Featuring more than 50 retail stores, a popular dining options, and the railroad and carousel the Nut Tree is famous for, it’s the perfect spot for a family shopping excursion.
The Nut Tree opened in 1921 as a modest roadside stop in Vacaville, eventually growing to become a world-famous road stop with a restaurant, toy store, and railroad connecting to the Nut Tree Airport. For a short time, it even boasted a 2-acre amusement park by the name of Nut Tree Family Center.
Today, the Nut Tree Vacaville Shopping Center showcases major name brand stores like Old Navy, Best Buy, and boutique shops like Apricot Lane, and Eco Chic.
NUT TREE RESTAURANTS
The Nut Tree Restaurant was an early pioneer of California cuisine, known for incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, often locally grown. Today, a new mix of restaurants like Fenton’s Creamery, Amici’s Italian, and Fuji Sushi Buffet carry the torch by providing a palate-pleasing range of dining options.
NUT TREE PLAZA
The Nut Tree Plaza, planted in the center of the shopping complex, is a wonderful place for children to get their wiggles out, challenge themselves with a game of giant chess, or host a memorable birthday party. Get nostalgic in the Nut Tree Plaza by taking a ride on the original Nut Tree Railroad or rocking out on one of the vintage-style hobbyhorses.
NUT TREE HOURS OF OPERATION
The Plaza is open seven days a week from 11am to 7pm, weather permitting.
The #5 Train closes at dusk.
The Carousel closes between 7pm and 9pm.
If it rains or the temperature is over 102 degrees the park will be closed.
THE NUT TREE SHOPPING CENTER AMENITIES:
- Electric car charging station near Rubio’s Mexican Grill
- Harbison Event Center (for rental information, please contact the City of Vacaville at 707-449-5100)
- Children’s play areas
- Visitor Center
- Bus stop
Just across from the plaza is the visitor information center, Visit Vacaville, where guests can pick up an Inspiration Guide and other free visitor information, Vacaville themed souvenirs and locally made products.
THE NUT TREE RAILROAD
In 1953 the Nut Tree Railroad was built to transport visitors between the Nut Tree Airport and the Plaza. Because of the railroad’s fame, many famous folks stopped by to take a ride, like President Richard Nixon and Bozo the Clown. Carefully restored and maintained, the train even boasts its original engine! Take a spin on this piece of Vacaville history: it’s a favorite for little ones, and kids under 2 get their first ride for free!