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4425 Hwy 78
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

Phone: 951-847-1904
33.096606, -116.647253


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About Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures offers a ton of fun activities for all ages!  Navigate through their (literal) lilac maze and go from station to station learning about San Diego’s colonial days and different needed skills.

What a blessing to have this kind of business in San Diego!  I feel it really helps depict the vibes of Julian’s early pioneer days that we all missed out on in real-life.

While you’re in the area, make sure to check out Volcan Mountain nearby!

The owners have done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the old times with a variety of booths that will satisfy people of all ages.  We learned how to make homemade apple cider & candles, throw tomahawks, shoot arrows & slingshots, vegetable gardening & composting.

We even partook in a hoedown and hayride! There are many more things to experience as well and the activities change with the seasons.

Co-owner, Jesse, has built everything from hand and this business is truly a labor of love.  If you are an appreciator of carpentry, I would imagine this would be a great place to visit just for the wood-work alone.

Although Fort Cross is a fantastic place for children, all ages will definitely love it and it’s guaranteed to bring out the inner child in you!

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The slingshot station looked cool and was a TON of fun!

Some of the targets:

Learning some basic tips on gardening and composting:

Then the hoe down began!

Some of the many homemade instruments you can play:


Then off to the homemade apple cider station!

I would have to say that this cider is the best I have ever had!  Nice and chunky too, as I feel juice should be to keep all the nutrients!  Even more exciting to know we all helped make it!


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    We just visited here today! I’ve been a member of your site for years now and have slowly been crossing things off my list. Today my husband and I took our kids to the Eagle and High Peak mine then went over to Fort Cross. Both were amazing places to visit. We had a great day! LOVED Fort Cross and want to go glamping there soon! We took a hayride, my kids made an ornament and my son made his own candle. The people who run it were so nice! We can’t wait to go back!

    November 26, 2018

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