17 Unexpectedly Awesome Things to Do in Vacaville, California

Because Vacaville is so much more than just shopping!

Everyone knows Vacaville has great shopping. We love to shop just as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to get off the beaten path a bit and do something unexpected. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of our favorite things to do around town. You could pick your favorite, or put a few together for a full day of adventure. So grab a friend, grab the kids, or just head out to explore and enjoy some me time! 

  1. Call ahead and take a “behind the scenes” tour of Fenton’s Creamery, a Bay area institution.
  2. Take a helicopter training lesson with Wings Flight School out at Nut Tree airport.
  3. Stroll out to Jack Hume Grove, a beautiful stand of redwood trees located on the Butcher Bike Trail.
  4. Plan a spring excursion to Pleasants Valley Iris Farm in April-May to take in the beautiful blooms.
  5. Head over to Stars for a midnight bowling session- they are open 24/7!
  6. Do something out of this world and check out Outer Limit's Virtual Reality!
  7. Put a fun twist on your grocery shopping with Nugget Market wine & cheese tastings on Fridays from 5-7pm.
  8. Go to Merchant & Main for one of Vacaville’s best happy hours. Everyday from 3:30-6:30 pm, enjoy half-priced apps, $3 draft beers, house wines, and well mixers.
  9. Take flight in a legendary B-25 Mitchell Bomber for an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience. For group or private flights contact
  10. Sign up for a gourmet cooking class from a master chef at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company. Visit their website to check it out and reserve a spot.
  11. Avoid the tourist crowds in Napa and head out to the Suisun Valley Wine Coop to try delightful local wines and soak up some gorgeous scenery.
  12. Hike to the top of the hill trail at Pena Adobe for spectacular views (and a pretty decent workout). Bonus points if you can find the tire swing!
  13. Stop by the Vacaville Museum and pick up a walking tour map, then take a stroll down Buck Avenue in downtown Vacaville to see Buck Mansion and other historic homes.
  14. Bring your furry friends to Yappy Hour at Brass Tap and receive a special offer! Be sure to ask for their doggy menu. 
  15. Go play a round of disc golf at Lagoon Valley.
  16. Grab a friend and paint a plate at Bella Terra Ceramic Studio downtown.
  17. Go to Backdoor Bistro for a farm-to-fork lunch made with all local produce and meats, complete with carefully chosen wine pairings.

Happy exploring! 

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