With so much to do outside, it can be easy to overlook all of the memorable things Calaveras has to offer indoors. From charming historic downtowns throughout the region, national award winning wine tasting rooms, Gold Rush museums, family owned shops, art galleries, live theater, award-winning restaurants, and more, the indoors leave a lot to explore in Calaveras County. Read on for 10 ways to explore Calaveras’ indoor activities by town, today.
⚠️Local’s Tip: During California’s wildfire season, remember the basic rule of thumb: if you can smell or see smoke, outdoor recreation is not advisable. You can view Calaveras County current air quality conditions here, and read on for fun activities out of the smoke line. More information on regional fire conditions can be found at Visit California. Need help planning your trip? We’re available to answer questions 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764 or via email at inf[email protected]. Happy travels!
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1. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Time Travel
If history is your thing, you’re in luck, Calaveras is not only rich in Gold Rush history, but air-conditioned museums with hours worth of indigenous American and Gold Rush history artifacts to explore. Traveling with kids? They’ll love the 3 acre Angels Camp Museum where they can burn off some energy running through one of the largest covered wagon exhibits West of the Mississippi. Not to mention seeing the largest gold leaf nugget ever found at Ironstone Vineyard’s Heritage Museum. Learn what sets each museum apart by clicking the links below:
- Angels Camp Museum & Carriage House – Angels Camp, CA
- Calaveras Big Trees State Park Museum – Arnold, CA
- Calaveras County Museum Complex – San Andreas, CA
- Ironstone Heritage Museum – Murphys, CA
- Murphys Old Timers Museum – Murphys, CA
- Red Barn Museum – San Andreas, CA
- Sierra Nevada Logging Museum – Arnold, CA
2. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Go Underground
Did you know Calaveras has more caves than any county in California? From simple walking tours to elaborate adventure tours, special events, they take indoor adventure to the next level. If the weather’s right, make sure to ask about gem stone panning at the cave of your choice, or twin-ziplines and the climbing tower at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park–each cave in Calaveras has a lot to offer. With three showroom caves to choose from, learn the differences between each one to decide which would be best for you by exploring the links below:
3. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Get Creative
Calling all art enthusiasts! Did you know Calaveras County is home to more than a dozen art galleries in less than an hour’s drive? From Valley Spring’s outdoor art park at Oakwilde Ranch & Sculpture, to Quyle Kilns at Brice Station Vineyards, our local artists put on quite the show. Find the right art experience for you with our Calaveras Art Gallery Guide, or visit our online calendar of events to find art classes and art events during the time of your visit.
4. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Catch a Movie
Located right across the street from Yummy Ha! Ha! Ice Cream in historic downtown Angels Camp, Angels 6 Theatres is the perfect place to top off your Calaveras experience with the latest movies in this art-deco style building with its 6 screens. Built during the silent film era, this historic theater comes with all the modern perks–including air-conditioned auditoriums and the latest blockbuster releases. Featuring more affordable prices for tickets and concessions than the average California cinema, Angels 6 Theatres is a special treat. Small town friendliness, delicious GMO-free popcorn, comfy high back reclinable seats with flip up armrests and quaint downtown atmosphere all contribute to make this a fun place to enjoy a movie and a way to cool off in Calaveras–a favorite with locals.
5. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Ghost Hunting
Did you know you can explore haunted hotels in Calaveras County for free? That’s right, we said the “H” word! Located in Murphys and Mokelumne Hill, we have two hotels that would do just the trick. To kick things off, the Murphys Historic Hotel (featured in programs such as Haunted California and Hotel Hell), is an active hotel, restaurant, saloon, wedding and event venue that gives top secret ghost tours on request during regular business hours. Looking for even more ghost hunting fun? You won’t want to miss the Historic Hotel Leger, an active hotel, saloon, wedding and event venue featured in numerous ghost hunting shows as well. At Mokelumne Hill’s Historic Hotel Leger you can actually rent a ghost hunting kit for free and show the pros how it’s done.
6. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Retail Therapy
Looking to get your retail therapy on? One of the cool things about Calaveras County is that thanks to our abundance of independently owned and operated businesses, our shops are filled with one of a kind treasures you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Explore shopping in our charming historic downtowns as well as around Calaveras County. Search by town here:
Shopping in Angels Camp‘s historic downtown I Shopping in Arnold I Shopping in Copperopolis I Shopping in Mokelumne Hill‘s historic downtown I Shopping in Murphys‘ historic downtown I Shopping in San Andreas‘s historic downtown area I Shopping in Vallecito area’s wine tasting rooms I Shopping in Valley Springs Area
7. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Wine Tasting
Did you know Calaveras is home to dozens of award winning wineries? Featuring uncommon varietals that thrive in our unique climate and Gold Country soil leads to a completely unique tasting experience. Frequently referenced as an up and coming wine region, taste your way through Calaveras’ many national award winning varietals while enjoying historic gold rush architecture, artisan food pairings, and the frequent opportunity to meet our local winemakers. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of your VIP pass to get discounts with participating wineries. Find Calaveras wine tasting here:
8. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Awesome Restaurants
From artisan ice cream in Murphys, Angels Camp, Copperopolis and Valley Springs, to national award winning coffee roaster Gold Country Roasters, funky bars, and a family friendly brewery, to top-rated sushi, the oldest farm/pie stand in California, to Cupcake War winning Lila and Sage Cupcakes and restaurants inside of haunted hotels, Calaveras has a LOT to offer the adventure-seeking foodie among you. Explore Calaveras restaurants below.
9. Indoor Activities in Calaveras – Get Pampered
Travel is a time of restoration, so why not add a little next level self care to your trip? From Murphys Infuse Health and Wellness Boutique that offers a dash of self care alongside their retail therapy, to one of our many spas throughout the area, you deserve to put your feet up and take a load off in Calaveras County. Whether working up a sweat, or finding your bliss, find the right spa/health and wellness service for you here:
10. Indoor Activities in Calaveras: Epic Worlds and Games in Copperopolis
If you want to get out of the smoke line and have a little more relaxing time check out Epic Worlds and Games in Copperopolis Town Square! The air conditioning is always on, and you can play one of over sixty board games for free! You can even have a pizza delivered to your table if you get hungry courtesy of nearby Gold Dust Pizza. The friendly and very knowledgeable staff are also happy to teach you how to play a game before purchase. If they don’t have something in stock, they’ll order it for you. Come have some fun!
BONUS: Angels Camp’s Barrel of Monkeez
Looking for an indoor space to help the kids let it all out? It’s time to call Barrel of Monkeez! Based in Angels Camp, CA, Barrel of Monkeez is a fabulously entertaining indoor playground for kids and features a huge number of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Pay one price and enjoy all of the activities all day long. This is the perfect place to have your kids expend some energy, especially if it’s raining or a little too smoky outside. The facility is air-conditioned in the summer, so all that activity won’t get you overheated. Afterwards, take the guesswork out of lunch or dinner with our Guide to Family-Friendly Restaurants in Angels Camp.
- Pay one price and enjoy all of the activities all day long.
- Call Barrel of Monkeez at 1-209-813-8753 to schedule your visit.
- Please bring socks, since this is a shoe-free zone.
- A separate toddler area ensures that little ones don’t get overwhelmed by older kids’ energy and activities.
- You can also bring in your own food and drink to enjoy at tables indoors for when you need to take a break
- Activities include: Two huge bounce houses (even adults can play in), a toddler interactive area and racetrack, 9-hole mini-golf course, black light lazer tag arena, sumo suit, jousting, boxing, inflatable rock wall, monkey ball, sensory interactive multi-player gaming floor, karaoke/dance music studio, large party room, and more.
Looking for something specific, or want help planning your trip? Feel free to give us a call 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764. We’re also available by email at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you soon.