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Family-friendly summer activities in and around Atwater, CA

Located 80 miles south of Sacramento, Atwater is a charming city in Central California that boasts endless family-friendly activities. Surrounded by hiking trails and nature parks, it is ideal for retirement or raising a family.

In addition, Atwater offers several quaint mobile home communities, including the age-all community of Rancho Grande. This community provides excellent amenities such as a dog park, swimming pool, and clubhouse. You’ll also have access to RV storage, on-site laundry facilities, and a communal library.


Summer activities in and around Atwater, CA

Despite its rural vibe, Atwater offers plenty of family-friendly recreational activities near state and national parks like Yosemite. Additionally, Atwater boasts excellent sports facilities like baseball fields, golf courses, and hiking trails, similar to a vast outdoor playground.


Nature exploration through hiking trails 

For families with small kids, McConnell State Recreation Area is perfect, with easy hiking trails, family-friendly campsites, and playgrounds. Fishing is also available in the Merced River.
Yosemite National Park is another option, with trails for all levels, including kid-friendly hikes like the Vernal Fall Footbridge, Mirror Lakes, and Mist Trail footbridge, which rarely get crowded.


These are other hike trails near Atwater that are worth visiting: 


Golf courses 

For a relaxed, low-impact sport, check out Rancho Del Rey Golf Course & Country Club. Located in the heart of Atwater, this 18-hole course offers some challenging curves for golfers.


Other golf courses you may want to try: 

  • Merced Hills Golf Club 
  • Turlock Golf and Country Club 
  • River Oaks Golf Club 


Nature Centers 

For bird-watching, visit Stanislaus Audubon Society in Modesto, a 30-minute drive from Atwater. You’ll spot wild birds like Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Western Tanager, and Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireos.

Then, drive an hour to the Shinzen Japanese Garden in Woodward Park in Fresno. The 5-acre garden showcases stone, water, and plants that change colors each season.


Final word 

Atwater is surrounded by nature parks, beautiful gardens, sports facilities and hiking trails that offer countless recreational activities for the whole family. 

If you’re considering making Atwater your permanent home, check out Rancho Grande MHP, which offers excellent amenities and quick access to Highway 99, meaning it’s just a short drive from local restaurants and shops. Send us a message and let’s schedule your visit. 

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