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Solvang is a nice area- walk around the charming (if not touristy) town and sit in the sun at a cafe. Take your kids to the amazing Sunnyfields Park with its medieval playground. Enjoy the miniature horses at Quicksilver Ranch. Skateboard or take in nature at Hans Christian Andersen Park.
For farms to visit, check out the Blueberry Farm and Ostrichland in Buellton.