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Recreation

The opportunities for recreation are truly limitless in Tulare and the encompassing San Joaquin Valley region. Together, the City of Tulare and Tulare County parks and recreation departments operate more than a dozen parks and facilities in the community. Among the popular features under the city’s management include the 22-acre Elk Bayou Soccer Complex, the Tulare Rotary Skate Plaza, the Tulare Cycle Park and the four-mile-long Tulare Santa Fe Trail (a local rails-to-trails project). In addition, both the city and county offer a year-round catalog of recreation and enrichment programs for youth, teens and adults – ranging from aquatics and athletics to senior social and health services.

Approximately 30 miles from Tulare lie the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Inyo and Sequoia National Forests, which together total more than 1.3 million acres of preserved land and recreational activities. Within the two national parks, visitors are invited to glimpse the largest sequoia trees in the world – including the General Grant Tree and the General Sherman Tree. Guests will also find exciting water activities at Lake Success (just east of Porterville) and Lake Kaweah (north of Woodlake), and the best whitewater rafting in the region along The Kings River, which can be accessed in Kings Canyon National Park.

golf courses

GOLF – Tulare and its surrounding communities offer a variety of golf courses, public and private, which are sure to challenge even the most advanced players. Locally, golfers hit the greens at Tulare Golf Course, an 18-hole course spanning 6,762 yards of play for a par 72. The course features six water hazards and elevated greens on several holes, offering an exciting game for novices and professionals alike.

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