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Top 10 Summertime Activities in Temecula, CA

The city of Temecula is known for its perfect climate and excellent tourist accommodations. It is a resort destination with golf courses, wineries, entertainment, and outdoor recreational activities. The diverse range of activities will keep you busy when you visit Temecula in the summer.

Are you planning a trip to Temecula with your partner or family members? Below are the top 10 fun things for couples and families to do during the summer in Temecula, California.

fishing at lake skinner, temecula, ca

1. Fishing

Do you love fishing? If so, bring your fishing pole and tacklebox to Lake Skinner this summer. It is a gorgeous reservoir in the Auld Valley next to Bachelor Mountain and the Temecula Valley Wine Country. The reservoir area supplies water to approximately 2.5 million residents of San Diego County and Riverside County. There is also an off-reservoir area dedicated to recreational activities, such as fishing and swimming.

Lake Skinner gives you access to 1,400 acres of fishing area. The fish species found in the water include:

The best way to fish in the lake is by renting a boat and taking it out on the water. Away from shore is where you’ll find most of the fish.

santa rosa plateau

2. Hiking

Hiking is a fun and adventurous activity to do at the Santa Rosa Plateau. There is plenty of fresh air and calm weather to enjoy a good hike on this wildlife preserve with your loved ones. Choose one of the more than a dozen hiking trails to explore. Each trail has a distance of between 1.1 miles and 6 miles and up to 2,100’ above sea level.

The Santa Rosa Plateau is home to 27 different mammal species, 12 rodent species, 185 bird species, and volcanic rock dating back over 200 million years ago. If you love to hike and explore historic locations with beautiful scenery, then you should check out the Santa Rosa Plateau the next time you’re in Temecula.

3. Ice Cream

The Old Town Temecula is like an old western town brought back to life in the modern age. The wooden style architecture of the buildings will make you feel like you’re back in the late 1800s.

On a hot summer day in Old Town Temecula, you will love the ice cream selections available from the local specialty food purveyors and restaurants. The Old Town Sweet Shop is one of the best places to get ice cream and fudge in Old Town Temecula. Check out the Glacier Cascade Ice Cream available in 20 flavor options.

Are you interested in vegan ice cream? Temecula has some unique vegan ice cream options at Mariposa Ice Cream Temecula. Some of which include:

The best part is that all the ice cream is homemade and wonderfully delicious!

picture of the splash pad in temecula, ca

4. Splash Pad

The Splash Pad is part of a children’s playground located in Eagle Soar Park. It sprays treated water out from a concrete pad as children step on it. The water recirculates and comes back again to conserve as much water as possible.

All children love to splash around in the water on a hot summer day. Once they excrete themselves on the playground equipment, they can cool off on the splash pad. Adult supervision is required.

picture of people dancing to live music at Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula, CA

5. Music Nights at Longshadow Ranch Winery

Visit the Longshadow Ranch Winery for their glorious “music nights’ festivities and enjoy some premium wine in the process. Not only does the winery produce some of the finest wines in the country, but it holds special events at night on the weekends.

These events include live music performances with some delicious BBQ. If you have children with you, they can visit the petting zoo and playground on-site too. 

6. Western-Themed Photos

Do you want to transport your family back in time to the Old West? Visit Doc Brown’s Old Tyme Photos and prepare yourselves for a western-style photoshoot.

This specialty studio can supply you with an entire western wardrobe consisting of costumes and accessories. Once you wear the attire, you can pose for a series of old-style photographs that will look like they were taken back in the 1800s.

Show your friends back home, and they’ll think you really did discover a time machine.

picture of child playing the piano at Pennypickle's workshop in temecula, CA

7. Children's Museum

Pennypickle’s Workshop is a renowned western museum that caters specifically to children. It features lots of fun scientific gadgets and inventions that kids can play with and use.

There are even live demonstrations available for the more advanced scientific experiments and gadgets. It is a great way to introduce your children to science while making it interactive and exciting for them too.

8. Community Theater

The Old Town Temecula Community Theater offers a glimpse into the culture of the Old Town. It frequently showcases live performances from many local and national performing artists. These artists consist of magicians, country music stars, jazz performers, comedians, and more. If your family loves jazz or country music in particular, then you won’t be bored at this theater.

You can check out upcoming events and buy tickets on their website here.

9. Smell Lavender

Temecula Valley Wine Country is home to a small lavender farm store called Temecula Lavender Company. As soon as you enter the storefront, you will be treated to the aroma of essential oils, candles, bathing products, and more. The scent throughout the store will make you feel like you’ve entered a new world. If you want to take this feeling away with you, feel free to purchase any of their scented products.

10. Olive Oil Tasting

The Temecula Olive Oil Company produces some of the freshest extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed). They blend it with other natural ingredients, such as blood orange and roasted garlic. If you visit their Tasting Room, you can enjoy complimentary taste tests of their olive oils.

Are you interested to learn how they grow their olives? The company offers scheduled tours of their ranch farm. The tour guide will explain why they are one of the world’s biggest and best olive growers.

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