Plan A Family-Friendly Getaway in Yolo County

Plan A Family-Friendly Getaway in Yolo County

The summer travel season will be here before you know it, so now is the time to start thinking about the perfect destination. For those with kids in tow, planning a family-friendly getaway calls for the right mix of fun activities and laid-back moments.


Sure, Disneyland and Yosemite are great family-friendly vacation spots, but sometimes it’s better to skip the crowds and do something off the beaten track. For an affordable alternative, consider a getaway to Yolo County, where there are plenty of things to do with kids, plus family-friendly restaurants and lodging options with all the amenities families need.


Things to Do with Kids in Yolo County

Have a baseball fan in the family? Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento is home of the Sacramento River Cats. Games are held throughout the summer and you can take advantage of the discounted Family Fun Pack on Saturdays, which includes tickets, hot dogs and sodas. There’s even a playground for the little ones.


Also in West Sacramento is another kid favorite: the River Fox Train. The train offers rides through the scenic Yolo countryside. Adventurous types can rent a railbike — a two-seated, pedal-powered contraption that rolls along the tracks.


In Davis, kids will love the Explorit Science Center, which has hands-on activities, animals, and a pollinator garden. Davis is also a great place for bike lovers. It has miles and miles of bike trails and paths to explore and visitors can rent bikes from one of the local bike shops in town. It’s also home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, which has vintage bicycles on display.


If you’re in Davis on a Saturday, there’s no better way to spend a morning than a visit to the Davis Farmers’ Market. Not only can you pick up locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also snacks and baked goods. You can also grab a ready-to-eat meal from one of the local vendors and have a picnic in the adjacent park. In the summer, there’s also a market on Wednesday evenings, which features live music and children’s entertainment.


Another family-friendly activity in the Davis area is a visit to Impossible Acres, a U-pick farm just outside of town. They have a Pickin’ Patch with cherries, plums, peaches and berries. They also have an animal barn and a pumpkin patch come fall.


The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Yolo County

After a day exploring Yolo County, the kids will probably have worked up an appetite! Luckily, there are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants in Yolo County. Following are some spots to consider.



  • Crepeville. Breakfasts, sandwiches, and sweet and savory crepes.
  • Outpost Burger. Burgers, dogs and loaded fries, plus video games.
  • Paesanos. Pizza and pasta, plus dough balls for kids to play with.


West Sacramento



  • The HIVE. Tapas and shareable plates with lots of outdoor dining space. Also taste honey and learn about honeybees.


The Best Ice Cream Spots in Yolo County

After a meal, why not treat your kids to dessert? There’s no shortage of spots in Yolo County where you can indulge your sweet tooth. In West Sacramento, Whitey’s Jolly Kone serves up soft-serve cones, shakes and floats (the seasonal peach milkshake is especially yummy). Or, consider Water & Salt for Hawaiian shave ice with house-made syrups. In Davis, check out The Davis Creamery, specializing in house-made, small-batch ice cream with flavors like cupcake and Chips Ahoy. Or, visit Sweet & Shavery for Italian ice or frozen custard (or a combination of both!)


Where to Stay in Yolo County with Kids

There are many options for hotels in Yolo County, including those that are particularly suited to families. In West Sacramento, both Hampton Inn & Suites and Home2Suites are great bets for those traveling with kids. Both offer connecting rooms and suites as well as pet-friendly rooms for those traveling with their furry friends. In addition, they offer free hot breakfast and have swimming pools to keep the kiddos occupied.


In Davis, La Quinta Inn & Suites offers suites with microwaves and mini-fridges, a swimming pool, and free breakfast. Plus, kids stay free. Another option is the Hyatt Place, which has a pool, free breakfast, and pet-friendly rooms. Plus, it offers easy access to I-80 and Downtown Davis. The Aggie Inn also offers cottages in Downtown Davis.


Book Your Family Getaway to Yolo County Today

So, are you ready to come out and explore all the family-friendly attractions and activities in Yolo County? If so, check out lodging options in Winters, Davis, West Sacramento, and all parts of Yolo County and book your family getaway today! Check out our lodging specials for the best deals.



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