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A Family-Friendly Guide to Solvang

A Family-Friendly Guide to Solvang

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Fairytales don’t just happen; they’re made in Solvang. Known for its charming Danish architecture and delightful ambiance, Solvang’s many adult-oriented attractions are apparent, due to its place in Central California wine country. However, this pedestrian-friendly village is also brimming with delights for the littles. Make the most of your multi-generational vacation with these family-friendly distractionslodging properties, and dining spots.

3 Insider Tips for Visiting Solvang with Kids

  1. Stay Hydrated and Sun-Protected: Summer days in Solvang can get warm, so ensure your kids have water bottles and wear sunscreen and hats to stay safe and comfortable while exploring.
  2. Plan for Midday Breaks: Schedule indoor activities or a relaxing lunch during the hottest part of the day to avoid heat exhaustion and keep kids refreshed and energized for more adventures later on.
  3. Comfortable Footwear is Key: Solvang’s streets are charming and walkable, so make sure your kids wear sturdy, comfortable shoes to avoid discomfort and potential blisters while exploring the town.

Stay

Families looking for some little luxuries, and room to breathe within their choice of hotel, will find the modern, Scandi-design conveniences of The LandsbyVinland Hotel & Lounge, or The Hadsten Solvang to be a welcome respite. Weather-permitting, which happens to be nearly year ‘round in these parts, swimming pools make refreshing playtime counterparts: find them at the kid-friendly roosts of Hotel CorqueKing Frederik InnRoyal Copenhagen InnSolvang Inn & CottagesSvensgaard’s Danish LodgeAlisal RanchKronborg Inn, and the aforementioned Vinland Hotel.

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Downtown Activities

Solvang’s European-style architecture frames equally-Euro streets and alleys, making downtown easily walkable and stroller-friendly. Kids, and their grown-ups, enjoy the perennially crowd-pleasing, horse-drawn Solvang Trolley & Carriage Tours, while children at the age of fairytale wonderment will love exploring Solvang’s many half-timbered structures and flower-bedded, hidden courtyards. A must-visit for storytime lovers is indie bookstore The Book Loft, which also houses the attic space Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Diagonally across the street from both, a downsized replica of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue is prettily posed for pictures.

More Family Fun

Parks

When it’s time to run tots ragged, Solvang’s three main parks offer some greenspace playtime reprieve. In the center of town, Solvang Park’s shaded lawn welcomes picnics. Down the road a bit, Hans Christian Andersen Park boasts wooded seclusion with interactive playground equipment, multiple BBQ areas, a popular skatepark, hiking trails, newly-resurfaced tennis courts, and pickleball courts. Located just outside of downtown, and topping Solvang’s “to-dos” with kids, is Sunny Fields Park, with a rambling, fairy tale-esque play structure to occupy for hours.

Outdoor Activities

Other Activities

Lace up your hiking boots and venture into Solvang’s great outdoors, where a network of trails awaits exploration. From leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, Solvang offers a variety of options for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Discover panoramic vistas from mountaintop overlooks, meander through oak-studded valleys, or simply unwind in one of the region’s pristine parks, where tennis, pickleball, skateboarding, hiking, playground, picnicking / BBQ-ing, and birdwatching beckon.

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Eats

Most Solvang restaurants welcome tiny humans, but certain spots are decidedly kid-friendly. CHOMP | Burgers, Fries, Shakes and brekkies by CHOMPPaula’s Pancake HouseCraft House At Corque, and peasants FEAST feature kid-pleasing grub and/or dedicated kids’ menus, while those in noodle phases, and pizza-eaters, head for Ramen KotoriToscana Italian RestaurantCecco Ristorante, or Tower Pizza. Find “hot dogs” for the kids, beer for the ‘rents, at Copenhagen Sausage Garden, and locally-loved pretzels at Old Danish Food Farm / Fudge Kitchen.

Earned dessert or sweet treats are easily sourced from any of Solvang’s authentic Danish bakeries, and families in search of forgotten-at-home baby food, kiddie snacks or other edible, or even bath-time, supplies might opt for a quick visit to locals-favorite New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

Dining In Solvang

Solvang is a magical destination for families, offering a blend of enchanting architecture, fun activities, and delicious dining options. Whether you’re strolling through the charming streets, playing in the parks, or enjoying a meal together, Solvang provides countless opportunities to create sweet memories with your loved ones. So pack your bags, bring the kids, and get ready to experience the fairytale charm of Solvang!

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