Known for agriculture, Chico State University, and Bidwell Park, Chico is a center for education, arts, and nature. Chico, considered to be one of the top artistic communities in the nation, offers a variety of museums, theaters, and galleries. It is the home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Butte Creek Brewing Company. Chico hotels near attractions can be found in the downtown area. The National Yo-Yo Museum is one of several unusual museums that attract tourists.
Business meetings and trade shows can be held at Manzanita Place, located near hotels in Chico and accommodating 500 people. It includes a Grand Ballroom, conference rooms, and outdoor picnic areas.
Chico has hundreds of unique restaurants such as 5th Street Steak House, Annie's Asian Grille, and Panighettis. In the summertime, the downtown area features the Thursday Night Market.
Bidwell Park, the biggest municipal park in California, spans about 3,670 acres. It allows swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, a golf course, and playground. Visitors can learn about the area's wildlife at the nature center.
There are many antique and specialty shops in the downtown area. Vegans will enjoy Chico Natural Foods on Main Street and the Chico Certified Farmers Market on Wall Street. Home and garden shoppers should visit Made In Chico and M Creations.
The Chico State Wildcats baseball team plays at Nettleton Stadium, which is also the home of the Golden Baseball League's Chico Outlaws. Silver Dollar Speedway holds sprint car races at the Butte County Fairgrounds.