gold panning at Marshall Park in ColomaThere are always fun and interesting things to do in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. You and your family can learn history during the day in our Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, complete with historic buildings, docents in period costume, a recently renovated museum with film showings, ranger talks, and special events.

Daytime fun also includes hikes and nature talks put on by the staff and volunteers of the American River Conservancy. Their Nature Center is free and is located in the yellow house in the historic downtown Coloma. Or you can hike, bike, or ride on our many trails on your own.

Of course, playing on the river is a big draw for many visitors and residents alike. See our whitewater rafting and kayak schools for more information. For quieter splashing fun, our parks have great beaches for families and kids – and leashed dogs, too! Our wineries and brewery are also great places to picnic at— enjoy the wine tasting and the views are astounding.

Nighttime brings the sound of music to our valley. Many of our eateries have live music from rock ’n’ roll to banjo pickin’. Flame-wielding belly dancers occasionally perform here once the sun sets, and dance lessons are offered weekly in some of our eateries. We also have one of the county’s few melodrama theatres, The Olde Coloma Theater where community members of all ages perform original works. Browse these pages to learn more, and to read about our varied cuisine for every appetite and budget. Enjoy your visit, day and night!

Activities & Education

  • Brainwork Support

    Kind and patient technology instruction for seniors. Personal academic tutoring for students of all ages. Teambuilding and communication skills training for groups. Administrative support and coaching for business owners. 530-295-3488
  • Mother Lode River Center
    Mother Lode River Center
    A beautiful riverside recreation facility offering experiential education in Gold Rush History and River Ecology and a challenge ropes course. We have 45+ years on the American River. 530-626-4187
  • Coloma Outdoor Discovery School
    A Non Profit, outdoor learning center on the South Fork near the Gold Discovery Park within the Coloma Resort. 1-4 day experiences in gold rush history, science and ropes challenges. (530) 621-2298
  • Current Adventures
    Current Adventure Kayak School & Trips
    Over 25 years guiding and adventures in California and beyond! Professional, local instructors, small classes of 3:1 ratio. Whitewater and lake outings. Kids & Adults camps. 1-888-4kayaking (888-452-9254)
  • Gold Discovery Park Assocation
    Join us each day for guided walking tours and/or gold panning lessons. Check the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP website for more information and availability 530-622-3470


  • Olde Coloma Theatre
    Celebrating 45 years of interactive melodrama in the heart of Gold Country. Featuring 5 original melodramas May – December. Friday and Saturday evenings & most Sundays a matinee. Boo, Hiss and Cheer. 380 Monument Road 530-626-5282
  • Gold Discovery Park Association
    Explore the site of the gold discovery that set off the California Gold Rush at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Guided walking tours, gold panning lessons, hiking trails, museums, and knowledgeable docents. 530-622-6198

Gold Hill Winery tasting room and vineyard