Kids at Carneros Resort and Spa Pool

Things to Do with Kids

Carneros Resort and Spa

Kids in wine country? Absolutely!

Whether you're traveling to Napa Valley with toddlers or teenagers (and those in between), there's plenty to do to satisfy everyone.

From hiking miles of trails and kayaking the Napa River to sipping grape juice at family-friendly wineries, picnicking in the vineyards, and private backyard movie nights at luxury resorts — Napa Valley is an ideal destination for families of all sizes and kids of all ages beyond wine tasting.

Looking for wineries to visit with your kids?

Kid-Friendly Wineries

Where to Play

What are the Top Things to Do with Kids in Napa Valley?

  1. Connolly Ranch – For hands-on experiences with wildlife, check out Connolly Ranch, a working farm in Napa with an education center that sponsors programs to teach little ones all about nature. They also offer a Saturday Farm Camp in the summer, where adults can spend some guilt-free hours exploring the Napa Valley while the kids have fun unplugging on the 12-acre ranch.

  2. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park – Tour the historic Bale Grist Mill, still in operation, and hike miles of shaded trails. Bothe State Park also offers yurt camping and a swimming pool for overnight guests.

  3. Old Faithful Geyser – Watch the natural geyser erupt, visit with the rescue animals, and find fun surprises in the gift shop.

  4. Oxbow Public Market – A lively place to stroll through, shop, and eat – stop at Napa Bookmine for children’s books to read during the trip.

  5. Napa Valley Vine Trail – Rent bikes and explore Napa Valley on two wheels, or take a walk on the trail.

  6. Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa – Bike or walk and explore large-scale public art murals along a two-mile paved stretch of Downtown Napa’s Rail Arts District.

  7. di Rosa Center for Contemporary – Soak up a little culture at Napa Valley’s contemporary art museum. There are educational book corners for kids, and the outdoor sculpture walk is fun for all ages.

  8. Napa Farmers Market – Everyone loves a farmer’s market, and Napa’s was voted one of the best in the U.S.! Enjoy live music, plenty of delicious treats, and educational activities for all ages.

  9. Napa Valley Paddle – Rent kayaks or SUP boards and paddle the Napa River.

  10. Wetlands Edge Park – Take a nature hike through the American Canyon wetlands. Don’t forget the binoculars for wildlife spotting and bird watching.

Connolly Ranch


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Where to Dine

What are the Top Family-Friendly Restaurants in Napa Valley?

  1. Pizzeria Tra Vigne – Enjoy a spirited round of bocce ball, get a photo with the giant tomato, and nosh on kid-sized pizzas and housemade gelato.

  2. Gott’s Roadside – Iconic burgers, fries, and milkshakes for kids (and the young at heart).

  3. Boon Fly Cafe – Best for brunch, and don’t miss the bucket of mini donuts, which are sure to delight everyone at the table.

  4. Kitchen Door – A favorite for locals and visitors, and always family friendly – kids can try pho, pasta, cheeseburger, or pizza.

  5. Heritage Eats – Healthy eats that the little ones and grownups will both love.

  6. La Cheve Bakery and Brews – Family-owned and family-friendly authentic Mexican food.

  7. Oakville Grocery – Certain to please even the pickiest eaters, Oakville Grocery has something for everyone, and little ones will love the wood-fired pizzas and fresh-made sandwiches.

  8. Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery – With a beautiful shaded patio overlooking the river, Calistoga Inn is a great casual lunch or dinner spot with a tasty kids menu.

  9. Buster’s Southern BBQ – No one can say no to a heaping plate of the valley’s best BBQ.

Gott's Roadside


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Where to Stay

What are the Top Places to Stay with Kids in Napa Valley?

  1. The Meritage Resort and Spa – Featuring a family pool with available private cabanas for a relaxing day, Fivetown Grocery onsite, plus the large lawn with giant Jenga and other games, The Meritage is a family favorite.

  2. Carneros Resort and Spa – From pool time to kids' wellness classes and family-friendly luxury cottages, it's easy to spend quality time with the whole family. Plus the large lawn with games surrounded by a courtyard allows kids to run free (while parents can keep an eye on them) and enjoy menu service from FARM.

  3. Silverado Resort – With kids' golf and tennis camps, plus swimming, onsite bike rentals, and hiking, you can keep them busy all day without even leaving the resort.

  4. Harvest Inn – Featuring eight spacious acres for kids to run and a family pool, Harvest Inn is a parent’s dream come true. Plus, it’s within easy walking distance of downtown St. Helena and some of Napa Valley’s best wineries.

  5. SpringHill Suites by Marriott – A laid-back, affordable spot in the center of all the action, with a great breakfast included and a large pool area.

  6. Doubletree American Canyon – A budget-friendly option with a pool that is also close to Six Flags in Vallejo.

  7. Indian Springs Resort – Indian Springs features bocce courts and plenty of space to play, plus a family mineral pool that will have them relaxed and ready for a full night’s sleep.

  8. Calistoga Motor Lodge – Enjoy super fun casual digs with a retro vibe. The lodge also is stocked with vintage board games, hula hoops, and more.

  9. Napa Valley Railway Inn – What kid wouldn’t love to stay in an old train car?

  10. RiverPointe Napa Valley – Kids will flip for these cute and kitschy cottages painted in bright colors, plus there are kitchenettes in each cottage. A shaded pool area and game room add to the fun.

Grand Reserve at The Meritage


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