If you’ve ever driven up to Fairfield for the tour at the Jelly Belly factory (and a bag of their complimentary beans handed out at the end of each tour), you’ve passed the turnoff to one of the Bay Area’s closest rich agricultural areas — Suisun Valley. As harvest time starts to get into swing, a trip up this way with your fam provides an opportunity for some hands-on fun on the farm, and this weekend’s Fun Family Farm Days takes it to the next level. There will be hay-rides, u-pick, live music, arts and crafts, plenty of tasty food, and even wine tastings for the grown-ups (this area’s taking off in the production of some quality cabs and chardonnays). Download a map with all the fun activities.

It’s not all about the countryside, though. Suisun City has its own waterfront district, where you can walk along the delta harbor and check out the ships. Day Park, located on the water, is a great place for the kids to run, climb, and slide before doing some more driving. And in nearby Fairfield, the Blue Frog Grog Grill brewery has a special menu for “tadpoles,” along with a selection of crafted beers for the grown frogs to sample. Next time you’re headed up this way, keep in mind there’s more to see than just a candy factory!

More to Explore (with kiddies in tow):

Fort Mason


Marin Organic and U-Pick


Farrallon Islands

Downtown San Rafael

Mission Bay

El Cerrito


Point Reyes

North Beach

The Mountain Play, Mt. Tam

Gourmet Ghetto

Yerba Buena Gardens and Union Square

Pier 39

Ring Mountain


Jack London Square


Kayak Beach

Fillmore Street

Tennesee Valley Trail


Union Street

Tilden Park

Westfield Center

Solano Ave Part 2

Solano, Part 1

Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park

the Presidio and Crissy Field

Farmer’s Market & China Camp State Park

Marin Organic, U-Pick


Presidio Heights


Larkspur’s Magnolia Street

Mt Tam and the West Point Inn

San Francisco’s Bernal Heights