What are the best things to do with kids in Napa?

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Even though your kids aren’t of age to enjoy the impeccably crafted wine offered at every turn in Napa, you can still bring them; there are some wonderful attractions with the whole family in mind.

1. Some 3 million years ago, a volcanic eruption turned a forest of giant redwoods into solid quartz and stone — now called the Petrified Forest. Discovered in 1857, these preserved trees offer insight into geological formations and give you a glimpse of a prehistoric world. You can also take a guided meadow walk to learn more about the volcanic activity, among oak, Douglas fir, madrone and manzanita trees, wildflowers and views of Mount St. Helena. In 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about his visit here in his book, The Silverado Squatters.

2. Hop aboard one of the 1952 Vista Dome vintage railcars on the Napa Valley Train for a 36-mile tour of wineries in five towns, including Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. The train was designed in the 1860s to expose people to Calistoga, and much of the route is the same today. Be sure to check out family fun nights, held twice a month. For the price of a regular dinner package, you can eat an intimate meal in a separate dining car while your children enjoy games, movies and a special menu in a kids-only train car under supervision.

3. The Jelly Belly factory is located just 20 minutes outside of Napa Valley. Take a free 40-minute tour to learn what it takes to create the legendary Jelly Belly bean as well as 150 other sweet treats.

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