A kid-friendly visit to Calistoga

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, kids 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. 1, 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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