5 Family Friendly Ways to Explore Marin

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Above: Marin Fair / Photo: Marin Center

Posted in Blogging Marin on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by MCVB Staff

by Megan Eileen McDonough 

Kids have boundless energy and sometimes it can feel like you'll never keep up with them. Luckily, Marin County has more than enough activities to quench their appetite and their curiosity. From hiking through Muir Woods and climbing to the top of the Point Bonita Lighthouse to visiting local cheesemakers , there's no end to the amount of fun a kid (or a kid at heart) can have in Marin. Here are five family-friendly excursions for every interest.

 

1. Learn a sport

Marin County is the perfect place to learn a new water sport. Whether windsurfing, kayaking, surfing or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), there's a sport for every member of the family. 101 Surf Sports is a great starting point, as it offers classes of all different levels and caters to both children and adults. There are even on-site paddle parties ideal for family reunions and kids’ birthday parties. The spacious picnic area makes it easy to pair a water sport class with an outdoor lunch. Note: children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

 

2. Make discoveries

Whoever said that museums should only be saved for a rainy day has obviously never visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., each exhibit caters to children. The Imagination Playground encourages kids to wander through the playground in an unstructured way. Children can interact and experiment with their environment and exercise their creative muscles. Wave Workshop is another interesting area of the museum that recreates the habitat under the Golden Gate Bridge and teaches visitors how animals, plants and humans interact.

 

3. Saddle up

Kids and animals often go hand in hand, so why not head to Five Brooks Ranch for an action-packed afternoon of horseback riding in the countryside? The full-service stable caters to the whole family, with more than 120 miles of trails that take riders through meadows, along sandy beaches and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Services range from private rides and pony rides to riding lessons and parties. Choose between one-, two- and three-hour trail rides or opt for an entire-day package. Don’t forget your camera! There are many photo ops along the way.

 

4. Walk Among Tall Redwood Trees

Summer has arrived in one of Marin's most majestic nature spots: Muir Woods. Described by conservationist John Muir as "the best tree-lovers monument that could be possibly found in all the forests of the world," this collection of old growth coast redwood trees, the tallest living things in the world, attracts nearly a million domestic and international tourists each year. If you’re an early riser, be sure to get the kids up early to explore this natural wonder.  It’s possible to see Muir Woods much as it was thousands of years ago: quiet, misty, remarkably magical, and without the crowds. It is an unforgettable trip back into time.

 

5. Hit the beach

Marin County has some pretty spectacular beaches and and even better views. Safety-wise, Tomales Bay State Park is a great option, as there are four surf-free beaches protected from winds. Beyond the beaches, there are forests, hills, meadows, marshes and fields connected by trails. Wildlife sightings are quite common as well, especially raccoons, chipmunks, rabbits, deer, squirrels and even skunks. In total, there are 2,000 acres divided on the west and east sides of the bay. When you're ready for lunch, just head to the Vista Point Group Picnic Area, where there are tables.

 

For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.

More information on featured attractions:

Bay Area Discovery Museum

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...[Learn More]

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Five Brooks Ranch

Five Brooks Ranch offers an array of services for anyone who wants to enjoy the park in the company of horses. We offer private and guided trail rides,...[Learn More]

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore was established to preserve and protect wilderness, natural eco-systems, and cultural resources along the diminishing undeveloped coastline of the western United States. Located just...[Learn More]

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Muir Woods National Monument

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...[Learn More]

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Tomales Bay State Park

The 2,000-acre day-use park features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula. The park has hiking trails...[Learn More]