Family-Friendly Activities to Do in Marin

Family-Friendly Activities to Do in Marin

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With its mesmerizing views and beautiful scenery, Marin is an amazing place to call home. And with its upscale dining options, vibrant array of national parks, and fascinating museums, there is certainly no shortage of things to do here.

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marin is made up of a number of cities, including San Rafael and Mill Valley. Filled with luxurious homes, condos, townhomes, and prime real estate, it’s the ideal place to put down roots and make treasured memories with your family. From its stellar educational resources to a myriad of family-friendly activities, there are lots of ways to enjoy all Marin has to offer. Here are some fun ways to enjoy family time and the season together this year.

Learn at Bay Area Discovery Museum

Spark your child’s imagination at this family-friendly museum and discover an exciting array of fun and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy. Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area Discovery Museum features daily programs, fascinating exhibits, informational classes, and child-focused camps. All of these activities are hands-on and designed to encourage your child’s imagination, curiosity, and expression.

From the toddler and parent exploration program to the instrument walk, the Discovery Museum is a great way to encourage your child’s formative journey. It will inspire them to love learning and have fun while doing it! Open hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Hike the Tennessee Valley Trail

Hike the Tennessee Valley Trail

Located in Mill Valley, this trailhead is a favorite for a variety of reasons. Situated in the gorgeous Golden Gate National Recreation Center, it’s a riveting offshoot from the nearby Marin Headlands. With hikes ideal for the whole family and panoramic views, it’s easy to see why it has become such a treasured place to explore. Depending on what time of year you go, you will find a diverse array of flowers, plants, and wildlife.

Want something different than a hike? Bring your bikes along and hit the cycling trails! Make sure you pack your helmets and sunscreen. Whether you’re taking a stroll along the sparkling seashore or going camping for the weekend, there’s no shortage of fun ways to spend your time at Tennessee Valley.

Explore Muir Woods National Monument

Experience all the outdoors has to offer at Muir Woods! Here, you can bask in riveting views of the giant redwood trees and enjoy the beauty of nature. One of the most popular and beloved features of Marin, these beautiful woods provide a wonderful way to enjoy the day.

Situated in the redwood forest from the California and Oregon border to Big Sur, it gives a fascinating peek into the natural habitat of local plants and wildlife. Together with your family, you can meander through the trees and soak up the views. From the hiking trails to the lookout points, Muir Woods is a sight you simply won’t want to miss this season!

Go on a ferry ride

Go on a ferry ride
There are few things as fun as a good old-fashioned ferry ride! Take a ferry to the lovely Angel Island State Park or go on a luxurious Sunset Cruise. From the striking views of the ocean to the shining Golden Gate Bridge, these are great ways to seize the day with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Known as “The Jewel of San Francisco,” Angel Island is the largest natural island in the Bay Area and provides awe-inspiring views. Here, you can hike, go for a bike ride, grill a tasty dinner, or tour the infamous Alcatraz Island!

Spend the day at Marin Headlands

With its captivating views of the Golden Gate Bridge, dramatic cliffs overlooking the glimmering blue ocean, and rich history, the headlands are an absolute must-see for locals and tourists alike. As a family, you can enjoy a variety of exciting recreational activities together such as hiking, surfing, birdwatching, picnicking, and exploring. What’s more, many of these trails are dog-friendly. so you can bring your beloved pet along for the adventure!

Do you want to learn more about the unique history of Marin Headlands? Join a guided tour and discover fascinating information about this beautiful park. From the foggy shores to the breathtaking overlook points, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to spend the day in nature.

Grab your camera and snap some family photos along the way! The gorgeous scenery will make the perfect backdrop for pictures. 

Enjoy fine dining

Enjoy fine dining
What better way to embrace the holiday season than enjoying a delicious meal at the upscale MADCAP? This restaurant offers a five-star dining experience that is complete with an exciting selection of sparkling wines, mouthwatering dishes, and excellent service. Discover an array of appetizing options on the menu.

For example, how about tasing the liberty duck breast, lemongrass shiso soup, or the Stonington sea scallops? And don’t forget dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with their hazelnut chocolate cake and orange vanilla ice cream. With a perfect selection of seasonings and organic ingredients, Chef Ron has crafted a tasting menu that will keep you coming back time and time again.

From the intimate and relaxed atmosphere to the stellar menu items, there are plenty of reasons why MADCAP has earned its shining reputation. Located in the city of San Anselmo, this top-notch restaurant is a sure way to make cherished memories with your family and spend quality time together. Guests are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time. So, what are you waiting for? Gather your loved ones and enjoy an exquisite meal this season.

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art

Calling all art lovers! At this marvelous art museum, you and your family can immerse yourself in the world of breathtaking portraits, ceramics, and masterpieces. From rotating exhibits to special events, you and your loved ones will find plenty of educational and fun opportunities to enjoy.

One example is Family Day, which occurs on the first Sunday of every month. This kid-friendly program consists of clay work, mixed media, painting, and more. Each class is taught and facilitated by expert instructors who seek to create a memorable experience for students and parents. It’s a fantastic way to enrich your children with a love for the arts, help them discover and utilize their artistic expression, and make special memories together as a family. Reservations are required.

The museum’s open hours are Wednesday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Come for a visit and be amazed at the vibrant, striking works on display.

Take Flying Dutchman Gymnastics

Have your kids been dreaming of becoming gymnasts? Located in the city of Fairfax, this top-notch gymnastics studio offers an exciting selection of classes. There is the introductory program for students ages 5 and up, the intermediate class, and a mixed pod for ages 5-12 that is the perfect opportunity for siblings to take a class together.

These classes are taught and facilitated by qualified coaches who want to see your youngster reach their full potential. They work to create a safe space for your children to hone their gymnast techniques, get in some good exercise, and make new friends along the way. As your child steps into the world of gymnastics, they will be encouraged and motivated to make their dreams come true.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Flying Dutchman website today for more information about how to sign up your child for classes!

Shop at the farmers’ market

Shop at the farmers’ market

Welcome to Sunday Marin, the third-largest farmers’ market in California. Officially opened in 1987, it has since become the popular and flourishing marketplace it is today. Gather your family around and spend your Sunday morning perusing the vibrant array of goods!

You will discover a diverse selection of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and handcrafted items. From intricate ceramics to farm-fresh eggs, you won’t be disappointed by all of the thrilling finds waiting to be discovered here. Not only can you purchase produce and bread, but you can also enjoy delicious food and fan-favorite snacks from the vendors.

Open regardless of weather, Sunday Marin features over 200 farmers, ranchers, and artisans. A visit here is a wonderful way to support local businesses while stocking up on fresh groceries for the upcoming week and creating special memories together as a family.

Are you looking for more information about Marin real estate or want to learn more about our specific property listings? Feel free to contact Marks Realty Group for all of your luxury home, condo, or real estate needs. Our team would love to show you homes and condos for sale in our San Rafael, Mill Valley, and San Anselmo locations. Let’s get started today to help you find your dream home!

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