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Black Chasm Cavern
1501 Pioneer Volcano Road
VolcanoCA 95689
(209) 736-2708

Ages: 3 and up

Black Chasm Cavern, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Volcano, is a National Natural Landmark. This cavern is one of only 5% of caves in the world feature rare helictite crystal formations.

The Walk Tour takes only 50 minutes and any visitor over the age of three will likely be awe-inspired by the formations. Babies may be carried in a front pack but not a backpack for safety reasons. This is a wonderful place to visit wh...

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Pinecrest Campground
16 Pinecrest Avenue
PinecrestCA 95364
(209) 965-4444

Ages: 0 and up

Pinecrest Campground and Pinecrest Lake are located 30 miles east of Sonora, California, off of Highway 108.

There are 196 campsites available during peak season, which is from April to October.  Sites range from 30-40' back-ins, no hook-ups, on five different loops.  Loop D is located closest to the lake.  Most sites include a paved parking pad, fire ring, picnic table, and a shaded area.  The campground has water faucets close to m...

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Alameda County Fair
Bernal Avenue & Valley Avenue
PleasantonCA 94566
(925) 426-7600

Ages: 1 and up

Come out and play at the Alameda County Fair, 100 years in the making!  The fair is held in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and is one of the state's largest county fairs with nearly a half million families visiting each year.  

Large commercial buildings feature vendors selling everything from hot tubs and ladders to feather hair extensions and blenders powerful enough to chop up metal.  Festival Square features a...

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Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
YosemiteCA 95389
(800) 449-9120

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It's not hard to picture Yosemite National Park in your mind's eye.  It's easy to imagine a place of thundering waterfalls, granite crags, towering trees and beautiful wildlife, hundreds of acres wide thanks to the millions of photos taken of this beautiful place; however, it's not until you find yourself there, in the valley or on a trail, taking it all in, that you can really experience Yosemite.

From Modesto, Yosemite is only...

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Virginia Corridor Trailway
Between Needham Avenue & Bangs Avenue
ModestoCA

Ages: 0 and up

Enjoy the 4+ mile paved trail located between Needham Avenue and Bangs Avenue.  The trail follows the old Tidewater Southern Railway line. more»
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Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road
Pine GroveCA 95665
(209) 296-7488

Ages: 0 and up

The Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is open year round for day use and May through November for overnight camping.

For those looking to learn more about traditional Mi-wok and other Sierra Nevada Native American groups, the onsite Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum is open Friday through Monday, 11am - 3pm. Exhibits include tools used and crafts made by the natives. A ceremonial roundhouse reconstructed in the middle of the smal...

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Caswell Memorial State Park
28000 South Austin Road
RiponCA 95366
(209) 599-3810

Ages: 0 and up

The Caswell Memorial State Park is open year-round, from 8am to sunset, so whether looking for a day hike or an overnight stay, this park will fit the bill.  There are tons of nature trails, so be sure to bring binoculars -- wildlife abounds at this park!

If looking to camp, reservations are recommended.  Camper length cannot exceed 24 feet, trailer length cannot exceed 21 feet, and keep in mind that there are NO hook-ups.  Group camp...

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Don Pedro Lake
31 Bonds Flat Road
La GrangeCA 95329
(209) 852-2396

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Since 1923, the Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Departments have operated Don Pedro Lake (known also as Lake Don Pedro and Don Pedro Reservoir).  In the 60's, the City and County of San Francisco stepped in to help sponsor the building of a larger reservoir and since 1971, over 14 million visitors have gone to enjoy the hundreds of miles of shoreline as well as the thousands of acre-feet of water surface.

There are three boat launching...

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Earth Day at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
YosemiteCA 95389
(209) 372-4386

Ages: 2 and up

Celebrate Earth Day in Yosemite!  The organized activities take place during the weekend and on Earth Day, April 22.

Weekend events typically include an Earth Day Village Celebration, which details how the Park's partners are keeping Yosemite clean and preserved for generations to come.  Before and after the Celebration, park interpreters, staff, and guides lead hikes, easy strolls and even bicycle rides.  Each evening, entertainment ...

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Fireworks on the Water — Don Pedro Lake
31 Bonds Flat Road
La GrangeCA 95329
(209) 852-2396

Ages: 0 and up

Come to Don Pedro Lake for the agency's annual Fireworks Over the Water display.  The 30 minute show, launched from a platform near the dam, wows visitors every year!  Prime viewing is on the water, but from land, the best viewing can be from Blue Oaks Recreation Area group pavilion and the parking areas near the visitor center.

Come earlier in the day for fishing, swimming, picnicking and more.

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