An Insider’s Guide to the Best Things to Do in Solvang
If you are looking for a unique getaway, the historic Danish village of Solvang offers the best of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara wine country in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at our world-famous bakeries. Stroll through the village and admire the old-world European architecture, plus find the perfect souvenir at a variety of charming boutiques and shops. A ride on the Solvang trolley is a must for families. This historic, wooden, horse-drawn streetcar, is just one example of Solvang’s rich cultural heritage and offerings. Also, there is the “Real Ghost Hunting Tours” – a hands-on ghost hunting tour of historic Solvang.
Maybe it’s time to start planning your trip and checking these attractions and things to do off of your list!
Join us for our annual Julefest (Yule-fest) celebration in Solvang! Julefest is packed with activities throughout the holiday season for adults and kids alike.
Discover Wine from the Grape to the Glass in Santa Barbara County Wine Country from Santa Ynez Valley to Sta. Rita Hills.
Sample central coast wines while visiting any of our wine tasting rooms in the peaceful Danish Village of Solvang and wineries in Santa Ynez Valley.
Love boutique shopping? Solvang offers one-of-a-kind shops where you can discover trendy styles and impeccable service.
Explore high-end boutiques, European imports and art galleries as you create wonderful memories as you enjoy your shopping experiences in the Danish Village of Solvang, Little Denmark.
Solvang’s quaint old-world European fairy tale feel and friendly Danish hospitality offers a relaxing peaceful atmosphere for families away from home.
You will appreciate both the architectural and folk ambience of the cultural icons scattered throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.
With the historical diversity of the Central Coast of California, from Danish history and heritage to motorcycles, California missions to natural history and nature art museums, to native American and western heritage to oil memorabilia, you are sure to find attention-grabbing places to visit.
Experience influential forms of American popular culture with theatrical performances, jazz concerts, Julefest Nativity Pageant and other events at Solvang Festival Theater.
Music, you’ll love it! From soft rock to smooth jazz to pop and country music played in our wine & beer tasting rooms in Solvang.
Explore Solvang with our 1-4 day suggested travel itineraries. Find things to do outdoors, indoors and all around the Santa Ynez Valley. Learn the history and culture of the Chumash area, explore very different museums or a surrey bike, or even go cycling in the scenic countryside. Of course, you will want to visit wine tasting rooms and the numerous vineyards with a variety of wines and grapes.
Visit Ostrichland, try an ATV or jeep tour of the scenic hillsides, go horseback riding, pedal a surrey bike around town, take a hike in the national forest and rent a boat on Lake Cachuma.
Take the kids for a fun afternoon at Sunny Fields Park in Solvang. Take a cycling tour of the Santa Barbara Wine country.
Solvang is very pet-friendly – so bring your best friend with you! Many of the shops offer dog treats to your furry friends. Plus, we have several watering fountains at just the right level for your pet to quench their thirst.
Slow down and take life easy as you ride your bicycle through Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley while exploring Santa Barbara county wine country.
Those looking for musical entertainment, will find choices from live bands and solo artists in wine & beer tasting rooms to top performers at the Chumash Casino, Nashville Nights and Tales from the Tavern. Wine connoisseurs enjoy Winemaker Dinners, horse and sports enthusiasts love the Polo Classics. Theater goers welcome the summer season live theater at Solvang Festival Theater where world-class musicals are performed.
Like to golf? You will love Solvang!
Golf courses are nearby and excellent temperate climate year-round, you can golf almost every single day of the year here.
Enjoy the scenic rolling hills, stunning views of the Santa Ynez River valley and California live oaks in a beautiful natural environment.
Solvang feels like northern Europe, yet “Little Denmark” lives in the center of the Central Coast of California.
From the Danish traditions of Solvang to the Western roots of the entire region, arts and culture have played an important role over the last century in the Santa Ynez Valley.
From history and art, to wine tasting – these are top things to do indoors in Solvang.
Take the Solvang Heritage Audio Tour accessible from the Tour button in the Experience Solvang Mobile App. Available for both the iPhone and Android. Use the helpful Solvang travel app for all your adventures! Keep you connected and informed during every stage of your trip to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.