A Family Vacation Spot For Less

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Grab the kids, gas up the car and head to Tri-Valley, California for an affordable and family-friendly vacation. Tri-Valley, California, is rich in family-friendly attractions and is an affordable, charming and unspoiled destination where families are welcomed to experience the beauties and highlights of the San Francisco Bay Area. While many visitors make Tri-Valley their "home base" while exploring the more touristy San Francisco spots, there is actually quite a bit to see right here in the Tri-Valley.

LEARN: Day One, 8 a.m. - Lasers!
Start the day with a visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Discovery Center which provides visitors with a window into its state-of-the-art research programs, computational capabilities, and experimental tools. Here kids can experience a broad-based display of science and technology, as well as highlights of the Laboratory's history. After learning about the science, take the kids to play a round of laser tag at Boomers.
LEARN: Experience California History from Native Americans to Gold Rush Pioneers
Peek into the past with a tour of the 150-year-old Alviso Adobe Community Park , a state historic landmark and one of the few adobes still standing today. Wander the park's path, which has been stamped with a historical timeline and winds through magnificent oaks and native plants, over a creek, and up a slight incline to an incredible view of the Tri-Valley. Inside the park and you'll find a recreation of the dairy-era milking barn and bunkhouse and a Native American bedrock mortar, which the Ohlone Indians used to crush acorns. Afterwards, make a stop at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley set in an old railroad station.

niles01.jpegSEE: Ride the Train to Old Hollywood, Sunol, California
Hop on the Niles Canyon Railway. - the end of the transcontinental railway -which offers a one-hour-scenic ride into the Niles District- the first Hollywood of California. The trains operate year long on Sundays only, check the website for schedules. Catch the early train in Sunol and ride to Niles. Once you arrive in Niles, jump on the vintage bus to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum for a peek at the memorabilia from a bygone era in movie history. The museum is a homage to the silent films made in Niles in the early 1900's including Charlie Chaplin's famous film, "The Tramp."

PLAY: Bocce, Go-Karts and Waterslides Oh My!
Tri-Valley has a little bit of everything when it comes to keeping the kids occupied. Try playing a round of bocce ball at Campo di Bocce while feasting on family friendly food like spaghetti & meatballs and pizza. Looking to go fast? Check out indoor cart racing at Umigo Indoor Cart Racing. And, on a hot summer day nothing beats The Rapids Waterslide at Shadow Cliffs Lake. Needs some peace? Rent a kayak or boat and cruise Shadow Cliffs Lake or Lake Del Valle.

STAY: Family Friendly accommodations abound in Tri-Valley, California
Hyatt Summerfield Suites is an extended stay facility located in walking distance to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). It has one and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet for its guests.

Fun Stop 1: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the ultimate family-entertainment destination offering fun and interactive activities including interactive and educational animal attractions and rides that range from roller coasters to family-friendly.

alamedafair.jpgFun Stop 2: (Seasonal) The Alameda County Fairis a fun-filled festival for young & old. It is a two week event with carnival rides, live horse racing, livestock contests, competitive exhibits, concerts, food contests, and dancing.

Fun Stop 3: (Seasonal) Danville Children's International Film Festival. Award Winning films from children for children.

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