To visit Angel Island State Park, the “Jewel of San Francisco Bay,” visitors can take a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Tiburon! The last family-owned ferry and sightseeing service on San Francisco Bay, operating since 1959, has a ferry leaving approximately every hour.
This gem of the California State Park system offers panoramic vistas of the entire Bay; sightseers will enjoy picture-postcard views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Skyline, Marin, and Mt. Tamalpais.
Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve
Paradise Dr., Tiburon, CA
Tel: (415) 499-6387
The Preserve is a tiny parcel tucked into a canyon along a quiet stretch of Paradise Drive. One short 0.7 mi loop takes a hiker through the dark forests of California bay, exposed stretches of chaparral, and small pockets of grassland. Although it’s small, the preserve is a great choice for a quick walk or a leisurely wildflower hike. You could combine a springtime visit to Tiburon Uplands with treks at nearby Old St. Hilary’s and Ring Mountain Open Space Preserves, for a day of wildflower hunting on the Tiburon peninsula.
China Camp State Park
North San Pedro Rd. & Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, CA
Tel: (415) 456-0766
Visit China Camp Village and walk through the house museum describing early Chinese settlement. The park offers fifteen miles of hiking trails which are heavily used during spring and summer weekends. Visitors of China Camp State Park can enjoy wildlife-watching, hiking, swimming, boating and windsurfing.
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA
Tel: (415) 388-1540
The Lodge at Tiburon is an excellent choice if you are looking for a hotel near Muir Woods. The National Monument preserves the last old growth coast redwood forest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The cool moist forest supports a surprising abundance of plant and animal life, from the coast redwood (the tallest type of tree on Earth), to the slimy banana slug, from the amazing Coho salmon to delicate trilliums. This forest refuge welcomes visitors from all over the world to experience the magic of the redwood forest.
The exhilarating hike to the summit of Mt. Livermore (781 feet) provides visitors with magnificent views of Marin County, San Francisco and the Golden Gate.
Tiburon was once called “Punta de Tiburon” which means Point of Sharks by Spanish explorers in 1776. This historic town is reminiscent of a quaint New England fishing village and features a quarter-mile of waterfront grass and a well-groomed greenbelt with beautiful views of San Francisco, Angel Island, and the boats on San Francisco Bay.
Tiburon was once called “Punta de Tiburon” which means Point of Sharks by Spanish explorers in 1776.
Marine Mammal Center
Fort Cronkite, Sausalito, CA
Tel: (415) 289-SEAL
The Marine Mammal Center recognizes our interdependence with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment. It’s goal is to raise awareness of our responsibility to use compassion and intelligence to ensure the survival of marine mammals and their habitat.
They work to this end through rescue and treatment of ill, injured and orphaned marine mammals, through scientific inquiry, and through communication and education programs. The Marine Mammal Center is open for public visitation from 10 am to 4 pm daily.
Sausalito Wooden Boat Tours
Tel: (415) 332-6608
The Sausalito Waterfront is a short distance from the Bay Area hotels. Sausalito is a Mecca of wooden boats and is renowned for its rich boat building culture. From the San Francisco Bird Boats to the oldest wooden hulled ferry on the West Coast, you will see wooden boats of every type and description as you stroll along the colorful waterfront. Visitors can listen to tales of the Beat and Hippie Eras, how the Liberty Ships were built, and meet the shipwrights who keep Sausalito’s wooden boat building heritage alive.
Regardless of your interests, everyone can find something to do at Stinson Beach! From sun bathing to hang-gliding, surfing to hiking, biking to volleyball – there is never a shortage of activities. Enjoy them all while you stay at The Lodge at Tiburon, our cozy hotel near Sausalito.
Richardson Bay Audubon Center
Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon, CA
Tel: (415) 388-2524
Richardson Bay Audubon Center is a bird sanctuary that encompasses land and tidal bay terrain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Comprised of 11 acres of varied terrain and 900 acres of submerged lands, the Center supports a variety of ecosystems making it a diverse and engaging outdoor classroom. The facility includes a 1/2 mile mountain trail, 4 platforms with viewing scopes and pertinent educational material, a Redwood Grove, a Native Plant Garden, a Hummingbird Garden, a pond, and a stretch of unspoiled shore on the San Francisco Bay.
South, past Sausalito
Tel: (415) 331-1540
Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes over 74,000 acres of land and protects more than 1,250 historic structures, 27 of which are extremely rare. There are also many small “islands” of threatened habitat. NPS staff, volunteers, and partners work hard to care for the park’s treasures for the 20 million people who visit each year and for future generations. Windswept ridges, protected valleys and scenic beaches offer nature’s best.
Point Reyes Lighthouse, Point Reyes National Seashore
A 308 step walkway leads to this 1870 lighthouse, built high on a Point Reyes cliff. Whale-watching is very popular here January through March. More than 70 miles of trails for hiking and biking weave through open pastures, rugged ridges, and coastal cliffs in this 70,000-acre wilderness area near our Tiburon hotel.
Mt. Tamalpais State Park
For more than a century visitors have enjoyed the attractions of the spectacular mountain towering over the bay north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The view from Mt. Tamalpais spans the bay region from the sloping hills of the East Bay to the jagged peaks of the Farallon Islands, some 25 miles to the west.