The 10 Best Things to Do in Valley Center, United States

February 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Valley Center in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Nature & Wildlife Areas. Discover best things to do in Valley Center with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Valley Center

1. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027-7017 +1 760-747-8702
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Step into an adventure like no other at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Your exciting safari experience includes seeing herds of rhinos, giraffes, antelope, zebras, and more roaming natural habitats, a choice of guided safari expeditions, and beautiful walking trails to see exotic animals. Come experience the excitement of getting up close and personal with rare Sumatran tigers at Tiger Trail, the Safari Park's newest experience!

Reviewed By den r - Los Angeles, California

We've been to many zoos and animal parks and enjoyed the San Diego Zoo Safari Park immensely. All the keepers/staff were eager to help in giving directions or detailing an animal's behavior. Of all the parks in SD, we found the staff in this park to be superb in attitude and knowledge.

TIPS:

1. Don't miss the cheetah run and be sure to not stand where the trucks will enter. Across that area is the best for photography. Especially at the end when the cheetahs get a snack.

2. For the safari tram, sit on the left side to be closest to the animals.

3. Tram ride in the early evening is best as the animals are most active and sometimes getting fed.

4. The small critter shows are informative and let you see the animals literally an arms length away.

5. The gift shops have some unique items not found in the other SD parks.

Easily walkable for any ages. Even my 80 year old Mother and 9 year old niece had no problems ambling around this bite-sized park.

2. Moonlight Ampitheatre

1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084-5249 +1 760-639-6199
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 113 reviews

Moonlight Ampitheatre

Reviewed By davishert - Vista, California

The Moonlight amphitheater in Vista has become the pride of Vista. Their summer productions continue entertain even as their reputation grows. Indeed, as their reputation has grown, it has provided them increased opportunities to reach out and get new talent. If you're in the area during the summer months, it's a must do.

3. Valley View Casino & Hotel

16300 Nyemii Pass Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082-6769 +1 866-843-9946
Excellent
44%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Valley View Casino & Hotel

Valley View Casino & Hotel, Southern California’s premier gaming destination, combines the thrill of all your favorite slots and table games with beautifully appointed hotel rooms, six outstanding restaurants and unparalleled guest service. The casino features 2,000 slot machines, exciting table games, a private High Limit Slot Area, a separate Non-Smoking Casino and the most rewarding Players Club in San Diego, which is always free to join. Award-winning dining options at Valley View Casino & Hotel include the Maine Lobster Buffet, Black&Blue Steakhouse and Lounge, BLD’s Café and more. With three bars, a giant video wall and free live entertainment, there’s always something going on at Valley View Casino & Hotel. To extend your fun, the luxury boutique hotel features Luxury Suites and Deluxe Rooms with breathtaking views of the Palomar mountain range. All guests 21 and over are invited to enjoy the casino, hotel and restaurants.

Reviewed By hugh b - Agoura, California

3 card poker was great here !!! clean with friendly staff. great location if you are in one of the suites overlooking the valley. may come back and stay here in the future....

4. Double Peak Park

900 Double Peak Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078-2805 +1 760-744-1050
Excellent
76%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

Double Peak Park

Reviewed By ExploringViking96 - San Diego, California

This is the perfect park to check out the best views you can find in the entire county. You can see on a clear day from Mt. Laguna to Catalina Island and all of downtown San Diego. By far a great location to soak up the views and check out the sunset!!!

5. Harrah's Resort Southern California

777 Harrah's Resort Southern California Way, Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort, Funner, CA 92082 +1 760-751-3100
Excellent
56%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 541 reviews

Harrah's Resort Southern California

Reviewed By Stephen M - West Covina

We just returned from another visit to Harrahs Southern California. Harrahs has become our favorite Southern California Resort! We went for my wife’s birthday and tried their restaurant Fiore for the first time. I recommend making a reservation in advance because the last time we were there they weren’t taking walk-ins, we arrived on time and were seated right away in a booth which I would recommend. Our server was excellent and attentive without being intrusive. We shared a shrimp cocktail then shared the house salad which was fresh and delicious Get this! I had a New York Strip and it was cooked exactly as I asked plus 2 sides I chose a baked potato and asparagus. We also had a bottle of wine. Worth the $$$. We also gambled quite a bit and came home with money.

6. La Jolla Zip Zoom

22000 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061-9721
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 375 reviews

La Jolla Zip Zoom

Prepare for a great adventure on the Longest Zipline in California. If you are into Extreme Sports or Camping this is the place for you! Pauma Valley is now home to California’s longest zipline, the La Jolla Zip Zoom, which is located on the La Jolla Indian Campground. The foothills of the Palomar Mountain range have been a vacation destination since the La Jolla band of Luiseno Indians, who have lived in the area for thousands of years and are one of five California Luiseno tribes, opened a campground on their reservation there in the 1930’s. Now, in addition to renting a tire tube for splashing down the San Luis Rey river, guests can fly down the scenic zipline reaching speeds of up to 55 mph. About the La Jolla Zip Zoom Plan to spend 2.5 hours on a guided tour that includes four ziplines measuring a total of 6273 feet. The four courses range from 300 feet to 2500 feet in length. The side-by-side lines allow you to experience thrills next to a companion. Technology is state-of-the-art and is safe to zipline even in the rain (though wind and other extreme weather conditions may require cancellation of tours). A good ziplining tour isn’t just about thrills. Guests of the La Jolla Zip Zoom will learn from guides about the Pauma Valley, the La Jolla Indian Reservation and other tidbits. What to Wear Ziplining •Closed-toed shoes that can’t fall off your feet. Flip flops are a no-no •Comfortable shorts or pants •Helmets are provided so there’s no need for a hat •Lots of sunscreen •Sunglasses •A GoPro or other camera that you can attach via a wrist or chest strap (for example) and not worry about dropping or banging it on something It is also advisable to tie long hair back so that it’s not in your face at 55 mph. La Jolla Zip Zoom provides all equipment. Good to Know •Riders can be any age as long as they are between 65 – 275 lbs in weight and at least 48″ tall •Bookings can be made online (check for group discounts)

Reviewed By Stephen H

Excellent experience if you are in the San Diego area. The staff were very friendly and took safety very seriously. Bookings were well spaced out, so you didn't feel like you were being rushed in and out. They allow you to take your camera equipment up with you so long as you realize it's at your own risk that you bring it. If you bring a Go Pro, they have the required attachment points for it.

This zipline has an automated braking system at the end, and if you follow instructions, you will find this experience pretty much effortless. The drive up to the site is beautiful. It's on an Indian reservation, so the gas station at the mouth of the entrance is a great bonus savings too. Thank you for a wonderful experience for our group of 9.

7. Stone Brewing

1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029-4158 +1 760-294-7899
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 365 reviews

Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing was founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch in North County San Diego, CA. It is the largest craft brewery in the southwestern United States and has been named "All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth" by BeerAdvocate magazine - TWICE! A recently announced $26.6M expansion plan (that includes a hotel among other lofty ventures) is underway, as are developments to become the first American craft brewery to open a brewhouse in Europe. The adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens plays host to countless wildly popular beer and dining events, and is the largest purchaser of local, organic produce in San Diego County, including a growing amount from their own Stone Farms! In addition to promoting ethical eating, the restaurant boasts a lush one-acre outdoor garden as well as a line-up of 32 rotating taps and 100+ bottled craft beer selections for guests to enjoy.

Reviewed By mtjtkd - Phoenix, Arizona

This will surprise you if you think you're going to a typical craft brewery tasting room. This is a really nice restaurant with outstanding food, most of it Asian inspired, although not traditional by any means. Beer is good too with a strong emphasis on IPAs. Has a nice gift shop. Indoor and outdoor seating.

8. Bates Nut Farm

15954 Woods Valley Road, CA 92082 +1 760-749-3333
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm has welcomed families to the farm for over 50 years. Come shop for a variety of nuts, candies, homemade fudge, gourmet treats and gift items. Visit us year round, bring a picnic, feed the animals or attend one of many of our special events. Bates Pumpkin Patch is a favorite memory maker for generations.

Reviewed By ExploringViking96 - San Diego, California

If you have been to any other halloween pumpkin patch, don't expect anything to blow you away! If you care to make the drive be prepared for most of the San Diego County to joon you. Pumpkins are cheaper at the grocery store and the activities are over priced. Don't also expect anything at the store to actually be from the Bates Nut Farm, they are packaged for Bates.

Now I can say I have been there and done that...

9. Nurtured By Nature

15630 Rim of the Vly, Valley Center, CA 92082-4646
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 14 reviews

Nurtured By Nature

Reviewed By Ashley L

If you have the opportunity to visit Nurtured by Nature, DO IT! The owners are genuine and accommodating. In addition to the fun activities, I learned about the animals we were visiting with as well. We visited with a sloth, a paca, held an armadillo, fed and pet a porcupine and lemur. We had fun play time with several baby otters and had about an hour of pool time with adult otters. This was such a memorable experience. I forgot I was a 32 year old adult and giggled like a little girl all day long!

10. Orfila Vineyards & Winery

13455 San Pasqual Rd, Escondido, CA 92025-7833 +1 760-738-6500
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Orfila Vineyards & Winery

Reviewed By mj45cal

What a winery. They have beautiful tasting room with all kinds of neat Knick knacks for sell. Clothing, food, chilled wines and a outdoor area to nosh and drink wine. Food trucks and entertainment. But the wines were the let down. Maybe it’s because we went to two other wineries prior to visiting Orfila which had some of the best Ramona/Escondido had to offer. The wines in one form or the other did not impress. We bought 6 tastes. The Viognier held promise as it filled the mouth but disappoints on the way down. It seemed to finish a bit short. The two Chardonnays were okay but for the price they were not worth it. The Lotus was a nice wine but seemed a bit flat. The rose really is a version of white zinfandel. For a first time wine drinker this is the wine to buy. The only red we liked was the Montepulciano. It was a nice wine. A bit tart but nice fruit. This is not the best representative of the Ramona/Escondido area wineries.

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