Marin County, California

Area Guide


Marin County is part of the original 27 counties of the state of California. For thousands of years the Miwok Indians inhabited Marin. Sir Francis Drake first arrived in Marin in 1579­ and deemed the land ‘Nova Albion’. In 1817 the first Spanish settlement was founded in Marin out of response to the Russians building Fort Ross in the neighboring present-day Sonoma County. San Rafael, located in the south potion of Marin, was the 20 th Spanish mission and was claimed just 4 year prior to Mexico gaining their independence from Spain.

Present-day Marin County consists of many historical sites and museums in appreciation and preservation of Marin’s history,


Marin History & Preservation Resources

Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
1550 Tiburon Blvd., Suite M
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-1853, ext. 2

Fairfax Historical Society

Mill Valley Historical Society

Nicasio Historical Society
P.O. Box 111
Nicasio, CA 94946  
(510) 524-8920

Novato Historical Guild
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 897-4320

Richardson's Bay Maritime Association

San Anselmo Historical Museum
(415) 258-4659


Sausalito Historical Society
(415) 289-4117

Tomales Regional History Center
(707) 878-9443

Parks and Recreation

Marin is positioned so nicely along the gorgeous west cost, with an inlet of water along the south and southeast side of the county, and is host to marvelous beaches and state parks. Enjoy a picnic along a hiking trail or take out the whole family for a splendid beach day and maybe some sea creature sightings, like the migration of the Pacific Grey Whale. Let a Marin County beach set the perfect scene for you.

Angel Island State Park
(415) 435-1915

Blue Waters Kayaking
12944 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94933
(415) 669-2600

China Camp State Park
4 miles east of San Rafael on North San Pedro Road (San Pablo Bay)
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-0766

Headlands Institute – Retreat & Conference Center
Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Marin Headlands
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-5771

McNears Beach Park
201 Cantera Way
San Rafael, CA 94901

Mill Valley Parks and Recreation
180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-1370

Muir Beach & Muir Beach Overlook
(415) 388-2595

Novato RV Park
1530 Armstrong Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 897-1271

Paradise Beach Park
3450 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920

Point Reyes National Seashore
(415) 464-5100

Samuel P. Taylor State Park
8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Lagunitas, CA 94938
(415) 488-9897

Stinson Beach
Information & Weather:  (415) 868-1922

Tomales Bay State Park
State Route Highway 1
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1140


Sports and Activities


Marin County residents love to enjoy sports and other recreational activities. From skate parks to team sports and horseback riding and cycling, Marin has some athletic fun for you. There are also many activity centers offering group classes or indoor and outdoor physical activities.

City of Novato Athletics

Five Brooks Ranch
8001 State Route Highway 1
Olema, CA 94950
(415) 663-1570

Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
733 Center Boulevard
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 456-3469

Novato Gymnastics Center
950 Seventh Street
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 899-8279    


Novato Skate Park
1200 Hamilton Pkwy
Novato , CA 94949
(415) 493-4753

Point Reyes Outdoors
11401 State Route Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-8192

Attractions and Activities


Marin offers attraction ranging from Museums and art centers to landmarks like the splendid Golden Gates Bridge. Marin offers a rather rich history and culture that can be found in the articles and items in the many museums and historic home and sights.

Art and Garden Center
841 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-1853

Agricultural Institute of Marin
76 Pablo Avenue, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-6100


Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-3900


Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-3871

Bear Valley Visitors Center
Located off Highway 1, 0.5 miles west of Olema,
CA along Bear Valley Road
(415) 464-5100

China Cabin Maritime Museum
54 Beach Road
Belvedere, CA 94920
(415) 435-1853

Golden Gate Bridge
Dial 511 (within the Bay area)
(415) 455-2000 (outside the Bay area)

Marin County Open Space District
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 415
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-6387

Marin History Museum
Located at the Boyd Gate House
1125 B Street
San Rafael, CA
(415) 454-8538

Mission San Rafael Arcangel
1104 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-3016

Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2596

Novato Historic Old Town
(415) 897-1164

Old St. Hilary’s Historic Preserve
201 Esperanza Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 499-6387

Olompali State Historic Park
Novato, CA 94948
(415) 892-3383

Bear Valley Visitors Center
Lighthouse Visitor Center
Point Reyes, CA
(415) 669-1534

Railroad Ferry Museum
1920 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-1853

Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
(415) 499-6387

San Francisco Theological Seminary - San Anselmo
105 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 451-2800
(800) 447-8820

YMCA Point Bonita Outdoor & Conference Center
981 Fort Barry, GGNRA
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-9622

Theatre, Culture and The Arts


Residents of Marin County are overwhelmed by the multitudes of art and music that are in the community. Marin is home to several art galleries and talented musicians of unique sorts—like the Steel Jam who demonstrate the beauty of the steel pan (a steel drum from the Caribbean island of Trinidad). If you want to enjoy good music and pleasing visual crafts, then Marin has a niche for you whether you’re the artists or an appreciative spectator.

Art Works Downtown
1337 Fourth Street (between C & D Streets)
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 451-8119

California Film Institute
Contact: Beau Blanchard,
Development Associate
(415) 526-5836

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael , CA 94901
(415) 485-3328

Marin Indian: Museum of the American Indian
2200 Novato Boulevard
Novato , CA 94945
(415) 897-4064

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field
500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 506-0137


The Dance Palace
503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1075

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA
(415) 485-3328

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-7009

Marin Symphony
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409C
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-8100

Mountain Play
177 E. Blithdale
Mill Valley, CA 94942
(415) 383-1100

Steel Jam
Contact:  Mary Spalding
(415) 731-3550

Infineon Raceway
29355 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, California 95476
(800) 870-7223

Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions


Marin County offers a broad range of shopping opportunities from major department stores, home décor, and electronic stores, to unique antique shops, or hand-made craft boutiques.

Old Town Novato
Grant Avenue
Novato , CA 94945

The Village at Corte Madera
1618 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 924-8557

Town Center Corte Madera
100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA 94925    
(415) 924-2961

Vintage Oaks at Novato
208 Vintage Way  
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 897-9999

Antique & Collectables:

Olema Trading Company
9940 Highway 1
Olema, CA 94950
(415) 663-1547

Contact:  Michael Bates
39 Pleasant Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 459-1146

Department and Clothing Stores:

Northgate Mall
5800 Northgate Mall
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-5955


Art, Crafts, & Photography


Art Works Downtown, Inc.
1337 Fourth Street (between C & D Streets)
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 451-8119

Vita Collage
11101 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1160

Beulah Gallery
Highway 1 at Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Olema, CA 94950
(415) 663-0380

Discover Art on Fourth
Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael



Come experience excellent dining endeavors for all taste buds and occasions. In Marin County there are casual and fine dining locations, catering services, carry out, dessert shops, coffee and tea cafes, organic options and fresh from the farmer’s market products, as well as bars and night life for the mature crowd.

An Affair to Remember Catering
196 Market Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Black Point Bar & Grill
Located inside StoneTree Golf Club
9 StoneTree Lane
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 209-6090

Boudin SF at The Village
1734 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 737-1849

BJ’s Restaurant
5800 Northgate Mall, Suite 159
San Rafael, CA 94903-3691
(415) 755-6250

Cowgirl Creamery & Cantina
80 Fourth Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9335
(866) 433-7834

Deer Park Villa Restaurant and Catering Service
367 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 456-8084

Drakes Bay Oyster Company
17171 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1149

Fresh Choice
124 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 897-9593

Grille 101
At the San Rafael Embassy Suites

101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-1623

Hilltop 1892
850 Lamont Avenue
Novato , CA 94945
(415) 893-1892

Il Davide
901 A Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 454-8080

Il Fornaio
223 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 927-4400

Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine
120 Vintage Way, Suite D-9
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 892-8838

Marin Farmers Market
(800) 897-FARM
(415) 472-6100

Marin Steak & Spirits Company
At the Four Points Sheraton
1010 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 755-6161

Marin French Cheese Company
7500 Red Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(800) 292-6001

Mountain Home Inn Restaurant
810 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-9000

Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Cottages
23240 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940
(415) 663-1033

Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
5300 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, CA 94946
(415) 662-6200

Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante
22 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2000

Rickey's Restaurant
250 Entrada Drive
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-9477

Roadside BBQ
5000 Northgate Mall #135
San Rafael, CA 94903

San Geronimo Restaurant & Bar
Located at San Geronimo Golf Course
5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Geronimo, CA 94963
(415) 488-4030

Seafood Peddler Restaurant & Fresh Fish Market
100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 460-6669

Station House Café
11180 State Route One
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1515

The Caprice Restaurant
2000 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-3400

The Farm House Restaurant at the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge
10005 Coastal Highway One
Olema, CA 94950
(415) 663-1264

The Panama Hotel Restaurant
4 Bayview Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 457-3993

Tiburon Grill
At The Lodge of Tiburon
1651 Tiburon Boulevard
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-5996

Tomatina San Rafael
5800 Northgate Mall #52
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 479-3200



Marin County has an amazing sense of community. The county host several annual events within the community which cater to all age groups and work well for a family outing.

Marin Center

San Rafael
National and International touring acts.
(415) 499-6800

Marin Farmers Market
Year round on Thursdays and Sundays at the Marin Civic Center
Sells farm-direct specialty foods and organically grown produce.
(415) 472-6100

Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market (May-September)
Only from May through September on
Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 on Fourth Street. The market features food, produce, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.
(415) 492-8007

Whale Watching on the Coast (January-March)
Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes
Witness the California gray whale migration south to Baja.
(415) 464-5100

Marin Show: Art of the Americas (February)
Marin Center, San Rafael
The most substantive and extensive showcase focused on the indigenous arts from across North, Central and South America. With more than 200 noted dealers, the show is described as the “Superbowl of Native American art collecting”.
(415) 472-3500

Antique Show (March)
Marin Center, San Rafael
Over 65 distinctive dealers selling fabulous antiques and collectibles ranging from pieces of furniture to jewelry and vintage clothing.
(415) 472-3500

Egret and Blue Heron Nesting (March)
Audubon Canyon Ranch, Stinson Beach
A rare glimpse of these majestic birds. Audubon Ranch is open late March through early July, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. For week days, please call for
(415) 868-9244

Tiburon International Film Festival (March)
This event seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film, and through the top quality films from around the world.
(415) 381-4123


Opening of Yacht Season (April)
Tiburon, Sausalito
Pleasure craft are decorated and blessed during celebration.
(415) 435-4771

Human Race (May)
Marin Center, San Rafael
Benefit 10K run-walk for all Marin non-profits.
(415) 479-5660

May Madness Classic Car Parade and Street Dance (May)
Fourth Street, San Rafael
The County’s oldest and biggest classic car show and parade, with live rock 'n roll throughout the day.
(415) 720-5591

Marin Open Studios (May)
Art tour of over 280 studios during two Weekends throughout Marin County.
(415) 499-8350

Marin Sonoma Concours D’Elegance (May)
Marin County Fairgrounds - Civic Center
Concours d’Elegance will showcase over 180 unique and elegant vehicles in 18 different classes.

Grecian Festival (May)
Nativity of Christ Church, Novato
Greek food and entertainment. Held on Memorial Day weekend.
(415) 883-1998

Annual Home Show and Jazz Festival (June)
Marin Center, San Rafael
(415) 456-5209

Antique Fair (June)
Creek Park, San Anselmo
Over 200 dealers specializing in a wide number of antique areas and periods are represented within 30 establishments.
(415) 457-1266

Dipsea Foot Race (June)
Mill Valley
1,500 runners navigate a tortuous, hilly route
in this famed cross-country race.
(415) 331-3550

Marin Art Festival (June)
Marin Civic Center Lagoon
Elegant lawn party featuring a juried exhibit of top level art, a variety of ethnic foods, and music ranging from jazz to classical.
(415) 388-4836

Mountain Play (June)
Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley
Musical performed in amphitheater on Mt. Tam for six weekends, through June. Theater has spectacular views of the Bay.
(415) 383-1100

Novato Art, Wine and Music Festival (June)
Grant Avenue, Old Town Novato
Artists and craftspeople, two dozen wineries, food and continuous free entertainment.
(415) 897-1164

Annual Fairfax Festival (June)
Come for an “only-in-Fairfax” parade, food, drink and live music.
(415) 453-1584

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival (June)
Buy exceptional art directly from the artists at the best prices!
(415) 258-4600

Mill Valley Wine & Food Tasting (June)
Taste many hard to find wines, plus imports.
Gourmet food tasting under the redwoods.
(415) 388-9700

Larkspur Flower & Food Festival (June)
On Magnolia Avenue, an exciting daylong schedule of colorful festivities surrounding the theme of flower related arts & crafts and gourmet food exhibitors.
(415) 383-3470

Marin County Fair ( July)
Civic Center Fairgrounds, San Rafael
Annual fair features free carnival rides, fireworks on the lagoon, and special juried exhibits.
(415) 499-6400

Twilight Criterium San Rafael ( July)
Downtown San Rafael
World-class professional competitive bicycle race. Begins and ends on Fourth Street.

Corte Madera-Larkspur Fourth of July Festival and Parade ( July)
Corte Madera and Larkspur
Hometown parade for Marin’s Twin Cities.
(415) 924-0441

Indian Big Time Celebration ( July)
Point Reyes at Kule Loklo
Native American celebration involving native dance, song and food.
(415) 464-5100

Marin Shakespeare Festival (August)
Dominican University, San Rafael
Weekend performances of Shakespeare under the stars. Amphitheater seating.
(415) 499-4488

San Rafael Food and Wine Festival (August)
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
Come taste the wine, plus food and entertainment on the grounds of a Victorian mansion.
(800) 310-6563

Tiburon Art and Wine Festival (August)
On Historic Ark Row in downtown Tiburon
Live Music, Family Entertainment & Activities, Wine, Beer & Champagne, all steps away from the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay.
(415) 435-5633

Annual Sand Sculpture Contest (August)
The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in Point Reyes at Drakes Beach
(415) 464-5140


Marin Designers Showcase (September)
Marin’s top interior designers take over a stately Marin home to create an interior fantasy.
(415) 479-5691

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (September)
Fine Art exhibit with food booths and live entertainment in a redwood grove.
(415) 381-8090

San Rafael Business Showcase (September)
Civic Center Exhibition Hall, San Rafael
San Rafael’s largest business-to-business and business-to-consumer trade show draws over 2,000 guests. Food tastes, gifts, prizes.
(415) 454-4163

Vincenzo Food and Wine Festival (October)
The always-spectacular fundraiser and auction raises vital funds and community awareness for St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael.
(415) 927-1239

Mill Valley Film Festival (October)
Sequoia and Rafael Film Centers
This eleven-day fest includes screening that draw 40,000 ticket holders, both film fans and professionals.
(415) 383-5256

Pumpkin Field (October)
St. Vincent’s School for Boys, San Rafael
Pumpkin patch and farm animals.
(415) 507-4214

Trick-or-Treat Down Fourth Street (October)
Downtown San Rafael
(415) 720-5591

Winter Wonderland/Parade of Lights (November)
Downtown San Rafael
A candle-lit walk through downtown San Rafael. There’s even a man-made snow bank for sledding and making snowmen.
(800) 310-6563

Lighted Boat Parade(December)
Along San Rafael’s Canal shoreline, this is a holiday event not to be missed!

Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker(December)
Marin Center, San Rafael
(415) 453-6705

Victorian Holiday Celebration(December)
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
The evening spotlights live holiday performances, hosted by Mr. Charles Dickens himself with characters in Dickens attire, old-fashioned caroling and an authentic Father
(415) 485-3436

Denise & George Athas
Denise & George Athas
1202 Grant Ave. Ste. A2 Novato CA 94945