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Things To Do In Petaluma California In The Spring

Spring is here! That means warmer weather and lots of sunshine! Here are some of the fun activities that Petaluma has to offer, so you can have fun in the beaches, redwoods and wine country of Sonoma County.

History Lovers

Petaluma has a great downtown riverfront area with beautiful Victorian homes, historic buildings, and lovely unique shops. There is such an amazing array of restaurants, you’ll have a hard time settling on a place to eat. Petaluma is one of the oldest cities in California, and there are downtown festivals year-round. For instance, the Antique Festival will be April 30. There are over 180 antique dealers offering everything from vintage décor to estate jewelry, and the best part is that the festival has free admission. So come spend the day!

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Petaluma is the place for outdoor activities. You can do everything from hot air ballooning to zip line tours. If boating is your passion, visit the David Yearsley River Heritage Center; their volunteers will help you navigate the Petaluma river in a canoe, kayak, rowboat or sailboat, on select Sundays in April from 11am-1pm. If you want to sit back, relax and leave the steering to someone else, consider a three-hour river cruise that departs from Turning Basin. You’ll cruise through the wetlands, learning about wildlife and Petaluma history along the way. The next tour is April 15.

A Little Of Both And More

Perhaps you are looking for a truly unique adventure—something you’ve never done, something you want to do really baaaaaadly. Look no further than the Petaluma Adobe’s annual sheep shearing. Observe shearer John Sanchez as he demonstrates both modern and historical ways of getting all that wool off all those sheep. The Adobe was the main building for a 66,000 acre cattle ranch owned by General Vallejo from 1836 to 1846. John will show you how shearing was an integral part of ranch life in making necessities like blankets and rugs, and talk about wool trading and how things were done in this part of California nearly 200 years ago.

Easter Egg Hunts

April is Easter month, and there are several different Easter egg hunts and other festivities. Nobody’s basket will go home empty, that’s for sure!

April ends with the fabulous festival known as Butter & Egg Days. The festival celebrates “all things Petaluma” and the stories of the town’s history. This year’s theme is “City of Makers”, celebrating inventors past and present and the current artisans of the city, including winemakers, dairy farmers, cheese makers and brewers. The festival is on the last weekend in April (April 29 and 30); the festival opens at 10am each day and the parade is at high noon.

These are just a few of the great spring activities. Take your pick and most of all—enjoy!

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