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Local Attractions

Merced Courthouse Museum

On the National Register of Historic Places, the County Courthouse was designed in 1875 by State Capital Architect, Albert A. Bennett. In addition to the temporary exhibits, the museums permanent collection includes a blacksmith shop, turn-of-the century schoolhouse and Indian artifacts.


Explore the history of Merced!

Applegate Park & Zoo

Go wild in Merced’s first city park. See native wild animals at the Applegate zoo or head to Kiddyland amusement park and ride the train (weekends, June to September) around the parks 23 acres. In addition, the park features picnic areas and a rose garden.


Applegate Park has something for everyone

Merced Agricultural Museum

Experience the rich agricultural history of the Valley and catch a glimpse of how previous generations of farmers worked and lived. The museum features a wide variety of antique farming equipment, gas engines and household appliances. The grounds also feature a working blacksmith shop and a model of the proposed New Yosemite Valley Railroad.


Antique farming equipment

Laura's Fountain

Named for his wife, Charles Huffman built this fountain in 1888 in front of the El Capitan Hotel. In 1935 it was moved to its current home in Applegate Park.


A great place for a picnic!

Vista Ranch & Cellars

Vista Ranch & Cellars is a magnificent 20 acre destination property located on Highway 140 10 minutes East of Merced and on the way to Yosemite National Park. It is a enjoyable destination for locals and travelers alike. We also offer picturesque venues for weddings, special events, and wine tasting.

Hilmar Cheese Company

Tour, Taste, Shop and Eat at the world's largest single-site cheese manufacturer (1 million pounds of cheese per day). Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center features a show and fun, interactive exhibits. See the “Big Cheese” as you watch employees’ package 640 lb. crates of cheese. Complimentary cheese and gourmet foods tasting and beautiful gift shop.


Tour the cheese giant!

Buchanan Hollow Nut Company

See how pistachios, almonds, and other local nuts are produced in the area, with a tour of this processing and packaging company. Samples are available and gift packs can be shipped.


Almonds blossoming in the springtime

Castle Air Museum

Experience aviation adventures as you peek into the cockpits of 46 vintage airplanes from World War II to the present. Visit the gift shop and take home a piece of history.


View the great selection of vintage planes

Castle Science and Technology Center

The Center includes numerous hands-on exhibits teaching scientific principles. Attractions include; NASA Displays from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Planet Polluto, Nanotechnology, View Space, and Two Worlds of Science.


Hands-on exhibits

Merced Fruit Barn

Merced Fruit Barn offers a variety of locally dried fruit and nuts, as well as fresh produce, deli sandwiches, gift baskets, and unique gift items. Located on East Highway 140 heading towards Yosemite, stop by to enjoy a fresh deli sandwich in their picnic areas and visit with their barnyard animal.


Offering a variety of local produce & more.
 

Merced County's Country Ventures Map

Country Ventures is a not for profit organization formed to promote Merced County as a tourist destination. Merced County has a lot to offer tourists including small farms, farmers markets, farm stays and much more, as such, Country Ventures has organized a map of interesting places to visit in Merced County. You can DOWNLOAD THE MAP HERE.


A fun map with destinations for all.