We associate Napa Valley with a lot of adult enjoyment. Still, there are plenty of ways for families and kids to enjoy wine country, too! Check out these suggestions below for ways to make lasting memories and keep your Napa kids engaged on a trip for the whole family.
Family-Friendly Activities for Napa Kids
Connolly Ranch Education Center’s mission is “to connect children and families to nature through farm-based education, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.” Their historic property in the heart of Napa is ideal for kids of all ages to discover the joys of nature and farming. The ranch is home to many animals like chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, geese, miniature horses, and donkeys! Visitors can learn about their exceptional care, and the pride Connolly Ranch takes in preserving agricultural heritage. Their educational garden serves as an outdoor classroom and a play space where kids can learn about biodynamic farming and the life cycle and harvest of essential crops.
Your Napa kids will also get first-hand opportunities to learn about pollinators, compost, worms, and other exciting natural elements. Connelly Ranch’s Wild Spaces offer hiking trails, picnic spaces, and many micro-ecosystems to explore and connect with nature. Their Farm Open Houses welcome you to meet their animals and learn in the edible garden. Saturday Kids Camps include getting creative with nature-based crafts and activities. They also host various special events for kids and adults throughout the year.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Take advantage of Napa Valley’s kid-friendly, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Whether looking for somewhere to camp overnight or just a fantastic hiking spot to spend the day, this park has it all. The park boasts over 10 miles of trails that showcase impressive coastal redwoods and towering Douglas Firs. Most of the park is pretty rugged, with elevations ranging from 300 feet to 2,000 feet. Bring your binoculars to see how many species of beautiful woodland birds you can spot. The park is also home to raccoons, foxes, deer, bobcats, and coyotes, just to name a few.
The park has extensive picnic grounds, covered picnic tables, sinks, and an electrical outlet. Near the visitor’s center is the Native American Garden, which displays some of the plants used to this day by the Wappo people. The park is also home to the historic Pioneer Cemetery, the resting place of some of the original settlers. On warm summer days, you can pay an additional fee to use the park’s swimming pool, the perfect reprieve from the California heat!
Calistoga Pottery has become a mainstay of Napa Valley since husband and wife Jeff, and Sally Manfredi first opened it. The studio is where they make high-quality and reputable products found all over the valley in various wineries and restaurants. But when they aren’t welcoming visitors in to browse and purchase their pottery, they open their doors to kids and families interested in getting their hands dirty. They love helping families of babies (1 year or older!) create a keepsake handprint or footprint plate with an imprint of your little one’s hands or toes. Older kids can make a drawing on a mug, plate, bowl, or platter, preserving their creativity in clay far longer than a piece of paper ever could. Give your kids a chance to try something creative and new when you come to Calistoga Pottery!
Napa is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and it is just as enjoyable for kids and families as it is for grown-ups. Visit one of these family-friendly locations with your Napa kids on your next vacation here. You will make lasting memories that everyone will treasure for years to come.
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