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10 Best Things To Do In Vacaville, California - Updated 2020

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Visiting only the big cities is for tourists, travelers know that to really experience a country you need to visit places outside of the traditional guide book. So, if you find yourself on a road-trip through the USA, inevitably you’ll be seeking out some cool off-the-beaten-track towns. In California the perfect town to help you get a real taste for the states is Vacaville.

Vacaville is a little gem hidden in between Sacramento and San Francisco. From nature parks to wine-tasting, outdoor concerts to factory tours, this small town really has it all. Read on to find out about some cool things to do in this up-and-coming town.

1. Embrace Mother Nature in Lagoon Valley Park

Lagoon Valley Park
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Make the most of the Mediterranean climate by hiking in one of the local parks. Lagoon Valley Park is consistently listed as one of the best things to do in Vacaville- and for good reason! Spanning 470-acres (190-hectares), this park has something for everyone. If hiking or biking is your thing, you’re in for a real treat as the park boasts specialized trails. It’s also home to the only lake in Vacaville – perfect for fishing or sailing. If you’re looking for a more relaxing time, the park also has large spaces for picnics and BBQs. With stunning panoramic views so close to the city, you would be a fool to miss the opportunity to embrace the great outdoors.

Lagoon Valley Park

Address: 1 Peña Adobe Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688, USA

Website: Lagoon Valley Park

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2. Spend a day at Nut Tree

Nut Tree 821 - panoramio
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Nut Tree claims to be ‘California’s Legendary Road Stop’ and with everything it offers, it truly is the stuff of legends. Occupying 71-acres (29-ha) of land, the development includes a retail park and an amusement centre. Originally a lone fruit stand on the side of the highway, Nut Tree has been converted into a one-stop road-stop between San Francisco and Sacramento. 225 million USD has been invested into the old family park renovating it into a purpose-built retail park for the whole family. Splurge in the stores, dine in one of the 26 high-quality restaurants or enjoy yourself in the mini amusement park.

Nut Tree

Address: 1661 E Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, CA 95688, USA

Opening Hours. Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm

Website: Nut Tree

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3. Bargain hunt in the local markets

Farmer's Market
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Nothing is as exciting as finding a great bargain. At St Paul’s Methodist Church, you can rummage through precious treasures and gorgeous clothes for FREE at the monthly Vintage Market. Held on the third Saturday of every month, the Vintage Market becomes home to an eclectic mix of stalls selling furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, clothes and much more. If rummaging through vintage items isn’t your thing, then pop to the Farmer’s Market instead. Located just off Main Street, the Downtown Farmer’s Market provides locally sourced produce from eggs to baked goods. Promising live music, family fun and fresh food, the market is the place to be every Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm from May to October.

Farmer's Market

Address: 300 Main Street, Vacaville, CA, USA

When: Every Saturday

Website: Vacaville Farmer’s Market

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4. Sip an ice-cold glass of wine in Suisun Valley

Suisun Valley AVA sign
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After a long day of bargain hunting or hiking through Lagoon Valley Park, relaxing with a glass of wine is a perfect way to unwind. Make the most of Solano County’s Suisun Valley by attending a wine-tasting in their spacious vineyard. The best part? No crowds! So, settle down with one of their specialities: Petite Sirah, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon; and feast your eyes on the superb scenery. And if you really want to feast, take advantage of their farm stands selling locally sourced foods from nuts to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Suisun Valley Wine Tasting

Address: 4495 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534, USA

Website: Suisun Valley

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5. Learn about the past at the Vacaville Museum

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Opened in 1984, the Vacaville Museum promotes awareness of the history and culture of Vacaville and the surrounding areas through the production of a variety of exhibits and educational programs. It delivers great insight into the area through specially curated displays which regularly change throughout the year. You can wander the museum yourself or follow one of their guided tours. When you’ve finished don’t forget to pop into the shop and pick up some handmade crafts made by the local people.

Vacaville Museum

Address: 213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville, CA, USA

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 1:00-4:30pm

Price: Adults: 3 USD Students and Seniors: 2 USD

Website: Vacaville Museum

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6. Soak up the sun in Andrews Park

Picnic Deck Chair Garden
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Andrews Park is a lovely manicured park in the city centre complete with a playground, five BBQ pits, and historical trails. It is also home to numerous events throughout the year like carnivals or outdoor concerts. Andrews Park is perfect for a picnic or sitting under the tree and reading a book on a lazy afternoon. Or make the most of its electrical outlets and turn the park into your outdoor office - or even better, an outdoor cinema.

Andrews Park

Address: Monte Vista Avenue & School Street, Vacaville, CA, USA

Website: Andrews Park

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7. Party at Creekwalk Plaza

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At the edge of Andrews Park you’ll find Creekwalk Plaza, the site of many outdoor events in Vacaville. With an exciting line-up of local bands and entertainers, Creekwalk is the place to be to enjoy the balmy Californian evenings. Popular events include: Food Truck Mania held on the 2nd Sunday of each month between April and September; the 4th of July celebration festival; and the Creekwalk Summer Concert Series held every Friday between June and September. So head over the Creekwalk Plaza to enjoy a community party, make new friends and get to know some interesting local bands.

Creekwalk Plaza

Address: Creekwalk at Andrews Park, 614 West Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville, CA, USA

Website: Creekwalk Events

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8. See the oldest building in Solano County at Peña Adobe

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Despite its relatively small size, the Peña Adobe Park is the one area with the richest history in Vacaville. The park is home to the oldest building in Solano County! The simple wooden structure was erected in 1842 and was home to the first settlers in the area - the Vaca-Peña family who went on to establish the town of Vacaville. The Peña Adobe Historical Society take great pride in preserving the family home and you can now visit the Peña Adobe on the first Saturday of the month between February and December.

Peña Adobe

Address: Peña Adobe Road, Vacaville, CA, USA

Website: Peña Adobe

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9. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Jelly Belly Factory

Jelly Belly Factory Tour, Fairfield, California
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Just outside of Vacaville in the neighboring Fairfield area you will find candy heaven. The Jelly Belly Factory Tour is a 40 minute walking tour which shows you the magic behind the world famous sweets. Find out why it takes a week to make each bean and see how other products like gummi worms are born inside the real working factory.

Jelly Belly Factory Tour

Address: 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA, USA

Opening Times: Daily 9:00am-4:00pm

Price: Free

Website: Jelly Belly Factory

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10. Crack open a cold one at the home of Budweiser

Inside the Brew House at Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis
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If candy isn’t your thing, maybe you’d prefer a beer tour at the Anheuser-Busch Factory in Fairfield. Opened in 1976 the Fairfield factory is responsible for providing the all-American drink to the North-eastern regions of the country. On the tour you can see why the Fairfield factory has become of the ‘greenest’ factories of production with over a third of its electricity coming from renewable energy resources. Choose from a wide variety of tours and find out exactly how America’s favorite alcoholic beverage is made. Look out for special events such as car shows and concerts held throughout the year.

Anheuser-Busch Factory

Address: 3103 Busch Drive, Fairfield, CA, USA

Opening Times: September - May: 10:00am-4:00pm (closed Wednesdays), June - August: 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed every Wednesday in June)

Prices: Tour prices start at 5 USD

Website: Budweiser Tour

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More than just a road stop

For many years Vacaville has been treated as a road-stop between San Francisco and Sacramento, but those days are gone. Now Vacaville is a great destination in itself offering each visitor a unique experience.

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