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, free and open to all, is the yellow house in 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 — wine tasting here is free 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, 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

  • Current Adventures
    A Current Adventure Kayak School & Trips

    20th year guiding 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)

  • 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 40 years on the American River. 530-626-4187

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    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

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    Coloma Resort

    Customized Gold Rush programs, right near the Gold Discovery Park! Enjoy gold panning, pouch making and Native American campfire storytelling. Overnight accommodations, Ropes-challenge course and on-site catering available. 530-621-2267

  • California Canoe & Kayak

    California Canoe & Kayak is celebrating our 40th year! Now, conveniently next to Marco’s Café, we provide whitewater kayaking instruction, free demos, sales and service. We are the Gold Country’s oldest whitewater kayaking school and are a Jackson Kayak Authorized dealer. 800-366-9804

  • Brainwork: Tutoring, Teaching & Training by Sara SK

    Academic tutoring and coaching of study skills for youth and adults. P/SAT and test preparation, and presentation skills training. Community workshop leader, workplace trainer, and certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. 530-295-3488

  • Wine & Dine Gold Country

    A one-stop guide to wineries, restaurants, lodging, events, shopping and activities in Gold Country. 530-333-0394


  • American River Music Festival
    American River Music Festival

    The 9th Annual American River Music Festival is a celebration of music and moving water. The festival is September 18~19~20, 2015 on the banks of the beautiful South Fork of the American River in the friendly community of Coloma. 530-622-6044

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    Olde Coloma Theatre

    Olde-tyme melodramas performed Friday and Saturday nights from April to December. Come boo, hiss and cheer! Great for all ages. 380 Monument Road 530-626-5282

  • Todd Stanley Productions - Emmy Award winner Todd Stanley produces high-end, quality TV commercials and videos for online use. (530) 642-8633

Gold Hill Winery tasting room and vineyard