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Visalia Highlights

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     Population about 107,000 

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  • In a nutshell
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     Quiet, nice, typical small town in agricultural heartland of California 

Visalia Things to Do

  • Visalia in a Nutshell :)

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Nestled at the base of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Range, Visalia's Central California location is an asset to both business and visitors. The city is located 185 miles north of Los Angeles and 225 miles south of San Francisco at the junction of Freeway 99 and Highway 198. In addition, Visalia is located midway...

  • Free Movies in Historic Theater!!!

    I love the Fox Theater and recently they have been having Free Movies and they are really good movies!!!! Alot of times it's associated with a fund raiser but that's kind of a bonus since you learn more about what's happening in the community!This is a great place to have a date night that doesn't cost alot and then walk hand in hand down the...

  • Visalia Adventure Park

    The Visalia Adventure Park is a fun and attractive place for everyone and any age. Visalia Adventure Park is 7 acres of Food, Fun, and Excitement for the whole family. There is no admission to the park, the attractions are Pay As You Play. The Old San Francisco Style Pizza at Kritters Buffet is delicious or you can fill your Need-4-Speed racing...


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Visalia Restaurants

  • An elegant dining experience!

    Family owned and operated since 1966, The Vintage Press is a dining venue for all occasions. Whether it is a family dinner, Sunday brunch, that very special occasion, or a business or casual lunch… there is something special to be enjoyed by all at The Vintage Press. Nestled in the city of Visalia, California, between Bakersfield and Fresno, The...

  • Garlicky, but good

    The restaurant itself is your standard brew pub. There are three main seating areas - outside (which was extremely popular in the spring), an upstairs seating area and the bar area, home to about half a dozen booths. This is where I found myself. After the initial wait to be seated, the service was pretty fast and friendly enough. The restaurant...

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Visalia Nightlife

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    LQQK at the Beauties!

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This a KQQL place to do da bump and grind at. It is spacey, plenty of bouncers, DJ knows his stuff. Last time I partied here, I was comatose the following day.
    B&L's has Live Music on weekends and a Lingerie show once a month ;)

    Dress Code: Wear some clothes.;)

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Visalia Transportation

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    Hum around Visalia

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Visalia is spread out. Not very congested. Easier to drive than to get to know the bus schedules for a short visit.

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Visalia Tourist Traps

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    Honey! Not another mug!

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    You know those mugs, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and the like? Don't waste your money on them. You are going to get them home and wonder what you were thinking when you picked this stuff up and actually paid for it. One day they will all end up on a dusty shelf at your local charity Thrift Store :)

    Unique Suggestions: Walk by such items and forget you ever saw them :)

    Fun Alternatives: Buy a Protein Bar instead :)

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Visalia Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtowne Visalia, Main Street :)

    Downtown Visalia Can Be Found 72 Miles North of Bakersfield and 43 Miles South of Fresno. Just Off Highway 99 about 6 miles East on Highway 198. Downtown Visalians is a membership organization in excess of 600 individual businesses, service providers and professionals who organized and received their incorporation papers in 1963. The majority of...

  • I've lived here for about 10...

    I've lived here for about 10 years and missed out on the best places until about a year ago when I moved accross town. Out past Lovers Lane and Golden West high school is farmland. There are lots of backroads for biking and picnicing. Take 198 N to the lovers lane exit, head west on lovers lane, go down to Houston and head N. Go down Houston to...

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Visalia Sports & Outdoors

  • Visalia White Water Rafting

    Due to the nature of this run you must be in good physical condition and possess prior paddling experience, preferably Class IV or higher, to raft this river. You will also be expected to participate in a pre-trip instruction class on the first morning, covering advanced paddling, safety, and swimming techniques. Wet suits are an absolute necessity...

  • Golfing in Visalia

    The 9-hole "Oaks" course at the Valley Oaks Golf Course facility in Visalia, California features 3,334 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. This Golf Course is a beautiful setting to spend the weekends and is surrounded by astonishing and beautiful nature. Bring your own golf equipment, but are available for rental as well

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Visalia Favorites

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    The end of the Trail

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Written Sep 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Nestled amid the old stately oak trees of Mooney Grove Park is the Tulare County Museum.
    The museum was erected in 1948 .The museum interior houses a number of exhibits among them military uniforms and weaponry, mining equipment, farming tools, antique toys, ancient office equipment and items celebrating the defunct Visalia Electric Railroad.

    The museum also houses collections of Yokuts basketry, Cradle boards, gambling trays, cooking and feasting baskets and a 30,000 year old mammoth tusk found in Woodville, CA.

    Located in the museum are the Main Street are old cars, washers and bathtubs along with a view into the offices and equipment once used by doctors, dentists, grocers and barbers.The guns displayed include pieces from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and a weapon once owned by the notorious train robber Chris Evans.

    The most popular exhibit is the red caboose which belonged to the Visalia Electric Railroad line until 1942 and for children and adults alike it a source of joy and interest.

    The Cramer House is a ranch style home once located in an area north of Springville and it is one of the oldest homes in Tulare County. Built in the 1860's the Cramer house once a stopping ground for stage coaches as well as a post office, it is rumored to have been a hiding place of the infamous outlaws Frank and Jesse James.
    The LaMotte School, built April 8, 1894. Thirty years after it closed the school house was relocated to the Pioneer Village.

    The museum also has Visalia's first city jail, the Ducor Women's Civic Clubhouse, antique farm wagons, tractors and tools, a bear trap and a log cabin thought to be the oldest homestead still in existence in Tulare County. Not to mention an extensive collection of wagons and carts used for delivering mail and transporting vacationers to the Sequoia National Park.

    Fondest memory: Mooney Grove Park has been a popular Park for decades. I remember numerous Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, and Celebrations of various event's :)

    On weekends the park offers bicycles and surreys for rent as well as boats for a ride on the pond and everyday the End of the Trail statue and the Boy Scout Cabin are available for public viewing.

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