Top 10 Things to do in Vacaville, United States

November 20, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

Vacaville is a city located in Solano County in Northern California. Sitting approximately 35 miles (56 km) from Sacramento and 55 miles (89 km) from San Francisco, it is part of the San Francisco Bay Area but also considered, at least by some agencies, to be part of the Sacramento Valley. As of the 2010 census, Vacaville had a population of 92,428, making it the third largest city in Solano County.
Restaurants in Vacaville

1. Vacaville Premium Outlets

321 Nut Tree Rd, Suite 2, Vacaville, CA 95687-3242 +1 707-447-5755
Vacaville Premium Outlets

Reviewed By chgotrvlr71 - Chicago, IL, USA

This is a very large outlet mall in two different plazas separates by a large street. It isn’t very conducive to walking. It is much too spread out. I would say the stores are maybe slightly above normal. Maybe a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

2. Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park

Pena Adobe Road, Vacaville, CA 95688
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park

Reviewed By garyaverill1 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is a popular park for walkers, bikers, and pet owners. It is my favorite park. As one reviewer says it can be the hike from hell. Both my wife and I have had the Turkey vultures check us out to see if we were going to die. It also has the popular walking track around the old arena on the other side of the park that is in the sun but it is flat. There is also the meandering paths that are in a tree area. In the middle there is the very wooded area where they have a garden that is totally shaded. If you go up the hill, you will run into a trail that you can use your cell phone to scan the signs to learn about the local history. . There is the pond and disc golf. My favorite activity in the park are the hikes from hell. On the Alamo side in the wooded area you can go up the hill to the first communication tower. It is quite a steep hike, then you can walk towards the second tower which is near the far end end of the park. This path is uneven but quite flat for quite awhile until you reach the service road for the second tower. This is sort of paved but in bad repair. This is very popular for walkers. It is when you get near the end that the ascent gets quite steep. The views are quite incredible. When you get to the second tower you can keep going. As well as the main paths there are so many other paths. One was just recently created by bikers. If you go off the paths be aware the terrain is difficult but still doable. When it is raining or just after a rain, the paths are slippery since this is a clay based area. As for wild life. This trip, I saw hawks ( due to the increased rodent population), Turkey vultures, and a few other birds. I also saw rabbits and a mule deer when I was off path. The last trip I spent six and a half hours walking. If you come in through the Alamo side, there is very little parking. On the freeway side, there is a lot of parking but you do have to pay.

3. Nut Tree Plaza

E. Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, CA
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Nut Tree Plaza

Reviewed By Bigredmachine

Reading reviews here about the original Nut Tree, it seems most reviewers miss the Nut Tree's uniqueness of being a locally owned, one-of-a-kind, non-corporate owned business. Having never visited the original Nut Tree, I do not have the nostalgic clouding that some reviewers have for this place. Today this place looks like the antithesis of the original Nut Tree, it is a large shopping complex that looks pretty much like any other large shopping complex found in almost every city in America. All the same corporate stores and corporate restaurants are here. Very few, if any, small locally owned business that have any unique flavor. Don't worry if you miss the exit for the Nut Tree, there will be anther shopping complex just like this in the next town you come to.

4. Vacaville Museum

213 Buck Ave, Vacaville, CA 95688-3835 +1 707-447-4513
Excellent
64%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Vacaville Museum

The Vacaville Museum, a Center for Solano County History, is the only institution whose mission includes cultural and historical preservation for all of Solano County. Through exhibits, publications and educational programs, the Museum continuously promotes the value of community heritage. Since 1984, Vacaville Museum has produced 40 exhibits, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County.

Reviewed By OurWanderingCasa - Burlington, Canada

These local museums always provide such interesting insight to an area. The Vacaville Museum was smaller than expected but we did learn a lot from what was there. The volunteers were passionate about they're museum which always adds to the experience.
Also took the self-guided Vacaville Historical Homes walking tour.

5. Morningsun Herb Farm

6137 Pleasants Valley Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688-9794 +1 707-451-9406
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Morningsun Herb Farm

Reviewed By NYU62 - Tucson Arizona

Our daughter needed fresh basil, and took us along to her favorite herb farm. We spent a lovely Sunday morning there. One side is all plants inside nursery type structures, the other side is like a small park. There are paths to stroll on, statues, fountains and old farm equipment to discover, and benches to sit on. There are free range chicken clucking away, and donkeys in a pen to pet and feed. Free carrots are provided in an old wheelbarrow, and not only they, but the chickens also, love those carrots.

In the nursery area, there are tables and tables of spice plants, tomatoes, and many different types of lavender. It smells heavenly there. They also sell garden pots and pottery. Actually, anything you might need for your garden, you can find here.

There are some safe big trikes and wagons for children to ride on, and our two little ones had a wonderful time. Everything is very low key and laid back. This is a very pleasant relaxing place.

6. Nut Tree Family Park

1681 E Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, CA 95688-3106 +1 707-447-6000
Excellent
22%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
14%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 87 reviews

Nut Tree Family Park

Reviewed By Bigredmachine

Having never visited the original Nut Tree Family Park I do not have the nostalgic clouding that some reviewers have for this place. Today there is just a small train that runs on a sort loop and a carousel. It looks like they kept just enough of the original park to lure shoppers with children into there shopping complex.

7. Al Patch Park

Corner of California Dr. and Peabody Rd., Vacaville, CA 95696
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Al Patch Park

Reviewed By Cristito C - Groton, Connecticut

We were staying at the Hampton Inn on Mason in Vacaville and were looking for a place to walk every morning. I found this place on the internet. It said it had ball field (3), a football field, and a running/walking track. It is in the vicinity of Peabody and California. And it is used by a good number of people. Every morning, there must have been 10 to 25 people using the track. All the facilities seemed to be in real good shape. There is plenty of parking and restrooms available. It also seemed safe; unlike the park that the hotel recommended. It you need to get some exercise and don’t mind using an oval track - - give it a try. It will probably work for you. Enjoy.

8. Vacaville Vintage Market

101 West St, Vacaville, CA 95688-3851 +1 925-978-6989
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Vacaville Vintage Market

Reviewed By MidcenturyFunk - Vacaville, California

So much fun to see the past to use to decorate or just spend the afternoon browsing. Pick up that special gift. It is all about the Treasure Hunt. Crafts, buttons, aprons, Rusty farm items that have been upcycled to new and so much more. A big estate sale in one location monthly on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Proceeds benefit St. Pauls Church.

9. Brazelton Ranch

3628 Gates Canyon Rd, Vacaville, CA 95688-9020 +1 707-448-1707
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Brazelton Ranch

Reviewed By johnnnita - Napa, California, United States

My wife had heard about this small, local farm ranch from one of her clients recently. We loved the peaches this person gave us; enough to visit. We were told that the drive to this small farm is also worth the time. Indeed, the drive was quite interesting and scenic if you like to get a flavor of the local country scene away from Interstate 80 (or any main highway for that matter). Even before we arrived, we were thinking "we have to drive more around this area".

You may want to check out their listing on Facebook first to gain a sense of the place. It indeed is off the beaten path, but the roads are just fine to get there. It's a small farm, specializing in peaches. However, they also grow and sell apricots and mandarins when in season. It's a charming sense of place and the owners are out there selling their produce. Equally as important, the prices are very, very reasonable. We bought two flats (13 to 14 each) of peaches for $5.00 each! WOW!! On this day, they were selling two types of peaches: Fairtime and Late Alamar. They were delicious and well worth the drive out. It's now near the end of this season, so get out there. In any case, you will enjoy the nice leisurely drive.

10. Alamo Creek Bike Trail

1800 Marshall Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Alamo Creek Bike Trail

Reviewed By garyaverill1 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is a popular walking and bike path. According to a local this used to be railroad tracks. It is a bout 4.4 miles. On one side of the creek it is asphalt and on the other side there are dirt areas. To start you get on Bella Vista near the freeway and it is right after Meeks hardware store. At the end of the first leg of this path, you will see a feral colony of cast which has been forever. Just keep following this path, You will cross several streets. On Nut Tree you will have to follow the street a few feet across the street is an adjacent park where the path resume. Much of the path has a lot of trees as well as a lot of houses. It is a nice walk and there always people on it.

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