Featured Activity: Visit a Winery or Vineyard

Published on August 09, 2022 - Updated on August 09, 2022

When you think of visiting wineries and vineyards you might not immediately consider it to be a family-friendly activity, but most wineries welcome all including kids, both human and canine! Visiting a winery can be a great way to get outside, enjoy your family or fur-kids, and support a local business.


Where to find a Local Winery or Vineyard

If you don’t live in California, don’t worry. Though that may be the most popular place for wineries in the US, nearly every state has its own local vineyards. We have visited wineries all over including in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts.

Here are some Happyly-approved wineries to get you started. Search your location on the app to find more! If we haven’t visited any in your area yet, a quick Google search should help you out. Most wineries are dog-friendly, at least in the outdoor areas, but call ahead to make sure.

Winery dogs

What to do at a Winery

Drink wine, of course!

Ok, this one might be obvious. But trying and buying wines at small vineyards is a great way to support your local economy and small businesses. You might find a new favorite, or at least have fun trying. Tastings are a great way to sample a little of everything. And some places offer fun cheese or chocolate pairings with your tasting. You might even find some fun drinks like fruit wines, sangria or frozé (a rosé slushie!).


Tour or explore the vineyard, winery, caves, etc

Lots of wineries have tours and it’s a fun way to learn about how the grapes are grown and harvested and how the wine is made. You might even get to check out some neat caves and cellars. If they don’t have guided tours, wander out into the vineyards (if allowed) and check out the grapes yourself. Kiddos will love running up and down the rows and peeking at the growing fruit.


Check out live music or other entertainment

Check a winery's website or social media to see if they have a calendar of events. Lots of places have live music or host festivals or other events. We've even been to a winery where you can watch a polo match (King Family Vineyards listed above under Virginia)! A perfect way to spend a beautiful weekend afternoon.

Play games

Lots of wineries we have visited have board games and/or yard games available to keep people entertained while they sip. Think corn hole and horseshoes, Jenga and Connect Four. The games are great for keeping kids entertained while the adults chat, or for getting families off their phones and doing something fun together.

Winery Games

Pack a picnic, visit a food truck, or grab a charcuterie board

Even if you don’t like wine, most vineyards have beautiful scenery— rolling hills, rows of grapevines, and charming architecture. They’re the perfect place for an outdoor picnic or meal. Lots of wineries have food available. You might find a full-on gourmet restaurant or specialty food like wood-fired pizza. Many wineries we have visited don’t have their own kitchen but have a rotating arsenal of food trucks visiting daily. Lots offer snacks and charcuterie.

And nearly all wineries, regardless of whether or not they serve their own food, let you bring your own picnic or snacks. Many wine towns have cute artisanal food markets so you can stop and pick up something yummy on the way! If you aren't into wine but want to picnic at a winery, be sure to buy a bottle for a friend or neighbor so you're still supporting their business.


Whether or not you like or drink wine, a local vineyard can be a great place to spend the day outside with your whole family!

Have you and your family visited a winery or vineyard? If you visit one, tag us in it on Instagram @gethappyly for a chance to be featured!

Interested in other fun activities that will get your family outside? Read up on our Building a Family Garden article or how to Build a Bug Hotel!

For even more local activities and attractions at your fingertips, be sure to download the happyly app, the country's only mobile-first family activity planning app, for fast access to all of our frequent blog content, favorite activities, and expertly designed curated days, both locally and in many communities and travel destinations across the country.

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Jessica Parrish
I am a Massachusetts native who grew up in the suburbs of Boston and on Cape Cod. As a military spouse I have lived all over the country from Florida to California, and several places in between. My family has now settled in Virginia where I am a stay-at-home mom to two awesome girls. I love to explore and hike National and State Parks, and spend tons of time at the beach with my kids, splashing in the waves in the summer and searching for shells and seaglass in the winter. I also love running, yoga and cooking!
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