Planning a trip to Marin County? We're sharing our favorite family activities!
We just returned from a trip to Marin County (where I grew up). This special part of the San Francisco Bay Area is directly across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and now that Lydia is a little older…..I love taking her to all my favorite Family Activities in Marin County. While there are some fun, new activities in Marin…..some of these suggestions are the same fun things I did with my family growing up in Marin County. And Lydia loves them just as much as I did!
We loved driving all around my City by the Bay….and did it in style on this trip. While up north, I test drove the Kia Niro. This hybrid SUV crossover was PERFECT for family road trips, we got killer gas mileage and it had WAY more space than my sedan. Stay tuned, because this car is now on my must own list.
Family Activities in Marin County
Bay Area Discovery Museum: The Bay Area Discovery Museum is our go to stop every time we are in Marin. It's at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and has a TON of fun kids activities. Housed inside of Fort Baker, the Museum has a ton of indoor and outdoor play areas. From art projects to some of the coolest play structures I've ever seen to a stellar cafe, it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Parking is free and plentiful.
Marin County Fair: If you're in Marin late June or early July….the Marin County Fair is a must visit. It's the perfect mid-size fair with tons of great food, killer music, and rides galore.
Marine Mammal Center: Some of my favorite childhood memories are at the Marine Mammal Center. This amazing organization rescues and rehabilitates marine animals with the goal of releasing them. You can visit the animals as they are being treated, and it's a ton of fun to learn about the process of caring for them!
Wildcare: If you're on the search for more fun animal spots, Wildcare is also an animal rescue center and a great place to see owls, squirrels, deer and more. They also have a cute little museum area!
China Camp State Beach: China Camp is one of my favorite smaller Northern California beaches. Besides the beach itself, you can visit China Camp Village, a small museum that walks visitors through the history of China Camp while it was a thriving shrimping village in the 1880s.
Imagination Park: Housed in my hometown of San Anselmo, Imagination Park is a really fun local park that pays tribute to all the amazing films Lucasfilm has created in Marin County (you can see my IGTV tour of the park HERE).
Marin County Mart Concerts: During the summer months the Marin Country Mart has concerts on Fridays, and family movies under the stars on Wednesdays. Both are free. Grab food from one of the many places to eat (Three Twins Ice Cream is my top recommendation), and enjoy!
Are you planning any FAMILY VACATIONS? If so, be sure to check out our city guides to SANTA MONICA, SAN DIEGO, MONTEREY, DISNEYLAND, COLUMBIA and Los Angeles!
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