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Places to take 2 pre-teen grandkids in Northern California

Mar 11th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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Places to take 2 pre-teen grandkids in Northern California

We're visiting our 2 grandchildren girl 13 - boy 9 - for a few days in Northern California and are looking for someplace fun to take them. We've been to the amusement parks so looking for something else fun. Any ideas? Definitely plan to spend at least one night away from parents. Hopefully an Embassy suites or something with an indoor pool.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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What is your definition of Northern California? Need this to get meaningful responses.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 12:20 PM
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Agree with dbdurand - where between Santa Barbara & the Oregon border are you considering?? San Francisco, Sacramanto, Monterey, Carmel, Lake Tahoe??

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Mar 11th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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I think that Safari West might be a fun idea. http://www.safariwest.com/
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Mar 11th, 2010, 12:45 PM
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Also, I think the Santa Cruz area is fun for kids. There's the boardwalk http://www.beachboardwalk.com/ , of course, but lesser known places in the mountains like the train ride in Felton http://www.roaringcamp.com/ , and the Mystery Spot http://www.mysteryspot.com/ (hokey, but could be fun). There is a surfing museum http://www.santacruzsurfingmuseum.org/, Capitola is a very pretty town, and has a special restaurant The Shadowbrook, http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/ which is on three levels on the river, and you take a funicular down.

Another possibility is the town of Columbia in the Gold Country, which is a state park http://www.columbiacalifornia.com/.
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Mar 11th, 2010, 11:12 PM
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WHERE are you visiting the grandkids? 'Northern California' covers a huge area. All of Kailani's ideas could be great --or awful -- depending on where you are starting from . . . .
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Mar 12th, 2010, 08:57 AM
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Depends on how far north....as others have said, Santa Cruz is nice with the Felton train ride nearby, Also higly recommend Shadowbrook, I think the kids would love the views, etc.
Further north, you have the Redwood groves with lots to see and the Skunk Train from Fort Bragg to Willits. The Redwoods are magnificant and many short hikes/walks. Still further north, between Eureka and Cresent City more Redwoods and a really nice Fern Caynon walk.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Sorry for the vague location. Our grandkids live in the East Bay area (Dublin to be exact) and we don't want to travel more than a few hours away. We've been to Santa Cruz and spent time in SF itself. Looked into Safari West - but if we wanted to spend the night and do the tour, etc. we can easily drop $700 just for the one night and day. So looking for something a little milder in cost.
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