What to Do
Any time of the year is the perfect time to visit Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley with shopping at 150 independent shops and art galleries and culinary delights including a dozen wine tasting rooms all within walking distance. Hop aboard the Solvang Trolley for a street car tourpulled by a pair of magnificent horses, or, on a surrey bicycle at Wheel Fun Rentals, or take a Segway tour.
Shopping ~ Events ~ Taste of Solvang ~ Danish Days Julefest ~ Golf
Wine Tasting ~ Elverhoj Museum Dining ~ Live Theater ~ Get Married
Family Fun ~ Itineraries ~ Entertainment ~ Outdoor Activities
Memory Makers ~ Animal Encounters
Shops in Solvang
Delightful shops offer imported European wares: porcelain, iron work, leather, linens, and handicrafts. more »
Museums & California Missions
Museums and California Mission: Devoted to Danish culture, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art showcases period rooms including a charming kit... more »
Wine Tasting & Tours
Solvang, CA, has more than a dozen wine tasting rooms and 80+ wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. There is even Beer tasting, too. more »
Pro Cycling & Scenic Bike Rides
Three time host to Amgen Tour of California Solvang Time Trials. Beautiful scenic routes over hills and through valleys. more »
Julefest Holiday Celebration
Head to Solvang, California to celebrate the Christmas season this year, and you might feel like you are half-way around the world. But, you’re o... more »
PCPA TheaterFest summer live performances -
Show Time 8pm
June 12 - Sept. 7, 2014
- Noises Off Jun 12 - Jun 29
- Forever Plaid: Jul 4 - Jul 27
- Oklahoma: Aug 1 - 24
- San Patricios: Aug 28 - Sep 7
Danish and US flags line the streets, people don colorful costumes, Free Concert ~ Torchlight Parade ~ Velkommen Street Dance ~ Aebleskiver Breakfast for $7. (with Danish sausage, $8). ~ Kid's Korner ~ Aebleskiver Eating Contest in Solvang Park. Find out more about Danish Days.
Click here for Elverhoj Exhibit schedule
SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, 2014 10AM to-4PM: Living History Festival. Free.
ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART
Exhibits showcase Solvang's rich cultural history. The former residence of one of Solvang's most artistic families is now a community museum devoted to the history of Solvang, the Danish-American pioneer spirit, the colorful heritage of Denmark, and the arts. The historic hand-crafted structure was the dream home of Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife, Martha Mott. He was an internationally recognized painter and sculptor and she was an accomplished painter and art teacher.
Year-round outdoor family fun and picnics are popular in Hans Christian Andersen Park, Sunny Fields Park and Solvang Park. Bicycle, golf, hike, fish and see wildlife. Tour a lavender farm, horse ranch or ostrich farm. Take a horseback ride or soar over it all in a glider. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard or waterside at Cachuma Lake or Nojoqui Falls parks. Refresh and rejuvenate at a day spa. Experience year-round 24/7/365 gaming and live entertainment at Chumash Casino Resort. At night, do some dancing, take in a live concert or see PCPA Theaterfest's professional summer performances under the stars. Solvang is a great place for a special event such as a conference, family reunion or wedding celebration. Check out some suggested itineraries to make the most of your visit.
Established to foster public understanding of Hans Christian Andersen and his work.
Located upstairs in The Book Loft Building, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang.
Open Daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 805-688-2052
Take a narrated tour, "Ride the Honen Streetcar"
One of the most popular ways of exploring Solvang is via a 20-minute tour aboard the Honen (Danish for little hen), a replica 1915 streetcar pulled by a handsome pair of Belgian draft horses. Located on Copenhagen Drive near Solvang Visitor Center.
See the unique architecture of the only Danish city in The West. Solvang and the surrounding area is full of beautiful sites and the Segway is a wonderful experience plus a great way to really see Solvang.
453 Atterdag Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
The SOLVANG VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM houses a collection of vintage and rare motorcycles as well as European race bikes. The motorcycles in the museum are from the private collection of Virgil Elings. The collection is quite broad: vintage motorcycle racing, both motocross and road racing bikes. The museum rotates some of the bikes each month so that the bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding. Weekends 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and by appointment mid-week. 805-686-9522
Taste of Solvang, March 11 - 15, 2015
Scrumptious Dessert Reception & live music, Walking Smorgaasbord, free tours Mission Santa Ines & Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.
Savor the Wine Tasting Room Walk.
Tickets go on sale October 31, 2014
Wheel Fun Rentals, 805-688-0091
For the energetic visitor, bicycle and four-wheeled "surrey cycle" rentals offer a pedal-powered way to see the sights.