A Family Friendly Weekend on the Sonoma Coast
Travel Time
One way
1 hour 30 minutes
Estimated Cost
185 $ - 525 $
10 $ - 25 $
150 $ - 300 $
Restaurants / Bars
25 $ - 150 $
185 $ - 525 $

Just because it is the birthplace of wine in America, does not mean Sonoma County is only a wine destination. While you could spend your whole trip hopping from winery to winery, chances are if you have kids in tow - that won’t be happening.

The westernmost border of Sonoma County is 55 miles of rugged, yet scenic, coastline. It’s dotted with parks, beaches, trails and overlooks that everyone in the family will enjoy exploring. Get kids excited for animal sightings, and outdoor adventures. Plus there are plenty of family friendly wineries to get your wine fix in while entertaining the kids.

Bodega Head
Seals in Bodega Bay
Icicle Tree in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Jenner - Where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean
Fort Ross State Park
Doran Beach Regional Park
Bodega Head
10 $ - 25 $
Travel time
1 hour 30 minutes
Estimated Fuel Cost
10 $ - 25 $

The towns of Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, Sea Ranch and Gualala make up the Sonoma Coast, and the trip from San Francisco will take you a little over an hour.The quickest way is to take Highway 101 through Petaluma and then over to the coast. However, it will be more fun for the whole family to take the longer, scenic route, and make a day of it!

It will be about two hours of driving along curvy Highway 1, but the views and activities along the way will make it worth it. Stop at Stinson Beach for beautiful white sands, surf schools and restaurants. If you’ve got time, sign the kids up for an hour surf lesson with Stinson Beach Surf Camp, then have a late breakfast at Breakers Cafe. Next up is a stop at Point Reyes Station - a cute town with a wild west theme. Stop at Cowgirl Creamery for a tour and tasting of the cheese factory. From here head up to Bodega Bay - if this is where you are staying, head to the hotel. If your hotel is further up the coast, stop in Bodega Bay for lunch and exploring.