Traveling with kids. Always a challenge you would think. No, not really. You just have to do your research and find places that are kid friendly. And, of course have enough distracting items with you so they don’t actually notice they are sitting in a car for 2 hours or more.
We live in Los Angeles so I am always looking for fun day trips for our family to take us away from the traffic and crazy people 🙂 We try to do something new every two weekends or so.
Our latest trip brought us to Solvang, only about 2 hour drive from our home. This is the perfect town to visit with children while adults are also enjoying themselves.
Solvang is otherwise known as “The Danish Capital of America” and it is really exactly that. Right when you arrive, you feel like you were magically transported to Europe with little shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms everywhere. There is even a beer garden.
We loved trying the Danish food and visited Red Viking restaurant that also had children’s menu. We then visited 3 toy stores around the main promenade and got some cotton candy in the local candy shop. However, everybody’s favorite spot was the Carivintas Winery, not only because of the super tasty Triple Threat 2015 red wine that has hints of jalapeno but mostly because of how children friendly the place is.
While we were sipping away on some wine, Scarlett was playing at the corner kid table where they had some LEGO setup for children as well as books and coloring pages. She did not want to leave even after we were done wine tasting. This winery is also super pet friendly and their wines feature labels of adopted dogs and cats from the area.
We also visited the QuickSilver Miniature Horse Ranch that is about 7 minute drive from downtown Solvang. Children can see miniature horses here and their stables and enjoy running around the farm.
After a full day walking around, we were absolutely exhausted and happy to head back home. There was so much to do! We have to come back and explore the town in more detail.
There is numerous hotels right downtown so I it would also make for great weekend getaway.
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