great way to save on money because you can bring along all your own food and cook your meals at home instead of ordering or eating out. There will literally be no reason for you to leave the campground during your stay if you bring enough food.

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Just outside the kitchen is a small table to eat at and then there’s the living room. The living room has a sofa sleeper and a television. We brought our Apple TV to stream movies at night (the KOA offers free WiFi), though we hardly used it because we spent much of our time just hanging out playing card games.

The loft also had a cot and additional linens so at least two people could sleep up there too. Though ideally, you could probably fit up to four people if they don’t mind sleeping on the floor.

Outside the cabin there was a grill, a patio dining set, a fire pit… and a gorgeous view. It makes for the perfect spot to take your coffee, and basically every single meal. The cabins are far enough apart that you won’t feel like your encroaching on someone else’s cabin either. This type of lodging is absolutely perfect if you’re looking to camp, but the idea of camping scares you. Or if you like to be comfortable but still want nature outside your doorstep.

WATCH: Deluxe Cabin Tour

What to do at Ventura Ranch KOA

So you get to the fabulous KOA and now what? Well we have an itinerary for you that will ensure that you get the most out of your stay. Here we go… vamonos…

S’mores around the campfire

Bring along your s’mores supplies and spend your evenings around the campfire making old-fashioned s’mores. If you forget to pack these materials, no worries. They also have them at the gift shop/check-in office by the cabins.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Check with the front office when you check in to see if this activity is available during your stay. As of the date of this post, this activity is available on most Saturdays for $10. Once you pick out your t-shirt, camp leaders will help you from beginning to end. It’s a bit messy activity, depending on how old the chiclets are, but it makes for a great souvenir. My kids wear their t-shirts every week!

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Zip-line Pavilion

My favorite activity at the campground was the zip-line pavilion. Schedule your adventure during your visit (currently available every Saturday) and choose whether you want to do line 1 (where children can ride tandem with an adult), and/or line 2 (where you must be between 80 and 250 pounds, no tandem riding allowed). Line 1 will cost you $15, while riding line 1 and 2 will cost you $25.

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So the way it works is that you show up at the zip-line pavilion at your scheduled time. There are picnic benches there so you can enjoy your lunch, or it also makes for a good meeting place after zip-lining. Make sure you wear closed-toe shoes for this activity.

You’ll get suited up by one of the instructors then you’ll walk up to the platform. The first line will take you to the beginning of line 2. If you’ve committed to doing this zip-line, then go all out and ask the instructors to tell you how to flip upside down. It’s a lot of fun!!!

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Once you get to line 2, you’ll be unhooked then led to a ladder that you’ll climb up to get to the beginning of line 2. This one is slightly longer and higher than the first line. This activity is definitely one that you’ll want to try at least once.

>> Click here to watch my zip lining Facebook Live video <<

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Pool

Unfortunately the pool was closed during our visit, but if you visit between May 27th and October 1st, you’ll find that it’s open to visitors. There are lounge chairs and sofas scattered throughout the area making it a great spot to beat the heat.

“Gem and Fossil Mining” at the Gem Mining Area

My kids LOVE gems, and I was so happy to see that it was offered during our stay. The instructors there take cash and you can have the chiclets choose which type of bag they want. The cheapest bag was about $7 and it contained handfuls of pretty gems and rocks. A large amount of water runs through the gem mining area where the kids mine for their gems. It’s a pretty quick activity – about 15 minutes long if the kids don’t pick at every single little piece of rocks. The largest pack is about $25 and it includes a bucket to store your treasures. Make sure to ask for the pamphlet that tells you about the rocks and gems that you find.

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Gem mining at Ventura Ranch KOA - Livingmividaloca.com

Gem mining at Ventura Ranch KOA - Livingmividaloca.com

Rock Climbing

The rock climbing area is open on Saturdays and costs $10. Kids (and adults) can climb up the wall and ring the bell at the top. This one was a bit harder for my five year old chiclet because the rocks were so far apart, so it might be better for older kids and adults.

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Watering Hole

The chiclets had such a fun time playing in the creek. It was rocky, it was shallow and the water was cold – it was perfect! They didn’t do much in there except find rocks, try to stand on them and then laugh when they slipped off. As a parent, I loved just watching them be kids and play in the water.

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Latino family camping at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Playground and Jumping Pillow

The large community area also houses a playground and a gigantic jumping pillow. The pillow is open every day from 10am to late afternoon and during the summer time they mist the pillow while you jump. It was SO much fun to jump up and down on this and even more hilarious to see everyone falling down and then try to get up. There are a couple of benches nearby so parents can just hang out and watch the kids play.

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The playground is located near the gem mining area and fun for kids to play in and meet new friends.

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Bigfoot Adventure Walk

The kids were super excited to do the Bigfoot Adventure Walk because they still believe. The guy leading it did a great job of setting up the story, and because it took place at night it made everything seem as though it was possible for Bigfoot to actually be in the woods. I recommend you walk closer to the leader so you can listen to his story. Bring your flashlights and see if you can spot Bigfoot.

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Bigfoot walk at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Bigfoot walk at Ventura Ranch KOA - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

If you have a large group, you can also request a hayride. There’s an additional charge, and usually only available during Halloween time – but it can be arranged for you if your group is large enough.

We had the best time visiting Ventura Ranch KOA and cannot wait to go back. It’s a super great deal for all the amenities that it offers.

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Packing List

  • Bring along a manual juicer and make fresh squeezed juice every morning.
  • Hershey’s S’mores kit, roasting sticks and a warm blanket.
  • Closed-toe shoes for zip-lining.
  • Hat and sunscreen for every day use.
  • Mini flashlights and lanterns for the Bigfoot Adventure Walk and for lodging without electricity
  • Insect repellant
  • Card games (we love Spot-it, UNO and a classic deck of cards).
  • Streaming device if you’re in a camping unit with a television.
  • Bicycles if you like to take advantage of the trails
  • Swimsuit
  • Detergent pods (laundry facilities are available on-site)
  • A hand vacuum – It’s the easiest way to clean up
  • Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glow sticks for evening play with the kids

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About Ventura Ranch KOA

The Ventura Ranch KOA is a 76-acre campground nestled in Heritage Valley at the foot of Ventura County’s highest mountain, Topa Topa. Our guests enjoy clean, fresh air as well as a forest setting close to the creek side. Little noise to distract; just lots of wildlife, gorgeous views, clear star-lit nights and only 15 miles from the beach! We are just off the scenic highway, 150 miles between Santa Paula and Ojai.

Address: 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Reserve: 800-562-1899
Info: 805-933-3200
Email: information@venturaranchkoa.com
Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch/

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Hang out with Rosie Pope and ScholarShare from the comfort of your home

This is a sponsored post in partnership with ScholarShare.
 

I’ve been talking about ScholarShare for years now… years!!! And I don’t get tired of doing so either online or offline because I think it’s SO important to plan for the chiclets’ futures. This year, I’m happy to be participating in ScholarShare’s 30-minute webinar with celebrity author and fashion designer, Rosie Pope, and ScholarShare’s very own Garianne Dashiell. By participate I mean hang out in my home with a nice drink while they give me tips on tackling the huge task of paying for college.

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I hope you’ll join me at the 30-minute 529 Crib Notes webinar where we’ll learn about:

  • What is a 529 plan
  • How do they work
  • Things to consider when selecting a 529 plan

The webinar will take place at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 18, and cover what is a 529 plan, how 529 college savings plans work, the different investment options, and a live Q&A session. To register for the webinar, visit: https://cc.callinfo.com/r/107s7lp9402hd&eom.

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What: 30-minute Webinar with Rosie Pope and ScholarShare

When: Thursday, May 18th

Time: 12 p.m. PT

Register: ttps://cc.callinfo.com/r/107s7lp9402hd&eom

National 529 day

May 29th is National 529 day (get it… 5/29?) and this is the time where ScholarShare matches the $50 contribution on new enrollee’s accounts! The promotion runs from on May 24-26.

FACT: At $1.3 trillion dollars, student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt in the United States, only behind mortgage debt. According to the Federal Reserve, that number was just $589 billion dollars in 2007.
 

The Matching Promotion

To be eligible for the matching promotion, families must open a new ScholarShare account between Wednesday, May 24 and 26, 2017 with a minimum $50 deposit – to be contributed and invested at the time the new account is opened – and sign up for a $25 Automatic Contribution Plan for six months.
The matching deposit of $50 will be made to the eligible ScholarShare account on or before 11:59 p.m. PST on January 30, 2018. There is a limit of one matching deposit per new ScholarShare account opened for each new beneficiary. Visit http://www.ScholarShare.com/529day for more information and complete terms and conditions.

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About the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan

To sign up for an account, or for more information about the plan, visit http://www.ScholarShare.com.

ScholarShare offers a diverse set of investment options to a family’s priorities and college savings goals. The plan provides tax-deferred growth and withdrawals are free from federal and California state taxes when the funds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition and fees, books, computer equipment, or certain room and board costs. Any U.S. citizen with a valid social security number or taxpayer identification number can open a new account, with as little as $25. ScholarShare has no annual account maintenance fee, no income limitation, and offers a maximum account contribution limit of $475,000. Through ScholarShare’s “Give a Gift” option, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can open a new account as a gift or make a contribution to an existing one.

Like ScholarShare on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/scholarshare529 and follow us on Twitter at @ScholarShare529.

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IKEA Kid’s Room Makeover

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.
 

Last year I shared our new “American Dream” and I talked about how we were going to decorate our home. And it FINALLY happened (well, one room but hey – progress!) It took me a while to decide that we needed to convert a previous guest room into the chiclet’s bedroom. The IKEA kid’s room makeover was a weekend project that the Hubster and I pulled together, with the five year old helping too.

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The kid had a hand in putting together his room, from start to finish. He started by browsing the baby & kids section on the IKEA.com website and I let him create a gift guide to make it easy for us to shop. Having a shopping list before visiting the store kind of sped up the process. Of course, we still spent a fair amount of time in the kid’s section once we actually got to the store, but in all honesty the majority of it was the chiclets trying out the different room set-ups.

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And have I mentioned how much we love the whole IKEA packaging. We fit ALL of it in the car. Well, that was our first trip. We went back the next day to get more accessories because we still had money in our budget and the walls were looking a little bare.

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We picked up the furniture and headed home to start building everything. In all honesty, there wasn’t that much furniture to put together. The big piece, the KURA reversible bed, was the one that we were the most scared to build. I mean… the kid is going to sleep there! As it turned out, it was way easier than I thought it would be. We put the whole thing together in about two hours (keep in mind, we had a five year old “helping”). He wanted it to be loft style, so he could have room to play underneath. It turned out so cool!

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The loft bed is definitely the star of the room. It doubles as a play area underneath while he gets to sleep on the bunk above. He loves the canopy that covers the frame. We were lucky that we didn’t have to purchase another mattress. With this type of bed, you need a certain type of mattress (it can’t go above a certain height) and we had it from a previous IKEA purchase. Though if you do need to pick it up, it’s under $100!

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IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

We purchased the KURA bed tent with curtain so he could have a place to read under at night, and then he could use the little cottage set-up for make-believe stories.

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Of course we had to pick up some accessories too, and that was a lot of fun. Once we had the bed set up, everything else fell into place.

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IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

We found a way to incorporate his art into his room by choosing black frames, using clothespins to hang up a few of his favorite things, and then also adding in a cute dart game that he could play with his older brother, or alone.

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IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

The chiclet also needed space for his clothes, so we picked up two RAST 3-drawer chests because it provides the most flexibility for us. We can put them together, or separate them if we want to move them around. We’ll probably end up painting them down the line, but it was way more important that we get it done that weekend so for now, they’re good.

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To prepare for the years ahead, we picked up one of those clocks that look like they belong in the classroom. He likes telling time on it and he can easily have it even ten years down the line.

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We also got him a nice little organizer for his books that sits on the bed, a little more wall art to fill up empty space and a rug that he can play on.

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

IKEA Kid's Room Makeover Ideas and Tips - LivingMiVidaLoca.com

Our last thing that we put up were the curtains. They’re light and airy and super long (which I love). They allow light to come into his room so the room looks bigger than it really is. Plus, did I mention that the lace curtains are only $4.99?

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One thing that we had to work around is the fact that our modem is housed in his room. Then there’s also my cloud storage and a few other devices that we need to keep our home running smoothly. I would love to move them out of his room someday, but for now we found the perfect workaround. We dumped them all into a STUVA storage bench and now it’s out of sight, out of mind.

We absolutely love how the room turned out. Seeing it every day reminds me of our American dream. The one that has been with me since my childhood years where I yearned to have my own room. My own piece of home that could represent me and my personality. I may not have gotten it back then, but I’m thankful that my kids are able to live it themselves.

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Spring-inspired Easter table setting

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Growing up we never celebrated Easter in a very traditional way. Lack of extended family nearby meant that we didn’t have big family get-togethers. Because I lived through Easter without the cute gift baskets or Easter brunch, the Hubster and I decided to do things differently with the kids. The kids get a (not-too-over-the-top) Easter basket that contains one chocolate bunny and fun gifts, and we invite our family over to have lunch. This year will be no different, and that’s why our partnership with JCPenney comes at a perfect time. I shopped at our local JCPenney to put together a Spring-inspired Easter table setting that was easy AND budget-friendly.

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I stopped by JCPenney on a weekday morning (kid free!) because I wanted to take my time and check out what they had. When family comes over we end up having way more kids and teens than adults, so I wanted to get something fun and colorful. I also wanted to get a pattern that I could use during Spring season for my own chiclets to enjoy. This 16-piece tableware set was only $30 (score!) and the colors are super fun.

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I rounded out the place settings with super bright orange napkins and colorful placemats. Of course, because we have the whole family over, paper napkins are also a must.

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It took just a few pieces to pull everything together and it was under $50!

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I tend to keep the rest of the table pretty simple because we always have more people around the dining table than we have seats – but somehow we always figure something out.

The menu doesn’t really vary because everyone ends up bringing side dishes to our main meal. Last year, we purchased a pre-seasoned pack of taco meat that we heated up and set out, buffet style. We also served salsa, cucumbers and cilantro rice. The rest of the family brought dessert, cactus salad and fruit salad. We had more than enough food for everyone, and still enough leftover for our family to take home.

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Of course, we do the whole Easter egg hunt too. And figuring out what to put in those little eggs is always a challenge so we stick with loose change, stickers, and jelly beans. We make so many great memories on Easter and I hope that my chiclets will remember our traditions of going to mass, having brunch and doing the egg hunt so they can pass it on to their kids too.

How do you celebrate Easter?

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5 Things You Must Do at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

It’s no secret that the Boysenberry Festival is my all-time favorite event of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm (followed very closely by Knott’s Merry Farm). From the delicious boysenberry food treats to the entertainment, Knott’s really ups itself year after year. In 2017, we’re seeing the festival run for three whole weeks, it starts on April 1, 2017 and ends on April 23, 2017. This gives you plenty of time to go back and enjoy the festival at least a few times – don’t forget to pick up those Knott’s season passes to save on the fun!

We enjoyed Knott’s Berry Farm during the first weekend of Boysenberry Festival and we’re giving you our top 5 things you must do at Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival. You won’t see rides on the list, because they come secondary when you see how much there is to do at the park during this time.

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5 Things You Must Do at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

Eat everything on the Boysenberry Festival tasting card

For only $25, you can pick up a Boysenberry Festival tasting card that will lead you to six decent sized tastings. Make your way through Ghost Town and pick up all the dishes. Note that the fry bread at the Churro Factory does get a bit long, so hop over to the meatball station next to it first so you can enjoy them while you wait in line.

The fry bread is super messy, so careful with the clothes. My family super enjoyed all the meat dishes, and the sweet and savory dishes like the panna cotta, fry bread and ravioli were a bit hit with the chiclets. The pizza, I have no doubt, will be a fan favorite, and it’s debuting this year so that’s awesome.

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Sit down and enjoy some entertainment

Learn about the history of the boysenberry & Knott’s Berry Farm at what used to be the Ghost Town Museum (across the way from the school house). Pull up a seat and settle in for this fascinating filmed look at how Walter & Cordelia Knott settled right here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing Boysenberry!

Also, across the way from the train station is a big stage that will host special entertainment every day of the festival. There’s also specially planned entertainment in different spots throughout the park (make sure to check out DJ Cruz at Fiesta Village!) so make sure you’re planning ahead so you don’t miss any of your favorites. Oh, and there’s a pie eating contest too. ¡Buena suerte!

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Shop for souvenirs and gifts

Shopping is made even more fun with plenty of boysenberry treats that you can bring home with you – including a boysenberry plant! I picked up the cutest hat and the gal spritzed some boysenberry scent on it. It was my favorite takeaway from the day. The kids, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of the boysenberry popcorn so they brought some of that home with them.

Ghost Town has its streets lined with small business owners who have all worked hard to stock up on cute gifts and foods too, so make sure to check them out. It’s always nice to come home with something different that you know you can’t get any other time at Knott’s Berry Farm.

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5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

Take lots of photos

Family pictures take on a new twist during this time because you have pretty scenery to take them up against. I love looking back at our own pictures because the memories that we made at the festival are one of my favorites. Also, it’s super fun to wear something that coordinates with the purple-theme, and because it’s Spring chances are that you won’t have any problem finding something cute (I found my top at TJ Maxx).

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5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

Grab a boysenberry drink and enjoy the view

The Wine and Craft Brew Garden at the dance hall has boysenberry beer, boysenberry cider and boysenberry wine. Grab all of those and sit back and enjoy the view at any of the benches or picnic tables throughout Ghost Town. It’s the perfect way to just chill out and relax. Plus, you can get the kids free boysenberry punch at the dance hall too so they can decompress for a bit too. Purchase a tasting card for $25 and you’ll get 6 tastings PLUS a platter of snacks to go with your drinks. Don’t forget to grab a pic of yourself in front of the pretty topiaries before you head out.

5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

There are so many reasons why the Boysenberry Festival is a must-do, but you’ll see that for yourself when you go. Take note that it only goes on for three weeks, so don’t hesitate and pick up your tickets soon! Get there as early as possible to avoid long wait times. Don’t forget to share your pics online using the hashtag #BoysenberryFestival. It’s the official hashtag and I’m following it to see what I missed (because yes, I’m totally going back before it ends). Visit https://www.knotts.com for more information, to purchase tickets, and check out show times.

5 Things You Must Do at Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival - LIvingMiVidaLoca.com

This is not a sponsored post. I received complimentary entrance plus tasting cards in exchange for this post. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. 
 

 

 

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