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Napa Valley Adventures

In addition, as can be seen in the many activities described below, Calistoga (and the surrounding area) is very family- and kid-friendly. The majority of these activities are open to, and appeal to, kids of all ages!

Hot Air Ballooning

In the Napa Valley, hot air balloon rides begin at dawn in order to take advantage of the optimal air currents and atmospheric conditions. When you launch from Calistoga at the base of Mt. St. Helena, the hour you are in the air is spectacular! Where else could you get an aerial shot of a geyser in full performance? Enjoy the most pristine scenery in the Napa Valley – Mt. St. Helena (the tallest point in the valley), the Old Faithful Geyser of California, the Palisade Cliffs, and many beautiful wineries and vineyards, not to mention the unique layout and buildings of the City of Calistoga. Reservations are required; see a list of providers on our Napa Valley Attractions Page.

Hot Air Ballooning

A Safari Tour

Located between Calistoga and Santa Rosa, Safari West is an over 400 acre property with some 350 species of animals. Take a 2 ˝ hour tour led by a highly experienced, resident naturalist guide, with half the time being spent in an open-air safari vehicle, and half on foot. The organization offers regular tours, private twilight safaris in the summer with wine and cheese (from 7:00pm until the sun is gone), and private sunset safaris in the spring and fall, also featuring wine and cheese. Various renditions of these private tours occur on holidays. The experience includes a drive through a 12-acre extreme Africa exhibit, where you will be at one with the wild, observing giraffe, gazelle, scimitar-horned oryx, ostrich and other species of African antelope all living together and sharing this exotic savannah setting. In one area you may find a cape buffalo and a zebra enjoying a refreshing break at the nearby watering hole. Safari West is also home to cheetahs and other exotic mammals and birds. It is an American wildlife preserve where entire herds roam freely. It is also a center for wildlife preservation, breeding, education, research and interaction up close and personal. Reservations required; see the Napa Valley Attractions page for contact information.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Family "trips" allow parents to be treated to a quiet, intimate & uninterrupted gourmet dinner in the elegance of a restored 1890s-era dining car, while children are entertained by a professional care provider in a separate railcar with kid friendly games, movies, and a meal sure to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Now in it's 10th year, this popular dinner excursion package is available twice monthly on Fridays during the school year, Sundays in the summer. Children ages 3 to 12 are FREE (one child per paid adult). Sorry, no children under 3 are allowed in this program.

Napa River Adventures

Enjoy a two-hour guided Napa River tour beginning in the wetlands at the Kennedy Park Dock south from the City of Napa. As you travel north through historic Downtown Napa, see the wonder that is Copia and the newly opened Oxbow Market, see remnants of Napa Valley’s past and understand how present changes will affect the future of Napa. As you proceed south into the surrounding wetlands, the many species of birds provide excellent bird watching, and gorgeous sweeping vistas of Napa Valley are available in every direction.

Castello di Amorosa

Visit the authentic, 12th century Tuscan castle-winery (opened to the public in 2007) where you may tour and taste world-class Napa Valley wines from a fourth generation winemaking family which began its tradition more than 120 years ago. The Castello has evolved to include over 121,000 square feet, 107 rooms, 8,000 tons of hand-squared stones, 8 levels (4 above ground and 4 below), 900 feet of caves, a great hall with a 500 year-old fireplace and two-story Italian frescoes, a drawbridge, dungeon and torture chamber, stables, medieval church, a lake, and arguably the single most impressive wine barrel room in the U.S., constructed with ancient Roman cross-vaulted ceilings. Reservations are required for tours (about 1.5 hours long); the tasting room is open to walk-ins.