Vacaville, California: Nut Tree Park

Although not what it once was, remnants and renovations of the Nut Tree Plaza survive in a pocket of the mall -- geared for kids, including a big chess set, mini-train, carousel and goofy photo op.
Address:
1661 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA
Directions:
I-80 exits 55 (westbound) or 56 (eastbound), then one block north. On the north side of E. Monte Vista Ave. just west of Nut Tree Rd.
Phone:
707-447-6000
Admission:
Free to walk around
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Nut Tree photo op. Nut Tree Plaza

Although this is not the old school Nut Tree that Vacaville residents grew up with, there is a carousel, the original train, Nut Tree rocking horses, a giraffe, a photo-op wall, and a giant chess set.

[Mitch, 02/25/2013]
Nut Tree Park

The old Nut Tree everyone remembers has been completely redone. The new Nut Tree is mostly stores, but tucked behind the stores is the Nut Tree Family Park.

The original Nut Tree train has been restored and is open to ride all day (four tickets per person). Kids two and under are free on the train. There are also bumper cars, a mini roller coaster, a carousel, mini "emergency vehicles", hobby horses and a mini airplane ride (don't worry, they don't actually go up in the air).

They still have the scarecrow contest and pumpkin patch every year, complete with tractor and hay rides.

[Heather, 02/22/2008]

January 2009: Unfortunately, just like the old Nut Tree that everyone remembers, the new Nut Tree Family Park has gone out of business, too.

Nut Tree Bought By Senator's Husband and Superrich Cronies

Investment banker Richard C. Blum, superrich husband of California Senator Diane Feinstein, is making an octopus grab for the venerable Nut Tree, a landmark roadside stop between Sacramento and San Francisco on I-80.

... [03/22/1997] Complete News Story

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