Downtown Visalia is a charming old town with lots of character. I visited on Easter weekend and witnessed an interesting Easter parade. At first glance, the kids thought it was a riot. While the demonstration was harmless, even I had to admit there was something ominous about it. A large crowd of people carrying religious signs followed a man carrying a large wooden cross through the downtown streets. Instead of praising Jesus, this crowd appeared to be angrily shouting at passing cars. Still, I knew it was a joyous celebration and nothing to be scared of.
The shops of Downtown Visalia are full of wonderful handmade items, gorgeous clothes for both women and children, and tons of places to eat—my family dined at Tazzaria on Main Street. Visalia is a good place to overnight before heading over to Sequoia National Park. It’s only an hour away!
I love downtown Visalia, because it reminds me of the CA I grew up in. There are great restaurants, quaint shops & it is pedestrian friendly. My favorite time to visit is in the Fall. Visalia's Falls are wonderful - nippy enough for a sweater, but gorgeous blue skies.
Parades, Farmer's Markets, and Festivites abound along the streets. It all depends when you are here. There are a variety of boutiques and unique restaurants, the historic Fox theater which currently shows live (local)plays and a movie theater too.
The farmers's market runs every Thursday starting at 4pm. For other events check the website.
Just be careful about eateries with a family. Some of them are pretty close quarters and one of our former favorites doesn't even provide highchairs for that reason.