Outdoor Activities

Hiking, nature walks, beaches, and more.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Tennessee Valley Trail

October 17, 2017

Tennessee Valley

Tennessee Valley near Mill Valley is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor recreation spots in all of Marin County, and for good reason—it has a combination of easy walks, dramatic views, and a spectacular beach at the end of the trail. Tennessee Valley Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a perfect hike for families, and can be easily managed with an offroad-capable stroller. With few hills, the 3.4-mile round trip hike out to the beach at Tennessee Cove and back is easy for hikers (and mountain bikers, too) of all ages. Fall is the perfect time to tackle this hike, since the weather at the coast is often clear, sunny, and spectacular.

Run with the Family This Thanksgiving at the Marin Turkey Trot

October 10, 2017

Instead of just eating until you're stuffed this Thanksgiving, do something healthy to kick off the day and help support local charities at the Annual Marin Turkey Trot. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23, 2017), the Turkey Trot features fun races for the entire family, including the Youth 1-mile for ages 5 and up, Turkey Trot 5K, and the Pilgrim 10K. All races start and finish at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus at 1800 Ignacio Boulevard in Novato.

Eight Awesome Stroller Hikes in Marin

September 26, 2017

Just because your kids are too small to go on a hike doesn't mean you can't! Fortunately for outdoor-minded parents of babies and toddlers Marin County has many outdoor destinations that are perfectly suitable for a hike with your stroller.

Hike, Bike, and Ride at Novato's O'Hair Park

September 16, 2017

O'Hair Park Novato

At the west end of Novato is one of Marin's outdoor gems—O'Hair Park. Sharing space with the Dogbone Meadow dog park and Morning Star Farm equestrian center, the 100-acre O'Hair Park is a great place for a family bike ride, hike or off-road stroller.

Head into the park on the Reuben Kaehler Memorial Trail, which forms an easy loop of approximately two miles. Novato Creek parellels much of the trail, and it's fun to clamber down to the creekside to look for little fish and water bugs while you're on your hike. The trail climbs gently uphill into a bay laurel forest, down into a grassy meadow, and then again into a forest.

Fall and Winter Family Programs in the Marin Headlands from NatureBridge

September 14, 2017

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.

Evening programs feature an educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands followed by fun around the campfire including s'more roasting, campfire skits, and fun sing-alongs. Visit www.naturebridge.org or call (415) 332-5771 for more information and to register for programs, which often sell out way in advance.

Hike the Headlands
September 24, 10 am–2 pm

Hike the Headlands is an exciting day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Discover the Headlands with a NatureBridge educator and engage in hands-on science activities in the learning labs. There will be live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, and inspiring hikes! $25 per adult; $12 per child (4–17 years old); $65 per family (2 adults and 2 children). Register here.

5 Fantastic Fall Family Hikes in Marin

September 12, 2017

Fall offers some of the finest weather of the year in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area, so make sure you take some time to hit the trail and take in a hike before the weather turns cold and wet. The coastal areas in Northern California are particularly nice in the fall, and are often warmer and clearer than inland. (Photo: Rush Creek, Novato)

Fall Family Fun Runs in Marin and the Bay Area

September 7, 2017

Marin Turkey Trot
Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the Marin Turkey Trot on November 23.

Running is a fantastic way for the whole family to get outside, get fit together, and enjoy the beauty of the Bay Area. Families have plenty of opportunities to race together in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area this fall, from family fun runs and walks to cross-country half-marathons! There's something for every fitness and experience level.

September

Clo-Cow Half Marathon

Sunday, September 17
Downtown Petaluma

The 7th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K takes place in Historic Downtown Petaluma. This beautiful half-marathon course takes you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Find event details and registration here.

7 Sensational Ways to Beat the Heat this Labor Day Weekend

August 31, 2017

Cool off at Spring Lake Water Park

When the late summer temperatures start to heat up, then it's time to find a place to cool off with the kiddos. Here are our favorite ways to beat the heat with the family on hot day in Marin and the Bay Area.

Take a ferry ride to Angel Island

Hop on the ferry in Tiburon and take a refreshing ferry ride over the Bay to Angel Island State Park. Explore historic sites, splash on the beach in Ayala Cove, have a picnic, or just relax.

Fall Camping in Marin and the Bay Area

August 27, 2017

Slide Ranch Family CampIntroduce the kids to camping at Slide Ranch's Family Campouts at their spectacular seaside location. Photo: Slide Ranch

Fall in the Bay Area, especially at the coast, can have some of our best weather of the year, making it a perfect time to dust off your gear, pack up the kiddos and head out for a weekend camping trip. No tent? No problem! Some of these campgrounds even have cozy cabins you can rent. Here are our picks for great fall camping spots in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

California State Parks have an all-new platform for camping and lodging reservations—visit www.reservecalifornia.com or call 1-800-444-PARK to reserve your camping spot at any of the state parks listed below.

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