What Are Some Things to Do in Julian, California?


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Julian, California, located about an hour east of San Diego, is an old mining town offering outdoor activities such as biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding, along with visits to local art studios and museums. It is also known for its "U-Pick" apple orchards and eateries serving homemade apple pies.

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As of 2015, motorboats and rowboats are available for rent at the Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District. Full and half-day rentals are offered. A California State Fishing License is required for those 16 years old and above. Information is available at the Lake Cuyamaca website, LakeCuyamaca.org.

Two nearby stables offer trail rides and lessons, suitable for novice riders up to the experienced horseman. Pony rides are available for small children. Overnight youth trail rides include camping out and lessons on how to take care of the horses. Special adult summer camps are held during the summer.

Art galleries in town include the Banner Queen Gallery, the Falcon Gallery and the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery, all featuring local artists. The Skagen Ranch Studio, housed in a vintage barn, offers art pieces from around the globe. The Pioneer Museum features artifacts from the mining days, as well as Victorian era furnishings and Native American artifacts.

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