Outdoor Recreation

Weather that allows mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding all year round.

Meetings & Events

An event in Marin is an event remembered.

Home to Famous Attractions

Muir Woods, the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center... all on the sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Attractions

Do everything at once. Or do nothing at all.

You can lounge on a beach. Or you can launch yourself from a mountain and soar 2000 feet to the ocean's break. You can go to dinner. Or you can visit the ranches and farms that supply some of the finest restaurants in the world. There's no such thing as a typical Marin County vacation. Because there's nothing "typical" in Marin.

Plan your next trip and it will be like no other!

Arts & Entertainment & Cultural

Marin County is well known for its arts, entertainment and culture. The County is proud of its home-grown Marin Symphony that plays to sell-out audiences each season. The Marin Ballet, Marin Opera and Marin Theatre Company offer professional performances to appreciative local audiences. The Mountain Play, one of the longest running theatre companies in Marin, performs its annual Broadway musical production in a huge amphitheatre at the top of Mount Tamalpais. The Marin Center in San Rafael is the venue for national and international music, theatre and dance productions and numerous exhibitions throughout the year.

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Art Works Downtown

1337 Fourth Street (between C & D Streets)
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-451-8119
www.artworksdowntown.org

Art Works Downtown owns and maintains a premier nonprofit art center in a 40,000 sq.ft historic building in the heart of downtown San Rafael on Fourth St. Featuring 3 galleries, 35+ studios with artists at work, a jewelers guild, crafts... (Read More...)

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California Film Institute

Contact: Beau Blanchard, Development Associate
(415) 526-5836
Email: bblanchard@cafilm.org
 www.cafilm.org

The mission of the California Film Institute is to celebrate and promote film as art and education. We achieve this goal through three core programs: year-round programming at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, the annual Mill Valley Film... (Read More...)

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Falkirk Cultural Center

1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA
415-485-3328
www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

Falkirk, an 1888 Queen Anne-style Victorian building is the former home of shipping magnate Robert Dollar. The 17-room mansion was purchased by the community in 1974 to be preserved as a historic and cultural resource. This national landmark building is... (Read More...)

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Fenix Supper Club

919 Fourth Street

San Rafael, CA 94901

415-813-5600

www.fenixlive.com

A supper club infused with beautiful acoustics and the best local and international talent, with a dash of community, and blended to perfection with exceptional food and drink. Fenix is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s hottest clubs and... (Read More...)

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Hopmonk Tavern Novato

224 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
415-892-6200
www.hopmonk.com/novato

If you’ve been to our first two Taverns you’ll expect another original interpretation, this time in Northern Marin County, of the things we love. That’s serving fresh, in-season craft beers alongside our unfiltered Tavern classics, Kellerbier and Dunkelweizen. Preparing in... (Read More...)

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Marin County Civic Center

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-499-7009
www.marincenter.org
www.co.marin.ca.us/visitorservices

Thousands of visitors come to Marin County each year to see the futuristic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. It was Wright’s last major commission and is one of the famed architect’s most distinctive designs. It is now a... (Read More...)

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Marin Open Studios

info@marinopenstudios.com
415-331-9520
www.marinopenstudios.com

Marin Open Studios is an annual, free, self-guided art discovery tour in Marin County. Artists open their doors to show the public their art. The artwork is for sale, but there is much more in the offering: ideas, inspiration, the... (Read More...)

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Mountain Play

177 E. Blithdale
Mill Valley, CA 94942
415-383-1100Email: info@mountainplay.org
www.mountainplay.org

The Mountain Play Association’s mission is to produce an annual, spectacular, outdoor theatrical experience that nurtures an appreciation of Mt. Tamalpais, involves and strengthens the community, and builds on decades of tradition. The Mountain Play has been serving the Bay... (Read More...)

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Sausalito Artists

The ICB Art Studios
480 Gate Five Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
Email: info@sausalitoartists.com
www.sausalitoartists.com

Sausalito Artists is a large group of talented, local artists. All of the studios are located in the historic Industrial Center Building. Nestled close to the San Francisco Bay, toward the North end of Sausalito, The Industrial Center building is... (Read More...)

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Sweetwater Music Hall

19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Box Office: 415-388-1100
www.sweetwatermusichall.com

The much-anticipated Sweetwater Music Hall – a community gathering place and live music venue dedicated to bringing back the Sweetwater’s musical legacy to Mill Valley – opened in late January of 2012. The opening of Sweetwater Music Hall marked a... (Read More...)

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Terrapin Crossroads

100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-524-2773
www.terrapincrossroads.net

Perched beautifully along the canals of San Rafael, Terrapin Crossroads is a fantastic new restaurant and music venue that pays homage to the abundant varieties of fresh ingredients and homegrown creative talent we are lucky to have around the Bay... (Read More...)

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Environmental

Marin County has been called the San Francisco Bay Area’s park. Almost 85 percent of its land has been protected from development through open space purchases, federal parkland, watershed lands and strict agricultural zoning.

The spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area have been set aside for the enjoyment and use of the public. More than 2.5 million people travel to Marin each year to enjoy the beaches and unspoiled wilderness that make up the Point Reyes National Seashore.

They are joined by hundreds of thousands of national and international visitors who stroll through Muir Woods and marvel at this towering ancient redwood forest. The scenery and beauty of Marin County’s environment is an unusual treasure.

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Agricultural Institute of Marin

76 Pablo Avenue, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-472-6100
www.agriculturalinstitute.org

Our mission is to promote a viable food system, to educate the public about the benefits of buying fresh and locally grown food, and to bring farmers and communities together. Marin Agricultural Institute operates six markets in the Bay area,... (Read More...)

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Bay Conference Center / Romburg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

3152 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
415-338-3543
www.rtc.sfsu.edu

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is San Francisco State University’s marine and estuarine research facility. RTC is situated on a breathtaking 36 acre parcel of bay front property located just outside the town of Tiburon, California.

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Bay Model Visitor Center

2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-332-3871
www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc

The Bay Model Visitor Center is a fully accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It allows the public to view a three-dimensional working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River... (Read More...)

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Bear Valley Visitors Center

Located off Highway 1, 0.5 miles west of Olema,
CA along Bear Valley Road
415-464-5100
www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

Before exploring the Point Reyes National Seashore, a visit to the Bear Valley Visitors Center is in order. The Center provides an orientation to the park’s roads, trails and general history. It also offers ecological and historical exhibits including a... (Read More...)

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Marin Art & Garden Center

30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Ross, CA 94957

415-455-5260

www.magc.org

Marin Art & Garden Center's eleven wooded acres have long inspired artist, gardener, and conservationist alike with their shady gardens and sunlit lawns.   Graced with a seasonal stream, fertile soil and verdant wildlife, the pesticide-free grounds contain diverse garden areas,... (Read More...)

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Marin County Open Space District

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 415
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-499-6387
www.marincountyparks.org

Photo Credit: www.marincountyparks.org

The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) is the local government agency responsible for preserving public open space in Marin County, California. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Marin through the acquisition, protection, and responsible stewardship... (Read More...)

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Muir Woods National Monument

Mill Valley, CA 94941
Visitor Information: 415-388-2596
www.nps.gov/muwo

Just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 1 grows an ancient coast redwood forest named Muir Woods. Within this isolated forest, visitors from all over the world continue to marvel at 1000 year old giant redwood... (Read More...)

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NatureBridge Conference Center

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
1033 Fort Cronhkite
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-332-5771
www.naturebridge.org

 

NatureBridge is a private nonprofit organization that offers environmental education opportunities for students and teachers, teen leadership programs, summer day camps for kids, and conference facilities in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Marin Headlands, just north of San... (Read More...)

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Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve

415-499-6387
www.marincountyparks.org
Photo Credit: www.marincountyparks.org

Located at the top of the Tiburon Peninsula, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve contains some of the most unusual natural landscape in Marin County. Named for George E. Ring, county supervisor from 1895 until 1903, this rock-strewn site is a... (Read More...)

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The Marine Mammal Center

2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-289-7341
www.marinemammalcenter.org
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit hospital for sick and injured seals and sea lions, as well as an educational visitor destination, nestled in the Marin Headlands near Rodeo Beach. The Center’s mission is to expand knowledge about marine... (Read More...)

Food and Wine

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Cowgirl Creamery & Cantina

80 Fourth Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-663-9335
866-433-7834
www.cowgirlcreamery.com

Our creamery is located at Tomales Bay Foods, a restored barn at 80 Fourth Street in Point Reyes Station. There is also a cheese counter for tasting and purchasing local cheese, and a nice selection of books, knives, boards and... (Read More...)

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Drakes Bay Oyster Company

17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937
415-669-1149
www.drakesbayoyster.com

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company's growing area has the finest water quality of any growing area in California. This clean, nutrient-rich water produces what are recognized as some of the finest oysters in the world. Drakes Bay Oyster is the only... (Read More...)

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Heidrun Meadery

11925 Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-663-9122
www.heidrunmeadery.com

Located in Point Reyes Station, Heidrun Meadery produces naturally sparkling varietal meads using the traditional French Méthode Champenoise. Our trademark Champagne-style of mead is light, dry, delicate and refreshing, with subtle exotic aromas and flavors found only in the essence... (Read More...)

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Marin Farmers Market

800-897-FARM
415-472-6100
www.agriculturalinstitute.org

Marin County is known as a center for organic food and cutting-edge organic farming techniques. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Marin County in 2005 to learn more about the organic farming methods used by Marin’s growers.

The Marin... (Read More...)

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Marin French Cheese Company

7500 Red Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
800-292-6001
www.marinfrenchcheese.com

A Favorite Destination for Visitors and Cheese Lovers from Around the World

Each year visitors from all over the world come to Marin French Cheese to learn how artisan cheese is made and sample the award-winning cheeses handmade in “the Cheese... (Read More...)

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Nicasio Valley Cheese Company

5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946
415-662-6200
www.nicasiocheese.com

We are committed to sustainable agriculture. Being organic and pasture-based confirms this. The family dairy started in 1919 and in 2006 the organic conversion process began. Today, all of our cheeses are made from 100% organic farmstead cow's milk.

Establishing the... (Read More...)

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The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

14700 Highway 1
Point Reyes, CA 94956
415-663-8880
800-591-6878
www.pointreyescheese.com/thefork

Just one visit and you’ll find The Fork is a long way from every-day!

The Giacomini family has been making farmstead products for more than 50 years. Producing the highest quality milk for their award-winning cheese is more than just a... (Read More...)

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Trek Winery

1026 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
415-899-9883
www.trekwine.com

Come experience Trek Winery located in downtown Novato. Taste our distinctive, yet affordable wines in a comfortable indoor or outdoor setting with friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff.

Trek Winery is available for all your meeting and private event needs. Please... (Read More...)

Historical and Museums

Visitors to Marin County can choose from a variety of historic activities by either visiting State Parks that are scattered throughout, checking out local museums, walking the Earthquake Trail adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitors Center in West Marin or visiting historic Downtown Larkspur with its turn-of-the century buildings. Marin’s historical attractions offer all visitors a plethora of activities to choose from at any time of the year.

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American Legion Log Cabin - San Anselmo

20 Veterans Place

San Anselmo, CA 94960

415-456-0834

www.americanlegionlogcabin.com

Built between 1933 and 1934 by veterans of WWI, using local redwood trees and no power tools.  It is home to the American Legion Post 179, Women's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 179 and Boy Scout Troop 15.  The cabin serves... (Read More...)

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Angel Island State Park

415-435-1915
www.angelisland.org

Angel Island State Park is a 740-acre mountainous island in the San Francisco Bay offering a variety of activities including hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, and tram tours. It also has some of the best views of San Francisco and the... (Read More...)

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Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
415-339-3900
www.baykidsmuseum.org

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is recognized as the leading... (Read More...)

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China Camp State Park

Four miles east of San Rafael on North San Pedro Road to the shore of San Pablo Bay
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-0766
www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex

This 1,648-acre bayside park just outside of San Rafael, acquired its name from a Chinese fishing village that once flourished there. Visitors may view a preserved fisherman’s cottage and the China Camp Museum. Access the park from Hwy. 101, Exit... (Read More...)

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Golden Gate Bridge

Dial 511 (within the Bay area)
415-455-2000 (outside the Bay area)
www.goldengatebridge.org/visitors

A trip to Marin County wouldn’t be complete without a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. This historic bridge, which is 1.7 miles long, was opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937. Pedestrians and bicyclists may access the bridge... (Read More...)

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Marin Art & Garden Center

30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Ross, CA 94957

415-455-5260

www.magc.org  

Marin Art & Garden Center stands on land that was originally part of a Mexican land grant called "Rancho Punta de Quentin."  James Ross, for whom the town of Ross was named, owned it.  He settled here in 1857 on... (Read More...)

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Marin History Museum

Located at the Boyd Gate House
1125 B Street
San Rafael, CA
415-454-8538
www.marinhistory.org

Since 1935, the Marin History Museum has fostered the discovery of local history for both adults and children. Through programs, lectures, exhibitions, and artifact preservation, we bring the past to life. The Marin History Museum provides cultural programs and educational... (Read More...)

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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

1104 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-3016
www.saintraphael.com

On December 14, 1817, Mission San Rafael was established as an assistencia or “helper” mission to Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Because its original purpose was to care for the sick, it was named after St. Rafael the Archangel, the... (Read More...)

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Novato Historic Old Town

415-897-1164
tourism.novatochamber.com

Historical buildings dot downtown Novato, including the Novato History Museum (1850), City Hall (a former Presbyterian church built in 1896) and Druid’s Hall (1899), among others. Novato’s old town is located along Grant Avenue.

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Olompali State Historic Park

Novato, CA 94948
415-892-3383
www.parks.ca.gov/parkindex

This 700-acre park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay. It features several historic buildings, including the adobe house of Camilo Ynitia, the last headman of the Miwok community living at Olompali. The park’s name comes from the Coast... (Read More...)

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Point Bonita Lighthouse

Sausalito, CA 94965
415-331-1540
www.nps.gov/goga/pobo.htm

This active lighthouse dates from 1877 and sits on top of a rugged outcropping overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Access to the lighthouse is from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, down a one mile long road and across a suspension... (Read More...)

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

Lighthouse Visitor Center
Point Reyes, CA
415-669-1534
www.nps.gov/pore

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located at the western-most point of the Point Reyes Headlands. Due to concerns that Point Reyes’ heavy fog could obscure the lighthouse, it was built 275 feet down the bluff. In 1975 the station was... (Read More...)

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San Francisco Theological Seminary - San Anselmo

105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-451-2800
800-447-8820
www.sfts.edu

 The Seminary was founded in 1871 in San Francisco as Presbyterian City College. In 1870 the College received a gift of a 14-acre hilltop in San Anselmo. Money to build the campus was also donated, and on September 21, 1892... (Read More...)

Sports

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Marin Bocce Federation

550 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-485-5583
www.marinbocce.org

Located next to the San Rafael Community Center, the Marin Bocce Federation manages and operates a beautiful, family oriented, 10-court bocce facility open to the public seven days a week. Click here to view our video.

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San Rafael Pacifics Baseball

1201 Second Street
San Rafael, California 94901
415-485-1563
www.pacificsbaseball.com

The sweet sounds of summer baseball are echoing throughout San Rafael's Albert Park. From the crack of the bat, to the pop of the glove to the smell of the grass, the San Rafael Pacifics invite you to be a... (Read More...)

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Speedway Motorsports Sonoma

29355 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, California 95476
800-870-7223
www.racesonoma.com

The fender-banging action of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headlines the 2012 Big O Tires Racing Season at Speedway Motorsports Sonoma. The seven-race major event schedule, featuring everything from stock cars to motorcycles, will be highlighted by three of the... (Read More...)