Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park offers a great mix of recreation and history for residents, with hiking and biking trails, a lake for fishing, picnic areas, a dog park, the Peña Adobe and the Goheen-Mowers Museum.
The two parks, which cover more than 470 acres, are run by Vacaville and are halfway between Fairfield and Vacaville on the south side of Interstate 80.
The 106-acre lagoon is the home to a considerable population of geese and ducks, as well as a nice backdrop for the many running and bicycling events that take place in the parking lot and use the trails that run through the surrounding hills.
Historic Peña Adobe was built in the 1840s by some of Vacaville’s first pioneers and hosts many spring and summertime youth parks programs. Both the adobe and the adjacent Goheen-Mowers Museum were renovated and reopened to the public more than a decade ago. Volunteers now offer demonstrations of early pioneer and American Indian life the first Saturday of every month in conjunction with the Rush Ranch Educational Council.
Location: Entrance to both Lagoon Valley Park and Peña Adobe on Peña Adobe Road just off Rivera Road, just west of Vacaville.
For more information: Lagoon Valley Park: www.cityofvacaville.com/index.aspx?page=375. Peña Adobe/Goheen-Mowers Museum: 707-447-0518, www.penaadobe.org