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Attractions

Come and play in our backyard and discover what makes the Sequoia region such a special place!

Adventure Park

5600 West Cypress Avenue
Visalia CA , 93277
(559) 635-7275

This facility offers seven acres of food, fun and excitement for the whole family! Fulfill your need for speed at the 45 mph Full Throttle Raceway or take it easy in the batting cages or with a round of miniature golf!

AGVentures Learning Center

Description

In California, agriculture is all around us, from fruit trees and row crops to dairy and livestock. The farmer's life is special and vital to every one of us. It is important that children and adults become aware of how essential the farmer's job is to our lives. Without those who dedicate their lives to providing us food and fiber we would not have the bountiful harvest that makes California so wonderful. AgVentures! is a fun and exciting way to learn about agriculture. The hands-on exhibits encourage all to step into the boots of a farmer. At AgVentures! Learning Center, students learn using professionally designed curriculum based exhibits.

In 2011 AgVentures! introduced Aggie the AgVentures Cow! (see photo of Aggie the mascot).

For more information or to book your next field trip contact AgVentures Coordinator, Kerissa Chapman, 559-688-1030 or kerissa@farmshow.org 4450 S. Laspina St
Tulare CA , 93274
559.688.1030

AMF Visalia Bowling Lanes

1740 W. Caldwell Ave.
Visalia CA , 93277
(559) 625-2100

Looking for a Central California location to hold your next statewide or regional bowling tournament? Look no further and consider AMF Visalia Lanes Bowling Center.

AMF Visalia Lanes Recently Hosted:
-2011 California USBC Senior Singles Tournament
-Annual California USBC Youth State Scratch

Antique Farm Equipment Museum

4450 S. Laspina St.
Tulare CA , 93274

In 1975 a few farmer's had a dream to promote and educate about agriculture. That dream has been realized at the International Agri-Center. The Antique Tractor Museum is rich with knowledge and history of farming and ranching. Fully restored antique tractors, implements and other farm equipment are showcased in the museum. A trip to the Antique Farm Equipment Museum is like taking a step back in time. Young and old will enjoy visiting this museum!

The history of the worlds largest annual farm equipment show, World Ag Expo, is illustrated in the Antique Farm Equipment Museum. You can see how the dream of a farm show evolved into the World Ag Expo.

For more information contact AgVentures Coordinator, Kerissa Chapman, 559-688-1030 or kerissa@farmshow.org

Arts Visalia

214 East Oak Ave.
Visalia CA , 93291
(559) 739-0905

Located in Visalia's historic downtown area, inside the former Golden Creamery Building, visitors and locals alike will find an ever-revolving kaleidoscope of art, craftspeople, community events and art education. For everything art, one need look no further than Arts Visalia.

Art classes are available for adults, and we offer classes for children ages five and up. Exhibitions are held monthly with opening receptions and periodic lectures and events.

Art classes for children are a big priority at Arts Visalia. Classes meet Thursdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the child's age. Our classes are designed for both beginners and more advanced students to explore their creativity, expand their technical skills and learn at their own pace. Small class sizes provide a hands-on experience that encourages artistic engagement with instructors and fellow students.

Arts Visalia is open Wednesday through Saturday from Noon to 5:30 PM.

To become a part of Arts Visalia, get your children involved in art education, or just learn more, visit www.artsvisalia.org or call (559) 739-0905

Balch Park Pack Station

36138 California 190
Springville CA , 93265
(559) 539-2227

Explore the Sequoia National Forest atop a four-legged friend! The High Sierra is rich in an abundance of backcountry roads and scenic trails that are perfect for saddleing up! The Balch Park Pack Station offers half day rides, as well as longer trips into the backcountry for the adventurous explorer. Come explore the mountains in a whole new way!

Bravo Lake Botantical Garden

Valencia Blvd.
Woodlake CA , 93286
559-280-2483

This ten acre facility in Woodlake features an "agricultural theme" characteristic of the Central Valley's farming region and heritage. With more than one mile of gardens to explore, visitors can stroll, bicycle, or wheelchair through the lavish gardens. Depending on the season visitors will be treated to displays of beautiful roses, sunflowers, flowering fruit trees and tidy rows of colorful fresh vegetables. The gardens provide the most unique setting to see, smell, and tast the best of California's fruits and vegetables.

Bravo Farms Cheese Factory

36005 Hwy 99
Traver CA , 93673
(559) 897-5762

Description

Come taste the valley the way the locals do!

Watch professionals make hand-crafted cheese right in front of you and proceed through the tour to taste for yourself, purchase goodies in the Shoppe and indulge in an ice cream treat! Let the kids run through the multi-story tree house, play a round of mini-golf or pool, and be sure to say hello to the friendly cockatoo (he even says ‘hi' back)!

Bill Boersma honed his artisan cheese making skills at his Bravo Farms dairy near Visalia, starting in 1995. As popularity of Bravo Farms cheeses grew, a larger plant was needed to meet the orders. In May, 2006 Bill joined Jonathan VanRyn at Valley Farms near Traver. Here, you can watch cheese being made, sample the various styles and buy their natural, rindless cheeses.

Young Bravo Cheddar is aged for 90 days, giving it a creamy and mild flavor. The Premium Cheddar, aged up to and beyond two years, is sharp and tangy. Other cheese styles can be found with names such as Tulare Cannonball, Western Sage Cheddar, Silver Mountain, Original Chipotle and Dutch Jake.

Chinese Cultural Center

500 S. Akers Street
Visalia CA , 93277
(559) 732-5138

This cultural center in the heart of Visalia gives visitors the opportunity to explore Chinese relics and antiques. Plan your next event at the Chinese Cultural Center and enjoy the authentic garden patio, too!

Community Players at the Icehouse Theatre

410 East Race Avenue
Visalia CA , 93291
(559) 734-3900

The Visalia Community Players is one of the oldest, continuously performing community theatre companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and for more than 30 years the VCP has staged its performances at the historic Ice House Theatre in Downtown Visalia.

Early in 1976, the City of Visalia offered the Ice House building to build a presence in the community. The Players themselves became carpenters, plumbers and electricians, doing whatever was necessary to convert the old manufacturing plant. Many decades later, Visalians and visitors enjoy an afternoon at the Icehouse Theater!

Crystal Cave

47050 Generals Hwy
Three Rivers CA , 93271

Sequoia National park's majestic, towering forests will have definitely have visitors looking skyward at the big trees, but don't forget to look down, too. One of 270 caves hidden throughout the park, Crystal Cave offers visitors a remarkable peek beneath the surface of the Sierras. Formed of marble, Crystal Cave in California's Sequoia National Park is decorated with curtains of icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites.

This spectacular cave was first discovered by Sequoia National Park employees in 1918, and has been one of the area's primary visitor attractions since public tours were first offered in 1941.

Special LED lighting allows visitors to better see fossils, rare minerals and sub-terreanean species without harming this marvelous underground wonder. To reach it, you must drive to the end of the twisting, seven-mile road heading west from the General's Highway, two miles south of the Moro Rock turnoff.

The Sequoia Natural History Association offers 45-minute guided tours of Crystal Cave daily from mid-June to mid-October. Cave temperature is a constant 48 degrees, so bring a sweater and take a trip back in time! Tickets are not sold at Crystal Cave; purchase them at teh Lodgepole of Foothills Visitors Centers only.

Dry Creek Preserve

Dry Creek Dr.
Lemon Cove CA (559) 738-0211

Dry Creek Preserve is a 152-acre former gravel quarry located just northwest of Lemon Cove.

This special nature preserve, now fully restored, is the first example of an ecologically-based aggregate mine reclamation in Tulare County. It is also home to SRT's native plant nursery.

The combination of biological and environmental conditions that give rise to the sycamore alluvial woodland community occurs only rarely. Thus, while the California sycamore is not an uncommon species, the sycamore alluvial woodland is only found in just 17 stands scattered across central California. The community at Dry Creek is of particular conservation value, ranked third in size and health of all the remaining stands.

Directions:

Dry Creek Preserve is located outside of Lemon Cove. CA. From Visalia, travel east on Highway 198. Take Highway 216 toward Woodlake. Follow west one-half mile and turn north on Dry Creek Road. The preserve is located five miles down on your right.

Farmers Market

Description

There's no better place to find gourmet cheese, seasoned nuts, salad dressing, jam, jelly, olives, fruits, vegetable and fresh baked artisan breads! Our local folks offer the finest food, straight from their farm to your home. Visit the market downtown in the summer on Thursday evenings or on Saturday mornings on Mooney Blvd. S. Church St.
Visalia CA , 93291

Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch

32985 Road 164
Ivanhoe CA , 93235
(559) 798-0557

Description

Stay on a farm in the shadow of the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains nestled among the orange trees. A quiet, peaceful place to commune with nature, learn and see farm “stuff” and pick oranges. The farmhouse accommodates from 1 to 10 people.

The 80 year-old operating orange orchard offers a beautiful outdoor venue for weddings, family and class reunions, corporate picnics, birthday parties, fund-raisers and group functions.

Farm Tours at Historic Seven Sycamores
Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch gives you the opportunity to come see what Farm Life is all about. Come out and enjoy our beautiful grounds, Historic World War II Tower, poultry display, and citrus tasting. Home of the World's ONLY Orange Grove Maze Challenge!

Call for more information on our daily tours operating Monday – Saturday at 10am and 2pm. (559) 798-0557x7013 OR (559) 740-8444

Imagine U Children's Museum

700 E. Main St.
Visalia CA , 93292
(559) 733-5975

Description

The success of the ImagineU Childrens Museum is the result of a community effort. With the goal of creating a multicultural learning center filled with hands-on scientific, cultural and artistic exhibits for the whole family, the Museum has become one of the area's premier attractions.

Each year, the museum hosts a variety of interactive events and displays, many of which are free to the public.

Mooney Grove Park

27000 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia CA , 93277

Description

What would Visalia be without oak trees? The city has made a conscious effort, backed by the force of law, to preserve these magnificent giants. You can bask in their beauty at Mooney Grove Park.

In 1909, Hugh Mooney worried that the oak woodlands that dotted the Valley were disappearing. He offered 100 acres of his ranch to the County of Tulare, stipulating the land should be maintained as a public park for the enjoyment of everyone. He further held that none of the trees should be cut unless they were diseased or dying.

Mooney also left $5,000 toward building the county museum, now located in the park. A statue depicting Mooney and his favorite hunting dog was dedicated to his memory in June, 2006 by the Tulare County Historical Society. It is located on the front side of the park, near the famed End of the Trail statue.

Mooney Groves picnic areas, equipped with arbors, seating and barbecue facilities, beckon in the shade of the large oak canopies throughout the park. A main feature is the parks lagoon, home to friendly geese and ducks.

Hours of Operation :

Monday, Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Entrance fee is $6.00 per vehicle.

Naylor's Organic Family Farm Stay

38918 Road 64
Dinuba CA , 93618
(559) 591.6051

Description

Mike and Nori Naylor took over the Naylor family farm located near Dinuba, California in 1979. They are certified organic growers and converted to organic practices in 1984.

Now, the Naylors welcome visitors to the farm by appointment. Experience fruit tasting, farm tours, and a farm stay from mid-May to mid-August! Breakfast is prepared by the couple, and evenings may be spent listening to farming stories or playing board games in the guest parlor.

Stop by this June and U-Pick!

Peaches: Spring Delight, RuthAnne, Summer Night, Summer's End, Summer Glory, School's Out, Back to School

Nectarines: Orion, Flavor Burst #5, Venus, Madonna de Augusto (Chinese)

Pluots: Flavor Granade

Apricots: Golden Sweet, DayBreak, Spring Morning

Snack Plums: Flavor Crunch, Summer Crunch, Autumn Crunch, Autumn Perfection

Plums: Carolyn, Crimson Glo, Black Splendor, King Midas (yellow), Maui Sunset (yellow), Amber Evening, Lipstick
*All fruit subject to availability. Call ahead for details .*

Sequoia National Park

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271
(559) 565-3341

Description

Towering, majestic and undeniably picturesque, you'll find yourself gazing skyward, awestruck by the grandeur of beautiful Giant Sequoia Trees.

These stunning groves of national treasures have become the perfect playground in all seasons. Visitors enjoy biking, climbing, camping, swimming, kayaking, spelunking and more in the majestic Sierra Nevada-home to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parki, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Spectacular scenery, diverse terrain, and a nearly unlimited array of outdoor adventures await.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks : Visitors stand in awe of ancient Giant Sequoia Trees. Hike or ride through the Mineral King Valley, gaze thousands of feet down the mighty Kings River, or visit in the winter for Ranger-led snowshoe and cross-country skiing walks!

Don't miss our 5 favorite things to do!

1. General Sherman Tree : The General Sherman Tree Loop 1/2 mile trail decends upon some of the most magnificent trees in the National Park and culminates at the base of the General Sherman Tree--the world's largest living thing. Relax at convenient benches that line the trail along the way. If you only have time to do one thing in the Sequoias, choose this!

2. Moro Rock : Spectacular views of the Great Western Divide and western half of the Park await you atop this giant granite dome. Trust us: the steep 1/4 mile staircase to teh summit is well worth the photo op at the top. And it's only 400 steps!

3. Sequoia Shuttle : Maximize your visit to Sequoia National Park and leave your car behind while you enjoy destinations throughout the Giant Forest including Giant Forest Museum, Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Lodgepole Visitor Center and Campground, Crescent Meadow, and Wuksachi Lodge.

4. Mineral King Valley : Take a scenic drive to Mineral King in Sequoia National Park for sweeping views and vistas of the East Fork of the Kaweah River and adjacent mountians. The road is not for the faint of heart, as it ascends in tight curves for 25 miles (1.5 hours one-way) along a steep, narrow road. The drive, while daunting, is well worth your time. At the end of the road you will be rewarded with the opportunity to hike or peer into some of the most stunning and accessible high country in the Sierra Nevada.

5. Crystal Cave : Sequoia National park's majestic, towering forests will have definitely have visitors looking skyward at the big trees, but don't forget to look down, too. One of 270 caves hidden throughout the park, Crystal Cave offers visitors a remarkable peek beneath the surface of the Sierras. Formed of marble, Crystal Cave in California's Sequoia National Park is decorated with curtains of icicle-like stalactites and mounds of stalagmites.

Winter Travel in the Sequoias
Highway 198 and all roads around Sequoia are generally kept clear of snow throughout the winter season, however the Generals Highway connecting Kings Canyon National Park to Sequoia National Park closes regularly throughout winter due to snow. During these closures, travelers will not be able to enter Sequoia National Park from the Highway 180 entrance. Chains may be required at any time within the park. Carry chains in your vehicle at all times. Remember the icy conditions exist on park roads during the winter. Slow down and watch for icy patches, especially in shady areas. Call the National Park Service general information 24-hour recording for current road and weather conditions at (559) 565-3341.

Sierra Endangered Cat Haven

38257 E. Kings Canyon Rd.
Dunlap CA , 93621
(559)338-3216

Snowshoe Walks

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers CA , 93271

Description

Visiting Sequoia National Park in the winter? Take the family for a ranger-led snowshoe walk to explore the Park from a different perspective.

Winter programs (January through April) generally occur on the weekends.

Squaw Valley Herb Gardens

31765 East Kings Canyon Road
Squaw Valley CA , 93675
(559) 332-2909

Description

Enjoy a unique afternoon of nature and art at the Squaw Valley Herb Garden. Follow Rosemary as she guides you through the property where you'll not only see, but smell and touch hundreds of herbs and lavender. Then, take a seat and watch and listen as Rosemary shares stories, recipes and remedies of the herbs and spices through visuals and tastings. But don't go so fast! Tim has a wide variety of unique art spread throughout the gardens that you'll be glad you stuck around to see!

Taste the Arts Festival

104 S. Church St.
Visalia CA , 93291
559-713-4324

Description

Art and agriculture invade the streets of Downtown Visalia each fall during this festival that celebrates the rich artistic culture and agricultural vitality of our community. Fruits, vegetables and agriculture landscape are portrayed by canvass, clay and collage. Festivities include the Annual Waiter's Race, live music, farmers market, progressive dinners, zumba dancing, a culinary tasting, Tulare County Symphony and Taste of Downtown Visalia.

Tulare County Symphony Orchestra

208 W. Main Suite 5A
Visalia CA , 93291
559-732-8600

Description

The Tulare County Symphony was founded in 1959 in the backyard of Tulare resident, Pat Hillman. Our first Music Director was Robert Cole, who was then teaching at Tulare Union High School. For the past 52 seasons, it has been the mission of the Tulare County Symphony to provide a symphony orchestra to Tulare County to promote and foster appreciation of symphonic music, to further adult participation in creative music activity, and to promote the education and development of young musicians. Our current orchestra is composed of seventy or so local musicians and our current Music Director is Dr. Bruce Kiesling, who is also Conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and a composer of music for films. The symphony preforms at the beautifully restored Visalia Fox Theatre.

Visalia Towne Trolley

425 E. Oak Ave.
Visalia CA , 93291

Hop on the Visalia Towne Trolley for just $0.25 and take a ride through the city. With a number of different pick-up and drop-off locations throughout Visalia, the Towne Trolley is a great way to take a load off and site see. You can even take it from Downtown to a Rawhide game!

Effective July 1, 2013
Trolley Hours

Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm
Friday-Saturday, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Thursdays (downtown Farmer's Market season only), 5:30pm-9:30pm

Visalia Opera Company

425 E Oak Avenue, Suite 301
Visalia CA , 93291

Description

The Visalia Opera Company is a non-profit artistic company whose mission is to bring world class opera to our region by exposing local citizens, especially our young people, to the art of opera and the beauty of voice.

VOC founder, Rosalinda Verde, is a valley native who received her opera training at Point Loma University in San Diego. This daughter of the valley has returned to her roots with a mission, to bring the art of opera to the community she loves.

Through community outreach and school programs the goal is to inspire our young people to explore the world of music, and reach out to the community by providing musical programs that enrich our lives.

Visalia Fox Theatre

308 W. Main St.
Visalia CA , 93291
(559) 625-1369

Description

This downtown landmark tells a lot about Visalians and their commitment to beauty and history.

Fox built hundreds of theaters across the nation to promote their films. Six of them were in California, and the Visalia theatre opened in 1930 in the early days of “talking pictures.” As the film industry evolved, the trend changed to smaller viewing units and multi-plex cinemas. In 1976, the Visalia Fox was divided into three theaters but closed completely 20 years later.

Friends of the Fox, a non-profit grass roots organization, immediately set to work to “save the Fox.” It was reopened three years later, wearing the designation of The League of Historic American Theatres and restored to its original grand design. Home to the Tulare County Symphony, the Fox is available to rent for concerts, plays, recitals, weddings, meetings and receptions.







 







 




 




 

 

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