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What To Do Indoors

What To Do Indoors

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From history and art, to wine tasting – these are top things to do indoors in Solvang.

Here are our picks for the top indoor activities in Solvang:

  1. Art & Culture: Experience Danish history and art at our local museums and businesses. Don’t miss one of the few museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture and the Danish-American experience – Elverhoj Museum of HIstory & Art.
  2. Shopping: Downtown Solvang is very walkable. Take a stroll through our charming streets and visit superb boutiques, including Danish import specialists.
  3. Wow Your Taste Buds: Indulge in international cuisine such as Danish, Italian, Chinese, German, and Japanese. Solvang’s got it all!
  4. Wine Country:  We are in the heart of wine country. Taste at more than 19 Santa Barbara County Wine Country wine tasting rooms while you’re here.
  5. Historic Missions: Experience one of the original 21 California Missions, which commands a superb view of the Santa Ynez River Valley and the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges. The mission continues its central role in the spiritual and social life of the Santa Ynez Valley today as an active parish church of approximately 1,000 families. It is administered by the Capuchin Franciscan order.
  6. Celebrate An Author: You may also enjoy the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which is operated by the Ugly Duckling Foundation, a non profit organization established to foster public understanding and enjoyment of Hans Christian Andersen and his work.

Stop by our visitor information center for even more great travel and sightseeing tips in Solvang. We hope to see you soon!

Museums

Embarking on a rainy day journey through the Solvang Museums unveils a captivating blend of architectural charm and folk ambiance, echoing the cultural essence scattered across Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

Amidst the diverse historical tapestry of the Central Coast of California, this cultural adventure immerses you in a spectrum of experiences. From exploring Danish history and heritage to delving into the world of Vikings, vintage motorcycles, California Missions, and museums dedicated to natural history, nature art, modern and fine art, the journey extends to embrace Native American and Western heritage and some very famous fairy tales. Each museum becomes a captivating haven, promising attention-grabbing insights into the rich and varied stories that have shaped this remarkable region.

Wine Tasting

On any day in Solvang, the experience of wine tasting takes on a delightful and cozy ambiance. The charming tasting rooms, often adorned with rustic decor and warm lighting, provide the perfect refuge from the outdoors. As you step into the inviting spaces of the local wineries, you’ll be greeted with the rich bouquets of fine wines and the comforting crackle of fireplaces. Sip on exquisite local varietals, engage in conversations with knowledgeable winemakers, and savor the robust flavors that characterize our wine regions.

Art Galleries

Indulge your artistic senses by exploring the various art galleries that dot Solvang’s streets. From contemporary works to traditional masterpieces, these galleries showcase the vibrant creativity of local and global artists, providing a visual feast for art enthusiasts:

Galerie LaParliere

Solvang Fine Art

Thomas Kinkade

Renaissance Antiques

Gerlach Photography

Dowdle Gallery

ZFolio

Pavlov Art Gallery

A. Alvarez Fine Art Gallery and Art Studio

Visit the Bakeries

Venturing into the Danish bakeries scattered throughout Solvang is a sensory journey that promises warmth and indulgence. The aroma of freshly baked pastries and the sight of delicate confections create a cozy haven within these charming establishments. For a delightful diversion, consider a visit to the Swedish Candy Factory, where you can observe the artistry of candy making, adding a sweet touch to your rainy day escapade. Alternatively, find comfort at Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates, where the inviting soda fountain beckons you to enjoy a frothy beverage while immersing yourself in the delicious world of artisanal chocolates. Our Danish bakeries not only provide delectable treats they also invite you to indulge in the cozy pleasures of Solvang’s sweet offerings.

Shop Small and Support Local Businesses

Solvang’s charming boutiques and quaint shops offer a delightful array of handcrafted gifts, artisanal goods, and one-of-a-kind finds that reflect our community’s rich cultural heritage. Wander through the festive streets and discover hidden gems that capture the essence of the season, from locally made crafts to Scandinavian-inspired decorations. By choosing to support small businesses in Solvang, you not only bring home exceptional gifts but also contribute to the livelihood of passionate entrepreneurs who pour their hearts into their creations.

Kaena

Beer and Cider Tasting

Savor a delightful beer and cider tasting experience in Solvang. While many popular beer spots favor outdoor settings, The Good Life Cellar offers a cozy indoor option with a fireplace for those 21 and older. Additional indoor choices include Draughtsmen Aleworks, Cailloux Cheese Shop, Arrowsmith’s Wine Bar, The Backroom at Valley Brewer’s. Craft House at Corque and Solvang Brewing Company stand out with both indoor seating and covered patio spaces featuring fire pits and heaters, providing the perfect shelter for diverse and enjoyable drinks.

Other Indoor Activities

Dive into the virtual realm with Space VR, an immersive experience that transcends reality and transports you to fantastical worlds. If you’re a skateboarding enthusiast, Solvang Skate Shop features the thrill of an indoor mini-ramp, providing a sheltered space for skaters to showcase their skills regardless of the weather. The Arcade at Peasants Deli beckons with classic arcade games, creating a nostalgic haven for gamers and casual players alike. Additionally, challenge your wits and teamwork in an exciting Escape Room experience, where solving puzzles becomes a thrilling race against time.

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