Through out the year there are numerous family activities available. Please have a look at the options below and hopefully you will find exactly what you were looking for.
Fishing: Many local rivers and lakes offer trout fishing and are stocked with trout by the department of fish and game. A state fishing license is required for every adult. Children may fish without a license, one pole per person. Vist the depart of Fish and Game website to see size and quantity limit information for each location. Adult license is about $45/yr
Nature walks: there are many options and levels of difficulty sun and shade for nature walks in the Motherlode area, some of our favorites include Tuolumne’s west side trail, Jamestown Table Top mountain trail, Twain Harte Ditch trail, Murphy’s Forest Meadows trail, Groveland Garland Falls trail
Moaning Caverns this is a tour guided cave exploration with various ticket options the walking tour is available for $20 per adult and the longer tours upto 2-3 hour from $80-$150 per adult children’s prices are lower.
This is a long walk down consisting of numerous stone steps into a large sub terrarium cavern, and you do have to walk back up the stone steps to exit.
Zip Lines are available on the same grounds as the moaning caverns. this is a single run listed as 1/4 mile. cost is $50 for the first run $25 for additional runs
Movies: See a movie at Regal cinemas – Just east of downtown Sonora featuring the latest movies in a full service theater. Family and children friendly movies are also featured during the summer at the outdoor theater at Pinecrest lake
Mountain climbing lessons
Big Trees State Park Located on Hwy 4 above Arnold is Big Trees Park featuring numerous hiking trails, a nature center and picnic grounds (entrance fee is per vehicle)
Columbia Historical Park Pan For Gold ride the horse drawn carriage and visit many historical gold mining sites Visiting Columbia is Free, gold panning can be done for $5-$7 Carriage rides are $12 and the shops are all very reasonably priced
River Exploring: There are trails that parallel many of the local rivers and some even lead to swimming holes or fishing spots along the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers. Check out the Knights Ferry river park for many river side trails picnic areas and scenic vistas.
Visit Pinecrest lake
Concerts and festivals at Westside pavilion and Ironstone Vineyards
offers camping for those families that love the outdoors so much they want to sleep there too!
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