Solvang California Tourist Attractions & Local Activities

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Apple Harvest :

Visitors to the Valley from August through October won’t want to miss the harvest from local apple orchards. Roadside stands offer Fuji, Gala, Winesap and a host of others varieties - all delicious. Maps are available from the Conference and Visitors Bureau, 1-(800) 468-6765.
Birding In The Valley:

Many ardent birders travel far to see another bird to add to their life list, and lots of them come to Solvang to find the Yellow-billed Magpie. This large, crow-sized, black and white bird with a bright yellow bill and a raucous voice is found almost exclusively in California’s central and southern sections. The National Audubon Society California and the Central Coast Audubon Chapters have just sponsored a “Central Coast Birding Trail” and have produced a colorful brochure listing favorite birding locations for visitors in our area. Information and brochures can be obtained at the Conference and Visitors Bureau, call 1-(800) 468-6765.
Glider Rides:

For over 50 years gliding enthusiasts have thrilled to the Valley’s favorable air currents and breathtaking views. Glider rides in a piloted, two-seater sail plane are available year-round; glider-flying instruction is also available. For more information, call Windhaven Glider Rides at the Santa Ynez Airport, (805) 688-2517.

Hans Christian Andersen Park:

On the outskirts of Solvang on Atterdag Road, the park is a pleasant retreat with picnic areas, public tennis, children’s playground, horseshoe pits and group areas. For more information, call (805) 688-PLAY (Solvang Park and Recreation Department).

Hiking and Biking:

One of the best ways to experience the sights and sounds of Santa Ynez Valley is on two feet or two wheels. Figueroa Mountain area hiking trails offer opportunities to explore a ruggedly handsome section of the Los Padres National Forest. For bicyclists, there are several easy loops from Solvang through the back country and past horse ranches and vineyards. For hiking and biking information, call the Conference and Visitors Bureau,
1-(800) 468-6765.
Honen Street Car Tour:

Try viewing Solvang from the original horse drawn guided tour. Visitors can relax and enjoy the charm of Solvang as genuine Belgian horses pull them in an authentic Danish streetcar.

Horse Ranches:

Well-known for its thoroughbred and purebred horse ranches, the Valley is also the home of Quicksilver, a miniature horse farm that welcomes visitors from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily. Contact them at (805) 686-4002. Circle Bar B Stable and guest ranch also welcomes visitors, for more information go to Rancho Oso also offers many fine activities and is open year round. You can contact them for more information at (805) 683-5110 or go to A list of horse ranch tours and demonstrations is available from the Conference and Visitors Bureau, 1-(800) 468-6765.

Indian Casino:

Three miles east of Solvang on Highway 246, the Chumash Indian Casino is bringing out the winner in you! High-stakes Indian bingo is only part of the action which includes Las Vegas-style video gaming and a card room well known for its hospitality and great play. Valet parking and cafe dining are also available. Open 24 hours every day all year long. For more information, call (805) 686-0855 or 1-(800) 728-9997.

Lake Cachuma:

Located 15 minutes southeast of Solvang on Highway 154, this placid and beautiful body of water is home to fish, deer and bobcats as well as 275 species of birds, including migratory bald eagles in the winter. From November through February, eagle cruises depart from the lake marina to reveal these majestic predators in their native habitat. March through October enjoy their wildlife cruises. There are also boat rentals, fishing, plus picnic, camping, swimming and play facilities. For general information, call (805) 686-5054; for details and reservations on eagle cruises, call (805) 686-5050. You can also visit their website at
Mission Santa Ines:

This Mission was the one of 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. It was also the first European settlement in the Santa Ynez Valley. At their Museum you can see artifacts and works of early European and Indian art. For more information, call (805) 688-4815 or go to
Nojoqui Falls:

This delightful spot, part of a county park 10 minutes from Solvang on Alisal Road, is reached via a canyon trail, but is well worth the short walk. Nojoqui Falls in winter is a silvery cascade off the cliff, in summer a cool bank of moss, ferns and dripping runoff. For information on barbecue facilities, call (805) 688-4217. or visit them at
Ostrich Land:

The ranch at 610 E. Highway 246 in Buellton is the home to hundreds of the biggest birds in the world, reaching 8-1/2 feet in height and weighing up to 350 pounds when fully grown. Visitors will learn that ostriches run faster than any animal on two legs - up to 45 mph; that they lay eggs weighing around 3-1/2 pounds (the equivalent of 25 chicken eggs); that males sit on the eggs at night and hens sit during the day. These Africa natives have long been prized for their unique feathers; in recent years their red meat has become popular as a low-fat alternative to beef. Their quill-marked leather is used for boots, briefcases, purses and wallets. For information, call (805) 686-9696.

Petersen Inn
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Solvang's only 4 star hotel in downtown Solvang

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Royal Copenhagen Inn
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The Royal Copenhagen will have you believing you have traveled to Denmark.

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Bestwestern King Frederik
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The King Frederik Inn is nestled in the beautiful downtown Solvang.

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Peasoup Andersens
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Pea Soup Andersen's Inn at the gateway to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.

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