There are a lot of fun things to do in Napa for people of all ages, whether it involves or doesn’t involve wine. Keep reading to learn more.
If you love wine, needless to say Napa Valley will definitely be your own heaven! Sure, it’s impossible to visit over 400 wineries in the region during a short stay, but if you plan to visit regularly you may be able to visit many of them. You have the choice as much as your preference, time and budget allow. Visit what the experts think are the best and most popular wineries: Alpha Omega, Beringer, Chateau Montelena, Robert Mondavi Winery and Castello di Amorosa. Or if you want a more intimate and personal wine tour, visit these more off-the-beaten track counterparts: Artesa Vineyards and Winery, Burgess Cellars, Cliff Lede Vineyards, The Hess Collection, Honig Vineyard and Winery, and many other family-owned boutique wineries.
If you have kids or teens around or someone else who doesn’t drink, they can still tag along with you to a number of wineries that offer something more fun and interesting apart from wine: Castello di Amorosa with its authentic medieval castle/fortress, the Sterling Vineyards where guests enjoy panoramic views inside a cable car, and other wineries such as the Hess Collection, Artesa, and Mumm Napa Valley for art lovers. Some wineries like Castello di Amorosa offer grape juice for the kids or anyone who does not want to drink wine.
Other family friendly or wine-free things to do in Napa include visiting fun and educational venues and events such as the nonprofit Scientopia Discovery Center where it offers a hands-on science and technology exhibits for kids and teens. The Connolly Ranch is also a nonprofit entity where children learn things about the environment and organic farming.
It’s no question that the Napa Valley is a premiere foodie destination — in fact, the region has earned more Michelin stars than any other place in the world. Even if there are other restaurants that have yet to earn a Michelin, you will still manage to find high-quality seasonal cuisine at popular prices. For the budget-conscious but still wanting to have a taste of Napa, head on to the popular Oxbow Public Market for artisanal products and good eats, or prepare yourself for a picnic at one of the public parks. But if you’re the type who wants to eat in style, hop in to one of Napa Valley Wine Train’s magnificently restored vintage cars. Enjoy haute cuisine inside the train while it takes you to the most scenic views of the vineyards.
And speaking of scenic views, one of the best things to do in the Napa Valley is to take a hot air balloon ride! This is the most fascinating and unforgettable way to enjoy magnificent and dramatic views of the Napa Valley from up in the sky. The neat rows of vineyards, the lush rolling hills and valleys, and the sun slowly rising to greet the natural beauty of Napa makes for a perfect opportunity for photography, or just savoring the beauty of the region.
You can experience this beauty with Balloons Above the Valley (BATV). Aside from hot air balloon rides, BATV also offers chauffeured wine tours, on-board breakfasts, pre-flight breakfasts, and after-flight brunches with sparkling wine. Aside from making long-lasting memories during the hot air balloon flight, you will also be able to enjoy wine and olive oil tastings, enjoy shaded picnic-style lunches, and meet and make new friends along the way!
Balloons Above the Valley will make sure that you are satisfied while making sure of your safety. Check out our hot air balloon and wine tour packages and choose the one that will fit your plan and budget. Include Balloons Above the Valley in your fun things to do in Napa and you will have an unforgettable Napa visit!