Plenty to Do in Santa Rosa, CA

This is provided courtesy of our friends at the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll find a vibrant city overflowing with all you love about California. Welcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together: wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center is our charming, thriving downtown, lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike. Whether you’re into safaris or spas, golf or gardens, Snoopy or Snoop Dogg – or all of the above – you can have it all in Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa is the largest city and the county seat of Sonoma County and home to numerous activities and attractions. Enjoy the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens where the famed horticulturist resided for over 50 years. Walk in his rose garden and visit the greenhouse where he grafted trees, plants, and flowers, creating new and wonderful plant life we still enjoy today. The world famous “Peanuts” cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz, lived in Santa Rosa for several decades and is honored with an outstanding museum highlighting his life and legacy – the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Visit one of Santa Rosa’s historic areas, Railroad Square, where you can stop and enjoy award-winning restaurants, antique shops, unique boutique shops, and quaint hotels. The California Welcome Center is located in the train depot, constructed in 1904. Nearby is the Prince Memorial Greenway, a paved walkway that follows the Santa Rosa Creek. Along this path you’ll see murals and park benches painted by art students along with other public art. The Joe Rodota Trail walking and bike route connects to the Greenway and heads west paralleling Highway 12 for about 5 miles.

But if you’re looking to do more extensive hiking, grab your walking shoes and head to Annadel State Park which is just on the east side of Santa Rosa along with two other parks. Several hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails await you. If you want something a little less strenuous, then visit the Spring Lake Regional Park where you can enjoy a pleasant time in their swimming lagoon. Take the kids to Howarth Memorial Park, a city park that has a playground, merry-go-round, pony rides, and a train that goes throughout the beautifully landscaped acreage.

Whether you’ve been to the African Serengeti or not, you’ll be enchanted by Safari West, a wildlife preserve where you can get “up close and personal” with graceful giraffes and romping rhinos on jeep tours that traverse the 400-acre attraction. Want to spend the night and hear the animals talk to each other in the dark? Safari West offers upscale tent cabins with a dining facility nearby.

Did someone mention shopping? You’ll find a variety of shopping adventures at the Santa Rosa Plaza, Coddingtown Shopping Center, and Montgomery Village. When you get hungry, Santa Rosa offers a wide variety of outstanding restaurants and bistros. After all, this is Wine Country, and great food goes with great wine.

Camping is available in many areas including Spring Lake Park, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, KOA in Petaluma, and several campgrounds in the Russian River area from Mirabel to Duncan Mills. Bodega Bay and the Sonoma State beaches also offer excellent camping facilities.

We hope you have a wonderful time in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.

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