How to Visit the Napa Valley with Your Kids
The Napa Valley can be an incredibly romantic place for couples – for newlyweds, anniversaries, or just a weekend away from it all. But we get it – not all trips away from home can be kid-free and the good news is that the Napa Valley, despite its reputation for wineries and fine dining, can be a fantastic place to explore with the family.
Start with the Hotel
You’re going to want a Napa Valley hotel with a great ambiance, but not one that’s specifically geared towards couples and romance. Larger hotels tend to be more comfortable (and affordable) for those traveling with kids. A hotel with a pool is a huge plus if you are traveling with children.
If you’d prefer something more rustic, you could also consider camping out at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. There’s still a pool, but there are hiking trails and other activities that will keep your kids busy between trips out into the more populated areas of the valley.
Check the Napa Valley Event Calendar
Seriously. This calendar is one of the best things out there for families traveling with children. It’s always updated months in advance with just about every activity you could possibly imagine for both adults and children. You’ll find movie nights, concerts, crafts and a series of activities in venues ranging from theatres to museums to wineries. Check the calendar for the dates you’ll be in the area and you are absolutely guaranteed to find at least a few things that are child or family-friendly for your itinerary.
General Area Attractions
Check out a few of the established Napa attractions geared towards children while you’re in town, too. Playground Fantastico is great for kids up to age 12 and has a BBQ area for a fun afternoon out in the fresh air. The Scientopia Discovery Center will excite children old enough to get into trains, science, and hands-on activities. Rockzilla is an amazing rock-climbing facility with constantly-changing routes that promise to never bore return visitors. For some fun outside, head over to Skyline Wilderness Park to explore the hiking trails or to enjoy a horseback riding tour.
Napa, California has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. Simply think outside the box and do some advance planning and your entire family will have a great time, no matter how long you’re staying.