Whether you are new to the area or a long-time resident, there are lots of fun and exciting things to do and places to explore in the Vacaville, Vallejo and Fairfield areas. The next time you’re wondering what to do on a lovely weekend day, consider one of these destinations.
The Nut Tree
What trip to or through Vacaville would be complete without a stop at the iconic Nut Tree? Originally opened in 1921 by Edwin “Bunny” and Mary Power, the Nut Tree began as a roadside shack for travelers to buy fresh fruit and produce but quickly became a popular stop on many a road trip between San Francisco and Sacramento. The Nut Tree grew to become a community in itself, complete with an air strip, its own post office, and even its own zip code. But after decades of growth, inter-family squabbling caused this landmark to decline and ultimately close in 1996.
That was then…this is now. Beginning in 2006, new owners of the Nut Tree began an ambitious eight-phase re-development. The plan is nearly complete, and the Nut Tree is bigger and better than ever! Boasting retail and restaurant space, an amusement park and the Harbison Event Center, the Nut Tree has regained its reputation as a popular destination and gathering spot. Visit their website to learn more about this legendary road stop.
Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park
If you’re looking for a picturesque place in Vacaville to spend a day outdoors hiking, biking, or visiting one of California’s historic landmarks, look no further than Lagoon Valley Park. The 470-acre park includes the historic Peña Adobe home, barbecue areas, horseshoe pit, multi-purpose field, bike trails, a small pond, excellent hiking, Lagoon Valley Lake for fishing and non-motorized boating. The park also features a 30,000-square foot fenced-in dog park, complete with trees, water and trash receptacles. Get more information about the park here.
The Peña Adobe California historical landmark is the site of Rancho Los Putos, which Governor Pío Pico granted to Juan Felipe Peña and Manuel Cabeza Vaca in 1845. The Peña Adobe, erected here in 1843, still owned by the descendants of their families (1955), is the oldest structure built in Solano County. The town of Vacaville was established in 1851 on land that Vaca sold to William McDaniel. Read more about the history of these California pioneer settlers here.
Morningsun Herb Farm
Maybe you’ve got a green thumb and are looking for just the right herb to attract bees or flavor your favorite recipes. Not into herbs? They carry a wide variety of perennials and succulents too! Morningsun Herb Farm on Pleasant Valley Road in Vacaville not only has a wide variety of plants, but is an enjoyable destination for children and adults alike.
Stroll through established gardens full of the herbs and perennials they sell. Enjoy full-sun gardens, full-shade gardens, and everything in between. While you’re there, don’t forget to say hi to the donkeys, and the chickens, and the dogs, and the cats!
For more information, visit their website.
Outer Limits Virtual Reality
And now for something completely different! Hop on, because the technology train is leaving the station! Experience virtual reality by shooting and fighting, climbing and exploring, watching and experiencing, and creating and learning. From excitement to entertainment to education, Outer Limits Virtual Reality, located in the Alamo Plaza in Vacaville, is ready to welcome you, your friends, your family, or your classmates. Learn more by visiting their website.