Vacaville, California Photos and Information

Located in Solano County midway between San Francisco and Sacramento,  Vacaville enjoys warm summers and mild winters, with an average summer high of 94º and an average winter low of 36º. It's convenient location adjacent to Interstate Highway 80 provides a large range of chain restaurants and shops for tourists and travelers who want to stop. But for those willing to spend a little time to explore, veer just a mile or two more and drive along Main Street to see the beautiful downtown.


Once a stage stop for the Pony Express, the City of Vacaville, was named for Manuel Vaca who sold his parcel of land with the agreement that one square mile area would be used to create a township. The township of Vacaville was recorded on Dec. 13, 1851 and officially became a city 41 years later in 1892.  A marker signifies the first business building of record as Gillispie's Store in 1855, which was added as a stage stop for the Pony Express from 1860 to 1861.

Vacaville later became known as the fresh fruit capital of California and included Nut Tree roadside fruit stand that grew to become a world-renowned restaurant complex. The oasis for travelers between the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Valley was in existence for almost 75 years. Today as Vacaville has grown to nearly 100,000 population, it continues to serve travelers with convenient hotels, restaurants and shops located near busy Highway 80 between the two major cities.


With approximately 27 square miles of land today, Vacaville is much larger than that original square mile parcel. Bordered by rolling hillsides with elevations ranging from 90 to 300 feet, fruit orchards and fertile farmland surround the city. Annual rainfall averages 17.39 inches. There's a community pool with water slides, ball fields and a skateboard park.


Events throughout the year include an annual Fiesta Days held on Memorial weekend, 4th of July celebration,  Tribute to Seniors, free summer concerts at Creekwalk, and Merriment on Main festivities during the winter holiday season.


Things to do in and around Vacaville


CreekWalk and Plaza winds along Ulatis Creek in downtown Vacaville, bordering Andrews Park. It is home to community events that include Summer Concert Series every Friday evening from May to September. Dining, shops and restaurants with live music from country to punk, R&B to rock & roll, oldies to jazz can be heard in this crown jewel of the downtown region.


Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park is located on Pena Adobe Road off Interstate 80. The 470 acre park includes the historic Pena Adobe home, barbecue areas, horseshoe pit, multi-purpose field, bike trails, a small pond, hiking, Lagoon Valley Lake for fishing and much more. The park also features a 30,000 square foot fenced in dog park complete with trees, water and trash receptacles.


Shopping on Main Street or at Vacaville Premium Outlets  
On a recent visit to Vacaville, stores at the Premium Outlets included: Adidas (707) 447-0886; Ann Taylor Factory Store (707) 447-9066; Ashworth-Callaway Golf (707) 447-0237; Banana Republic Factory Store (707) 452-8892; Bass (707) 446-4352; Big Dog Sportswear (707) 446-6852; Burberry (707) 452-1400; Calvin Klein (707) 449-8097; Casual Corner Annex (707) 452-8047; Casual Corner Annex Petite (707) 447-4827 ; Casual Corner Annex Woman (707) 448-1318; Casual Male Big & Tall Outlet (707) 451-3446; Chico's (707) 447-9030; Danskin (707) 448-9313; Dress Barn (707) 451-0128; Eddie Bauer (707) 451-0780; Gap Outlet (707) 455-7231; Geoffrey Beene (707) 452-0603; Georgiou (707) 448-3853; Guess (707) 455-8284; Haggar Clothing Co. (707) 447-9304; Izod (707) 449-4093; Jockey (707) 451-8119; Jones New York (707) 446-3989; Koret (707) 451-7334; L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex (707) 449-4243; Levi's Outlet by Most (707) 451-0155; Liz Claiborne (707) 469-0520; London Fog Pacific Trail (707) 447-1196; Motherhood Maternity (707) 446-4792; Nautica (707) 450-0964; Nike Factory Store (707) 455-7014; PacSun (707) 469-9297; Pearl Izumi (707) 449-8425; Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store (707) 447-4200; Puma (707) 446-4565; The Raider Image (707) 447-1587; Rave (707) 446-2670; Reebok (707) 452-0235; Rue 21 (707) 469-0152; Styles for Less (707) 454-0128; Tommy Hilfiger (707) 452-8028; Van Heusen (707) 446-2836; Outlet - Vanity Fair Wrangler Lee (707) 451-1990; Wilsons Leather Outlet (707) 446-6313.

Other stores include: Clarks Bostonian (707) 446-7188; Easy Spirit (707) 448-6788; Naturalizer (707) 452-1083; Nike Factory Store (707) 455-7014; Nine West (707) 448-8929; Puma (707) 446-4565; Reebok (707) 452-0235; Rockport (707) 452-0382; Saucony (707) 450-0686; Vans (707) 447-8368 ; Carter's (707) 447-7440; Danskin (707) 448-9313; Gap Outlet (707) 455-7231; K*B Toy Outlet (707) 448-7314; OshKosh B'Gosh (707) 446-9275; Sanrio (707) 447-3721; Coach (707) 447-2067; Samsonite Company Store (707) 446-1595; Wilsons Leather Outlet (707) 446-6313; Diamonds Direct (707) 446-2144; Sunglass Hut (707) 446-7258 ; Totes/Isotoner/Sunglass World (707) 451-9075; Anna's Linens (707) 449-6329; Black & Decker (707) 453-1256; Kitchen Collection (707) 446-7823; Oneida Home (707) 448-5803 ; Pfaltzgraff (707) 446-4984; Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store (707) 447-4200; Restoration Hardware (707) 446-3421; Royal Doulton (707) 448-2793; Jelly Belly (707) 447-4821; KB Toy Outlet (707) 448-7314; The Paper Outlet (707) 449-3442 ; Perfumania (707) 451-7668; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (707) 453-1041; Verizon Wireless (707) 452-1730; Vitamin World (707) 446-5383; Kristen's Coffee Corner (707) 448-4718  321-F Pizza Pucks (707) 447-0637; Subway (707) 451-1119; Taco Bell/Pot Belly Deli/TCBY (707) 448-4718


Vacaville Museum includes Solano County history exhibits, publications and educational programs promoting community heritage. Since 1984, Vacaville Museum has produced more than 30 exhibits, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County. Docent led tours for school groups and other large groups are available two weeks in advance of the planned date to make reservations. Smaller groups may plan afternoon tours by arranging with the museum office. Call 707-447-4513 for reservations. Vacaville Museum Store includes a fantastic collection of books about the region.  "Images of America - Vacaville, California" - a photo history of Vacaville containing 128 pages and 225 black-and-white photos published in December 2004 by Solano County historian Jerry Bowen is sold at the store.  Location: 213 Buck Ave., Vacaville Ca 95688 Phone: 707-447-4513 fax: 707-447-2661.


Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is an intimate, state-of-the-art 500 seat performance venue. The San Francisco Comedy Competition, Solano Community Symphony, Vacaville Ballet Theatre Company, Vacaville Concert Society, Solano Choral Society and many more professional and regional musical groups, dance and acting organizations have appeared at Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.


Some events that have happened in Vacaville (some repeat annually) have included:


The Art, Wine & Brew Festival Hosted in Downtown Vacaville

Vacaville, California Events and Entertainment Calendar Information

Vacaville Halloween Trick or Treat Annual Event

Vacaville, California Jazz Festival Annual Event

Vacaville Festival of Trees Annual Events California

vacaville downtown photos

Vacaville pictures

Vacaville, California is a picture perfect city that includes shady, tree-lined streets, historic buildings, restaurants and shops stretching along Historic Route 40 and Creekwalk.

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