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Old Faithful Geyser of California Calistoga

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Old Faithful Geyser of California
1299 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga
CA
94515
Tel: 707-942-6463

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Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance. The stage, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, appears as an innocent pool of shallow water until time for the major attraction. Uprising steam and bubbling hot water announce the geyser. Then, while Mount Saint Helena and the craggy Palisades mountains stand silent as backdrops, Old Faithful Geyser of California throws a tower of thousands of gallons of water skyward.
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    We almost skipped this based on other reviews. I’m so glad we didn't. We were all fascinated with geyser. In the winter it erupts every 4 minutes. In the summer its 30 to 45 minutes. For once a winter visit is better for something! They have picnic tables and encourage you to bring a picnic lunch. I wish we had. I went and stood under the rain of water it shoots up and was expecting it to be hot but it was cold by the time it got to me. Apparently it’s 350 degrees in the earth. There are not many geysers on the planet and I’m very...Read More

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    Geyser went 6 minutes straight.
    Awesome.

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    Absolutely shameful. They are charging $14 per person for entrance to basically a construction site. Tragic. To add insult to injury, the only 'restrooms' they have are port-o-pots out back and the required exit from the geyser area is through the dingy gift shop. Skip it and go to the Petrified Forest... Just a few miles away, significantly more impressive and $10 per person for a much better experience.

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    0 stars of possible. .there were 8 of us and while waiting for the others I had to get a ticket to use the restroom. .. thank God I got only one ticket and was able to check the place out. . It is a tiny spout of water which goes up to maybe 20 feet. ..Even if it were free I would still not spend more than 10 minutes there. .and no surprise I asked everyone who was on their way to turn back..

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    Waste of time & money. I paid $14/each to see a 10 sec fountain. Area was terrible: few sheeps and one lama behind a poorly built fence, a fake well that was used as trash can, a wish fountain with out water and only coins. I just think the geyser was overrated. I would have paid $3-$5 and be OK with it.,..but $14?
    Once inside I realized why they have huge walls that you can't see anything from the outside. The area was in construction, and it really looked like crap.

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by Steven Kolden

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We almost skipped this based on other reviews. I’m so glad we didn't. We were all fascinated with geyser. In the winter it erupts every 4 minutes. In the summer its 30 to 45 minutes. For once a winter visit is better for something! They have picnic tables and encourage you to bring a picnic lunch. I wish we had. I went and stood under the rain of water it shoots up and was expecting it to be hot but it was cold by the time it got to me. Apparently it’s 350 degrees in the earth. There are not many geysers on the planet and I’m very happy to have seen one. To me the $14 x 4 for the family was insignificant. Oh…children are a little less.

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