Sunny Fields Park in Solvang is something right out of a Viking fairytale. It’s built of wood and decorated in the distinct shades of pale blue, green and muted red. Immediately after I posted Hans Christian Andersen Park and recommendations for a visiting to Solvang — I had a bunch of people ask me why we didn’t go to Sunny Fields. So on our next trip, we did!
- Amazingly fun to sail the Viking ship and navigate all the little pathways leading through the interiors of this park. My son says: “It’s one of THE most amazing parks I’ve ever been to.” (And we’ve been to A LOT of parks!)
- I loved the mixing of local history with European, Viking, cowboy, and Native American decoration.
- There’s a tot lot area with little playhouses and a wagon for climbing. It also has spring ride-on animals. 3 baby swings and one accessible swing in the tot lot area.
- The older kid area has the Viking ship, towers, walkways, obstacle course, bridges, rings, and monkey bars. The big kid area has one tire swing, 2 bench swings, and one accessible swing.
- Plenty of seating for adults.
- Child-size picnic tables in some areas.
- Adult supervision is required in the tot lot.
- The playground is mostly fenced, but there are some escape routes.
- Children are not visible on many parts of the playground, you may find yourself running around a bit. (If you’re using it as a rest stop, that’s a good thing!)
- Solvang is great for a weekend getaway or a nice stop on a road trip along the 101. It’s about a 3 1/2 hour drive from central Orange County – so a bit too much for a day trip. If you stay in Santa Barbara, it’s only 45 minutes from there.
- FREE parking in the village and at the park
- Bark play surface at the playground
- Sheltered picnic tables and grills (click here for info on reserving)
- Drinking fountain and nice restrooms
- A sports field and baseball diamond adjacent to the playground
- Nice walking path around the field to stretch your legs