A family-friendly visit to Calistoga

Explore the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West

Spending time with family while visiting Calistoga can be really fun! Here are some ideas to get you started on your personalized itinerary:

  • Rent bicycles at Calistoga Bike Shop
  • Grab lunch from Cal Mart, Busters BBQ or Palisades Deli for a picnic at Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts a spout of 350-degree water every half hour. While waiting for the next eruption, families may visit the petting zoo’s Tennessee Fainting Goats, four-horned sheep and llamas.
  • Just up the road from Old Faithful Geyser is the Petrified Forest, with giant redwood trees that were turned into stone following a massive volcanic explosion that took place more than three million years ago.
  • Take a hike through Bothe Napa Valley State Park or Oat Hill Mine Trail
  • Stop at the Historic Bale Grist Mill at Bothe Napa Valley State Park to witness the grinding of the water-powered mill as it makes various grains
  • Spend the afternoon at Safari West, referred to as the Sonoma Serengeti
  • Rise above Calistoga in the wee hours of the morning via a hot-air balloon, followed by brunch at Solage Calistoga.
  • Take a ride on the Sterling Vineyards aerial tram to taste from the top! Those under the age of 21 can sip on frozen slushees and enjoy a “tram pack” of goodies to keep them busy while parents sip on the good stuff.
  • More wine-tasting options that include the kids: Castello di Amorosa, a meticulous reproduction of a 13th-century Tuscan castle that will fascinate all ages with its torture chamber, moat, suits of armor and courtyard. Outside are emus, peacocks and sheep to entertain all; Chateau Montelena, renowned for its role in the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting and the film, “Bottle Shock,” is where families can explore the castle-like winery with its little lake, Japanese gardens and koi fish.
  • Check out the EVENTS Page for ongoing listings of what’s happening currently in Calistoga, such as the year-round Saturday farmers market from 9am to noon, and the upcoming family favorite: Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade, this year on Saturday, Dec. 3, 7-8pm, and the June through August Calistoga Concerts in the Park.

Family-friendly restaurants include:

If these aren’t enough options, check out more things to do below:

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