Boasting over 400 wineries and award-winning food and drink, it’s no wonder that Napa Valley is at the top of many adults’ travel bucket lists. You could find plenty to do to make the most of a family trip to Napa Valley, however, such as taking hikes in the woods, spending time on a working ranch, seeing natural landmarks, and enjoying thrill rides at an amusement park. Kids are also welcome at many wineries and vineyards, so you'll have a chance to enjoy your wine tasting while keeping them happy and entertained. Check out the best attractions, experiences, and things to do with kids in Napa Valley and the top family resorts to plan your trip.
Explore the top family accommodations in Napa Valley to stay with kids
Family vacation rentals offer a lot of advantages when you’re traveling with kids, such as multiple bedrooms, outdoor entertainment areas, full kitchens, and kid-friendly activities and attractions. Take a look at the top family stays in Napa Valley to see what’s on the offer.
Enjoy a trip to PEDRONI
PEDRONI is a charming stone house in the center of town that’s perfect for a whole family. The house features 2 bedrooms for 4 people and 2.5 baths, as well as a chef’s kitchen so you can prepare your own meals. The property also has some unique amenities, such as a wood-burning pizza oven, a spacious outdoor garden patio with tables and chairs, a gas barbecue, and an elevator. You’ll also find 2 bicycles for outdoor recreation. The home is close to all the attractions of Napa Valley, including the wineries and St. Helena.
Relax in a Yountville Retreat
The Yountville Retreat is an elegant craftsman home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and room for 6 people. The home is close to some of the best restaurants in town, including Michelin-star restaurants and charming bakeries. Other amenities of the house include a laundry room, a whirlpool tub, a full chef’s kitchen, spacious living areas, and a gas fireplace. If you want to spend time outside, the backyard and patio have chairs, tables, and a barbecue for grilling and picnics. You’ll also be close to golf courses and tennis courts.
Browse the best things to do with kids in Napa Valley
Napa Valley may be known for its wineries and vineyard tours, but you’ll find plenty to do with the kids on your trip. Both young and teenage children can take advantage of diverse experiences in Napa Valley, including outdoor adventure, zoos, museums, and more. Whether you want nature exploration or theme parks and animal experiences, check out the best things to do with kids in Napa Valley to plan your itinerary.
See the animals at Connolly Ranch
Connolly Ranch is a must-visit attraction on a trip to Napa Valley. The 12-acre historical farm and ranch offers educational programming for kids to learn everything from healthy eating to animal care to organic gardening. Through interactive experiences on a working farm, kids learn to appreciate the simple farm life and the role of animals and sustainability in our world. On Saturdays, the farm offers Saturday Farm Camp, so you can enjoy some winery tours while your kids unwind on the ranch.
Marvel at masterpieces of modern art at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
For families with creative kids, the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is a great place to get outside and appreciate masterpieces of sculpture. The site offers multiple indoor art galleries with gorgeous paintings, a sculpture park, and a vast lake. Kids will like exploring the landscape and seeing wildlife and sculptures along the way.
Take an aerial tram ride
For fun for adults and kids alike, an aerial tram ride to the Sterling Vineyard in Calistoga gives everyone a great experience. The winery is perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, so you can take the tram ride up the hill to the winery to see views of the valley. The winery itself is stunning as well, boasting spectacular architecture modeled after that of Greek islands. You’ll like the wine and the views, but the kids will have a blast riding up the hill above the valley.
Explore a castle winery
If you want to experience the wineries of Napa Valley with the kids, take them to Castello di Amorosa. The medieval-inspired Tuscan castle and winery has all the stuff of kids’ fantasies, including dungeons, drawbridges, and animals on the property. Kids can get in the fun too since the winery will offer them grape juice while you sip their best wines.
See the Old Faithful geyser
In between your winery stops, take a ride to Yellowstone National Park to see the spectacular Old Faithful geyser with the kids. The geyser is famous for being a highly predictable geothermal wonder that erupts every 44 minutes to 2 hours, so you’re likely to catch a show when you visit. Old Faithful is part of the Old Faithful Historic District, which is home to attractions like the Mission 66 visitor center, the Old Faithful Lodge, and other early-19th-century buildings.
Wander the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
If you’re looking for something unique and different, visit the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park with the kids. The park is the site of a former water-powered grist mill from the 19th century and one of the few remaining water-driven mills left in the west. Both the mill and its waterwheel are protected as historic landmarks and restored for public visits. You can hike to the mill from a historic trail in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and have a picnic nearby. There’s also a historic trail from the property. On the weekends, you can catch milling demonstrations and historic tours.
Find adventure in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a beautiful park named for the beloved author. After having a cabin in the wilderness that’s now the park, he was inspired to include stories about his experiences in his book “Silverado Squatters.” The park has numerous hiking trails, but one of the best to take with older kids is the 5-mile hike to the summit of Mount St. Helena. From the top, you can see the entire Bay Area and the peak of Mount Shasta in the distance.
Spot wildlife at Skyline Wilderness Park
Skyline Wilderness Park is the perfect place to escape from the city and enjoy some time in nature. The 850-acre wilderness area is home to plenty of native wildlife, including wild turkeys and deer. You can hike, bike, or ride horses along the extensive hiking trails in the park and spot wildlife. The park also has stunning views of the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Diablo on clear days.
Wander the Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest is one of California’s most unique natural attractions and a must-visit on your trip. The forest is one of the only petrified forests in the state that dates back to the Pliocene, and it’s home to some of the largest petrified trees in the world. The trees became petrified during a volcanic eruption at Mount St. Helena, roughly 3.4 million years ago. You can visit the forest and walk the trails to see the incredible trees and take souvenir pictures.
Explore the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
Older children will love a trip to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, which is home to a massive collection of his personal belongings. Some of the highlights include Stevenson’s work, books, and articles about the author, all of which were in his personal library. You’ll also see correspondence from his family and friends, collectible photographs, fine art representing the California landscape, collector’s postage stamps, rare watercolor paintings, and fine-press editions of Stevenson’s work. The Angel Collection features items from the personal collection of Margaret “Angel” Bailey, the caretaker to Stevenson's stepdaughter, Isobel Field, such as photographs, letters, and manuscripts.
Take a trip to Safari West
Located in Santa Rosa, Safari West is a massive, private wildlife preserve that specializes in African species. You can take a day trip for a safari tour of the preserve to see giraffes, cape buffalo, antelope, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, rhinoceros, and birds. In addition to the safari, you can book private, behind-the-scenes experiences that get you up close to the animals of Safari West, or you can opt for private encounters to touch some of the animals, including warthogs, birds, and giraffes. You can also spend the night at the facility for the ultimate camping experience.
Book a Jelly Belly Factory tour
Jelly Belly’s California factory offers exciting tour experiences that let you see how the delicious candies are made. With the Jelly Belly Factory tour, the kids will get a behind-the-scenes look at candy manufacturing through a tour of the actual factory. Along the way, you’ll see viewing windows to look down into the factory and see all the operations. The tour also has interactive exhibits and candy samples, which are sure to be the kids’ favorite part.
Find thrills at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is only a short distance from Napa and the perfect way to give your kids a fun experience for the day. The theme park offers a variety of thrill rides, including pulse-pounding roller coasters, kiddie rides, and water rides. The kids will love all the different experiences, such as riding gravity coasters, loop coasters, and teacups. You could also try the bumper cars or wave swinger. For water rides, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has river rapids and water slides. Other attractions include a Skycoaster, a rock-wall climbing challenge, and animal attractions like shark tanks, stingray touch tanks, sea lion shows, dolphin encounters, and animal nurseries.