Things to do in Orland


Visit any one of the town’s parks. Vinsonhaler is located between Shasta and Roosevelt Avenue and has ball fields, tennis courts, disc golf course and a public swimming pool. Adjacent is Lollipopland with an outdoor structure for children of all ages. Lely Aquatic, is found on E. South Street next to the Recreation Center. Here you can play volleyball, play in the splash pad , watch men’s fast pitch baseball, cheer on your little league player or have a birthday party.

Library Park in the FallLibrary Park has the Orland Library, Carnegie Center where Council meetings and other civic meetings are held and the Art Commission sponsored gazebo (popular for weddings). Spence Park is located between Third and Fourth and Monterey Streets. The T-ball program uses this park in the Spring and other times it is used by Orland High School girls softball and Little League.


Shop for antiques. Garnet Hill , at 718 Fourth Street, has a few antiques but their major business is flowers and gift items. Twice as Nice, the Glenn County Seniors thrift store, on Fourth Street or the Town and Country Humane Society’s one on Walker Street are great places to find items. Also check out The Rusty Wagon at 420 Walker Street where you will find many local food and craft products from: Chico Honey Company, Embrey Family Olive Oil, West Coast Olives, Skylake Ranch, and Walnut Avenue Ranch, to name a few.


Visit the Orland Center for the Arts and Gallery at 732 Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 7:00 P.M. Classes are also offered at the gallery. More information can be found on their website.


Alta Schmidt Museum

Visit the Heritage Trail at the Glenn County Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Orland Historical and Cultural Organization, where you will find a one room school, blacksmith shop, gas station, lemon stand, print shop, train depot and more. You will also see the Orland Newville and Pacific Railroad. The railroad is modeled after 3 foot narrow gauge railroads of the turn of the century at a scale of 5 inches to the foot. The locomotive is a steam powered replica of an 1876 Baldwin 8-18c4-4-0. The cars are early wooden gondolas (carrying 8 adults or 10 children) or a wooden covered excursion car that looks like an early cattle car. Call the Glenn County Fairgrounds for times when the trail and its buildings are opened. (530) 865-1168.

Also sponsored by the historical society is the Alta Schmidt Museum (shown above) located at 936 Fourth Street. It is open from April to November.


Although not within the City limits, but if you travel eight miles west on Newville Road you will reach Black Butte Lake. This recreation area provides outdoor activities such as wind surfing, camping, fishing, water skiing, boating, swimming, disc golf course, bird watching or sail boating. There is more information on the lake at: Purchase a pass before you go. An annual pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

You may want to drive to the Thunderhill Park to take in a 5 mile open track that holds events where men and women of all ages drive their car or motorcyle or just sit in their grandstands to watch, free of charge. The Park is located west of Willows at 5250 Highway 162.