Family-friendly museums and restaurants in the heart of Southern California wine country.

By Travel + Leisure
May 14, 2012
Courtesy of City of Temecula

Although it’s known primarily known as a grape-growing region (its vineyards are the closest ones to L.A.), Temecula also offers a range of family-oriented activities.

Temecula Children's Museum

The innovative Temecula Children’s Museum offers an interactive-experimental tour through the home of fictitious inventor Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, PhD.

Old Town Root Beer Company

Kids (and parents) with a sweet tooth will appreciate the charming Old Town Root Beer Company, which serves 185 varieties of the nostalgic drink.

Sweet Lumpy's BBQ

This Old Town restaurant is known for its hickory-smoked ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, all served with two homemade sauces—one sweet, one spicy—and traditional sides, like mashed yams and baked beans. A large metal tub of all-you-can-eat peanuts sits on a hay bale in the dining room, which is decorated with vintage cowboy photographs, lassos and saddles, and red-and-white-checkered tablecloths. This is one of those places with character; when eating peanuts, toss the shells right on the floor.

The Bank Mexican Restaurant

Enjoy fajitas and crab enchiladas at The Bank Mexican Restaurant, housed in a historic bank building.

Temecula Creek Inn

The inn offers 27 holes of golf, fine dining at its Temet Grill, and spacious modern guest rooms.