Wine Country may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of kid-friendly travel destinations, but you’ll be surprised by what this beautiful region has to offer. In fact, Napa Valley really knows how to welcome kids, the key is finding places that are family friendly rather than geared toward honeymooners and celebs.
Here are some tips for planning a great vacation in Wine Country – with the kids!
Choose a Family Friendly Hotel
First, find a hotel that is family friendly. Napa Valley Hotel and Suites is a hotel that welcomes everyone, from business travelers to bachelorettes to busy families. You certainly won’t feel out of place spending the weekend at our hotel! The fact that we are located in downtown Napa is what makes us most attractive, especially for families. You won’t be far from anything, and you can simply get out and walk around the downtown area for quick, easy and stress-free fun. The rooms are big and cozy, and the prices are affordable.
Playgrounds, Parks and Pools
The advantage to bringing your family to Napa Valley is that it can be very affordable. Instead of paying high-priced admission to an amusement park or water park, you can enjoy one of the many beautiful playgrounds located throughout Napa and Sonoma. In the summer, Calistoga’s public pool offers a kiddie pool, diving board and fountains that will make the perfect afternoon for kids of all ages.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of packages that are intended specifically for families, such as their BBQ nights in the summer and Santa Trains in the winter. Some of the packages offer reduced rates for kids, so check the website for upcoming events. Otherwise, kids are always welcome on the train, and food can be tailored toward your kids’ preferences. Also, many Napa Valley restaurants offer kids’ menus, so do your research before making reservations.
Now, you may be thinking that if you bring the kids to Napa Valley, what in the world will you do? What about those wonderful wine tours that everyone talks about? Many wineries are kid-friendly, so again, do your research in advance and call ahead to see if the winery welcomes kids and pets. Generally, wineries that are larger and have plenty of open space to run are happy to have anyone on board. Some wineries even offer snacks, juice and free Wi-Fi. This means you can have your enjoyment, too.