Summer is the season of WOW! Whether you're exploring our wide-open wonders or discovering those WOW moments you didn't know you needed, Butte County is a great place for a getaway. So pack the car and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of Butte County classics and new favorites with our perfect-for-the-whole-family summer itinerary!
Few things are as quintessentially Chico as strolling the scenic campus of Chico State University. It won't take long before the younger members of your family start imagining what it would be like to be a Chico State student themselves (or for you to picture visiting on family weekends).
What's a weekend without brunch? There's no shortage of brunch options across Butte County, but for a classic Chico brunch experience, Mom's in Downtown Chico and Sin of Cortez on the Esplanade are longtime favorites of locals and students alike. And for the true collegiate experience, and Madison Bear Garden is a must—and all ages are allowed until 9pm.
When triple digits hit, there's no better way to beat the heat than with a dip in Bidwell Park's famous swimming holes. From the one-of-kind Sycamore Pool to the iconic Bear Hole to the remote and scenic Salmon Hole, there's a unique and accessible spot for everyone.
As the heart of the city, Downtown Chico is the go-to spot for dining, shopping, and general people watching. Popular events call Downtown Chico home, including the popular Thursday Night Market. Part street fair, part farmers market, Thursday Night Market is a warm weather favorite, running weekly from April through September.
Wherever you want to stay and whatever your budget, there's an spot for you! Find the perfect lodging here.
Summer is for dining al fresco, and you don't have to leave Downtown to find plenty of delicious options. The Allies Pub offers a more secluded and scenic dining experience, while Parkside Tap House and Woodstock's Pizza are great options for more casual fare and even fun games—plus easy access to Sweet Chico Confections and Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy for dessert.
If you're a water enthusiast, the Forebay Aquatic Center is the place to be! Rent kayaks, pedal boats, hyrdo bikes, and more, and discover for yourself all the WOW moments you'll create when you're on the water with family.
After hours on the lake, it's time to unwind at Union for dinner and drinks. With a full bar, regular live music, and a beautiful outdoor patio, Union is a local favorite for a night out with the family
Finish the night at O'Zone Entertainment in Downtown Oroville. With axe-throwing, gelly ball, a virtual reality escape room, and arcade games, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy, whether you're looking for cooperative fun or a more competitive family game night.