Indulge your inner scientist at the Bohart Museum of Entomology in Davis or go back in time at the Yolo County Historical Museum in Woodland. Grab some fantastic local produce at the Davis or Woodland Farmers Market, or pack up a picnic and head off to feed the ducks at the UC Davis Arboretum. Get some fresh air at the newly Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument or Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, and the whole family will be begging to stay in Yolo County.
U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame – 303 3rd St., Davis; (530) 341-2363
Housed in Davis, this world-class attraction features priceless bicycles, trophies, medals, and memorabilia from the world’s cycling best. Changing displays highlight contemporary pros. Also on display is the prestigious Pierce Miller antique bicycle collection. Open Wednesday 4-8, Saturday 10-2, or by appointment.
Explorit Science Center – 3141 5th St., Davis; (530) 756-0191
Explorit engages children and adults in hands-on science discovery. The center offers everyone the chance to “Think it… Try it… Explorit”. Open by reservation only.
Bohart Museum of Entomology – 1124 Academic Surge, UC Davis; (530) 752-0493
The seventh largest insect collection in North America has more than 7 million specimens from around the world, focusing on fresh-water and terrestrial invertebrates. Open Monday to Thursday 8:30-12, 1-5. Free admission.
Impossible Acres – On Road 97D, Davis; (530) 750-045
During the summer, pick your own berries, cherries, apples, peaches and other seasonal produce. During October, pick your own pumpkins and negotiate the corn maze. Take a tractor ride and enjoy their baby farm animal petting zoo. Check their website or call for u-pick hours.
UC Davis Arboretum – South edge of the UC Davis campus; (530) 752-4880
This arboretum is a living outdoor museum with more than 22,000 types of trees, plants, and shrubs. Visitors may wander through the grounds or join public tours. The Arboretum gardens are open 24 hours a day, every day, free of charge.
Davis Farmers Market – Central Park, 4th & C St, Davis; (530) 756-1695
This legendary market brings farmers and food lovers together year-round. Find fruits, vegetables, nuts, organic produce and meats, flowers, performers, and much more. Saturday 8-1 year-round; Wednesday 4:30-8:30 March through October. East Quad Farmers Market at UC Davis Wednesdays 10-2, Fall and Spring quarters.
California Raptor Center – Old Davis Rd, Davis; (530) 752-9994
A unique facility combining education, research, and conservation. This Center provides care for about 200 raptors per year, releasing 60 percent back into the wild. Free; open to the public weekdays 9-4. Located next to the goat barn; open weekdays 9-4, Saturday 9-12.
Sugarland Horse Park – 41070 County Road 18C, Woodland; (916) 842-1579
Guided horseback trail rides, farm tours, and birthday parties in a beautiful country setting. Sugarland also offers horse boarding, riding lessons, and training. The facility stages horse shows, dog shows, and other events.
City of Davis Wetlands – (530) 757-4828
An ongoing project that preserves and restores native habitats and the wildlife they support. Open to public to view birds and other wildlife or you can take a tour. Located at 45400 County Road 28H, Davis. Open to the public February 15 through August 31, seven days a week, 7-1. September 1 through February 15, Mondays only, 7-1. Located on County Road 28H.
Rainbow City – (530) 757-5626
Located in Community Park, Davis’ most innovative and creative playground includes castles, a pirate ship, sand box, swings, slides, climbing tubes, and more! Community Park, 1405 F Street between 14th and Covell and between K Street and Oak Avenue.
Lake Berryessa – Highway 128 west of Winters; (707) 966-2111
Offering fishing and water sports to all nature and water lovers, this expansive lake is a great destination for families that just want to kick back and relax.
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve – Highway 128 six miles west of Winters; (530) 752-6949
This reserve is open year round for hiking, bird watching, guided tours, and plain old fun in Mother Nature.
California Agriculture Museum –1962 Hays Lane in Woodland;(530) 666-9700
Learn about the marvels of agricultural machinery and commercial trucking through a huge staging of interactive, unique exhibits. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10-5. Admission Fees: Adults (13-61) $8, Seniors (62 and up) $7, Children (5-12) $5, under 5 free.
Sacramento RiverTrain – (800) 866-1690
Travel through Yolo County aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain – full of family fun! Excursion trips and trains that celebrate the holidays (Easter egg hunts, pumpkins, panning for gold, and a very big Christmas Train) are just the start. Call for boarding location and train schedules.
Rocknasium – 720 Olive Dr., Suite Z, Davis; (530) 757-2902
Davis’ premier indoor climbing facility with 23 walls and endless climbing possibilities for beginners and experts alike. No experience necessary and walk-ins are welcome; instruction and classes available. Open weekdays 11-11, Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-6.
Yolo County Historical Museum/Gibson House – 512 Gibson Road, Woodland; (530) 666-1045
This museum houses collections of furnishings and artifacts depicting the various eras from the 1850s to the 1930s. They also host various events and display changing exhibits on subjects related to the history of Yolo County.