Sightseeing in Grass Valley

Up to 63% Off Wine Tastings at Jodar Vineyards

Jodar Vineyards

Camino

$60 $25

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During reserve wine tastings guests taste four wines and food pairings; groups of 6–10 can taste with the winemaker on Thursday or Friday

50% Off at Sequoia Nature & Science Adventures

Sequoia Nature & Science Adventures

Orangevale

$40 $20

Enjoy a tour of the capital or learn about those who rode the Pony Express; tours offered on weekends and weekdays May–September

Aerospace Museum of California – Up to 50% Off Visit

Aerospace Museum of California

North Highlands

$48 $24

Collection of 40 military fighter jets and civilian airplanes rest idly alongside vintage engines, artwork, and Apollo memorabilia

Up to 59% Off Winery Tour at Perry Creek Winery

Perry Creek Winery

South El Dorado

$42.50 $20

Sample wines from the barrel and bottle and nibbling on antipasti platters; go home with a bottle of Zinman Reserve

Crocker Art Museum – 44% Off Classic-Film Screening

Crocker Art Museum

Downtown

$16 $9

Classic, family-friendly films screened in the Crocker Art Museum courtyard; includes museum admission on the day of each screening

Up to 61% Off Velocab Pub Crawl or History Tour

Velocab

$140 $69

Guides lead pairs on a historical tour past the capitol and Sutter’s Fort, or on a pub crawl or wine crawl through various watering holes

40% Off Walking Ghost Tour of Virginia City

Bats in the Belfry Ghost Tours

Silver Queen Hotel

$40 $24

Outdoor walking tour guides spin tales as they lead groups up and down Virginia City's streets, stopping at purportedly haunted locales

Up to 44% Off Wildlife-Sanctuary Visit

Animal Ark

North Valleys

$9.50 $6

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Learn about environmental stewardship and responsibility while exploring 38 acres of wildlife habitats

50% Off from Reno's Ghost Walk

Reno's Ghost Walk

Washoe County Courthouse

$64 $35.25

During 90-minute tours, the guide expounds upon Reno's history, infamous ghosts, and an eerie disappearance that still remains unsolved

44% Wine Tasting at Abundance Vineyard

Abundance Vineyard

Lodi

$36 $20

Taste up to five wines at this 50-year-old winery before taking home a bottle

50% Off Admission to The Serpentarium

The Serpentarium

Lodi

$10 $5

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Explore 2 floors and 3,000 square feet of space filled with more than 50 different species of reptiles, as well as insects and pet supplies

50% Off at World of Wonders Science Museum

World of Wonders

Lodi

$20 $10

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More than 50 hands-on experiments and exhibits teach kids and adults how light, sound, sight, and motion work

Up to 56% Off Haunted Interactive Walking Tour

Napa City Ghosts & Legends Walking Tours

Napa Courthouse

$36 $18

Native of Napa guides guests through historic local sites rich with spooky history and allegedly occupied by spirits

50% Off Tasting at Napa Valley Distillery

Napa Valley Distillery

Cental Napa

$40 $20

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Guests sip craft spirits and learn about the creation process, as well as the history of the type of spirits they are tasting

50% Off Quarryhill Botanical Garden Visit

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Sonoma

$20 $10

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Glen Ellen hillside gardens stretch for 25 acres, blossoming with a vast collection of Asian flowers, trees, and rare plants

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A pilot sinks into her cockpit, buckles up, checks the controls, and gets ready for takeoff. The engine hums to life and soon the ground rolls beneath her, until she lifts away and the buildings nearby shrink to the size of dust motes. But there's something unusual with the scene: the pilot isn't old enough to see a PG-13 movie let alone pilot an aircraft. That's because the Aerospace Museum of California doesn't let age become a barrier to flight. Children of all sizes climb into airplanes, pilot virtual jets in simulators, and experiment with the physics of flight while adults do the same, exploring the history of aviation both on Earth and beyond.

More than 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits chronicle everything from the very first airplanes made of cloth and wood to futuristic Mars-destined craft made of space-wood. Some of the museum’s prize possessions include the McDonnell-Douglas A-4C Skyhawk I, better known as one of the Blue Angels’ stunt rides, and the Grumman F-14D Tomcat, just like the one co-starring in the 1986 film Top Gun. The Fun with Physics exhibit hammers home the idea of hands-on learning, letting young engineers play with simple machines, whereas the engine room dishes up eye-candy for motorheads, including specimens from 1910’s Le Rhone to the marvels that propelled the Titan rockets.

3200 Freedom Park Dr
McClellan,
CA
US

Tropical Aquarium Specialties sales everything you need to make your aquarium happy whether it is a saltwater aquarium or freshwater aquarium. We have a wide variety of fish and corals. We sale a full line of dry goods from fish food to complete aquariums.

3346 Mather Field Rd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

A whirlpool drags boats into the watery abyss. Racecars vie for supremacy on a track. Inexorable gears grind in a vast and purposeless machine. These are not the dreams of a dozing Rube Goldberg, but the interactive exhibits at the Sacramento Children's Museum. Next to the fluid-dynamics room, where child Poseidons subject boats to their tidal whims, a solar-powered raceway and an interactive gear assembly teach important lessons about the forces that keep the natural world moving when it would much rather be eating Almond Joys. These entertaining, hands-on experiences with scientific fundamentals are bolstered by the museum's calendar of events. Regular showcases such as story time, cultural-history lessons, and exercise classes intersperse children's-museum interaction with traditional word-of-mouth learning sessions.

2701 Prospect Park Dr
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

KidZone Museum's slew of interactive exhibits, indoor jungle gym, and other playful attractions reverberate with the sounds of joviality, pique the curiosity of pint-size patrons, and encourage family bonding. Youngsters dive into an aquatic adventure in the Starfish Enterprise exhibit, which features an imagination playground, reef building, and a research submarine that grant aquatic education without Poseidon's dull office stories. Visitors skid down the slide or skirt the climbing wall of the indoor jungle gym, and mini adventure seekers explore the nature-themed baby zone. The nonprofit museum's creative center proffers washable paints, clay, and other art supplies for crafting miniature magnum opuses, as well as occasional classes on topics such as messy science and imaginary-friend value appraisal.

11711 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee,
CA
US

Helmed by nature photographers Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, the newly expanded, 2,600-square-foot gallery showcases vivid landscape compositions, dramatic panoramas, and crisp still-lifes. Pair the sublime color and unmatched tonal range of Elizabeth's images—which have been featured in outlets including Sierra magazine—with poetry from the likes of John Updike and Richard Wilbur in Brilliant Waters ($49.95), a 104-page book ideal for coffee-table display. Calendars containing Olof's scenic depictions of the Sierra Nevada mountains ($16.95) can help repressed naturalists find peace amid drab cubicles, whereas the glossy, picturesque images on the front of 5"x7" notecards ($9.95) divert attention from the Days of Our Lives fan fiction scribbled inside. More devoted photo fans can vanquish blank wall-space with fine-art prints that range from 10"x15" to 6'x10' ($50–$1,000 and up; individuals can use up to 10 Groupons toward one purchase). The prints are available framed, unframed, or mounted on stretched canvas, and they exclusively employ museum-quality archival inks that, like most moustache dyes, remain fade-resistant for 80 to 100 years.

9940 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee,
CA
US

Each April, a tear in the space-time continuum opens up along the Sacramento River. Through it rolls a first-class locomotive right out of the 1940s and 50s. For 45 minutes, passengers in the train's coach and luxury first class car soak in the sights of California's fruit-growing deltas as the vintage diesel engine carries them into another time.

The California State Railroad Museum conducts these scenic, historic train rides. The excursions play a crucial role in the museum's mission to chronicle California's railroad history from the early days of the Gold Rush to modern agricultural transports and the proposed railroad to Mars. Spanning centuries, 21 restored locomotives and train cars blanket the museum's 225,000 square feet of exhibit space. A Pullman-style sleeping car and a dining car filled with fine china both sit on display, while the museum's Sierra Scene places a vintage steam locomotive next to a breathtaking mural of snow-dusted mountains. The popular Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains exhibit currently commands the second floor, and with hundreds of examples of early electric toy trains and accessories such as stations, signals, tunnels, and bridges, it should delight even the most discerning miniature conductor.

111 I St
Sacramento,
CA
US