Summer Fun In Petaluma

Ah, summertime. Sun. Sand. No school! Do you know what are you doing this summer in Petaluma? There’s so much to choose from! It’s hard to narrow it all down, but here are some suggestions for summer fun.

Natural Fun

If you want to be outdoors, Petaluma is definitely the place to be. Explore our beautiful Sonoma county coastline, or spend a day at the beach. Salt Point, Goat Rock, and Bodega Bay are great getaways. Experience the spectacular, awe-inspiring beauty of our redwood forests like Annadel State Park or the Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

Looking for exotic? Try Safari West, a 400-acre private wildlife preserve in Santa Rosa.

Active Fun

We have kayaking and hot air balloons, horseback riding and golf, ziplining and surfing. Take your pick. Maybe hiking and biking is your thing, so enjoy 1,400 miles of trails that wind through our gorgeous county.

Take a leisurely Sunday boat trip down the Petaluma River. You can launch from the David Yearsley River Heritage Center in a sailboat, rowboat, canoe or kayak, so take the plunge!

Educational Fun

Maybe you’d rather be blinded by science rather than blinded by the sun this summer. If so, visit the Robert Ferguson Observatory and go on their Planet Walk. It makes for a great adventure!

Maybe you like history more than science, and if that’s the case, you can go on a tour of Victorian homes and buildings. Did you know Petaluma is one of the oldest cities in California? We are, and our historical society has done a great job of preserving these buildings for all to see. Be sure to stop at author Jack London’s home. We’re sure you’ve read his immensely popular books, “The Call of the Wild” or “White Fang”.

Tummy Fun

Our town has so many great restaurants; you could spend all summer just eating. In particular, summer is an ideal time to visit our many farm-to-table restaurants. You can probably taste those fresh summer veggies already. Our downtown riverfront area has many fine places to eat, and there are plenty of shops too.

Last but not least, we are smack dab in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country. There are wineries and wine tours aplenty, so take your pick—literally. You can find a winery that offers summer grape harvest and maybe even stomping. How cool would that be? There are lots of summertime food and wine festivals going on as well.

Whatever you decide—beaches, redwoods, or wine country—this land was made for you and me (as the song goes). So Happy Fourth of July and enjoy your summer in Petaluma.

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