8 Enjoyable Things to Do in Petaluma

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You may have the hotel booked, but have you mapped out your itinerary for your visit to Petaluma? While wine tasting is probably on your list, there are plenty of other things to do in Petaluma. Add a few of these spots to your travel plans to get the most out of your trip and fill your days with fun.

Best Destination for Beer Lovers

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 778-8776
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 265 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Stop by Lagunitas for live music and a huge selection of craft beers. Enter through the ornate gate out front and head to the tap room for a seat indoors, or, if the weather’s nice, sit outside on the back patio. Covered with a giant canopy and strings of lights, this shady spot is a laid-back place to enjoy a cold brew during off-hours, but stick around for when the brewery gets into full swing, when the patio feels like a big backyard party. Four-legged friends are welcome to join, as this dog-friendly brewery will bring your pup a refreshing beverage (bowls of water provided for dogs). You can even purchase a Lagunitas collar. Insider tip: Tap room and tour hours vary depending on the day, so check their website before heading out.

Outdoor Activities in Petaluma

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Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 34 reviews

For the avid fans of the avian, Helen Putnam Regional Park has established itself as a favorite of local bird watchers. Still, there are plenty of other activities to entertain: 6 miles of equestrian, biking, and hiking trails allow visitors to take in the beautiful scenery of Petaluma, and if you are looking to do a little fishing, the pond is fully stocked with bluegill. Bring the kids along and venture over to the playground, and pack a lunch to enjoy at the park. Leashed dogs are welcome, too. Insider tip: Hike about a mile and a half to the top of the Ridge Trail for panoramic views of Petaluma.

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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
3325 Adobe Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 762-4871
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 28 reviews

The main attraction at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is the historic adobe building that was constructed in the early 19th century; today, this structure gives an interesting insight into how our ancestors lived on the prairie in the early days of California settlements. Learn the history of Sonoma County and Petaluma as you walk along the prickly pear cactus shrubs into the adobe, and then, come back outdoors to see cattle, whose hides were used for shoes, bedding, and clothing. Insider tip: Don’t miss the candlemaking room, where the tour guides will show you how settlers in the 1800’s crafted these important aspects of their lives.

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Shollenberger Park
1400 Cader Ln.
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 778-4303
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 73 reviews

Shollenberger Park has over 165 acres of wetland, where visitors can enjoy nature and local wildlife. Dogs are allowed on a leash and a two-mile trail provides joggers with a scenic exercise route. Like Helen Putnam Regional Park, this park is a favorite spot for birdwatchers and photographers in Petaluma. Insider tip: Plan your visit after heavy rains, as this is when the park becomes a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Farm Finds in Petaluma

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Marin French Cheese Company
7510 Point Reyes
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-6001
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 85 reviews

Marin French Cheese Company has been making cheese for over 150 years. Visitors can walk along the pond and take in the scenic backdrop, then sample a variety of artisan cheeses paired with a delicious local bottle from the on-site wine store, which also sells breads, meats, and other charcuterie necessities. Insider tip: Purchase some sandwiches for a picnic by the pond for a peaceful, scenic meal.

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Green String Farm
3571 Old Adobe Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 778-7500
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 19 reviews

Stop by Green String Farm to get fresh, organic produce that is grown locally, including fresh eggs and gourmet cheeses. Take the kids along to see how a farm is run and teach them about gardening, but be sure to stroll around the back to see the show chickens. Insider tip: Bring an empty wine bottle to fill up with locally made olive oil.

Culture in Petaluma

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The Petaluma Library Museum
20 4th St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4398
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 23 reviews

Did you know Petaluma was once the egg capital of the world? You learn interesting facts like this at the Petaluma Library Museum, where a rotating roster of new attractions add to the nuances of both local and national history. The WWII exhibit is a favorite, as well as the bridal gown exhibit from the 1850’s. Insider tip: If you get lucky, you may get to meet “Barbara,” a staff member dressed in late 1800’s finery.

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Petaluma Arts Center
230 Lakeville St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 762-5600
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 8 reviews

Petaluma Arts Center makes art accessible to the masses with sophisticated art exhibits in an approachable and open environment. Currently hosting a special Egdar Degas Impressionist exhibit, the museum also hosts workshops and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Insider tip: Come for the Day of the Dead celebration, which incorporates local food, wines, art, and Latin music.

While wine may be on your list of things to do in Petaluma, there are plenty of other activities to fill your trip with fun, interesting experiences. Add a few of these destinations to your itinerary to make your trip a memorable one.