5 Family Friendly Ways to Explore Marin
Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, June 23, 2016 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Run Around the Farm
Come to West Marin's Slide Ranch for a day of hands-on learning. Slide Ranch teaches visitors the impact our choices have on food, health, and the environment, through hands-on activities and independent exploration of the farm and coastal wildlands. In their family programs, you and your family can milk a goat, collect eggs from chickens and explore organic gardens and coastal trails. Come learn about native plants and tidepool ecology, make nature crafts, cook from the garden, and camp under the stars.
More information on featured attractions:
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]
Due to our state's mandated shelter-in-place, there is currently not full access to the park. Please refer here for updated information.
Point Reyes National Seashore was established to...[Learn More]
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]