So Much More than Windmills: 10 Best Attractions in Solvang

See the sites in Solvang! This pretty little town is just a short drive from Santa Barbara, and it's the epicenter of Danish culture in California. Founded in the early 1900s by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a colony in a warmer climate, Solvang is a perfect day trip destination for families, friends and couples.

If you're visiting Solvang with your family, don't miss the Solvang Trolley. The horse-drawn trolley, also known as the Honen, is a fun way to get your bearings. Tours depart form in front of the Solvang Visitor's Center every 35 minutes. After your ride, children will enjoy expending a little energy at the one-of-a-kind playground at Sunny Fields Park that features a viking ship, gingerbread house, puppet theater and more. 

Adult visitors will appreciate Solvang's food and wine scene, as well as the many cultural venues. Spend the first part of your day admiring the nature-inpired exhibits at the Wildling Museum. Then indulge in an afternoon of wine tasting. Sevtap Winery is a fun tasting room located right in the heart of Solvang's downtown district. Or drive to Rusack Vineyards for a beautiful view and some equally beautiful Syrah.

No matter the motive for your visit, this list will help you make wonderful memories in beautiful Solvang!



Visit this museum celebrating the life and work of Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen, located in the Danish town of Solvang. Perhaps best loved for his collection of fairy tales, this establishment showcases original letters and...  Read More



Visiting Santa Barbara in September? You might be lucky enough to head up to Solvang for California's #1 Danish festival! Solvang's Danish Days are a long weekend of family, food and fun. In 1936, the first Solvang Danish Days festival...  Read More



Ready to do a little wine tasting in sunny Solvang? When you're tired of looking at windmills, stroll into Sevtap, a fun wine tasting room in the heart of it all. Sevtap's motto is to "drink good wines," which is exactly what you'll be doing....  Read More



Ready to learn more about the arts and culture of Denmark? Of course you are! Head straight to the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang, California for a fun, family-friendly learning experience. Rotating exhibitions celebrate traditional Danish crafts,...  Read More



The Wildling Museum is an art museum in Solvang that is dedicated to inspiring visitors to enjoy, value and preserve nature by showcasing works that celebrate the wild. The museum has a fluid exhibition space that can accommodate anywhere from...  Read More



The Solvang Motorcycle Museum is located near the heart of beautiful Solvang, California. This museum celebrates vintage and rare motorcycles. Although the emphasis is on racing bikes, there are many styles of motorcycles here, from past up to...  Read More



The Solvang Trolley is a Danish-style streetcar that started operating in 1964 as a means for transporting residents to the local grocery store. Today the trolley, also known as the Honen, is open to visitors and gives tours of Solvang. Drawn by...  Read More



This park is a must stop for active families and curious travelers. A unique, custom-built wooden playground is the main attraction, featuring slides, tire swings and little houses for hide and seek. True to Solvang's Danish heritage, there is...  Read More



Rusack Vineyards is best known for their red wines, especially Pinot Noir and Syrah. Being on the smaller side for a vineyard (situated on just 48 acres) Rusack crafts their wines using both estate grapes and locally sourced varietals from some...  Read More



Mission Santa Ines was founded by the Franciscans in 1804 and named after Saint Agnes of Rome. Located midway between Old Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purisima Concepcion, this historic building now serves as both a museum and a church...  Read More


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