7 Easy, Fun & Uplifting Things to Do in Visalia California
Have you driven through Visalia in the Central Valley but wondered what all there might be to do there? Well, let me share with you there are so many great things to do in Visalia that makes it a great stop on a longer road trip or even as a base for a few days while also taking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Visalia is located in the San Joaquin Valley with around 140,000 residents. Visalia is largely dedicated to agriculture and supplies a great deal of the produce consumed in the US. Located about 300 miles from San Francisco and north of Los Angeles, Visalia is often considered the center of the state of California. This is the largest city heading into the Sierra Nevada region providing many things to do, great places to eat and stay too.
While most people probably have driven through this growing agricultural base, it’s proximity to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks makes it a perfect base for a national park trip as well as a stop over on longer California trips.
For a small town like Visalia, there is a unique blend of easy, fun and uplifting things to do no matter what your age! From visiting a real life orange orchard in operation to riding go karts or hiking through renewed landscapes, there is something for everyone here in Visalia California. Read on for our top suggestions on what to do, where to eat and where to stay while you are in town.
One of our favorite things to do in Visalia is visit Farmer Bob’s World at McKellar Farms. Farmer Bob is a well known intenty in the community as his family has been around here since they bought their land in the 1920s. The farm is a great place to stop in for a tractor pulled wagon tour. My son absolutely loved the 40 minute educational tour which takes visitors through the groves learning about the different machines used to care for the trees as well as the various types of orange trees that grow here.
Don’t miss the video at the end of the tour. This cute video takes you through the whole production cycle through the eyes of an orange. The best part for many, at the end of your visit you get to pick a couple of oranges yourself! Arrive early before your tour or plan to stay after a bit to check out the various machines located around the farm, live animal viewing and the gift shop. We absolutely love the orange blossom honey and candied orange slices.
The farm store is open from Wednesdays – Sundays 9:00am to 4:00pm. Afternoon Tours are currently at 2pm only.
While you are staying in town, hop over to the iconic Visalia Legacy Tree located next to the post office. A 3 year old sapling was planted here in Visalia in 1939. It’s now 88 years old, which is quite young in its potential 3000 year life. One of the more interesting tidbits to see here is the concrete path circling the tree. This outline shows the width of the General Sherman tree located in Sequoia. Make sure to stop in here before or after your visit to be totally mind blown!