Check out our top family-friendly activities in El Dorado County this Thanksgiving.
Get a Christmas Tree
Get a leg on the Christmas season by getting your tree. Make it a fun outing and visit one of the Christmas tree farms in El Dorado County (think hot drinks, kiddie train rides, and more). If you’re looking for more adventure, you can cut down your own tree (but be sure to secure your permit early, as they do sell out!).
>> Christmas tree farms in El Dorado County
>> Christmas tree permits in El Dorado County
Explore the Quilt Trail
Load up the car and make a game out of who can spot the most barn quilts along the bucolic backroads. Not your typical quilt, barn quilts are hand-painted public works of art that adorn and complement old barns, historic buildings, gardens, and other locations in El Dorado County. Discover these welcoming beacons of color (and history) for yourself.
>> Quilt Trail Map – Download your free map – and be sure to tag any photos you take with #ElDoradoCounty!
Experience Gold Rush History
Go back in time at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Pack the leftovers, bring Fido, and enjoy a stroll through history along the American River. Day use facilities, the Visitor Center, and Blacksmith Shop are open.
>>Marshall Gold Discovery State Park – Day Use Areas: 8 am – 5 pm. Visitor Center and Museum: 9 am to 4 pm.
Take a Hike
Work off the holiday meal, enjoy some fresh air, and stretch your legs with a hike. You’ll find numerous trails of varying lengths in the foothills and lower elevations, including the El Dorado Trail, Dave Moore Nature Area, and Cronan Ranch trail network.
>> Short hikes in El Dorado County
>> Hiking trail map
>> More hiking information
Watch a Movie Filmed in El Dorado County
Why not watch a movie (or TV show) that was filmed in El Dorado County – and take a road trip to see it afterward? Find a list of shows shot on-location here.