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Solano County Cities by population:

Vallejo - over 120,000
Fairfield - over 100,000
Vacaville - around 100,000
Benicia - over 27,000
Suisun City - over 26,000
Dixon - over 16,000
Rio Vista - over 5,000

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Solano County California is Kid Friendly
Solano County Among America’s 100 Best Communities For Youth


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Solano County became one of America’s 100 best communities for kids by America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth several years ago and we, as travelers, recognize its value for
California Kids Vacations.


Founded to insure the well-being of children and young adults in America, a national competition was held with a panel of luminaries such as Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala; baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr.; and Tim Russert, NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of Meet the Press.


For tourists, travelers and kids on vacation, Solano County does honor its children with theme parks, aquariums, candy factory tours, boat roads on the bay and a whole lot more.  Solana County enjoys Six Flags Marine World, a unique theme park with extreme thrill rides and an entire zoo and aquarium section with shows and learning opportunities for children and adults. From the Jelly Belly candy factory tour with a free sample bar to the fairs, parades and boat rides from Vallejo to San Francisco, kids can enjoy a variety of tours, attractions and activities.


With over 85% of California travelers comprised from the state's population, families on vacation with children can travel a short distance, the far reaches of the state, or fly into San Francisco or Oakland Airport to enjoy the best that Solano County has to offer.

About Solano County's 100 Best Communities ranking: In a field of 1,200 candidate communities across the United States, Solano County was among the 100 winners in part, because "Solano residents support the value of collaboration,” stated the Alliance.

Solano County Board of Supervisors has been charged in the past decade with strategic goals that focus on services for young people to improve their lives, maintain their safe communities and improve their health and well-being. Solano County was recognized primarily for the efforts put forth by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, the Solano Coalition for Better Health, the Children’s Network of Solano County, the Solano County Department of Health & Human Services and First 5 Solano, the County’s voter-approved Proposition 10 funding for children’s services.

An estimated 96 percent of Solano County’s children now have health care coverage – an achievement that the America’s Promise panel recognized in its selection.


Other aspects of Solano County life not mentioned in the award recognition process are known by Bay Area residents and visitors to Solano County. Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield and Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo are two of the county's premier attractions catering to families and kids especially.


Hotels of note in Solano County tourists may enjoy: When visiting this area northeast of the San Francisco Bay, you may find it worth a stay. We certainly have appreciated the new hotels that have come online in recent years and found that in Vacaville, the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott were several great choices in a selection of approx. 11 hotels.


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Attractions in Solano County include:
Six Flags Marine World (Vallejo)
• Solano Steelheads Baseball Team (Vacaville)
• Benicia Capital State Historic Park (Benicia)
• Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour (Fairfield)
• Herman Goelitz (Jelly Belly) Tour (Fairfield)


Museums in Solano County include:
• Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns
• Rio Vista Museum
• Travis Air Force Base Air Museum
• Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center
• Vacaville Museum
• Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
• Western Railway Museum