7 Best Things To Do In Temecula, California

things to do in temecula california

Temucala, with its wineries and old county feel, is a must visit for all romantics and spontaneous people out there. It is a wealthy county in California, north of San Diego and southeast of Los Angeles. It is a very prominent tourist destination for it offers different kinds of activities that are suited for all ages.

The county has 4 seasons; winter, spring, summer and autumn. Each season has its own appeal to tourists. Some prefer going during winter or off peak season because hotel prices and tours usually go down this time. This season starts from late November to February; little to no fall can also be expected. For families, they favor going during spring which starts from March and ends in May. Friends usually go here during summer for it’s the season where all tourists hubs and a lot of activities are being offered. According to a lot of people, the best time to go to Temecula is from April to November. Let’s explore!

1. Temecula Stampede

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If you want a night full of good music, specifically rock and roll, to dance with the crowd while learning line dancing, experience bull riding and more, then don’t miss going to Temecula Stampede - the West Coast’s largest country western music scene. The stampede also offers karaoke nights on Monday and No Cover Thursday. They also do catering, business gatherings, team events and more.

Open every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and closes at around 2am.

The Temecula Stampede

Address: 28721 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Website: Temecula Stampede

2. Callaway Vineyard and Winery

This vineyard opens everyday from 10am to 5pm. They offer walking tours to their breathtaking valley of grape vines while listening to Callaway history, viticulture practices and wine-making processes. Wine tasting is also included in the tour. The tour starts at 11 in the morning and ends at 1 in the afternoon.

The winery also has an in house restaurant and shop where you can buy or have a sip of wine while listening to live music. They have live music every Saturday. They also host events like the It’s Grape Stompin’ time where you stomp grapes inside the barrel - old fashion style. You can also book the place for your wedding. They have packages that will suit your budget and will make your dream wedding happen.

Callaway Vineyard and Winery

Address: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591

Website: Callaway Vineyard and Winery

3. Pechanga Resort and Casino

Pechanga Casino has the largest floor area in California. It has over 4,000 slot machines, 130 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 43 tables and 700 seats of bingo facilities, and all are state of the art. The hotel offers 517 first class rooms with 64 suites. It also has a spa with sundeck, swimming pool, poolside bar, food service, 3 retail shops and a health club that is newly renovated.

Pechanga also has a golf course, entertainment showroom, spa, and 11 restaurants to cater to every need of each of its guest.

Pechanga Resort & Casino

Address: 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592, USA

Website: Pechanga Resort and Casino

4. Aboard the hot air balloon

If you want to tour around Temecula’s wineries from a different vantage point, try it aboard a hot air balloon. The activity is very popular in Temecula. In fact, they have a festival for this. Up in the sky, you will see a valley of vines, rolling mountains, and acres of wineries and citrus groves. Usually hot air balloon tours are inclusive of one complete meal and wine tasting. The pilots are professionals and licensed so you don’t have to worry about your safety. Whether you just want to check an item off your bucket list, see wineries from a different perspective, or have a picnic up in the air, you shouldn’t miss this activity.

California Dreamin'

Address: 33133 Vista Del Monte Road, Temecula, CA 92591

Price: From 148 USD

Website: California Dreamin’

A Grape Escape Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Address: 40335 Winchester Road, Suite E, PMB #226, Temecula, CA 92591

Website: A Grape Escape Hot Air Balloon Adventure

5. Roam around Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula
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The Old Town has a feel of the past meeting with the future, with its wide array of restaurants, shops, hotels, and more. Every corner of the town seems to tell you stories. You’ll be passing wooden boardwalks, western era-buildings, antique shops, and souvenir stores that offer Temecula’s products. You can also try drinks at their craft breweries.

Old Town Temecula is also the shop and dining district of the county, with its blend of restaurant and specialty shops you’ll have difficulty deciding what to have. From Italian cuisine, exotic Mexican food, up to farm ambiance dining, name it, they might have it. You can also take advantage of their Farmer’s Market Day every Saturday. You’ll find fresh produce, organic goods, and more.

There’s also a museum inside the town. Go visit the museum and discover historical gems that will make you feel closer to the place. If you have children with you, you could bring them to Imagination Workshop Children’s Museum and enjoy Professor Phineas Penny Pickle’s wacky and unique inventions that you wouldn’t find in any place in the world.

Temecula Children's Museum

Address: 42081 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Website: Pennypickle’s Workshop

The Temecula Valley Museum

Address: 28314 Mercedes Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Website: The Temecula Valley Museum

6. Europa Village

Temecula California vineyard
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Europa Village will bring you to European wineries without leaving sweet old California. You’ll enjoy the European courtyard setting with the picturesque view of the vineyard while sipping their superb tasting wine. They also offer live music on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.

Europa Village

Address: 33475 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591

Website: Europa Village

7. Tour wineries by carriage

Aside from hot air balloon tours, there is also a horse-drawn carriage that offers winery tours around Temecula. Take with you your special someone for a day of old fashion romance. Relax as the carriage brings you to local sceneries; appreciate the vineyard’s splendid beauty, inhale the sweet air, and listen to the soft clip-clop of hooves. The driver will also serve as your tour guide, you can ask him anything about Temecula and he’ll surely be happy to answer all of your questions. The packaged tour also includes a gourmet picnic and a warm blanket that you’ll be using for an afternoon of pure indulgence.

Temecula Carriage Company

Website: Temecula Carriage Company

Stay sober at Temecula, California

After your stay in Temecula Valley, you’ll be wondering how you stayed sober after a roller coaster event: wine tasting, tours by land or air and the breathtaking views, trying your luck at Pechanga Resorts and Casino, time traveling at Old Town Temecula, experiencing Europe at Europa Village and dancing your heart out at the stampede. This is the kind of adventure you’ll be retelling over and over again. So what are you waiting for? Book now!

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