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Solvang Park

Family Friendly Activities

Solvang's quaint old-world European fairy tale feel and friendly Danish hospitality offers a relaxing peaceful atmosphere for families away from home.

Solvang is a great destination to find things to do for the whole family. Whether your kids enjoy relaxing on a pontoon boat or hand-feeding an ostrich, we've got something for everyone! A photographers paradise, everywhere you turn there are delightful family photo opportunities to create lasting memories. 

Family Fun in the Park

Explore playgrounds, skateboard parks, and tennis courts in the three kid-friendly parks in Solvang.

  • Kids love the whimsical playground and ball field at Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road. For a schedule of area recreational events, call 805-688-PLAY. 
  • Hans Christian Andersen Park on Atterdag Road is a pleasant retreat with picnic areas, public tennis, a playground and the skate park for "boarders." To enter the park, you drive through castle arch!
  • Year-round outdoor fun and picnics are popular in Solvang Park, where you can find Free Friday Night Movies in the summer, Danish Days in September, and Julesfest in December .

Go Exploring! 

One of the most energetic ways for the family to explore Solvang is via bicycles and four-wheeled surrey cycles. Bring wheels of your own or easy-to-ride rentals offer a pedal-powered way to see the sights. The kids will also love taking a ride on the Solvang Trolley (also known as the Honen), which is a historic wooden streetcar pulled by a pair of magnificent draft horses providing 25-minute guided tours around the village.  If you're looking for a unique way to discover the sights of Solvang, try out a two-wheel adventure with Segway Tours of Solvang.

Fascinating Fauna: Fun for Kids of All Ages

Spend a beautiful afternoon outdoors with the family checking out some amazing animals. Ostrich Land is a 33-acre breeding farm to see/feed more than 100 ostriches and emus up close. Do your kids love horses? Flag Is Up Farms is the home of Monty Roberts, the "Man Who Listens to Horses" where visitors are freely welcome to see the equine facilities and trainers in action. The little ones love the Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, which is a fascinating breeding facility for 34-inch and under horses that welcomes visitors daily for free viewing from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Twenty minutes away from downtown Solvang, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers year-round guided wildlife cruises on a pontoon boat (ages 5 and over), a Junior Ranger program, Nature Center, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, snack bar. If your'e feeling really outdoorsy, Cachuma Lake also offers tent and yurt camping, and they also have RV hook-ups.

Sweet Treats

After exploring, playing in the parks, and feeding our lovlely four legged friends, you've likely all worked up an appetite! The whole family is sure to enjoy some confections at one of our many ice cream parlors, including the Solvang Trolley Ice Cream Parlor and Café Dolce. And let's not forget the plethora of candy shops, like Ingeborg’s Chocolates, within a two-block radius downtown!

Feeling Artsy?

Head over to Knitfit, an interactive arts and crafts store for kids and adults right in the village of Solvang. It's like a self-contained vacation spot for kids and adults of all age ranges to enjoy creativity for hours. Afterwards, get inspired to conserve wildlife and natural areas through art at the Wilding Museum of Art & Nature


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Alisal Guest Ranch

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort located in the heart of Solvang. We are located at 1054 Alisal Road. Set on a 10,000-acre private ranch.

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