T he city of Buena Park was originally part of the Stearns Rancho which was once a part of the rambling Rancho Los Coyotes. It was intended to be a cattle ranch but instead became a dairy town which was first incorporated in 1953. The Lily Creamery was the first industry in the city, with the exception of a few wineries, and both the Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific railroads built depots here.
Newer residential communities include:
Today Buena Park is best known as the ever popular E-Zone or Entertainment Zone with attractions such as Knott’s Berry Farm (the very first theme park), Knott’s Soak City U.S.A (a 13-acre water park), Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament and Pirates Dinner Adventure.
The Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, located in the City’s Historical District, is available for tours and the free Independence Hall (Knott’s Independence Hall) is an exact replica of the original in Philadelphia. It is also a prime vacation spot with plenty of shops and restaurants, including the Buena Park Downtown Mall which has a spectacular 19 screen Krikorian Theatre, along with specialty shops, and Disneyland Resort and Orange County beaches are just a few miles away.