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Things to Do in Wine Country with Kids

By Viator, June 2018

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California wine country may be the perfect spot for elegant vineyard parties, boozy bachelorette brunches and terrace samplings of dozens of world-class vintages, but it turns out there’s also plenty of buzz-free entertainment if you happen to have the kids with you.

The wine country may seem like an unlikely place to catch a glimpse of a zebra, but it’s true that families don’t have to travel to the Serengeti to experience a real wildlife safari. Safari West, a 400-acre wildlife preserve sits between the vineyards and tasting rooms in Santa Rosa and provides plenty to see. A three-hour tour includes an open-air jeep ride and walking tour of the site, where families can see more than 80 species and 700 different animals. Monkeys, cheetahs and buffalo are just some of the African wonders that wander the plains here. Tour times are flexible, which means there will still be plenty of time for wine tasting once the little ones are all worn out.

Families can also head to the nearby scenic Russian River to relax on a giant inflatable canoe. Kids can look for wildlife along the shores, plop into the refreshing waters for an afternoon swim or enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Full- and half-day options are available, and travelers can paddle the shorter distance between Memorial Beach to Crow Bar or the longer journey between Memorial Beach and Wohler Bridge. Both are perfect options for making some family memories.

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Safari West Sonoma Admission and Jeep Tour, Napa & Sonoma, null
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Safari West Sonoma Admission and Jeep Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

If you think wine is all that Sonoma has to offer, think again! Visit an African savannah at Safari West, a family-friendly wildlife preserve near Santa Rosa ...  Read more

Location: Santa Rosa, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00
Russian River Canoe Trip from Healdsburg, Napa & Sonoma, Nature & Wildlife
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Russian River Canoe Trip from Healdsburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Ride down the Russian River on this canoeing adventure from Healdsburg. Aboard a comfortable, stable inflatable canoe, enjoy scenic views as you navigate the ...  Read more

Location: Healdsburg, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $45.00
Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley, Napa & Sonoma, Boat Rental
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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Our beautiful Napa River History Tour provides you with an intimate view of the little known and rich history of the Napa Valley. Traveling with us by kayak we ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Ziplining Adventure in Sonoma, Napa & Sonoma, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ziplining Adventure in Sonoma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Channel your inner Tarzan on this 2.5-hour epic zipline adventure that whisks you through the forest canopy of Sonoma County. Northern California’s coastal ...  Read more

Location: Occidental, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Napa River Kayak Tour of Oxbow Nature Preserve, Napa & Sonoma, Ziplines
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Napa River Kayak Tour of Oxbow Nature Preserve

This beginner level, round trip journey starts and ends in the heart of downtown Napa.  In this adventure, glide along reed-lined shores and restored salt ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Napa Puzzling Adventure, Napa & Sonoma, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Napa Puzzling Adventure

Turn Napa into a game while partaking on a 2-hour Walking Adventure. Your smartphone will act as your guide, while you solve clues and complete ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 1 to 3 hrs

From USD $22.99
Russian River Valley Bike and Kayak Wine Tour, Napa & Sonoma, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Russian River Valley Bike and Kayak Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience California Wine Country on a fun-filled day in the picturesque rolling hills of the Alexander Valley. First, you'll bike along country roads, ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Napa River Eco Tour & Paddle Picnic, Napa & Sonoma, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Napa River Eco Tour & Paddle Picnic

Start your morning off by getting your feet wet in the Napa River and engage with river otters, beavers and a variety of waterfowl with Napa Valley ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River, Napa & Sonoma, Eco Tours
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Embark on a unique tour of California Wine Country! Hop in a kayak for a full tour along the warm, clean Russian River in Healdsburg. The tour guide will take ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.00
Napa Valley Bike and Kayak Wine Tour, Napa & Sonoma, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Napa Valley Bike and Kayak Wine Tour

Explore California Wine Country on an adventure-filled day of biking, wine tasting, and kayaking. You'll first bike through the peaceful Carneros region, stop ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $175.00

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