Family Frontier

Family Adventure in the Wide Open Outdoors of Butte County

Grab the dog, pack the kids and take a drive to the pristine Northern California landscape of Butte County, California for a family adventure in the wide open outdoors. Butte County offers a frontier of fresh air and scenic trails, serene lakes and classic charm

Day 1

Lake Time

Spend time connecting with your family while hiking many of the nature trails in and around Paradise. For a relaxing day at the water, pack a picnic and make your way to Paradise Lake where you can meander along the water or toss in a line.


Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for lunch at Chico’s Tres Hombres Bar and Grill , a spot that has something for everyone in the family.


With little ones in your party, Caper Acres at Bidwell Park along the One Mile Loop in Chico is a whimsical fairytale inspired “excursion” that will inspire the kid in all of us. While at the park, take a step back in time to the tale of Robin Hood, the original movie was filmed there. You can relax by Sycamore Pool, picnic in the park and play frisbee with your pooch in the outdoor field.

Museum Tour

Mix entertainment and education at the Chico State-run Gateway Science Museum , where the exhibits will engage children with hands-on science activities.


Reward your family adventurers with the most delicious treasure at Shubert’s Ice Cream . Operating since 1938 in the same building in downtown Chico, Shubert’s is made using local ingredients to concoct their boysenberry sundaes in the spring, watermelon sherbet in the summer, and pumpkin ice cream in the fall or for a real treat try “Chico Mint” homemade chocolate ice cream with mint chips.

Day 2

Sail, Paddle, Swim

Learn to sail or kayak and tie sailing knots like a real shipmate or find your balance with a paddleboard yoga session at the Forebay Aquatic Center. You can even take your fur-baby for a paddle.

Museum Tour

Wrap up the day with a visit to the National Yo-Yo Museum , because every kid (and parent) wants to see the world’s largest wooden Yo-Yo, BIG YO.

Sports Game

End the trip with a Butte College Football game (the college that counts among its alumni NFL Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and Larry Allen.

Butte County Lodging

Kid Friendly

Butte County offers a variety of lodging options that welcome your kiddos and your fur babies, check options here.