This itinerary is perfect for a family with children planning to visit the Santa Ynez Valley! If you are getting ready to pack up and head to the Valley, this itinerary is loaded with fun things to do that will keep the whole family entertained during your trip.
Swimming holes might sound like a thing of the past, but take a turn on Paradise Road off of Highway 154 and stop at the Paradise store for a $5 Adventure Pass. Grab a few beverages and snacks, and head a few miles down the road until you see a sign for Red Rock. Park there and follow the trail for a ¼ mile and you’ll find a refreshing summertime hangout. Get more information about the Red Rock Adventure Pass here.
The Santa Ynez Valley is saturated with small, family owned farms producing fresh and local produce and many invite you and your children to partake in their harvest. Come summertime, Summerset Farm on the corner of Edison St. and Baseline Ave. in Santa Ynez has empty baskets and acres of berries. Send your kids out to collect their own harvest. Get more information about Summerset Farm here.
Sunny Fields Park
Sunny Fields Park is an elaborate playground centrally located in the Valley off of Alamo Pintado Road. There are large playing fields and picnic tables adjacent to the playground and if you happen to stop off in the Fall, the Solvang Farmer’s Pumpkin Patch will be open and within walking distance. Sunny Fields Park and playground in Santa Ynez, CA is free and open to all. Find it at the corner of Alamo Pintado Rd. and Coyote Creek Rd.
Solvang Farmer’s Pumpkin Patch
At the end of Alamo Pintado Road, nearing Solvang is a large pumpkin patch. Beginning in late September they also open up their cornfield as a corn maze. The Solvang Farmer’s Pumpkin Patch is a local family business with exotic pumpkins and gourds up to 300 pounds! Pick out a pumpkin and enjoy getting lost in the corn! Get more information here.
Solvang Farmers Market (Wednesdays only)
If you are visiting on a Wednesday, ring up one of our private chefs and have him/her guide you and your kids through the Solvang Farmers Market as you pick out the makings of the nights meal. Then allow your kids to watch and participate as chef turns the day’s bounty into a delicious dinner. Call (805) 962-5354 for details.
Seein’ Spots Miniature Donkey Farm
This family owned and operated miniature donkey farm has evolved into a full farm animal rescue. Kids will love feeding the rabbits, petting the pigs, and watching the newborn miniature donkeys take their first steps. They ask for a suggested donation of $3 per person so be prepared and come with cash. Visit seeinspotsfarm.com for details.
Avila Valley Barn
For a day long adventure with the kids, make the one hour drive to the Avila Valley Barn in Avila Beach. They’ve got pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, roasted corn on the cob, a sweet shoppe with home-made ice cream and live music on the weekends. For the adults there is a well curated home and kitchen boutique tucked into the back of the produce and pie shop. This place is so full of fun things, much of which is seasonal. You’ll have to go for a visit to see what else they have to offer. Call (805) 595-2816 to schedule a visit.