Formerly known as Marine World, this is a combination wildlife park, oceanarium, and amusement park. Some of its most popular attractions include a killer whale show, water rides and roller coasters, an animal nursery, a family of elephants, and roaming cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Batman. Bring the kids to take in a sea lion show after you get splashed by Shouka, the resident 4000-pound killer whale, or check out the thrill ride Vertical Velocity. The park is located a short 30-minute drive north of San Francisco.
This picturesque park possesses a storied past, its environs and lands having witnessed a series of historic events. Having once been inhabited by Native Americans, Olompali State Historic Park features a longstanding building attributed to the Coast Miwok tribe which was later turned into a mansion by the Burdells. Visitors can choose to unwind at picnic spots nestled amid scenic environs or embark on adventurous hikes along the sloping inclines of Mt. Burdell.
A renowned park of California is the China Camp State Park which is primarily located in San Rafael. This waterfront park lies in close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, and offers scenic views and a plethora of recreational activities. The park is the site of a former fishing village that was inhabited by people from Canton, China. Shrimping was the main business here and the on-site museum provides an insight into this industry.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park offers 100 acres (40.4 hectares) of idyllic pastoral environs and campgrounds in Napa Valley. Hike through trails surrounded by maple and oak, have a picnic in the pleasant meadows, enjoy a refreshing swim, or explore sites of historical interests, including the ruins of the valley's first church and a pioneer graveyard. The Ritchey Creek Campground has over 40 secluded family campsites.
This expansive state park unfurls around the eponymous ridge, offering visitors the chance to explore its serene environs and breathtaking surrounds. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park features a diverse landscape defined by groves of redwoods and oaks, picturesque meadows, verdant hills and thunderous waterfalls. Sonoma Creek flows through the expanse of the park which is stippled in vibrant wildflowers come Spring. Hike along the sloping inclines of the Bald Mountain whose summit affords delightful views of the surrounding vistas, or camp amid nature's bounties. Other activities which can be undertaken here include stargazing and horseback riding among others.
Kennedy Park is a verdant park situated right next to the Napa River. Apart from the scenic views, the park offers visitors the opportunity to indulge themselves in a variety of recreational sports. Hiking, boating, softball and soccer are just few of the activities possible here. The park is also home to the 18 hole Napa Golf Course. The various picnic spots and children’s playground also make this park a great destination for spending quality time with the family. A meeting space inside the park can also be used to host private parties, meeting and corporate events.
Napa Valley Bike Tours offers visitors to Yountville and the surrounding Napa Valley with a unique, fun and healthy way to tour California's premier wine country. Guided bike tours, self-guided wine tasting tours and bike rentals are available. Napa Valley Bike Tours also offers custom tour packages for private groups that can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Established in 1976 by Jay Kimball, Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides is one of the premier hot air balloon tour operators in the region. Now run by his children, this acclaimed tour is a must for all who are even a bit adventurous. Let your adrenaline soar as the balloon baskets rise up in the sky to give you a panoramic view of the Napa Valley. Click memorable and scenic pictures from your flight as you fly over the wine country. Kids who are below six years of age are not allowed in these flights.
Mare Island Preserve Trail is located in the city of Vallejo. This place offers a beautiful four mile (6.43 kilometers) walking trail in the hidden lands of the bay. You can discover expanded views of the bay area, the mountain ranges of Mount Diablo and Tamalpais with the splendid Napa Valleys adding to the beauty. On your short walking experience, you are sure to spot some impressive birds in the wetlands that span the boundaries of the bay.