While you will not find the Disneyland Resort in this
area, there are several amusement parks that are just
a short drive away. Water parks, roller coasters, even
children's fairytale parks are close enough to visit for
Being located so close to the Sierra Nevada mountain range
has its advantages when it comes to camping and outdoor
fun. From Yosemite National Park to several mountain and
foothill lakes, rivers, and forests, you could camp at
a different campground every weekend, and not even come
close to seeing them all. To add to the camping experience,
the coastal range and shoreline offers camping as well.
Families and adventurous people alike will enjoy the cavern
tours in our nearby foothills. Tours that are designed
for the entire family are offered at every cavern. For
adventure seekers, most of the caverns offer adventure
tours that will take you deeper into the caves, often
rappelling on ropes deep into the darkness.
History comes alive in Merced and its surrounding areas.
Remnants of the local Native Americans, missions of the
Spanish settlers, towns of the infamous California Gold
Rush, even the homes of famous writers such as John Steinbeck
and Mark Twain are only a short drive away. Experiencing
historical places, and walking in the footsteps of the
pioneers brings true meaning, enjoyment, and understanding
to history in a way that simply reading books cannot.
The lakes in the Merced area offer an array of activity
from fishing, to boating, to water sports, even camping
and picnicking. The best part is that there are several
lakes to choose from, and many are closer than you might
There are many different parks including river parks,
forests, and wide open spaces. You can fish, camp, picnic,
and even hike, depending on the park. One thing is for
sure, they are a wonderful place to spend the day.
Sunshine Rafting Adventures provides low-risk
high-fun self guided float trips on the Stanislaus River
out of Knights Ferry. These trips, perfect for families,
groups with children, or those just looking to relax in
the California sun, last 4-6 hours, and everything you
need for a day of rafting is included with the trip!
Rides & Whitewater
A train ride through our nearby Sierra Nevada mountains,
or a thrilling ride down its rivers, whatever your brand
of fun it is only a short drive away.
Who needs the zoo when you can see the animals living
completely wild, in their original habitat. The central
valley and central coast has miles of natural habitat
that has been set aside for the local animals. The best
part is that people are allowed to visit these wildlife
refuges, and enjoy the animals. A word of warning, these
animals are truly wild, they are best viewed from a distance.