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Tourist Attractions in California

Top 10 Family Friendly California Vacation Destinations

Tourist attractions in California are a dime a dozen, but these fun California vacation destinations have out-of-the-box or a can't miss feel to them, leading them to be excellent choices for California tourist attractions for RV travel with kids.

California isn't just about swimming pools and movies stars, in the words of the theme song of the Beverly Hillbillies. There are plenty of one of a kind, family friendly tourist attractions in California that will capture the interest of both parents and kids.

Best Roadside Attraction: The Toad Hollow Tunnels For Toad Traffic

tourist-attractions-in-california-01; toad hollow tunnels This quirky Davis, California attraction is so small that you might miss it on your drive to other California vacation destinations.

However, if your family includes small children or amphibian lovers, you must pull over for one of the most toad-friendly tourist attractions in California.

These tunnels, along with a tiny toad village were constructed to save the lives of toads who were at risk of an untimely demise when a 6 lane highway was built to replace a dirt road the toads were used to frequenting.

Toad Hollow Tunnels

Best Tourist Attraction: The Exploratorium

This site is an interactive science museum that is designed to entertain your kids while making them think. Exhibits teach children about concepts such as the science of motion that makes sports possible, earthquakes, languages, cooking, and weather in space and on earth. Note that this site is closed on Mondays, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, so plan your California vacation destinations accordingly.

The Exploratorium

Best Factory Tour: Fleetwood RV or The Jelly Belly Candy Factory

What family on an RV tour of California vacation destinations wouldn't want a tour of an actual factory where RV's are made? However, for safety reasons, this tour is only open to visitors ages 16 and older.

Fleetwood RV Plant Tours

If your family includes children younger than 16, you might want to opt instead for a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California. Call ahead before you come to make sure the factory is operational and open for visitors. (Sometimes tours are suspended for production or maintenance purposes.)

Jelly Belly Factory Tours

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Best Place to See Animals: The San Diego Zoo

This site ranks high on lists of tourist attractions in California that everyone should see.

The zoo features several animal habitats, including an Urban Jungle, Elephant Odyssey, Polar Rim, Panda Canyon, and more.

This site is a full day's experience, because you can also engage in activities, watch shows, and enjoy dining and shopping.

San Diego Zoo

Best Place to Get Wet: Elkhorn Slough Safari

Located in Monterey Bay, California, this reserve for water based animals and birds allows you and your family to have a relaxing and up close view of otters, seals, giant slugs, feeding sharks, and more. 

Be sure to structure your California vacation destinations to include a pontoon boat safari tour.

Elkhorn Slough Safari

Best Place to Eat: BigBoy Restaurants

Enjoy old fashioned burger dining at it's best when you stop by a BigBoy. The original chain was bought out and converted to what is now known as Shoneys, but there are still plenty of locations that continue to operate under the BigBoy brand name, serving burgers, salads, desserts and other yummy menu items.

BigBoy Restaurants

Best Ghost Story: The Winchester Mystery House

Ranking among the more spooky tourist attractions in California is the Winchester Mystery House, a fabulous Victorian mansion that is brimming with unusual architecture and meticulous craftsmanship.

It's been said that the twisting hallways, secrets passageways and hidden rooms were designed to keep Mrs. Sarah Winchester safe from the ghosts she feared were stalking her in her home, while other accounts say the house was designed to help ease her arthritis.

At any rate, the mansion's 160 rooms will provide you and your family with fodder for hours of speculation and intrigue.

Winchester Mystery House

Best Adventure: The Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour

Fans of Warner Brothers movies and television show will definitely want to include this tour on their itinerary of tourist attractions in California. This extensive, 2+ hour tour is never the same because visitors will often get a chance to view a show in progress. Please note that children must be 8 years or older to attend this tour.

Warner Bros VIP Tour

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Best Historical Site: The Golden Gate Bridge

This site is full of history and a must-see when you are planning your trip to nearby California vacation destinations. Visitors can walk, drive or bike across, and there is also the opportunity to learn more about the struggle that Joseph Strauss faced in his multi-year quest to secure funding and approval for the bridge's construction.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Best Act Like a Kid Place: Legoland

This toy centered theme park is another of the more popular tourist attractions in California, but this place isn't just for kids. The entire family will enjoy the rides, water parks, and shows, as well as shopping, dining and much more. Plan to spend an entire day taking in all of Legoland.

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