10 Best Things to Do in Yuba City, California
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Yuba City is California's 21st-largest metropolitan area, located within the Greater Sacramento statistical area and home to a population of nearly 65,000 residents. The city is located on the traditional lands of the Maidu indigenous people and is believed to have been named after a variant of the Spanish word for grape, as wild grapes were believed to have been spotted by early Spanish explorers in the region. The city, which is located adjacent to Marysville at the confluence of the Yuba and Feather Rivers, enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate year-round and is home to one of the United States' largest Sikh populations, hosting the annual Sikh Parade in November. Other annual special events include the California Swan Festival, held at the Caltrans Building each November.

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1.NorCal Escape Co.

NorCal Escape Co.
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NorCal Escape Co. is a unique escape room attraction offering original real-life escape experiences in West Yuba City since 2015. The attraction, which is open to the public year-round on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, offers four clever types of escape games, which challenge participants to solve story-themed clues together to figure out how to escape together within one hour. The company is best known for its Condemned series games, which follow the legend of a notorious serial killer whose fan following continue to carry out crimes after his capture. Other games offered include the Fox Tail Saloon game, which plays off the legend of 19th-century criminal Billy the Kid, and an Escape Truck game, which casts participants as convicts attempting to escape a correctional facility transport truck. Private game reservations are available upon request for small groups, including corporate team-building events.

3076 Colusa Hwy B, Yuba City, CA 95993, Phone: 530-763-2531

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2.The Sutter Buttes

The Sutter Buttes
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The Sutter Buttes are a world-renowned complex of eroded lava domes near Yuba City within California's Sacramento Valley, considered to be the world's smallest mountain range. The buttes, which formed approximately 1.6 million years ago due to volcanic activity along a now-defunct fault line, were significant religious sites for the region's Maidu and Wintun indigenous people and are named today for early California pioneer John Sutter. Though nearly 2,000 acres of land around the buttes was purchased by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in 2003 for the development of a state park, no progress has been made on a park facility to this day. However, a 200-acre area of the buttes is accessible via guided nature hikes by the Middle Mountain Foundation and the Sutter County Historical Society.

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3.The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County
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The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is a public museum that showcases the cultural history of the Sutter County region, originally opened in 1975 through donations by the Sutter County Historical Society and Norma and Howard Harter. Today, it is operated through a partnership between the nonprofit Museum Association and Sutter County, open to the public for free Tuesdays through Sundays during the afternoon hours. More than 15,000 artifacts are presented throughout the museum's exhibits, which chronicle the region's culture from its indigenous Nisenan Maidu roots through its early pioneer history and its present-day inhabitants. Exhibits also detail the geology and history of the majestic Sutter Buttes, as well as the influence of agriculture on the region's economy and history.

1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993, Phone: 530-822-7141

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4.Middle Mountain Foundation Hikes

Middle Mountain Foundation Hikes
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Middle Mountain Foundation Hikes offer exclusive opportunities to explore the stunning Sutter Buttes, which are considered to be the smallest mountain range in the world. Since the 1960s, the buttes have not been accessible to the general public, but tours offered by the Middle Mountain Foundation in conjunction with the Sutter County Historical Society still provide a chance to see the majestic and unique geological features. Hikes last throughout the morning and afternoon hours, available for groups of up to 20 participants. Specialty hikes offered throughout the year include Art Treks, which encourage participants to bring art supplies and allow the natural terrain to inspire their creativity, and Birds in the Buttes bird watching hikes.

PO Box 3359, Yuba City CA 95992, Phone: 530-671-6116

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5.Millennium Family Entertainment Center

Millennium Family Entertainment Center
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Millennium Family Entertainment Center is the Yuba-Sutter area's premiere family entertainment center, open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays during the morning and afternoon hours. The center, which has been voted as the region's best family fun attraction by local publications, offers a wide variety of delightful activities for kids and the young at heart, including a full arcade with video and redemption games and a laser tag arena for play by individuals and groups. Bumper cars are also offered, along with a 20-foot climbing wall with full safety features. Other attractions include the Play Planet children's play area, which features four levels of climbing obstacles, slides, and rope bridges. In addition to open play times, the facility may be rented for private special events, including birthday parties and corporate team-building events.

901 Spiva Ave. Yuba Ciy, CA 95991, Phone: 530-763-4143

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6.Bok Kai Temple

Bok Kai Temple
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Bok Kai Temple is a religious and community center in Marysville, originally constructed in 1854 at a site several blocks upstream the Yuba River as a place of worship for Chinese immigrant workers relocating after the California Gold Rush. The temple, which honors the Chinese god of irrigation and flooding known as Bok Eye, was relocated in 1880 and fully restored in 1947, open to the public for worship by appointment on the weekends during the morning and afternoon hours. Spectacular architecture is showcased throughout, with a central altar featuring statues of five central Chinese gods. Annual community special events held at the temple include Yee Yeut Yee, or Bomb Day, which is held each year in March in honor of Chinese water god The Bok Kai and features a parade and a ceremonial bomb firing.

1st and D Street, Marysville, CA 95901, Phone: 650-678-8246

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7.Ellis Lake

Ellis Lake
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Ellis Lake is a manmade lake in Marysville that is named in honor of prominent regional citizen W.T. Ellis, Jr., originally constructed in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration as part of a project designed by Golden Gate Park designer John McClaren. The lake, which is located between the city's 9th and 14th Streets and B and D Streets, is housed within the public Ellis Lake Park, which offers two tennis courts, a dock and boat landing, and a bridge connecting the park's mainland to Gazebo Island and North Ellis Lake Island. Pedal boats are available for rental, with fishing opportunities offered on shore or by boat. A computerized fountain and light system, installed in 2007, illuminates the lake each evening in displays containing more than three dozen colors. Annual events held at the lake include a Youth Fishing Derby in September and a Great American Regatta held on Fourth of July weekend.

Marysville, CA 95901

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8.Sutter Buttes Brewing

Sutter Buttes Brewing
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Sutter Buttes Brewing is Yuba City's premiere craft microbrewery, originally founded in 2011 and expanded in 2014 to add a brewpub restaurant. The company offers a wide variety of year-round and seasonal brews, including its flagship Watertower IPA, Floodwater Pale Ale, Franklin Double IPA, Annie's Almond Brown Ale, and Riley's Red, named in honor of founder Mark Riley's great-grandfather, an Irish immigrant in the 19th century. Delicious American-style gastropub fare is offered daily at the brewery's restaurant, including wood-fired brick-oven pizzas, clever burgers with a variety of meat options, housemade fish and chips, and shareable appetizers.

421 Center Street, Yuba City, CA 95991, Phone: 530-790-7999

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9.Dancing Tomato Caffe

Dancing Tomato Caffe
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Dancing Tomato Caffe is a charming casual dining pizzeria, bar, grill, and coffee shop, owned and operated by Kevin and Shar Katz since 2004. The restaurant serves up full cafe menus at breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, emphasizing sustainability principles in all its business practices and crafting dishes prepared with the finest locally-sourced ingredients available. Signature menu items include the cafe's housemade pizzas, which are available with unique meat, vegetable, marinara, pesto, or alfredo sauce options and a wide variety of toppings. Other options available include classic Italian pasta dishes, burgers and sandwiches, and breakfast favorites such as pancakes and omelets. A full selection of wines, beers, and cocktails are available at the restaurant's Brick Wall full-service bar.

990 N Walton Avenue, Yuba City, CA 95993, Phone: 530-790-0300

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10.Marcello's Italian Restaurant and Lounge

Marcello's Italian Restaurant and Lounge
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Marcello's Italian Restaurant and Lounge is an upscale Italian restaurant in Yuba City, owned and operated by executive chef Octavio Perez and his family since 2005. The restaurant serves up an extensive menu of fine Italian fare, including create-your-own Italian-style calzone and pizza options with topping such as chorizo, artichoke hearts, jalapenos, and fresh garlic. Specialty pasta and vegetarian entrees include classic Italian favorites such as eggplant parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, and baked spinach ravioli, while land and sea entrees include linguine shrimp scampi, veal piccata, chicken marsala, and baby-back barbecue ribs. Shareable appetizers are also served up, including calamari, steamed mussels, stuffed mushrooms, and bruschetta.

1235 Bridge St, Yuba City, CA 95991, Phone: 530-674-2171

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10 Best Things to Do in Yuba City, California