8 of the Best Things to Do in Santa Rosa, CA

The beautiful city of Santa Rosa, California, is located in the heart of Sonoma County and is the perfect place to visit for a fun-filled day trip. Located just 55 miles from bustling San Francisco, visitors can spend the afternoon exploring the many wineries, museums, shops, and restaurants that this town has to offer, all while taking in breathtaking views of sprawling vineyards and the Sonoma Mountains in the distance. As the largest city in Wine Country, there are tons of things to do in Santa Rosa, CA  – you just have to get out there!

Our Favorite Things to Do in Santa Rosa, CA

  1. Safari West: This 400-acre wildlife reserve is ideal for an exciting day with the whole family. Guests can explore the Sonoma Serengeti on safaris that will take them through herds of exotic animals, including zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, and more. With over 90 different species, you can experience some of the most beautiful animals in the world in a natural habitat.
  2. Charles M. Schulz Museum: A beloved cartoon for generations, guests can view the largest collection of Peanuts artwork at the creator’s museum in Santa Rosa. Your kids will love seeing original comic strips, learning about the art of cartooning, and drawing their own cartoons in a hands-on education room.
  3. Pacific Coast Air Museum: With more than 30 vintage planes, a variety of exhibits, and tons of educational activities for kids, this museum fascinates visitors of all ages. The PCAM also has the honor of being the home of the first aircraft to respond to the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001.
  4. Marimar Estate Vineyards: For a romantic afternoon with your special someone, head to this winery and sample some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world, or take a stroll through the grapevines. The winery is open seven days a week for tastings and tours are available by appointment.
  5. Luther Burbank Home and Gardens: This registered National Historic Landmark was once the home of Luther Burbank, a renowned horticulturist who lived and experimented with plants for most of his 50-year career. The grounds are open daily year-round, and the museum offers tours from April through October.
  6. Annadel State Park: Miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding make this State Park perfect for a day out in the fresh California air. Beautiful blooming wildflowers can be seen in the spring, and Lake Ilsanjo offers excellent fishing in the summertime.
  7. Railroad Square Historic District: Known as Santa Rosa’s “Old Town”, Railroad Square preserves and showcases the historic buildings that represent the influence that the railroad had on the community. Guests can spend the day at the area’s various coffee and tea shops, antique stores, restaurants, and farmers markets.
  8. Santa Rosa Restaurants: Sonoma County’s biggest city, Santa Rosa, is also a foodie’s paradise and offers an eclectic mix of cuisines that will satisfy any craving. Whether you’re on the hunt for the biggest bowl of pasta around or are in the mood for a succulent, fresh-caught seafood dish, these Santa Rosa restaurants are sure to deliver.

Your Home in Sonoma

After an exciting day exploring Santa Rosa, take a short 20-minute drive back to Honor Mansion for a relaxing massage in our Healdsburg spa followed by a restful night’s sleep in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. In the morning, you’ll wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast and will be refreshed and ready to take on Wine Country all over again!

For more information on attractions in Santa Rosa, download our free Sonoma County vacation guide.

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