Things To Do In Julian, CA

Updated: Apr 11

There's a common misconception that there aren't many things to do in Julian. I constantly get asked, "What is there to do in Julian?" Good news! We have a variety of fun and unique things to do. I promise you, Julian is more than just apples. Check out this list!

I Spy

Long drives can be boring with few entertainment options. As you make your way out of the city, there are lots to see on these backcountry roads so let’s play a game of I Spy on your way to Julian!

I Spy My Way To Julian along Highway 78 East, linked here.

I Spy My Way to Julian: Highway 79 North, linked here.


The Julian Historical District, Wynola, and Santa Ysabel have unique shops. Here you can find art galleries, antiques, candy, and souvenir shops.


Feeling like Mexican, Italian, American, or BBQ? Julian has your cravings covered. Our local restaurants offer a variety of tasty restaurants for you to choose from.

Carriage Ride

Update: As of July 31st, 2020 the Julian Carriage Company is closed.

The Julian Carriage Company offers a wonderful educational tour of historic downtown Julian.

History Hunt

Stop by the Julian Town Hall to get the History Hunt answer card. Historic landmarks throughout the Julian historic district have plaques with a brief history of that building. Answer the questions about the buildings on your card. Before you leave town, drop your answer card back at the Town Hall to be entered for a chance to win $50. (Not too many people know about this opportunity so your chances are good.)

Julian Historical Society

The Julian Historical Society has three fantastic historic locations open to the public: The Witch Creek School House, Julian Stage Line, and the Washington Mine.

Julian Pioneer Museum

This museum was once the town's blacksmith shop. Today, it displays local artifacts, Native American history, animal mounts, and much more Julian history. Thanks to volunteers, the museum is usually open 10am to 4pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To confirm that the museum is open, you can call ahead: 760-765-0227.

Historic Tours of Julian

Fourth-generation Julianite, David Lewis, has spent the last 10 years researching discover the history of Julian and surrounding areas. Whenever locals have a history question, he is our go-to person. Lucky for you, David offers private tours of Julian. "Julian’s history is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. How they did them and why they did them is what I strive to understand. History is so much more than dates and places. It is a human story, a story I hope to see through their eyes." -Lewis