Family Vacations to Napa Valley

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Napa – Family Vacation Guide

You’ve been longing to visit the rolling hills of Napa Valley, soaking up the sun while sampling some of the best wines in the U.S. Did you know that Napa Valley has family-friendly vineyards? No, really!

Why Go

  • The area vineyards provide activities for children and grape juice tastings while moms and dads sip the real stuff, and when you aren’t bopping around the vineyards.

  • The perfect weather is ripe for bike rides along a rail trail, train rides, and nearby attractions, such as the fun museum dedicated to Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon.

  • You and the kids can soak in plenty of fresh air with activities that range from picnics to gondola rides to strolling through Redwoods.

  • You can sample some of the best wines in the country—need we say more?

What to Do


Obviously, wine is top of mind to parents visiting Napa, and, luckily, many of the wineries are family friendly so the kids can join too.

  • Sterling Vineyards features a gondola ride to the top of the estate, affording fantastic views of the valley.
  • Larson Family Winery features a large outdoor area where kids (and dogs!) can play while your family picnics on the family-owned estate.
  • Castello di Amorosa is an actual castle with dungeons and a Knight’s Hall to explore before sampling its local wines.
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Beyond the Wineries

Off the vineyards there’s plenty for families to enjoy too.

  • Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train and take in the views of the valley.
  • Walk along the Silverado Trail, which runs all the way to San Francisco.
  • You can go for a stroll in the woods at the Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, where kids will feel like ants walking beneath the towering, ancient trees, and they may even fly through the forest with Sonoma Canopy Tours’ zip-line courses.
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Where to Stay

There are some truly luxurious resorts to be found through the valley and nearby Sonoma County, many of which offer an array of activities to entertain families who just want to relax at the resort. (Most include special local wine events and tastings, as well!) In the heart of downtown Napa awaits the Westin Versa Napa with family suites with dining rooms and kitchenettes to provide a home away from home. The 1,200-acre Silverado Resort and Spa features hiking and biking trails, a kids’ camp program, picnic lunches, tennis and golf. From boutique properties to hidden ranches, you’ll find a place to rest your heads after a day’s explorations, not to mention beautiful resort spas to pamper you.

Getting Around

Napa Valley is just a short car ride from San Francisco, and you may want a car to explore Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma and even the coastline. Borrow or rent bikes from your resort and enjoy the flat valley roads and trails. If you’re planning on having more than a few sips of wine, you may also want to look into hiring a car to take your family from vineyard to vineyard, a very common method of enjoying the valley.

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