The California Marketplace is positioned right next to Knott’s theme park in Buena Park, California. The Marketplace began its existence in 1934 as a humble restaurant called Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which still exists today within the complex. Since 1934 the Marketplace has grown to include a total of 15 restaurants and shops, not including Independence Hall, which offers visitors a chance to see a reenactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since the Marketplace is independent of Knott’s theme park, there is no need to purchase a ticket to shop or dine in any of its establishments. Customer parking is also free for a three-hour period, after which four dollars is required for every additional thirty minutes of parking.
Visitors of all ages may dine in any of the Marketplace’s eight restaurants or shop in any of its seven stores. The gift shops offer items including PEANUTS memorabilia, Knott’s Berry Farm souvenirs and a vast selection of Knott’s Berry Farm food products. The restaurant choices include some well-known chains such as T.G.I. Friday’s and Cinnabon, but there are also some one-of-a-kind eateries, namely the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet and the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.