Summer brings bright days and lots of fun ways for your family to play in Yolo County. Whether your budget is big or bitesize or your kids are teens or toddlers, this guide will walk you through how to have a great time together. Here’s our list of fun family things to do in Davis, Winters, Woodland and all over Yolo County.
*Please note: We recommend calling businesses ahead of time to learn of available operating hours, if reservations are needed and any COVID-related restrictions.
This outdoor water park is not your ordinary water playground. The main aqua park holds a 25,000 square-foot giant inflatable obstacle course with a full lifeguard staff. The wakeboard park uses a state-of-the-art cable towing system, so no boat is needed to learn or perfect your skills.
A relaxing beach with cool, white sand and a Bar & Grill offers another enjoyable way to spend the day. Be sure to check the events calendar for fun experiences, like Night Time Aqua Park, live music, DJ’s, a foam dance floor and more.
Cost: $ – $$ prices vary per activity
Make it a nature day! The Yolo Basin Foundation has all kinds of community outreach programs that connect the public with wetlands and wildlife in the Yolo Basin. They have several Bat Talk and Walk events scheduled for 2021. The talk portion will be a 45-minute live virtual Zoom presentation to help you appreciate the walk.
You’ll need to register for the walk portion and then meet at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters (45211 Co Rd 32B, Davis, CA 95618). You can check-in from your car and then travel as a group out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch the flight of the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California.
Take a train ride to a Gold Rush adventure. Suitable for all ages, you’ll get an interesting dose of California history and enjoy some old-fashioned gem mining (weather permitting).
For those who’d prefer to get a little closer to nature along the tracks, consider renting a one-of-a-kind railbike. Each bike is built for two and lets you peddle along the river and enjoy the Yolo Countryside at your pace.
Cost:$ – $$, $39 for adults 13+, $24 for children 3 – 12, $10 for infants 2 and under; $129 for railbike rentals for two guests
Kids of all ages will love this place. Located in Davis, CA, you can enjoy hands-on learning and exploration to build a life-long curiosity for science and nature. You’ll find rotating science exhibits with hands-on activities, a Discovery Den with books and toys and an Animal Alcove where kids can meet a variety of small animals such as snakes and spiders. They also offer birthday parties and after-school programs.
Cost:$, $5 per person, free for children 2 and under
Natural beauty abounds in Yolo Countyand there are several spots to enjoy a good hike. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is a beautiful spot for diving into mother nature. This University of California nature reserve is just six miles west of Winters, CA and is open year-round for hiking, bird watching or enjoying the wild.
Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy is a great choice for nature watching too. Located by Lake Berryessa just past Winters, they offer hikes and workshops about California’s natural history.
The Davis Bike Loop is the best route for a good family bike ride. This 12-mile long route travels along the Davis Greenbelt that passes through most of the major bike paths in town. It’s also the route of the annual Tour de Cluck event in May and is marked as an easy path.
In fact, there is such a love for biking in Davis, CA that the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is located here. The museum holds several exhibits and is a fascinating visit to see the history of bicycling and learn about the stars of the sport over the years
Cost: Davis Bike Loop is free; Museum is $5 for general, $3 for seniors over 55, $3 for students
There are days of fun to be had with your family in Yolo County, and we encourage you to make a weekend of it by booking a stay at one of our many family-friendly lodging properties. Be sure to share your family adventures with us on social media – tag Visit Yolo in your posts so we can follow the fun.
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