Staying active is easy in this region, as residents and visitors have access to numerous community park sites, recreational facilities, well-preserved natural areas and golf courses. Local municipal and county parks and recreation departments maintain acres of parkland and offer a year-round programming schedule for people of all ages.
The Golden State YMCA serves both counties at several facilities. Through the Y, thousands of members take advantage of high- quality facilities and programs that range from preschool and after-school programs to summer camps, sports leagues and community-wide events.
Spending time outdoors is a favorite pastime of many Californians. Fortunately, residents of Tulare and Kings counties have access to plenty of outdoor spaces, which yield unending opportunities for outdoor recreation. In fact, Visalia, the county seat of Tulare County, is recognized as the gateway to the Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park and the Sequoia National Monument. Parks such as these provide ample opportunities for hiking, nature viewing, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and winter sports.
Entertainment & Culture
The region offers an eclectic array of outlets for entertainment and culture. Lady Luck tempts gamers at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore and the Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, while various theatre troupes, arts organizations, galleries, cultural centers and musical groups invite audiences to enjoy high-quality productions, exhibitions and more throughout the year. History buffs enjoy visiting the historic Allensworth State Park and perusing the displays at the Tulare County Museum, Heritage Ag Museum and the hands-on Imagine U Children’s Museum. Add to all this a calendar year of family-oriented community events in both Tulare and Kings counties and one will never have a shortage of things to do.
Shoppers browse the shelves of national chains, large department stores, flea markets and locally owned shops, which together provide a diverse retail selection. Visalia is home to two regional malls, Visalia Mall and Sequoia Mall, along with a well-preserved downtown district featuring unique boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops and more. Other communities in Tulare and Kings counties are spotted with convenient shopping centers and a variety of retail destinations supplying products and services to meet any shopping need.
A multitude of dining options are available throughout the region, serving up an assortment of menu items sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. A mix of casual diners and elegant fine dining establishments welcome diners to enjoy outstanding California cuisine, fresh seafood, prime steaks, barbeque, vegetarian dishes and authentic international favorites. The area is also replete with regular farmers markets highlighted by locally grown produce and products—much of which is used throughout the menus of local restaurants.