Top 10 family-friendly things to do in Davis

I was exploring ways to draw maps in Illustrator and ended up making a map of Davis and the top ten things our family likes to do together.

Top 10 family-friendly things to do in Davis


  1. Impossible Acres
    You can pick berries and fruit in the spring and summer, but our favorite thing to do is to get a season pass in the fall and go several days in October to pet brand-new baby farm animals! The baby goats are our favorite!
  2. Slide Hill Park / Manor Pool
    Bring flattened cardboard and slide down the concrete slide! In the summer, go swimming at Manor Pool, which has a pool perfect for babies and toddlers and diving boards and a waterslide for older children (and adults!)
    1525 Tulip Lane
  3. Farmer’s Market / Yolo Berry
    Get fresh, local produce and delicious food (Fat Face Sandwiches on Saturday mornings are awesome!). Wednesday nights, listen to local bands and pay $1 for bounce houses or to ride the bike-pedaled carousel. If you didn’t already get dessert, cross the street to get froyo at Yolo Berry, a local favorite!
    4th Street / 316 C St
  4. Village Bakery / Train Station
    Get a delicious slice of pizza from Village Bakery to go (and maybe a pastry), then cross the street to hang out at the train station and watch the trains come and go.
    814 2nd St
  5. Davis Co-op
    Pay $30/yr to be a member of this local food co-op. Kids get their own small carts and you get access to organic and local foods. There are also great cooking classes for all ages
    620G St
  6. Library / Rainbow City
    The library has free infant/toddler programs and of course, lots of free books. Across Community Park, visit Rainbow City, a large wooden park structure.
    315 E 14th St
  7. Davis Commons / Arboretum
    Grab lunch at Whole Foods or one of the many eateries, then cross the parking lot to walk the 3-mile loop of the UCD Arboretum. Most plants are labeled and sometimes you’ll see a peacock. Just don’t feed the ducks!
    500 1st St
  8. UC Davis Memorial Union
    Besides the annual Whole Earth Festival (Mother’s Day weekend) and Picnic Day celebration (mid-April), you can visit the UCD MU basement for cheap bowling, billiards, and arcades. Why go to London when you can ride a double-decker bus for $1 (under 5 are free)?!
    814 2nd St
  9. Covell Marketplace
    Dos Coyotes is a classic Davis spot, but several other eateries are at the Marketplace – as is a fun fountain perfect for dipping your feet.
    1411 Covell Blvd
  10. California Raptor Center
    A small collection of raptors can be viewed for free. View beautiful birds up close!

Photo credits:
Great Horned Owl – Drew Avery, flickr.comDavis Amtrak station – @Tehhen,
All other photos and content, Corrie Haffly


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