Not long ago, Temecula was little more than a wide stretch of farmland that San Diegans crossed on the I-15 on their way to more exciting venues, like Las Vegas. But thanks to the 40-plus wineries in the area, Temecula is now a top tourist destination in Southern California, offering several winery-adjacent activities and events to fill a cozy weekend getaway. If you’re planning a visit and looking for some fun ideas, check out these top 10 things to do in Temecula:

1. Winery tour

A wine tasting tour in Temecula is a must, and there are so many to choose from. Some of the wineries are small, family-run operations while others are full-fledged “destination wineries,” complete with high-end lodging and upscale restaurants. A few wineries even feature music and event venues. If you want an off-the-beaten-path winery tour, consider one of the Jeep wine tours offered by Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours.

2. Jeep & Wine Tour

To fully experience the beauty of the Temecula Valley countryside, you can’t do better than the view from an open-air Jeep with Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours. In addition to a delicious introduction to wine tasting in Temecula via a handful of local vineyards, our Jeep tours in Temecula include a bit of safe off-roading, a picnic lunch, and knowledgeable, entertaining commentary about the region from experienced tour guides.

3. Old Town Temecula

Temecula earned its spot on the map when California Railroad came through in 1882, and while that particular line is no longer running, the city’s first settlement remains. Old Town Temecula features a variety of historical features, along with art galleries, specialty boutiques, antique stores, and restaurants. 

4. Temecula Valley Museum

If your passion for history burns bright, check out the Temecula Valley Museum located within Old Town Temecula. Three permanent exhibits feature antique farming equipment, handcrafted artifacts, photographs, and old documents that provide a historical account of how the city transformed from a train stop settlement into a thriving world-class wine community.

5. Vail Lake Resort

Although Temecula is usually hyped for its winery scene, its gorgeous natural landscape shouldn’t be overlooked. Vail Lake, created in the 1940s from the Vail Lake Dam, is a picturesque spot perfect for a morning fishing expedition, an afternoon hike, or an evening under the stars if you book a camping site. There’s nothing like a relaxing day in nature to replenish you after a few days of winery tours.

6. Brewery Tour

Temecula might be known for its wine, but its proximity to San Diego’s craft beer scene means brewery tours are becoming popular as well. Aftershock Brewing, Ironfire Brewing, and Refuge Brewing are a few of the breweries offering tours and tastings in Temecula, and there are even tour packages available that take you to a group of breweries in one day.

7. Horseback riding

One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to experience it in all its glory from the vantage point of a majestic horse, soaking in the vast blue sky and sweet scents from nearby citrus groves. Many horseback riding tours involve visits to wineries, of course, but an experience this special can be enjoyed with or without a bit of merlot in your belly.

8. Pechanga Casino

You don’t have to drive all the way up the I-15 to Vegas to get some casino action. Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula offers all the amenities of a Vegas resort without the overwhelming crowds. Plus, the on-site Pechanga Theater is one of the premier performance venues in Southern California, regularly hosting popular bands, Broadway plays, stand-up comedy, and more.

9. Temecula Valley Symphony

Nothing caps a magical day of Temecula wine tours than a soothing dose of classical music with an interesting twist. Now in its 22nd season, the Temecula Valley Symphony aims to “break the barrier between the audience and the orchestra” by offering a fresh musical experience instead of traditional, “stuffy” symphony fare. Wondering how that’s possible? Check out their concert season listings and see for yourself.

10. Hot Air Balloon Rides

What better way to experience Temecula than viewing it from hundreds of feet in the air? Temecula has long been an ideal spot for hot air balloon tours, offering a bird’s eye view of the lush scenery and even the ocean on clear days. And if you want to craft a daylong adventure around a balloon ride, check out the Balloon, Jeep & Wine Tour from Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours.

Experience the best Temecula has to offer

When you book a tour package with Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours, you can count on a once-in-a-lifetime experience (or twice-in-a-lifetime—we’re a quick drive north from San Diego, so repeat visits are encouraged!). And if you have a special event coming up, our tours are a perfect way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more—even first dates! So if you’re looking for things to do in Temecula or Temecula wine tour deals, give us a call today at (951) 240-6646 or fill out our contact form.