Fun Things to Do in Napa Valley | Balloons Above the Valley

Choosing any of the many fun things to do in Napa Valley is actually more complicated than it looks. Even sightseeing alone can put you into a rather knotty situation on which wineries, parks, and other attractive tourists spots to visit.

For sure, you won’t forget sightseeing as it is one of the must-do activities in the Wine Country. Beholding the beautiful bucolic Napa landscape and the picturesque towns and cities alone will consume much of your time. Of course, you won’t forget to take beautiful photos and videos during your leisurely walks, wherever you are in the Wine Country.

Aside from sightseeing, there are lots of things to do in Napa Valley and it’s understandable that you may have a difficult time deciding. But one thing’s for sure: many tourists never leave Napa without first visiting several wineries; it’s the number one activity to do when you’re in Napa. Whether you want to visit premium wineries, wineries that are usually off-the-radar, wineries that feature fantastic gardens and architecture, or wineries that also double as an art and photography gallery is entirely up to you. There is even the Sterling Vineyards that offers a cable car ride to their hilltop winery!

If you want to actually sample the wines, you have to look for wineries with tasting rooms. No matter which winery you choose to visit, they all offer a unique experience that you will never forget.

One of the popular things to do in Napa is to take a train, specifically a “wine train.” If you want to take food trip in Napa Valley to a whole new level, take the Napa Valley Wine Train where you are royally served with delicious gourmet meals in one of the fantastically restored vintage Pullman rail cars while they run on a 25-mile track.

If art is what you’re looking for, you’ll be surprised that Napa Valley is as much an art haven as it is a wine haven. There are wineries for art lovers, such as Artesa Winery, Turnbull Wine Cellars, Mumm Napa, Cliff Lede, and others that have galleries featuring artworks from local and internationally-renowned artists. Not only will your gustatory senses be satisfied, but so will your hankering for the arts as well.

If rest and relaxation are more of a concern, it is no doubt that Napa has a heady combination of serenely idyllic ambiance and modern comforts. There are many resorts, spas, and wellness centers that dot the Napa County. Not only is Napa’s fertile landscape fit for farming, but there are also hot springs and well-trimmed verdant golf courses. “Fun” doesn’t necessarily mean high-intensity recreation, it can also mean soothing and relaxing pleasures as well!

When you’re re-charged and re-energized, you may be looking for something with an element of thrill and discovery. If you wish for that, don’t look further out — but look up! You may see hot air balloons floating in the morning sky. You may be curious and even excited to try it!

Hot air ballooning is popular in Napa Valley, and it is even more so attainable to tourists because of the presence of wine tour packages with hot air balloon rides included. Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) is the pioneer of this activity, having been in the business for 40 years. It is one of the very first companies to introduce hot air ballooning in Napa Valley, so you can be sure of the company’s reputation and longevity.

BATV gives you an experience like no other — when you’re up in the sky, you’ll actually get to see things from a different perspective. Enjoy the sights of the neat rows of grapevines that look like a ribbed fabric when seen from the sky. Be amazed by the other sights of the hills, the mountains, and Napa’s deep valleys that are greeted by the morning sun. BATV’s pilot not only guides to safety and to the right pathway, he offers his flying experience and expertise, his thorough knowledge of the Napa region, and even his sense of humor to put you and the other guests at ease.

Following the one-hour flight, BATV will lead you to a sumptuous champagne brunch — a perfect opportunity for you and the other guests to talk about that wonderful flight, and to make new friends!

As you can see, these are some of the suggestions of the oh-so-many fun things to do in Napa Valley! Napa may be a small region but it is chock full of many beautiful natural sights, fun and surprises, opportunities for rest and relaxation that only await you to discover them!