The Danish town of Solvang, California, United States, is located 35 miles (56 km) from the South facing beaches of Santa Barbara. It is one of my favorite places to visit since it is so cute and is so much fun. If you’re wondering “what is there to do in Solvang?”, learn about all the fun activities you can add to your itinerary with this article. When you enter the town you will see all kinds of shops and bakeries, as well as windmills, which I love. It is a town like no other and one that is certainly worth a visit. Here are some of the best things to do in Solvang, California!
1. Old Mission Santa Ines
It was a beautiful morning for visiting Mission Santa Inés!Posted by Melanie McShane on Monday, 27 March 2017
This mission is one of Solvang’s top attractions since it is so beautifully restored. It is a Catholic Mission that is one of the 21 missions in California. Each and every mission has its own charm. This one is quite nice and it is great to see a part of history. In most California schools, 4th graders are given an assignment to make a replica of a mission in California. My son did not get this mission, but thanks to his project, we got to visit many missions. It is something we love to do as a family.
Old Mission Santa Ines
Address: 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, California
Website: Old Mission Santa Ines
2. Ostrich Land USA
Come be intimidated and feed the bad boys at Ostrich Land USA Inc in Solvang, Ca!Posted by Ostrich Land USA Inc on Tuesday, 22 October 2013
The cutest chicks in Solvang #ostrichlandPosted by Ostrich Land USA Inc on Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Ostrich Land just welcomed Billy Bob Thornton to the farm. HE HAD the BEST time feeding the birds and said he would be back for sure!Posted by Ostrich Land USA Inc on Wednesday, 21 May 2014
This place is fun for everyone. It a family friendly place where you can see emus and ostriches up close. The most exciting part of this stop is that you can feed the emus and ostriches. Lots of people love that part the best. American actor Billy Bob Thornton stopped in for a visit here. Now it is your turn! They are open 9am-6pm daily.
Ostrich Land USA
Address: 610 E Highway 246, Solvang, California
Website: Ostrich Land USA
3. Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Vintage | Another selection of great bikes from the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum including a Moto Parilla, Honda CR 93, Norton Flat Tank, and a Moto Guzzi.Posted by Racer Gloves USA on Thursday, 10 September 2015
Vintage | #Kawasaki H1-R on display at the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle MuseumPosted by Racer Gloves USA on Monday, 7 September 2015
This is an exciting museum that is owned by Virgil Elings, and took twenty years to complete. All the motorcycles in the museum are from his private collection of rare and vintage motorcycles and European race bikes. Something interesting to see for sure. The museum is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm. If you call the museum during the week, they will be more than happy to open it for you to explore.
Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Address: 320 Alisal Rd Ste 4F, Solvang, California
Website: Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
4. Hans Christian Anderson Park
All kids, especially girls, will love this park. The entrance to the park has a fairytale castle gate as a tribute to Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer of fairytales such at The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. I remember reading those books growing up, so I was amazed by this park that pays tribute to the author of the fairytales. I also saw lots of families holding picnics here. It is a great park to do so in since there are huge live oak trees here, picnic areas, a skate park and a huge playground. It is great for people of all ages.
Hans Christian Anderson Park
Address: 633 Chalk Hill Road, Solvang, California 93463
Website: Hans Christian Anderson Park
5. Solvang Trolley & Carriage
We have another beautiful sunny day here in Solvang California and we are ready to show you around! Come out with your...Posted by Solvang Trolley on Saturday, 30 April 2016
This is Rita, working a wedding at Ganey Vineyard. This was one of the last services she did before retiring. She's...Posted by Solvang Trolley on Friday, 2 March 2012
What a beautiful it is today here in Solvang Ca! Come on down with the whole family and have a great time on this amazing Sunday! See you all here!Posted by Solvang Trolley on Sunday, 3 April 2016
This is a ride through the cute Danish town of Solvang in a trolley, pulled by two teams of healthy Belgian horses named Rita, Claire, Stella, and Coco. This was one of my favorite things to do since you get a tour of the town and its history. You will see these trolleys pass by as you walk around town. It is a tour worth taking to see the sights and explore Solvang. They are only open Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm and Monday 12pm-5:30pm, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Solvang Trolley & Carriage
Address: 1618 Copenhagen Dr Ste 3, Solvang, California
Website: Solvang Trolley & Carriage
This antique store, located in the heart of downtown Solvang, is known as Santa Ynez Valley’s largest and most prestigious art shop. It features a variety of hand-curated antiques and vintage, decorative and specialty items as well as the Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery, which is located inside this shop. Congratulations to this shop, which just celebrated 40 years in business!!! This is a true gem in Solvang that deserves to be acknowledged and visited.
Address: 1693 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, California
Website: Solvang Antiques
Santa Barbara, Solvang, Hearst Castle Tour from Los Angeles
Duration: 11 to 13 hours
7. Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch
Had to share this photo with one of our client/ family members!Posted by Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch on Friday, 3 June 2016
Here are two more happy customers with 2016 Quicksilver foals! We have Zarith with Little Bliss and Katy with T-Biscuit! This is a second QS foal for Zarith but a first for Katy! Welcome to our Family Katy!Posted by Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch on Saturday, 28 May 2016
I took one look at the miniature horses here and was awed. They are just so cute. It is adorable to see the small horses enjoying the outdoors and life. Wouldn’t it be nice to be admired while living a worry free life? As for the ranch, it is basically a breeding facility for miniature horses. They are open to the public for free Monday to Saturday, 10am-3pm. The ranch is closed to the public on Sundays. You can go up close to the horses here and even take some home, for a fee, of course. The horses are well cared for and that is why people enjoy stopping and visiting the ranch and the horses. I am sure you will fall in love with the horses, as everyone does.
Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch
Address: 1555 Alamo Pintado Rd 918 D Ave, Solvang, California
8. Solvang Festival Theater
Catch a play or event at Solvang Festival Theater - a 700-seat outdoor amphitheater! This unique theater has been providing dazzling performances, concerts and theaters to the community since opening in 1974. Visit their website to check what’s on and book tickets.
Solvang Festival Theater
Address: 420 2nd Street, Solvang
Website: Solvang Festival Theater
If you’re looking for things to do in the Solvang area - add this spot to your list. End the day with a glass (or two) of local wine at Rusack Vineyards. Located in the gorgeous hills of Ballard Canyon, the boutique vineyard offers wine tastings for visitors. For those less inclined to try wine (or if you’re driving), you can also have a picnic on the scenic vineyard, making it a perfect place for a pitstop.
Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang, California 93463
Website: Rusack Vineyards
Small-Group All-Inclusive Wine Tours from Solvang
Duration: 4 hours
10. Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
Once home to one of Solvang’s most artistic families, the museum is dedicated to curating and preserving Solvang’s history. If you’re pressed for time, you can simply stop by to admire the building, which incorporates Scandinavian architecture. Pay particular attention to the front door, which has remarkable ironwork and wood carvings.
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
Address: 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA 93463
Website: Elverhøj Museum of History & Art
One of my favorite towns: Solvang
The first time I visited Solvang I fell in love with the cute Danish town. I love being here, sightseeing and eating Danish pasteries. It is a town like no other. You really feel like you are in a different country when you are here. Bring your family or any guests for a weekend visit and show them all the interesting things to do in town. They’ll enjoy it as much as we do and I am sure you will too.
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