15 Best Things to Do in Temecula

15 Best Things to Do in Temecula

One of the hidden gems of California- Temecula is home to some of the best vineyards and wineries that you will ever get to see. But, you need to know that not only does Temecula produce some of the exclusive quality grapes, it is also mesmerizing when it comes to beauty! Visit this lovely place, have a taste of its nature as well as its grapes. Here are the top 15 things you can do in Temecula!

Take a walk around Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula
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We will begin the journey by visiting the infamous Old Town Temecula. While Temecula is the land of entertainment and wineries, this old part still got some retro vibes attached to it. If you are into old Californian vibes, try spending an afternoon walking around the old town. Let’s get into some details of the old town now.

Preserving the rich heritage and history of Temecula, Old Town Temecula is all about showing people how cultural Temecula was once upon a time. You can get your hands on a lot of old vintage shops selling antique things. Also, if you want to check out the local crafts or buy a souvenir for anyone- Old Town Temecula is the ideal place. You will also get to find some really good old wine in the restaurants around here.

Go fishing in Vail Lake Resort

Vail Lake Resort
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Explored the Old Town Temecula? Let us head over to our next spot then. The next piece of tourist attraction that we have for you is not just another landscape, but an incredible lake! Right! Now, we have a beautiful lake for your eyes.

Vail Lake has been here for a while now. It also happens to have quite a history if you want to know about it. It was not a lake originally but is something made from a piece of the dam. It is huge stretching across almost 1000 acres of land. It also happens to be one of the most incredible fishing grounds in Temecula.

Enjoy the Temecula Stampede

How pretty it would be to go on a vacation and enjoy a local festival! Now, you all might have heard of the Calgary Stampede, but today we will be presenting you to a stampede in our very own town- Temecula. It is quite a vibrant one, so please make sure to check the official site to check out its timing if you want to catch this festival on your vacation to Temecula.

The Temecula Stampede is one of the biggest events in all of the States that features Western Music. Do you want to listen to some country music live? Do try to see the shows at this festival. Not only country music, but you will also get to hear a lot of other categories too. Overall, it is a very lively event that is fun to attend.

Check out the Temecula Valley Museum

Want to know more about the history of Temecula? Do you wish to dive deep into the history books and get to know about all the important events that made Tamacula who it is today? All right, we have the best place for you to go and check out.

Temecula Valley Museum is one of the ideal places if you just want to roam around and learn a bit about the past. After all, it has everything- from the minute historic details to everything that is happening now! The exhibits are quite informative, and the permanent collection is huge too. You will find yourself gazing at the three massive collections. The place is an interactive one so you can ask the volunteers for help too. The children are especially welcome here. You will also find a lot of important photographs, newspaper cuttings, and documents.

Get to know about the wildlife at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
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Did you let yourself believe that Temecula was all about wineries? Well, that is sorta true, but not entirely! If you want the different shades of green, we got a good place for you to check out- Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological.

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological is a huge piece of land of almost 9000 acres. Well, now it happens to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Temecula. But, what are you going to find here? The first thing that we are going to talk about is the huge variety of native endangered species- both plants and animals. This is a protected piece of land, so both of them are safe here, and for you to enjoy.

Take a dip in Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner
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Feel like you have had enough of land? Do you want to get into some water now? After all, lakes offer some of the best scenes. However, if you want a blue lake in Temecula, you have to travel a bit for Lake Skinner is not in town. However, the journey will be completely worth it for it is a complete beauty.

The lake itself is huge encompassing an area of 1,400 acres. Imagine that amount of water! Also, the shoreline is just 300 acres, and so there are a lot of opportunities for adventure. There are also camping sites where you can camp or a night if you want.

Shop at the Farmer’s Market

Strawberries at Temecula farmers market
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One of the best things about Temecula is its authentic farmer’s market. Have you ever shopped at a farmer’s market before? If not, now is your ultimate chance to enjoy the very best in the market. Head over to the Temecula Farmer’s Market and get yourself some organic delicious goodies.

It takes place every weekend so you don’t have to worry about missing the day. Also, there are a lot of food stalls. So, make sure you don’t have lunch before you visit the market. They offer completely fresh home-grown products. The meals that are sold here are made in their homes.

Go pumpkin picking

Temecula is no short of query little things to do. Most of these might sound like odd activities initially, but when you check them out, you get to relive your childhood days again. In such a context, we decided that we’d take you pumpkin picking! Yes, you read that right. Welcome to Peltzer Pumpkin Farm!

Try to come and visit this gorgeous place during the fall as the ambiance is quite nice then. You will be greeted by the huge pumpkin harvest. Go pumpkin picking on a date as, after all, it is a very fun activity. Also, there are options for gold mining at Peltzer Pumpkin Farm. Try that out as well! Ride a pony if you are too tired to walk!

Explore the Leoness Cellars

Leoness Cellars
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Want to go take a look at a winery that grows some of the best grapes and offers some of the best views as well? Then, we, fortunately, inform you that your next destination will be the infamous Leoness Cellars. The Leoness Cellars serve some of the best wines and have their very own vineyard filled with the best quality grapes too.

The main thing that attracts the tourist its beautiful location. It is placed on the top of a hill above its vast vineyards offering a beautiful view of them. The winery offers some of the best trips through their properties and you get to taste their exclusive wines as well. Let us remind you that all of their grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, so you can only expect the very best from them.

They also serve as a venue for different occasions so you can even plan your wedding there! Don’t worry, they even let you purchase their wine from their gift shop.

Let your kids engage themselves at Pennypickle’s Workshop

Are you visiting Temecula with your little ones? Afraid what are they gonna do while you relax and sip on some incredibly well-flavored wines? Well. worry no more, for we even have the perfect engagement destination for them.

Pennypickle’s Workshop is quite an interactive session for your kids. Not only do they teach about science, but they also tend to make it very interesting. There are a lot of exhibits set in the backdrop of Professor Pennypickle’s lab. The kids will love this one as they get to know everything behind their object of affection. Who knows? Your little one might even aspire to become a scientist after this.

Go on a hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride in Temecula
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Can you even think of a vacation to California without checking out their hot air balloons? After all, this activity is one of the most famous ones aside from their Hollywood industry and goo quality vineyards. So, what are you waiting for? Hop on an air-balloon and ride up into the high clouds soaring in the sky.

Temecula is one of the fantabulous places that offer this service as well. So, do yourself a favor and book a trip in this balloon with your loved one for it is considered to be quite a romantic experience. But, the best thing about riding a hot air balloon in Tamacula is the sight you are going to experience from up above. You get to see the gorgeous green vineyards down!

Go hiking at Dripping Springs Trail

If you had some wine and want to go to bed early- it’s completely fine, but do try to make some time the next morning for the one and only Dripping Springs Trail. Located in Agua Tibia Wilderness, Dripping Springs Trail is a massive area made for adventure activities.

The hiking trails run through several forests covered with pines and fir trees. The scenes are exotic and will surely blow your mind away with their beauty.
Also, the trail might be too long for you as it extends for 14 miles, so make sure that you catch your breath.

Go on a shopping spree at Promenade Temecula

Theater at Promenade Temecula
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Done with all of the sightseeing? Do you want to go shopping a bit? Give your shopaholic side a big shout out with one of the best malls in Temecula- Promenade Temecula.

Promenade Temecula was built at a time when there were no remarkable malls in Temecula Valley, but ever since its opening in the 1990s- it became extremely popular with the locals as well as the tourists. There are a lot of special shops and boutiques inside the Promenade Temecula. It also has a food court filled with some of the best food chains. The movie theater inside is huge and is indeed a nice place to hang out if you are done will all the sightseeing. The farmers' market that we mentioned earlier also takes place in this mall.

Go on a wine tour

Old Rusty Vintage truck on display at vineyard with wooden wine barrels on top in Temecula
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Wine tours and Temecula come hand in hand. By now, you have already understood that this is a valley of spirits with some of the best grapes and exotic wines. However, if you are on your own, it might be difficult to check out all the vineyards and wineries.

For this very reason, there are a lot of private travel companies that offer the complete Temecula winery package. Book one of these and take yourself to all the best wineries in Temecula. You don’t have to worry about missing out on one for they will cover everything and even provide you with the necessary information or story behind the winery.

Ride a horse at Wine Country Trails

Based in Wilson Creek Winery, the main objective of Wine Country Trails is to give their clients the best experience. For this reason, they have concluded that walking throughout the winery might be bit of a problem for which they have horses. Imagine riding your way along all those beautiful vineyards.

Also, this acts as a rescue horse shelter, so all the profits go towards rescuing these lovely animals. We are done with Temecula here, but the vineyards are still waiting for you to go and have a taste of their delicious grapes. What are you waiting for? Go have a taste of the very best.