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1 day trip Folsom to Santa Cruz, 2 families w/ 5 kids<6 yrs...

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1 day trip Folsom to Santa Cruz, 2 families w/ 5 kids<6 yrs...

We are planning to spend thanksgiving with some friends in Folsom, CA (Nov 24-27 ) . I am hoping to go down to Santa Cruz for a day(Nov 25th),and the next day(Nov26th) visit Napa VAlley. Is it ok to go to Santa Cruz and not having to sleep over? Are the boardwalk open during that time? Will it be too cold for the kids and their dads to enjoy the attractions?

Tha same questions apply for Napa/Sonoma Valley- WE don't drink alcohol, so we don't plan to do any activities centering around consuming wine other than enjoying the beautiful scenery. Any Favorite place that we can go there and of course stroller friendly:)are appreciated.

We are driving from bend Nov 24th and back on Nov 27th

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1. Re: 1 day trip Folsom to Santa Cruz, 2 families w/ 5 kids<6 yrs...

Santa Cruz Boardwalk is open November 25th from 12-5 (limited hours but still nice.) The weather this week is wonderful...warm days, sunny. If it holds for Thanksgiving week-end, it will be a delightful time for a visit. October and November are sometimes the best time to visit the beach areas. Do check in advance such sites as www.weatherunderground.com to get more of an update.

You might also want to consider stopping by Bonfante Gardens. They do a really nice kid and family friendly Christmas show (with dinner). Lots of fun rides for the entire family...including the wee onesin strollers.


Personally I would recommend Bonfante over spending more time in Napa/Sonoma given the age of the children.

In Napa Sonoma, you might want to drive through and have a picnic at one of the state parks. Also, the downtown square area in Sonoma is fun for the family. It has historic museums to visit; a very good cheese store; and fun park area. It also has a duck pond.


Also, by Napa, you might want to take a visit through the Jelly Belly Factory


Have fun on your trip and Happy Thanksgiving!