The 10 Best Things to Do in Novato, United States

July 23, 2017 Mollie Coke

Novato (/nəˈvɑːtoʊ/ nə-VAH-toh) is a city in northern Marin County, in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 51,904. Novato is located about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of San Rafael and about 30 miles (48 km) north of San Francisco on U.S. 101. Novato is called by press, one of the best places to live in the US.
Restaurants in Novato

1. Old Town Novato

Grant Avenue, Novato, CA +1 415-897-7707
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Old Town Novato

Reviewed By lifeisgoodAdele - Northern California

The Old Town section of Novato is really fun to visit. A really wide variety of shops including restaurants, clothing stores, a great shoe store (Mara's), gift stores, things for your home, a paint store, an antique store, a saw shop, a book store, ice cream & candy, and more. All the really cool things you might find in an old timey small town with newer stores too, like Whole Foods. We park at one end and walk the full length of both sides of the street looking at what is new and chatting with store owners. This is how a community downtown should be. We love it!

2. Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael

Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA 94901 +1 415-457-2266
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael

Reviewed By GCarver2 - San Rafael, California

I've been going to the Sunday Marin County Farmers' market for the past 20 years. THere's an amazing variety of local producers--farmers, growers, bakers, fishermen, local food artisans and craftspeople. There has to be close to 100 in all. There's a really nice vibe to the place too, as the market is nestled in a hollow behind the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center.
Get there early--8am opening--as it gets crowded quickly

3. Marin French Cheese Company

7500 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952-9438 +1 707-762-6001
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Marin French Cheese Company

Reviewed By jessicams25 - Janesville, Wisconsin

On vacation to Point Reyes my family and I stopped off at this amazing little briery! If you love Brie this is your place! It was so tasty we had to stop back the next day to purchase more! They have garlic jalapeño, truffle, breakfast, triple cream, and many other Brie like cheeses! Additionally they have super tasty goat cheeses! The friendly and helpful Vianette let us sample a few and was very informative! I highly recommend the stop!

4. China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901 +1 415-456-0766
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

China Camp State Park

Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.

Reviewed By Dudley H - Santa Fe, New Mexico

This was a Chinese Fishing Village that offers a lot of history. The people who created and settled this village were Chinese labors who had work on the transcontinental rail road and after its completion created a shrimping industry. Lot of evidence of how they worked and used their machinery.

5. Simraceway Performance Driving Center

29359 Arnold Dr, Turn 1, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA 95476-9765 +1 800-733-0345
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 358 reviews

Simraceway Performance Driving Center

A Racing School with World-class instructors operating from a state-of-the-art facility at the finest road course in America. The Simraceway Performance Driving Center graduates hundreds of career-minded racers and thousands of motoring enthusiasts each year, so whether you're seeking a life-changing experience or yearning for the experience of a lifetime, take a look at the wide range of programs and courses we offer to find out what we can do for you.

Reviewed By cam83 - Sydney, Australia

Took my son for his 21st birthday. He enjoyed the Half day Formula 3 experience. Everyone we encountered went out of their way to give us the best experience possible.Competent and knowledgeable instruction, great support. All so friendly and professional, first-class facilities and support, can't wait to go back

6. Shollenberger Park

Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma, CA 94954 +1 707-778-4303
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Shollenberger Park

Reviewed By 14hannon - Sonoma, California

Sonoma features many parks with a more natural setting and better scenery. Shollenberger starts from a non descript industrial/office park, and if you walk counter clock rise your initial walk down a linear levy towards the Petaluma River. The initial stroll down the river offers views on the opposite bank of a sand and gravel processing area, deteriorating buildings, abandoned boats, cars and SUVs before eventually opening into a more natural look. If you look at it from a different perspective, you see a recovered wetland habitat supporting an abundance of wild life. Other advantages include it being close into Petaluma, flat, and dog friendly (please use a leash as required). I would not drive a long way to see this park (there are better options), but is you are in Petaluma and want a place for a quick get away, dog walk, or jog, this fits the bill.

7. Hamilton Field History Museum

555 Hangar Ave, Novato, CA 94949-8281 +1 415-382-8647
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Hamilton Field History Museum

Reviewed By Ray S - Novato, California

This is an excellent museum of the past Airbase and also has collections of the various planes that flew. Everything from prior to WW11 to it's closure .

8. Marin County Civic Center

3501 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903-4112 +1 415-499-7009
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Marin County Civic Center

Reviewed By Joan88 - Mill Valley, California

Such a treat to walk around inside this architectural gem! Views from upper floor decks too! Incredible County Library is housed here.

9. Trek Winery

1026 Machin Ave, Novato, CA 94945-2483 +1 415-899-9883
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Trek Winery

Reviewed By Karen W - Novato, California

Casual, comfortable, neighborhood place for a relaxing time. The wine is very good and it is fun to try the different offerings. Such a pleasant atmosphere for an evening or just for a treat before dinner. Have not seen the comedy nights, but sounds like a treat and we will return for sure!

10. Marin Center

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903-5204 +1 415-499-6400
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Marin Center

Reviewed By verity554 - London, United Kingdom

Docent tours of this Frank Lloyd Wright designed building take place every Wednesday morning at 10.30. It costs $10 and reservations are not required. Our guide Joel was very well informed and the tour was fascinating, it included the chamber and the library. Highly recommended.

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