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Local Activity Guide

A Classic View of Novato, CA in SummerThings to do in and around Novato, CA

There are many things to do in Marin County. Use the quick links to the right to access the websites of popular destinations and activities, or explore the surround area on your own!

Marin County is a large, forested region adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco to the South, and Napa and Sonoma Counties (aka “Wine Country”) to the Northeast.

Visit rich evergreen forests at Muir Woods, see wild Seascapes at Stinson Beach or Point Reyes, and hike classic California wilderness right outside of Novato City. The rolling golden hillsides are covered in Live Oak and Blue Oak trees, and the northernmost parts of the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays provide lush wetlands to explore. A wide range of microclimates provides a number of different options for the nature lover, from cool and misty forest hikes to rugged seaside cliffs, to hot and dry summer strolls through vineyards and farmland.

Marin area map

Arrive at these top tourist destinations by car in just a 30-40 minute drive.

The house is located in an excellent neighborhood in Domingo Canyon, Novato, with rolling hills all around and lots of biking and walking trails. The house is within walking distance to Hoog Park, which has playground structure for children. The neighborhood is quiet and very safe, with a family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy direct access onto Domingo Canyon Open Space Ridge that provides great views of the surrounding hills, Bel Marin Keys, Petaluma River and the bay.Stafford Lake in Novato, CA

Stafford Lake Park

Situated on the shore of Stafford Lake, three miles west of Novato, the 139 acre Stafford Lake Park offers lake fishing, a nature trail, picnic areas with barbecue facilities for groups of up to 500 people, a popular children's play structure, lawn areas, a softballfield, volleyball andhorseshoe courts. The lake and Novato hills make for some wonderful vistas, and the picnic and play areas are lovely as well. Day use fee required.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Relax at Muir Woods, the coast redwoods are the tallest living things. The Bohemian and Cathedral groves contain the biggest trees in Muir Woods--one 252 feet tall and one 14 feet wide. Most of these trees range in age of 800-1000 years old! There are 3 walks, from one-half hour to 1.5 hours, and much longer hikes if you wish. The forest park is actually paved to make it easy for wheelchairs and mothers with strollers. The longer hikes are unpaved. The 560 acre park includes six miles of paved, mostly level trails on the canyon floor.

Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes

In 1579, Sir Francis Drake, sailing his Golden Hind, explored this treacherous and windy coastline that had been home to the Coast Miwok people for hundreds of years. Today, this harsh region is home to more than 470 species of birds that thrive in the 70,000-acre park. The park is also home to the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870.

In the park are the Morgan Horse Ranch, a replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village called Kule Loklo and three easy, self-guiding trails. The Earthquake Trail follows the San Andreas Fault for 0.7 mile. Longer trails cross the pasturelands of Pierce Point and the Estero, chaparral ridges, California-laurel valleys, forests and meadowlands. Scenic roads lead to beaches, panoramic views, outstanding bird watching areas, and a Tule elk grazing area. Napa and Sonoma WineriesVisitors can watch bird-banding activities at the Point Reyes BirdObservatory and explore the fascinating tide pools.

Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Country

Renowned for its wines and beautiful countryside. Many of the wineries offer wine tasting as well as winery tours and delicious food. In addition, there are also many cafes and bistros for lunch or snacks. You can explore new and different wines, and learn where Vineyardsto find these special tastes of the Wine Country.

Napa Wineries - www.napavalley.com/cvb/cvbwinry.html
Sonoma Wineries – www.sonoma.com/wineries/

San Francisco (Located 30 minutes south across the Golden Gate Bridge.)

The City is situated on a 46.6 square-mile peninsula bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by the Golden Gate strait and from north to east by San Francisco Bay. San FrancsicoThe last provides it with one of the world's finest land-locked harbors.

The Bay is spanned by two landmarks, the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges, and graced by four islands -- Alcatraz, Angel, Yerba Buena, and Treasure.
Its principal attractions are the century-old cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and Golden Gate Park among so many others. For more information, visit the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau www.sfvisitor.org.

Infineon RacewayInfineon Raceway

This Marin vacation rental is only 10 minutes away from the world famous Infineon raceway, host to NASCAR Winston Cup, NHRA, Superbike, and American LeMans series races. The 1,600-acre facility serves as the gateway to the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country and features NASCAR and other motor sport races. In addition to its slate of major events, Infineon Raceway is a year-round motor sports complex with events scheduled 340 days and 50 weekends a year. More than one-half million fans pass through the gates each year.

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