Outdoor Activities

Hiking, nature walks, beaches, and more.

Family Hike at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen

January 15, 2018

Jack London State Historic Park

This weekend, we paid another visit one of our favorite outdoors spots in the Bay Area, Jack London State Historic Park. Located in the small Sonoma Valley town of Glen Ellen, it's about a 45-minute drive north from Marin and a great destination for a family outing. We're especially happy that the park escaped any destruction in the devastating North Bay fires last fall!

Winter & Spring Family Programs in the Marin Headlands from NatureBridge

January 9, 2018

NatureBridge, which organizes Coastal Camp, a summer day camp for kids in kindergarten through ninth grade, also offers organized family programs at the Marin Headlands. Monthly programs include night hikes, campfires, and more. Here's what NatureBridge has to offer for families this fall and winter.

Best 5-and-Under Family Hikes in Marin

January 7, 2018

Toddler preschooler hiking Marin

Taking the kiddos along for a hike on one of Marin's many fantastic trails is fun and rewarding. It can be a bit of a challenge though when they want to tackle the trail on their own but can't really go that far. Then there's the fact that toddlers and preschoolers don't always have the greatest of attention spans, which means that it's great to have something to see and do along the way.

5 Fun and Active Family Outings for the New Year

January 1, 2018

Mountain biking

Happy New Year! Get the family out and active this New Year's week with one of these fun ideas for outings in Marin and the Bay Area.

Take a family mountain bike ride

Take a mountain bike ride with the kiddos on a fun family-friendly trail. Some of our favorite spots include China Camp State Park near San Rafael and Rush Creek Open Space Preserve in Novato. Find more in our guide to family friendly bike trails in Marin.

7 Wonderful Winter Family Hikes in Marin

December 31, 2017

Earthquake Trail Pt. Reyes

Since we're enjoying some beautiful winter weather, why not take advantage of it by taking a family hike? There are so many amazing spots in Marin County that are perfect for a hike or nature walk with kids, whether they're in a baby backpack, a stroller, or walking on their own.

Winter Wildlife Adventures for Families in Marin and North Bay

December 29, 2017

Christmas bird count

Winter in the Bay Area is a great time to get the whole family out to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, especially when the weather is cool and clear like it's been lately. Here's our rundown on family wildlife adventures in Marin and the North Bay during the winter months. All these are free unless otherwise noted.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve

December 28, 2017

Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Divide

Marin's geography can be pretty astounding at times. Who would have thought that the San Anselmo neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow was just a stone's throw from the northern San Rafael enclave of Terra Linda? If you try to drive from one of these locations to another, it will take you a good half hour, minimum, but if you take a walk at the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve, you can go from one to the other in just a few minutes!

Winter Whale and Elephant Seal Watching at Point Reyes National Seashore

December 26, 2017

Whale Watching Point Reyes

The New Year always heralds the start of whale-watching season on Northern California's coast. This is the time of year when California Gray Whales (eschrichtius robustus) pass by the coast on their annual southern migration, so start planning your winter trip out to Point Reyes National Seashore to do some whale watching now. Dust off those binoculars and your telephoto lens and head out to the Point Reyes Lighthouse!

Winter Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

December 9, 2017

Studio 4 Art CampStudio 4 Art offers Winter Break camps in both Novato and Mill Valley.

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming Winter Break? Check out some of the great day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below offer drop-in camps, too.

  • Andrews Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: Kindergarten and up
    Andrews Camp offers a fall and winter break cammps that includes that offers outings to Scandia, Rebounderz, Six Flags, games, crafts, sports and more. Bring lunch and snack. For more info,call (415) 446-8946 or  visit their website.
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