The flowers are in bloom, the sun is setting later, and people are unpacking the sandals and shorts from storage: Spring is here! Throughout Butte County, you can experience the lush verdant landscape as it comes alive, begging to be explored. By wheel or by foot, now’s the time to pack up the whole family and discover the best of Butte County.
Breakfast at Great Northern Coffee
Bring the whole family to the Great Northern Coffee for pastries and drinks. Kids will love the actual 1947 Pullman train car in which the cafe is located, while adults will love the selection. From traditional lattes to specialty drinks like the Aztec Mocha to hot chocolate for the kiddos, there’s something for everyone at Great Northern.
Biking with Campus Bicycles
Strap on a helmet and enjoy riding through Chico. With miles of both leisurely and challenging trails throughout Bidwell Park and across the rest of the city, it’s no wonder why. Bring your own bikes or rent them for the family from Campus Bicycles, which offer both half- and full-day rates. Gain a new perspective as you explore the city on two wheels.
Lunch at Ike's Place
See what all the college kids are raving about when you grab sandwich for lunch from Ike's Place. This casual eatery serves a menu of creative sandwiches, including vegan options. And with sandwich names like “Chico State,” “Sometimes I’m a Vegetarian,” and the Chico-exclusive “Garden of Eden,” their as fun to order as they are tasty to eat! Order some seasoned air fries to complete your meal! Enjoy Ike’s right in the shop or take it to go for a perfect picnic lunch..
Discover the Scenic Drive on Highway 70
After lunch, hop in the car and enjoy a drive on Highway 70 along the Feather River Scenic Byway-Feather River Canyon and through the Feather River Canyon. Few California highways feature such natural beauty and diversity in terrain, landscape, wildlife and elevation as the Canyon Route. Cascading waterfalls and wildflowers in the spring highlight the canyon’s natural beauty.
Dine at Miner's Alley Brewing Company
On the way back from your scenic drive, head into Oroville for dinner at Miner's Alley Brewing Company. The restaurant and brewery serves up its own brew as well as a variety of local wines and regional beer for the adults, plus pub-style burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and even root beer floats for the kiddos. Though there’s no dedicated kids’ menu, the friendly kitchen will happily accommodate special requests for the little ones. With ample seating and a large outdoor dining area, the brewery is a perfect place to spend a springtime evening.
Breakfast at Jenn's Cafe
Looking for a cozy and classic American diner experience? Look no further than Jenn's Cafe in Oroville. Gather in a booth and enjoy the generous portions and down-to-earth staff. The daily menu has all the delicious traditional fare-–short stack pancakes, hash browns, eggs you way–-but make sure to check the board for the current special!
Explore the Wildflowers at Table Mountain
With the wildflowers finally in bloom, spring is the perfect time for the family to explore Table Mountain! Every year, thousands of wildflowers cover the terrain at Table Mountain ecological reserve, creating a picturesque scene perfect for a day hike. With a mostly flat trail, the hike is accessible to most everyone–just remember to buy a day use pass for every family member 16 and older!
Lunch at Shakey's
Everybody loves pizza, so head over to Shakey's after your hike for a slice with the whole family. This classic pizza place offers not only pizza, but fried chicken and lunch buffets in a relaxed atmosphere with a kids’ game area. Give the kids some quarters while you enjoy a drink or two.
Learn at the Pioneer History Museum
With a long gold mining history, Oroville is filled with tributes to its past, such as the Pioneer History Museum. First opened in 1932, the museum is an oversized replica of a 49er’s cabin and has been enlarged to now hold 6,000 square feet of historic treasures. With items such as the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, and a miner’s vest tailored to hold different size nuggets, the museum is like walking through the past. Open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm, make sure to experience the Pioneer History Museum if you’re in Oroville on the weekend.
Explore the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
Equal parts wildlife sanctuary, educational park, and research center, the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oroville is home to a remarkable assortment of non-releasable wild and exotic animals, many of them endangered species. Whether you’re take a tour on your own or make an appointment to enjoy a guided tour, the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is an educational and fun adventure for the whole family!