Students' educational needs are provided by the schools of Napa Valley Unified School District. The district serves approximately 17,000 K-12 students and is made up of 32 schools with 29 of those schools located in Napa. Additionally, several private and parochial schools can be found throughout Napa.
For continuing education, eight colleges and universities are located within 35 miles from the city of Napa. These include Napa Valley College, Solano County Community College, Sonoma State University, Contra Costa College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Diablo Valley College, College of Marin, and Los Medanos College.
Economic growth for the Napa Valley began to flourish by the turn of the 20th century with banking, commercial and retail activities along with a variety of other light industry evolving within the city and into downtown. During that time wineries and other agricultural pursuits were taking place just north of the city and in the city itself industries such as steel and shipping, leather tannery and prune processing were taking off. Today the city's economy is primarily based on the wine industry, tourism, hospitality and fine dining.
Things to See and Do in Napa
Whether you're looking to go shopping in the historic downtown district, take a tour of the city's Victorian homes and buildings, are looking to take in the sights and sounds of the city, enjoy a glass of wine, or are ready to spend some time outdoors, Napa has it all and it's waiting for you. The city includes 43 neighborhood and community parks and open space for you and your little ones to run and play. Additionally, parts of the Napa River Trail have been completed but when completely finished the trail will run 6 miles down the length of town.
If you'd much rather enjoy the pace of retail therapy, you'll find that Napa's downtown district features an assortment of specialty shops and boutiques that will cater to your every whim. If you're looking for a bargain, consider heading out to Napa Premium Outlets for a fine selection of brand name clothes, shoes and goods. Bel Aire Plaza and Redwood Plaza include a variety of shops and department stores that will fulfill all your retail needs.
Of course, a visit to the Napa Valley's many wineries is always an excellent option to spend your free time. Presently Napa County boasts well over 350 wineries, many which are highly successful at their craft. Even though many of the wineries are located just minutes outside of Napa's city limits, there are about 20 wine bars and tasting rooms located in Napa giving you many opportunities to enjoy the fruits of the Valley's labor. Looking to have a meal with your glass of red? Napa also has an abundance of fine restaurants - the downtown district alone boasts over 40!