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 & Culture

Marin County is well known for its arts and culture. The County is proud of its home-grown Marin Symphony that plays to sold-out audiences each season. 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, Inc.

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

Art Works Downtown Inc. is a premier nonprofit art center in a 40,000 sq.ft historic building in the heart of downtown San Rafael on Fourth Street.  Featuring 4 art galleries, 28 studios with artists at work, a jewelers guild, crafts... Read More

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Bolinas Museum

48 Wharf Road
Bolinas, CA 94924
415-868-0330
www.bolinasmuseum.org

Founded in 1983, the mission of the Bolinas Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the arts and history of Coastal Marin and to present exhibitions and events that provide inspiration and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors. Admission is... 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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Dominican University

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-4440 or 1-888-323-6763
www.dominican.edu

We offer an exciting array of art exhibits, musical and dance performances, lectures and presentations, receptions and athletics events. 

We are known for our popular Visual and Performing Arts, including our Guest Concert Series, the Dominican Chorale, San Marco Art Exhibitions,... Read More

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3415 Shoreline Highway
Stinson Beach, CA  94970
415-868-2787
www.emmelinecraig.com

Emmeline Craig, born in France, moved to California in 2000. You can meet her and see her work at her own Blissful Gallery in Stinson Beach, CA. on Highway 1. Her paintings, large and small, have won the hearts of... 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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ink.paper.plate

Contact:  Sirima Sataman
11401 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA  94956
415-873-6008
www.inkpaperplate.com

INK.PAPER.PLATE is a printmaking studio and arts workshop specializing in letterpress, woodcut, linocut, etching, monotype, screenprinting and bookarts.

The retail workshop showcases artist-made goods, sells art supplies, offers personalized art instruction for all levels of artists, and hosts... Read More

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Kanbar Center of Performing Arts at Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-444-8000
​www.marinjcc.org 

The Kanbar Center has established a strong and well respected reputation within the community as a Center for the Performing Arts in Marin County.  We have been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances from emerging and established performers annually... Read More

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Lorraine Almeida Fine Art

18856 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940
415-663-8246
www.lorrainealmeida.com
Open by Appointment Only!

Lorraine’s career as teacher, author, artist, and consultant has culminated into her personal art studio, located steps away from Tomales Bay, in the tiny coastal Marin community of Marshall, California.

With a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute,... Read More

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MarinArts Arts & Culture Guide

415-578-3856
www.marinarts.org

Contact: Kathleen Gaines, Marketing Director
kathie@marinarts.org

MarinArts promotes the art and culture of Marin County through its online events calendar and directory of artists, arts organizations, and venues. MarinArts makes it easy to discover and participate in creative and cultural events throughout our community, including arts... Read More

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Marin County Civic Center

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-473-3762
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 Cultural Association

10 Avenue of the Flags at Marin Center
415-473-6400
www.marincenter.org  

The Marin Cultural Association advocates for and serves as a catalyst to increase participation, advance collaboration and optimize resources for culture in Marin County. Proceeds to the Marin Cultural Association help us with our mission to support arts and culture... Read More

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Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA  94949
415-506-0137
www.marinmoca.org

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is a vibrant arts center which helps the visual arts flourish. We offer free contemporary art exhibitions that showcase local, national, and international artists, while creating a supportive environment for artists to work, collaborate, and... Read More

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Marin Symphony

415-479-8100
www.marinsymphony.org  

More than 65 years bringing great music to life to our community.

The Marin Symphony Association is one of the longest-running, most prestigious, cultural organizations in Marin County and the Bay Area. The orchestra was the inspiration of a small group... Read More

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Marin Theatre Company

397 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
415-388-5200
www.marintheatre.org

Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in... Read More

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Mountain Play

1556 Fourth Street, Suite B
San Rafael, CA  94901
415-383-1100
Email: 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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Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-444-8000
www.marinjcc.org

The Osher Marin JCC is a non-profit community organization – a place where people can enhance their lives through various activities that reflect the unique values of Jewish history and culture. We invite the entire community to take advantage of... Read More

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Ross Valley Players

30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Ross, CA 94957
415-456-9555 x.1
www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Ross Valley Players produce diverse, professionally-oriented, high quality live theatre that evokes, entertains, and enlivens the human spirit. We invite the participation of an evolving and expanding community. We provide an open, collaborative environment in which to learn and develop... Read More

Landmarks

Visitors to Marin County can choose from a variety of historic activities by either visiting State Parks that are scattered throughout, 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 landmarks 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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Bear Valley Visitors Center at Point Reyes National Seashore

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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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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Dominican University

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-4440 or 1-888-323-6763
www.dominican.edu

The history of Dominican University of California can be traced back to 1850.  As Bishop Alemany was returning to his new post in California, he stopped in Paris and expressed his desire to have a few Dominican sisters join him... 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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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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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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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

8901 Redwood Highway
Novato, CA 94948
415-892-3383
www.parks.ca.gov/olompali

Olompali State Historic Park features interpretative displays on the history of the park at the Visitor Center, ranging from pre-historic Coast Miwok settlements through 19th-20th century Mexican and American ranching.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00am – 5:00pm; Visitor Center... 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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Ross Valley Players

30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Ross, CA 94957
415-456-9555 x.1
www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Ross Valley Players were founded by Beth Lloyd and a small group of women in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression. After first performing in various indoor and outdoor venues, including the Mount Tamalpais Amphitheater,... 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

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Unity in Marin - Novato

600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA  94949
415-475-5000
www.unityinmarin.org  

Step back in time to the sun-kissed days when California belonged to Spain and the centers of its towns held flowing fountains, colonnades, bell towers, gardens and charming baroque facades.

Unity In Marin invites you to do just that. Nestled in... Read More

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Museums

Visitors to Marin County can choose from a variety of museums scattered throughout our charming communities.  

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... Read More

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Bolinas Museum

48 Wharf Road
Bolinas, CA 94924
415-868-0330
www.bolinasmuseum.org

Founded in 1983, the mission of the Bolinas Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the arts and history of Coastal Marin and to present exhibitions and events that provide inspiration and cultural enrichment to residents and visitors. Admission is... Read More

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Hamilton Field History Museum

555 Hangar Avenue, in the historic 1934 Firehouse
Novato, CA   949494
415-382-8614
www.novato.org/museum

Hamilton Field History Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring the history and stories of Hamilton Army Airfield and Air Force Base, and the life of the field after decommissioning.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00pm;... Read More

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Marin Museum of Bicycling & Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Fairfax, CA 94930
415-450-8000
www.mmbhof.org

 

The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California. Highlights include the Igler Collection showing the fascinating evolution of the bicycle with original examples from the 1860s to the 1890s, and the Mountain... Read More

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Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)

500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA  94949
415-506-0137www.marinmoca.org

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is a vibrant arts center which helps the visual arts flourish. We offer free contemporary art exhibitions that showcase local, national, and international artists, while creating a supportive environment for artists to work, collaborate, and... Read More

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Marin Museum of the American Indian

2200 Novato Boulevard
Novato, CA  94947
415-897-4064
www.marinindian.com

The mission of the Museum of the American Indian is to provide the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The Museum promotes accuracy, sensitivity and respect for the heritage... Read More

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Novato History Museum

815 DeLong Avenue, in the historic 1850 Postmaster's House
Novato, CA  94945
415-897-4320
www.novato.org/museum

Novato History Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring Novato’s history, from daily life to local industry, beginning with the Mexican land grants of the mid-19th century through modern history.

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00pm; Free... Read More

Novato Museums Association

Novato, CA 94947
415-897-5705
​www.novatomuseums.org

Novato Museums Association is a volunteer organization that represents Novato’s six museums, which includes Hamilton Field History Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)Marin Museum of the American Indian, Novato History Museum,

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The Space Station Museum

464 Ignacio Boulevard at Pacheco Plaza
Novato, CA  94949
415-524-3940
www.thespacestationca.org

There is a need to have permanent space exhibits in the Bay Area to help educate children about the exciting history of space exploration, and to increase the public’s understanding that a strong global commitment toward future space travel is... Read More