National Parks / Natural World in MODESTO with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Modesto has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Modesto, California offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Modesto itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Micke Grove Regional Park

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    (34 miles) Lodi

    A fun park with a carnival, museum, formal gardens, softball fields, water play features, horseshoe pits, several children’s playgrounds and an 18 hole disc golf course! Phew!

  • Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

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    (62 miles) Hayward

    Experience the unique environment in this San Francisco Bay salt marsh, with an interpretive center, family programs and nature!

  • Redwood Regional Park

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    (64 miles) Oakland

    Kids can experience the magic of this hidden redwood forest whose 1,830 acres are ready to be explored - an amazing natural wonder in California for the family to enjoy.

  • Oyster Bay

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    (65 miles) San Leandro

    An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and ...

  • Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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    (70 miles) Carmichael

    Self-guided trails through 100 acres of beautiful Californian nature, with wildlife and learning opportunities for the kids!

  • Capitola Beach

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    (70 miles) Capitola

    One of the most popular beaches on the West Coast, this Californian beach is perfect for water sports, beach fun and family adventure!

  • Henry Cowell Redwood State Park

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    (72 miles) Felton

    Giant trees up to 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, plus nature centre, hiking, biking, fishing and more.

  • Cameron Park Lake

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    (72 miles) Cameron Park

    Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon in this California park lake, with tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trails and more!

  • Seabright State Beach

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    (72 miles) Santa Cruz

    A long and simple sandy beach which stretches from the Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Harbor. Good for sandcastling, shallow paddling and traditional beach days.

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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    (74 miles) Boulder Creek

    Stretches from sea level to over 2000ft above and terrain ranges from almost tropical canyons and raging waterfalls to sparse and almost arid slopes. There's certainly scope for some terrific ...

  • Apple Hill

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    (79 miles) Camino

    Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a ...

  • Yosemite National Park

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    (81 miles) Yosemite Village

    One of the most iconic national parks in the country, Yosemite National Park has hiking, biking, wildlife and camping. Spectacular family fun!

  • San Joaquin Fish Hatchery

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    (84 miles) Friant

    kids can view over a million fish in all stages of development, plus watch them jump and feed them as you go round.

  • Muir Woods National monument

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    (88 miles) Mill Valley

    Contains 6 miles of trails in 30 to 90 minute loops as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. Free Discovery Pack available for kids, plus public programming at the ...

  • Garland Ranch Regional Park

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    (89 miles) Carmel

    This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old ...

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  • Childrens Museum of Stockton

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    (27 miles) Stockton

    The Stockton Children's Museum is located in downtown Stockton, across from the Deep Water Channel and the Waterfront Warehouse. It is one of the most exciting places to visit in this part of the of ...

  • Castle Air Museum

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    (30 miles) Altwater

    Represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. We have a total of 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII to the present.

  • World of Wonders Science Museum

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    (37 miles) Lodi

    A huge collection fascinating hands on experiments kids can do! Enjoy fun learning experiences that cover almost anything scientific you can imagine!

  • Angels Camp Museum

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    (39 miles) Angels Camp

    A fascinating history museum located on a 3-acre site of the historic Angels Quartz Mine, with collections to inspire understanding of the gold country history of Angels Camp!

  • Dublin Heritage Park and Museums

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    (52 miles) Dublin

    Step back in time into Dublin's fascinating history, with original 1800's structures and a 10-acre park.

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

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    (53 miles) San Jose

    Find the innovator in you at this Tech museum in San Jose, where challenges, hands-on exhibits and themed galleries offer a fascinating learning experience for kids - that's fun!

  • Children's Discovery Museum

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    (54 miles) San Jose

    Learn through fun and exploration at this creative and exciting Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. It's a great way to understand the world!

  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

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    (55 miles) San Jose

    Explore and experience the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on show in western North America! A fascinating and historic family day out in San Jose!

  • Western Railway Museum

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    (62 miles) Suisun City

    Enjoy a historic trip though the Montezuma Hills in this living history museum, where kids can learn about the heritage of the railroad AND ride the train!

  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

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    (64 miles) Palo Alto

    A great little museum and zoo, with over 200 lives animals, and fascinating hands-on exhibits so kids up to 9 years can learn, create and explore - all in Palo Alto!

  • Oakland Aviation Museum

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    (67 miles) Oakland

    West Coast aviation history comes to life at this fascinating museum in Oakland with actual aircraft on display, as well as simulators and and interactive play area!

  • Sacramento Childrens Museum

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    (67 miles) Rancho Cordoca

    Sacramento Children’s Museum includes several interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning. The Museum is designed for ages birth to eight-years-old to allow children to "learn-by-doing"!

  • Oakland Museum of California

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    (70 miles) Oakland

    A fascinating Californian cultural experience where families can explore various art exhibitions, as well as delve into Californian history and natural sciences.

  • California State Railroad Museum

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    (71 miles) Sacramento

    A complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North Americas most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!

  • California Military Museum

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    (71 miles) Sacramento

    The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California.

  • Habitot Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (71 miles) Berkeley

    Series of engaging physical, role-play, imagination and learning settings ideal for families of kids 1 to 5 years.

  • Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

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    (72 miles) Sacramento

    The Museum is home to the Challenger Space Program and Sacramento's only public planetarium. Inside, you will find a nature room with live animals, reptiles and insects on display. Exhibits include ...

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

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    (73 miles) Santa Cruz

    Offers a diverse ranging of changing exhibitions generally suitable for the whole family but with principles perhaps best appreciated by over 4s.

  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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    (74 miles) Burlingame

    See the World's Largest Pez Dispensing Machine, an example of every Pez dispenser made, unique exhibits of other classic toys and more at this museum of memorabillia! Plus Toy and Banned Toy Museums.

  • Explorit Science Center

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    (74 miles) Davis

    Explorit is an interactive, hands-on, family science musuem in Davis, CA. We offer changing exhibitions, field trips, traveling programs, summer science camp and special events such as Family ...