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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