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Community - Things to do for Fun

Dixon and Solano/Yolo County residents enjoy an abundance of leisure activities, both locally and in the many recreational areas situated within a short drive from town. Whether you'd like to experience the world class restaurants of the San Francisco Bay Area, ski down the slopes with a view of mighty Lake Tahoe or maybe just wet a fishing line in the misty tributaries of the Sacramento River Delta, if you're a local resident you are in a prime position to enjoy the vast playgrounds of California's Central Valley! Still closer to home, the city of Dixon offers ample parkland and a variety of sports leagues and classes through its award-winning Parks and Recreation Department. Whatever your leisure activity, we welcome you to call Dixon your new home!

  • Visit Shasta to rent a houseboat or just bring the hiking boots to explore this paradise of trees, streams, and high mountain lakes.

  • Tour Napa Valley and pick from the long list of activities...including a tour of award winning vineyards, your first balloon flight, indulging yourself at a spa, or exploring the multitude of shops, restaurants and galleries. Just some examples of why Napa Valley is a favorite destination for residents of Northern California.

  • Drive To Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas to really have some fun! This site is a wealth of information...with everything from the Reno air races to full moon hikes at Squaw Valley!

  • Lake Berryessa: Covering some 21,000 acres and 165 miles of shoreline, Lake Berryessa's fishing prime time is just about anytime. If fishing isn't your game, the lake is also a boating mecca. Other popular pastimes include organized swims and bike rides sponsered by local clubs.

  • Paramounts Great America: Northern California's premier park blends movie magic with roller coaster thrills. Location: Great America Parkway (between Highways 101 and 237), Santa Clara, CA 95054, (408) 988-1776.

  • Winchester Mystery House: The Winchester House is a "must see" for visitors to Silicon Valley, San Jose, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Winchester Mystery House is a 160-room, $5,500,000 Victorian mansion that was owned, designed and built under the direct supervision of Sarah L. Winchester (Mrs. William Wirt Winchester). By the way, you may get a haunting feeling when you explore this attraction!

  • Historic Old Sacramento: is situated on 28 acres adjacent to the Sacramento River in the downtown area. It is alive with restaurants, a public market, shopping and some of Sacramento's best night-life. For a complete day, try visiting the railroad museum, having lunch at "Fats" then finishing up with a live comedy show at Laughs Unlimited.

  • San Francisco: (2 Hour Drive From Dixon) There's more to the City by the Bay than cable cars and sourdough bread.
  • Additional Solano County Attractions

    Museums & Tourist Attractions

    • Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave., offers several exhibits each year devoted to local history or events. Museum and museum store hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $1 for adults, 50 cents for students. Admission is free every Wednesday. For group tours, call 707-447-4513 two weeks in advance.
    • Main Street Theatre, 305 Main St., Vacaville (the old Clark Theater), is continuing renovations under the auspices of New Life Production Co. A variety of family-oriented productions are planned - 707-451-7575.
    • Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, part of the Vacaville Cultural Center, 1010 Ulatis Drive, the theater hosts a variety of musical, theatrical, dance and educational programs throughout the year - 707-449-6217.
    • Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, in the heart of downtown Fairfield at 1035 Texas St., is home to productions by regional musical ensembles, dance companies and theater groups year round. It also houses a small art gallery - 707-428-7662 or 707-428-7664.
    • Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center (Air Museum), in Building 80 on Travis, features several vintage and military aircraft on static display outdoors, plus 18,000 square feet of displays, exhibits and gift shops inside. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. Large groups should call for a guided tour. Access to the base requires current driver's license and registration to be presented at the Main Gate Visitors Center off Air Base Parkway in Fairfield - 707-424-5605.
    • Rush Ranch is off Grizzly Island Road, two miles south of state Highway 12 near Suisun City. It is a 2,070-acre open space consisting of salt marsh, a managed freshwater marsh, rolling grass-covered hills and small areas of planted eucalyptus trees. There are three main trail systems, and fishing is allowed in designated areas. Hunting, horses, dogs, bicycles and fires are not permitted. Call the ranch at 707-421-1351, or the Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation at 707-428-7673.
    • Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield, offers free 45-minute tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (Monday through Saturday June 1 to Sept. 1). Reservations should be made for groups of 25 or more - 707-429-7595.
    • Capitol State Historic Park is at the corner of First and G streets in downtown Benicia. The first state capitol stands as a handsome testament to California's colorful past. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $1 for those 6 to 12, $2 for those 13 and older - 707-745-3385.
    • Jelly Belly Factory, The Herman Goelitz Candy Co., 2400 N. Watney Way, Fairfield, offers tours of its Jelly Belly jelly bean plant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. There's also an on-site Jelly Belly Cafe -707-428-2838.
    • Six Flags Marine World on Marine World Parkway (off Highway 37) in Vallejo has new rides, shows and animal exhibits. Admission is $19.99 to $39.99. Children 3 and younger admitted free. The park opens at 9 a.m. daily. and is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Parking is $7 -707- 643-6722 or 707-644-4000.
    • Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $1.50 for adults, 75 cents for seniors and children ages 12-17, free for children younger than 12 -707-643-0077.
    • Western Railway Museum, Highway 12 between Rio Vista and Fairfield, features rail and streetcars, some running on formerly abandoned tracks. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday after Labor Day. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and $18 for a family group - 707-374-2978.

    Theatre & Arts

    • John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo periodically offers free Sunday afternoon concerts. The library is located at 505 Santa Clara St., Vallejo - 707-553-5348.
    • Benicia Old Town Theatre Group produces comedies, drama, musicals and offers dinner-theater productions in the community's historic I.D.E.S. Hall - 707-746-1269.
    • Dance Direction, 306 Spring St., Suisun City, offers dance instruction as well as being home base for the Lisa Clark Dancers, a nationally recognized performance troupe - 707-425-7777.
    • Fairfield Civic Theatre offers adult productions, children's workshops, musicals and plays performed at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Amateurs are welcome to try out - 864-1000.
    • Vacaville Main Street Players (formerly Gaslighter's Old-Time Theater), will be presenting family stage entertainment during the coming year. Call Paul Fair at 707-494-9587.
    • Harbor Youth Productions, working in cooperation with Solano College Theatre, is a youth theater training program that helps young performers learn by producing and acting in their own plays. Participants perform at Solano Community College and at the new Suisun Harbor Theatre on the Suisun City waterfront. Coordinator is Pam Spering - 707-429-1900.
    • Leisure Town Entertainers in Vacaville are Leisure Town residents and guest artists who present an annual variety show. Call Mary McIntyre at 707-448-8020.
    • Mira Theatre Guild Inc. produces plays at Bay Terrace Theatre, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo. The guild has a four-show season and is in its 51st year - 707-644-3262.
    • North Bay Opera Company, 3540 Nantucket Drive, Fairfield, is under the direction of founder Constance Lisec. This company has been critically acclaimed for its operatic and musical theater performances - 707-429-3551 or 707-425-6644.
    • Solano Choral Society is based at Solano Community College, this group of amateurs performs several times a year under the direction of Helen Intintoli - 707-864-7000.
    • Solano College Theatre produces plays at the Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Suisun, and at Suisun Harbor Theatre in Suisun City. The college theater also is a performing arts center for neighboring communities - 707-864-7100 or 707-864-7199.
    • Solano Civic Ballet Association, 601 Main St., Suisun City. This group is for dancers of all ages and is under the direction of Yanina Cywinska - 707-426-6606.
    • Solano Community Symphony performs throughout the year in both Fairfield and Vacaville under the direction of conductor Semyon Lohss. Their season begins in October. Symphony president is Deborah Hayward-Gault. Call 707-448-6500 or write P.O. Box 154, Fairfield 94533-0015.
    • Solano Repertory Company performs at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts as well as providing outdoor Shakespeare performances in neighboring communities during the summer. It is a semi-professional theater company dedicated to the production of classic, experimental and modern American theater. Call Barbara Norris at 707-429-0814.
    • Stage Right Productions, one of Vacaville's newest theater companies, was formed in 1999. The group specializes in swing dance musical performances. Call Kerry Brown at 707-451-2209.
    • Stage Struck Studio of Dance and Baton, 1110 Marshall Road, Vacaville, is home to the popular Cowtown Cloggers dance troupe - 707-455-0772.
    • Vaca Valley Suzuki Strings is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of violin, viola and cello using the Suzuki Books volume 1-10, fiddle and folk music. Sponsored by the Vaca Valley Suzuki Parents Association, the organization provides musical opportunities in the local community for students 2 years old through adult - 707-446-2368.
    • Vaca Valley Chamber Music involves ensembles for all ages. Musicians rehearse Mondays or Thursdays. The season runs from September through May, with summer sessions in June and July. The non-profit organization is sponsored by the Vaca Valley Suzuki Parents Association. The coach is Joyce LaMonte - 707-446-2368.
    • Vacaville Ballet Co., a non-profit dance company founded by Cheri Glankler, at 810-D Davis St., Vacaville. The company performs classical and contemporary ballet programs at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, working with students from the Vacaville Ballet Academy - 707-449-1976.
    • Vallejo Music Theater, P.O. Box 186, Vallejo 94590. This troupe's work usually includes at least one spring cabaret and a summer Broadway musical, as well as offering theater workshops at the Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo - 707-552-2787.
    • Vallejo Symphony, Solano County's oldest symphony orchestra, presents six regular concerts a year and a special Fourth of July pops concert at Marina Green in Vallejo. Concerts are held in Hogan Auditorium or Rizza Auditorium at the California Maritime Academy, both in Vallejo, with concert tours throughout Solano County - 707-643-4441.
    • The West Valley Chorale, formerly the Big Vee Showboat Chorus of Vacaville and the High Wheelers of Davis, performs barbershop harmony. This Dixon-based group is open to men and boys. Their annual show is traditionally in February - 446-1010 or 707-448-2832.
    • Arts Benicia Center, The Arts Benicia Center Gallery, is at 991 Tyler St., No. 114, Benicia. Local and regional artists are exhibited throughout the year. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment - 707-747-0131.
    • Solano Arts Gallery, The Solano County Arts Council maintains offices and an art gallery at 318 Main St. in downtown Vacaville 707- 448-1792.
    • Center Gallery, 1035 Texas St. (inside the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts). Open during programs at the center as well as by appointment. The gallery presents several exhibitions annually of local, regional and nationally known artists - 707-428-7430.
    • Vacaville Art Gallery, 718 E. Monte Vista Ave., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All work is changed on the first of each month - 707-448-8712.
    • Rio Vista's Art for All Reasons Gallery, 170 Main St., offers a painting, drawing, sculpture, leather work and photography from several regional artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - 707-374-2238.

    Recreation Services


    For general information contact the Community Services Department at 707-449-5395. Programs for youth include softball, baseball, flag football, gymnastics, basketball, Nerf football, floor hockey and various sports camps. Adults programs include softball, basketball, golf, boxing, Wiffleball, volleyball and various sports lessons and tournaments.


    For general information contact the recreation department at 707-678-7000. Programs include youth soccer, girls softball, Little League baseball, adult softball, Dixon Dolphins Swim Team, co-ed high school volleyball, youth wrestling, Pepsi Hot Shot basketball, ARCO/Jesse Owens track meet and adult basketball.


    For general information contact the Community Services Department, 707-428-7437. Adult sports programs include full-court basketball, weight lifting, volleyball, horseshoes tournaments, men's flag football, softball, tennis and golf. Youth sports include swimming, co-ed inner tube water polo, diving, mini baseball, Fairfield Poppies Gymnastics Team, tennis, basketball, flag football and Nerf Football.

    Amusement parks

    • Tilt, 1372B Solano Mall, Fairfield - 707-426-544
    • Scandia Family Center, Interstate 80 and Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield - 707-864-8558
    • Six Flags Marine World, 2001 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo 94589 - 707-644-4000


    • Lake Berryessa Marina Resort, 5800 Knoxville Road - 707-966-2161
    • Pleasure Cove Resort, Lake Berryessa - 707-966-2172
    • Rancho Monticello Resort, Lake Berryessa - 707-966-2188
    • Sandy Beach Park, Beach Drive, Rio Vista - 707-374-2097
    • Spanish Flat Resort, Lake Berryessa - 707-966-7700


    • Argyll Park, Dixon - 707-678-3592
    • Fairfield Civic Center and Dover Park, Fairfield - 707-428-7465
    • Lake Berryessa: Steele Park, 707-966-2123 or 1-800-522-2123; Rancho Monticello Resort, 707-966-2188; Spanish Flat Resort, 707-966-7700; Pleasure Cove Resort, 707-966-2172
    Youth sports - Vacaville

    • American Little League - 707-421-5225
    • Central Little League - 707-429-6399
    • National League - 707-438-1222
    • Pony Colt - 707-449-1314
    • Senior Babe Ruth - 707-446-3489
    • Vaca National Junior Basketball - 707-452-0226
    • Youth Football Bengals - 707-447-0305
    • Youth Footbal Bulldogs - 707-448-6603
    • Fox Gymnastics Center - 707-452-1118 or 707-449-9024
    • Vacaville Youth Soccer League - 707-447-8975
    • Soccer Center of Excellence - 707-451-7723
    • Bobby Sox - 707-446-8681
    • Vacaville Wrestling Club - 707-447-6772
    • Vacaville Swim Club - 707-447-1676
    Youth sports - Fairfield

    • Tri Valley Little League - 707-864-0731
    • Atlantic Little League - 707-435-0845
    • Pacific Little League - 707-427-5914
    • Babe Ruth - 707-446-3489
    • Expos - 707-451-2640
    • Yankees - 707-425-4444
    • Semipro Baseball - 707-446-2131
    • Youth Football Falcons - 707-422-4470
    • Westwind Flyers Track Club - 707-421-4101 or 707-425-7438
    • Fairfield-Suisun Youth Soccer - 707-434-1512
    • Fairfield Aquatic Club - 707-427-0107
    • Sea Otters - 707-422-2858

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