Just a few blocks off Highway 29 but unknown to all but local Napa parents is Playground Fantastico, one of the wildest and most fun playgrounds in the Bay Area. Built by hand by a team of dedicated community members, Playground Fantastico is exactly what the name suggests: An imaginative construct of castle turrets, towers, drawbridges, and crazy carnival-like constructions that kids can climb up, jump off, hang from, and pretty much do what kids do best, play on.
Tucked behind a self-storage lot, it’s not the easiest place to find, but this playground is well worth stopping to ask directions to. Located just off the major north-south artery that connects the city of Napa with popular towns Yountville and St. Helena, Playground Fantastico makes the perfect pit stop to wear kids out between wine tastings.
Follow up the fun with more fun by stopping for hand-crafted organic ice cream at Three Twins, located in the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa. You’ll love the artisanal flavors, and your kids will cheer every time you suggest a weekend drive to the wine country.
See my list of Napa’s hidden travel gems for more off-the-beaten-path attractions that will make your trip to Napa much more than the average wine country getaway.