San Rafael Things to Do

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  • 1. China Camp Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Buckeye Point is part of China Camp State Park. I like this spot, kinda, because it is a short walk to the water, and it has an outdoor shower. Also a restroom. It's hardly used so there normally are...

  • 2. Marin County Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Such an impressive sight. A bit of a cliche perhaps, but to me it made the impression of a stranded...

  • 3. San Rafael Mission

    4 out of 5 stars

    Originally a sub mission to San Francsico's Mission Dolores, San Rafael Arcángel was established as an independent mission in 1822. In 1834 San Rafael's mission was the first to be secularized by the...

  • 4. San Quentin State Prison

    San Quentin State Prison is located just a few miles from San Rafael. It was opened in 1852 and is the oldest prison still in use in California. San Quentin is most famous as being California's male...

  • 5. Looney Lu'au

    Here are the hard-working Hostesses of the event! Jessica was the PASTRY CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE and baked all kinds of wonderful, exotic goodies! Annapet was her usual Galloping Gourmet Chef and...

  • 6. Farmer's Market

    This was a great introduction to the town of San Rafael. Located on 4th street which is closed to traffic. We wandered up and down about six blocks of vendors selling everything from fedoras to...

  • 7. Marin County Fair

    The Marin County Fair is held every year in San Rafael over the Fourth of July weekend, and it's fun for the whole family. There's an amusement park with all kinds of rides, many of them suitable for...

  • 8. Muir Woods

    We went to Muir Woods early Sunday morning. I guess if you come later it is crowded, but we enjoyed it without crowds. Even though the day was hot elsewhere the unique environment that made this a...

  • 9. Muir Beach

    John Muir was a Scottish-born naturalist and preservationist who helped protect the Yosemite Valley. When the last stand of redwoods was preserved in the area immediately north of San Francisco in the...

  • 10. Martian Civic Center

    It's actually called the Marin Civic Center, but I've always thought that it more closely resembles a Martian city. George Lucas must have thought so, too, because it supposedly was his inspiration...

  • 11. Elegant Cinema

    If you have time, take in a film at the Rafael Film Center, which has undergone an elegant remodel. The Center -- which I remember as an old-fashioned art deco theater in its previous incarnation as...

  • 12. Rafael Theatre

    The best movie theatre in San Rafael -- You won't find Star Wars, Harry Potter or James Bond movies here. San Rafael Film Center only shows US independent and international films and a great...

  • 13. Beautiful Family Park

    The former Gerstle Estate has been a 3.5 acre San Rafael city park since 1936, and it's a great place to take the family on a sunny day. There's a very nice...

  • 14. Bicycling in San Rafael (Part II)

    Not all hiking trails in the San Rafael area permit bicycles. If you are not familiar with the bike trails, it is best to pick up a Marin County Bicycle Trail...

  • 15. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) at McNear's Beach

    McNear's Beach is a very easy spot for launching a stand up paddleboard. This is part of the Marin County Park system. The beach is a close walk from the...

  • 16. Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

    Officially called the John F. McCarthy Memorial Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge opened in 1956, and it supports a 5.5 mile span of Interstate-580. It is...

  • 17. Italian Street Painting Festival

    This annual weekend art festival, sponsored by the non-profit Youth in Arts, features huge chalk "paintings" that are done directly on the street, an art form...

  • 18. Tule Elk Preserve

    The San Andreas Fault separates Point Reyes and Tomales Peninsulas from the mainland. We made our way across the fault at Inverness, and like the town in...

  • 19. Marin Headlands

    The Marin Headlands Park is new and fairly unknown. We went there to see the seals which were the highlight of the day. But there were other things to do as...

  • 20. Marin County Civic Center

    To some residents of San Rafael, the Marin County Civic Center is a fine example of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius. (It was the last building he...

  • 21. Hiking in Marin Open Space

    San Rafael has an abundance of hiking trails. Over the years, Marin County has purchased thousands of acres of open space, now accessible to the public. Thanks...

  • 22. Visit Point Reyes National Seashore

    San Rafael is about 30 minutes from the Pacific Coast beaches, and 20 minutes from Point Reyes National Seashore. See my page on Olema for things to do at the...

  • 23. Every year, the Youth in Arts...

    Every year, the Youth in Arts Council holds the Italian Street Painting Festival in downtown San Rafael. This year's festival is June 14-15, 2003.Three blocks...

  • 24. Bicycling in San Rafael

    San Rafael has miles of moutain bike trails offering beautiful vistas.This bicyclist is on the Big Rock Ridge fire road. The trail is strenuous, but worth the...

  • 25. Best views

    For the best views in San Rafael, put on your hiking boots and hike on any one of a number of trails leading into the hills.

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