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 open to all, and is located in 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 — 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

  • 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)
  • 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
  • California Canoe & Kayak
    California Canoe & Kayak is celebrating our 45th 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
  • Gold Discovery Park Association
    Gold Discovery Park Assoc.- Nonprofit organization dedicated to the interpretation and conservation of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. The Gold Rush Mercantile: books, gifts, souvenirs, historic items, jewelry and much 530-622-6198 
  • Mother Lode Prospecting
    Prospecting gear, gold panning, Info, rental sluices, camping, fishing, outdoor, gear, worms, firewood, charcoal, river shoes, float tubes, sunglasses ,river stuff , kid stuff,  umbrellas, chairs, local items, knives, much more.7170 Hwy 49 Suite #8, Lotus CA 530-748-9150
  • 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
  • Staff Development Training 530-626-8285


  • 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 Hill Winery tasting room and vineyard