Spend a Day in Calistoga
Did you know California’s famous geyser can also help predict earthquakes? If you’re looking for things to do in Calistoga, look no further than California’s own Old Faithful Geyser. This geyser gets its name from how often it erupts—about every 30-40 minutes. Guests can visit this scenic natural wonder 365 days a year and enjoy several other attractions offered at the site. Whether you want a full day of fun or just something to do between wine tastings, Old Faithful Geyser of California has you covered!
This unique geological feature gets its name from how reliable it is—it consistently offers sprays reaching up to 80 feet in height, lasting 2-6 minutes each. Fueled by underground heat, pressure, and water, the geyser finally erupts when the heat below the surface boils the colder groundwater and forces it out of the earth in a hot, steamy spray. Part of what makes this particular geyser so fascinating is that scientists have found that it can also help predict earthquakes. When the frequency of the sprays lessens, there is a good chance that an earthquake is impending–anywhere from two days to two weeks away. This sets it apart from other geysers such as the famed Yellowstone Park geyser, whose sprays typically change after a seismic event. The site features plenty of seating at a safe distance from the hot liquid so you can marvel at the show in comfort.
The Animal Farm
This area of the site is home to lots of furry critters. From guard llamas to Tennessee fainting goats to Jacob’s Four-Horn Sheep, you’re bound to make a friend among these delightful creatures.
This is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lush with native plants and a natural mineral water fountain, this serene garden showcases the beauty of the Palisade Mountain Range and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park just beyond the gardens.
Picnics and Bocce
Pack a picnic lunch or buy some light snacks and drinks at the gift shop to make a day of it. The picnic tables and bocce area are a fairly new addition to the grounds and have been delighting guests ever since.
There’s nothing like hands-on learning, and this museum will turn you into a geyser expert in no time. Learn the mechanics of a geyser, the influence of earthquakes and volcanos, as well as the history of the people in the region.
Don’t leave without a souvenir or two! The gift shop focuses on local products, including local food for your picnic and items that showcase the uniqueness of wine country. You won’t have a hard time finding just the right thing to bring home for you or a loved one.
Information for Visiting
Old Faithful Geyser is open year-round and is located at 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515. Check their website for seasonal hours and admission prices. At just 2.5 miles from the Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn, it’s an easy way to pack your day full of delights and thrills. Book a room today!