California Family Destination GuideCalifornia Family Destination Guide
Find fun things to do and places to see with kids. A guide to family travel destinations and activities in California.
Palm Springs Tramway
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you from the hot desert floor to the cool mountain top. This thrilling adventure is taken aboard rotating tram cars that can hold up to eighty people at a time. The tram climbs 5,873′ feet in about 15 minutes rotating 360 degrees several times during the accent. Each time the tram passes ...
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Sonoma Train Town
Sonoma Train Town has been a favorite family destination for over 20 years. Originally this 10 acres of land was a cow patch out in the country. Today visitors find a miniature railway which takes you on a journey over five bridges and trestles and through two tunnels. The train makes one stop on it’s trip at a ...
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is an old fashion amusement park located on the beach in Santa Cruz , California. Admission is free all you need to do is buy tickets for the rides. The main attraction is the world famous Giant Dipper roller coaster. The dipper is certainly not the biggest coaster in California but is ...
Birch Aquarium San Diego
The Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego is the perfect size for a family trip. With a perfect location on the cliffs above La Jolla and it’s smaller size younger children will not get worn out. Inside are many different tanks display various aquatic life and one huge 70,000 gallon kelp ...
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Old Faithful Geyser Calistoga
Old Faithful Geyser is located in the upper Napa Valley near the town of Calistoga. The Calistoga geyser is only one of three “old faithful’s” in the world. Every thirty minutes or so this geyser shoots a stream of scalding steam up to 75 feet into the air. Another attraction is the small herd of ...
Tom?s Farm Corona California
Tom’s Farm s has been around since 1974 when Tom bought some land in Temescal Canyon and opened up a produce stand. At first the farm was just for selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the years the farm has developed into a family destination for folks from all over Southern California . In 1977, a hamburger ...
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Redwood Valley Railway Berkeley California
The Redwood Valley railway is located at the south end of Tilden Park, at the intersection of Grizzly Peak Blvd and Lomas Cantadas Rd in Berkeley , California . The railway has four steam engines and has been located in Tilden Park since 1952. The Redwood Valley maintains a dozen or so wooden gondolas, built similar to those ...
Descanso Gardens Enchanted Railroad
The Descanso Gardens Enchanted Railroad runs on a loop through the gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, California. the train runs on 7 1/2″ track and passengers sit saddle style on the trains passenger cars. The vegetation grows very close to the right-of-way in places and the conductor gives warning passengers were not to rock back ...
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Discovery Science Center
The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana California is a wonderful place for the family to visit. With loads exhibits and attractions, the science center will keep everyone interested for hours. Outside the huge solar Cube is the Dino Quest area with a walk inside giant two-story tall Dinosaur. Inside are hands-on exhibits, which let ...
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Effie Yeaw Nature Center
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is located inside Ancil Hoffman County Park, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, off Tarshes Drive in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. Outside the Center is a Maidu Indian summer village replica. The adjacent 77-acre nature preserve has self-guiding interpretive trails through the riparian woodland and along the American River. Watchable ...
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in five galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visitors can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena. The Virtual Zone is perfect ...
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Living Desert Zoo Palm Desert, California
Located in Palm Desert the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a wonderful place to take your family for the day. With 1,200 acres of desert to explore, the Living Desert has something interesting for every member of the family. Kids will be amazed at the huge train display with bridges and tunnels going in ...
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