15 Best Family Activities in Sonoma

15 best family activities in sonoma
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Sonoma County offers a fantastic variety of family-friendly activities which combine the region’s natural beauty, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures. Here are our favorite suggestions for the 15 Best Family Activities in Sonoma:

Family Friendly Activities in Sonoma

Best 15 family activities in sonoma
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  1. Sonoma TrainTown Railroad:
    • TrainTown in Sonoma is a family-friendly amusement park with a quarter-scale train that takes you on a scenic ride through tunnels, over bridges, and past a miniature town. Train Town is one of the Best 15 Family Activities in Sonoma features train rides, amusement rides are all railroad themed. They are painted in railroad colors and fitted with train attire. 
    • Amusement rides include:​
    • Iron Horse Carousel – 44″ to ride alone, all heights OK with adult
    • TrainTown Airlines – 36″ to ride
    • High Iron Ferris Wheel – 48″ to ride alone, all heights OK with adult
    • Mine Train Coaster – 42″ to ride alone, 34″ to ride with adult
    • The Locomotion Scrambler – 52″ to ride alone, all heights OK with adult
    • Prices: $3.95 per coupon or 5 coupons for $16.75
  2. Safari West:
    • Safari West is a wildlife preserve where you can experience an African safari without leaving California. Take a safari tour to see animals such as giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Lodging options are also available for a fun family overnight stay, lunch cafe is open during the day.
  3. Charlie’s Acres Farm Animal Sanctuary:
    • A unique way to spend a few hours in Sonoma. Located right outside downtown Sonoma, Charlie’s Acres provides a safe haven to over a hundred animals, most of which come from farms and ranches. You will learn each animal’s story, how they were rescued and how the quality of life and health have improved once at the sanctuary. Most of the animals are friendly, you’ll be able to pet them, hang out together and build a bond.
  4. Sonoma Plaza:
    • Sonoma Plaza is a historic town square surrounded by shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, and consider a picnic in the park, feed the ducks at the pond. For adults, Sonoma Plaza allows alcohol if you want to pick up a glass of wine at one of the tasting rooms around downtown.
  5. Sonoma State Historic Park:
    • Explore historic sites such as the Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sonoma Barracks. The park provides a glimpse into California’s history and Spanish colonial architecture.
  6. Jack London State Historic Park:
    • Visit the former home of the famous author Jack London. The park offers hiking trails, historic buildings, and beautiful gardens.
  7. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park:
    • Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, picnicking, and stargazing at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. It’s a great place for family hikes, and the Robert Ferguson Observatory often hosts astronomy programs.
  8. Charles M. Schulz Museum:
    • Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, dedicated to the creator of Peanuts. The museum features exhibits on the beloved comic strip characters.
  9. Pacific Coast Air Museum:
    • If your family is interested in aviation, the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa showcases a variety of aircraft and aviation memorabilia.
  10. Sonoma Canopy Tours:
    • Experience a zipline adventure through the redwood forest with Sonoma Canopy Tours. It’s an exhilarating activity for older kids and adults. Overnight Tree House lodging is a great addition to your experience!
  11. Russian River:
    • Spend a day by the Russian River. You can rent canoes, kayaks, or inner tubes for a relaxing float down the river. Some areas also have beaches for picnicking. For a family friendly lodging on the river, check out Wild Haven Glamping.
  12. Sonoma County Children’s Museum:
    • The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa provides interactive exhibits and activities designed for kids, fostering creativity and learning.
  13. Bodega Bay:
    • Explore the coastal town of Bodega Bay. Enjoy the beach, go tide pooling, or take a nature walk along the cliffs. Bodega Bay is also known for its fresh seafood. Check out Birds Cafe, Spud Point and Gourmet au Bay for delicious seafood and snacks.
  14. Taylor Mountain Regional Park:
    • This park offers family-friendly hiking trails with panoramic views of the Santa Rosa Plain. There’s a playground and open space for picnics.
  15. Quarryhill Botanical Garden:
    • Wander through Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, known for its diverse collection of Asian plants. It’s a peaceful setting with walking trails suitable for families.

Thank you for reading our 15 Best Family Activities in Sonoma. These activities provide a mix of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty of Sonoma County. Consider your family’s interests and ages when planning your itinerary to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Adult Activities in Sonoma

In our 15 Best Family Activities in Sonoma you’ve learned about all of the Family Friendly Activities Sonoma has to offer. If you’re coming to Sonoma and aren’t bringing the kids, check out our guides below for a few of Sonoma’s best Adult Activies.

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