Rainy Day Activities


Rainy Day Ideas in Marin:

Even though it may be rainy, you can still find a spot to be dry and enjoy your stay.  Use these ideas to ‘save the day’ during your Marin Vista House stay.


1.   Rainy day Classics:

  • Go Bowling: @ Country Club Bowl, 88 Vivian Street, San Rafael. #415-456-4661


  • See a Movie:  (Northgate theatre just 2 minutes,
    • San Rafael downtown (4mins)
      • Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Indie Movie Theater
        • 1118 4th St at A St, San Rafael, CA
    • Northgate Theatres (4mins):  10 movies play!
      • Northgate Mall, San Rafael, Ca.



2.  Visit a Redwood grove:  In the Redwoods, in rain its surreal - walk to a waterfall - very easy and accessible.  Highly, highly recommend.  

  • It can be gorgeous in the Redwoods when its raining (and not crowded for a change.).  Of course, bring your umbrella, but you’ll find its really pleasant and lite.  Be sure to look at the trees and  banana slugs.  Never to windy or to wet in the Redwood Canopy!
  • Perhaps Muir Woods National Monument?! (30min)
  • Cascade Falls, Mill Valley. 
  • Madrone Canyon “Dark Park”:  Unique and quaint, in the town of Larkspur.  Redwoods trees line the street and park, with a running creek to enjoy (Rulli’s - 1 block away-has awesome coffee!).


3.  Indoor Shooting Range:

  • "Bull's Eye" in San Rafael has an indoor shooting range (and they rent guns to shoot if you don't have any). 
    • 1281 Andersen Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901  (415) 453-7465


4.  Go Wine / cheese tasting

  • in Marin (see home’s website)
  • Famous Napa Valley (20 minutes).
  • Stay inside and go to the nearest grocery ;)


5.  Go on a "Marin Microbrew expedition”: (this is a starter list- there are many many more!)

  • San Rafael:
    • Broken Drum Brewery & Wood Grill
      • (5mins from house - downtown San Rafael)
      • 1132 4th StSan Rafael, CA 94901 #(415) 456-4677


  • Larkspur
    • Marin Brewing Company
      • (8mins from house - Larkspur Landing Plaza)
      • 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur CA 94939 #(415) 461-4677


  • Fairfax (Marin town 14 minutes from House)
    • Lively downtown Fairfax, a 7,500-person town claims to have had live music every night for more than 30 years.
      • Gestalt Haus Fairfax (28 Bolinas Road, Fairfax), Casual - a cycle-centric beer and sausage spot, with board games, CD jukebox, cyclocross posters on the walls and 20 or so tap beers ($5 to $7).  
      • 123 Bolinas Wine bar & Restaurant (123 Bolinas Street, Fairfax; 123bolinas.com)-  bar top is carved from a 100-year-old fallen oak/ furniture is built of reclaimed barn siding/ U.F.O.-shaped fireplace. :)
      • Iron Springs Pub & Brewery: 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930  # (415) 485-1005
6.  Discover a Museum! (to many to list- see internet - but Discovery Museum is awesome for kids with views that will delight!)
  • Jelly Belly Factory, Vacaville (25minute drive from house)
  • See  Museum links.
7.  Farmers Market: Fruits, veggies and crafts - If it is a Thursday or Sunday - head to the Farmers Market at the Marin Civic Center- open rain or shine!  (see binder)
8. Indoor rock climbing:  (20 mins from house - just across Golden Gate Bridge)
  • For kids and adults - beginning or advanced.
  • Address: 924 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129 #(415) 692-3434
  • Website: http://www.planetgranite.com/


9.  Trampoline Expedition: (20 mins from house - just across Golden Gate Bridge)
  • House of Air: Tons of Trampolines in a indoor wharehouse in the Presidio, Golden Gate.  Play dodgeball on trampolines or just go crazy alone!  Great for everyone- big groups or solo.
    • Address: 926 Mason Sreet, San Francisco, Ca.


10.   Indoor Pool Swimming!

  • Visit indoor pool at Mill Valley Community Center - has hot tub, lap lanes, and huge spiral waterslide for the kids!


11.  Indoor Baseball, San Rafael, Ca. (8mins)


12.  Visit Marin Waterfalls in action: (winter time is best)

  • Cascade Falls, Mill Valley:  popular and easy one, located in the Redwoods, magical. :)
    • Extremely short easy jaunt through peaceful Redwoods and along Cascade Creek. Amble along the wide trail, cross the wooden bridge and then marvel accordingly. The falls are a splendid sight year-round and particularly impressive in the winter and early spring.
    • Type and Total Distance: Two-tenths of a mile there-and-back.
    • Good for: Everyone
    • Getting there: From downtown Mill Valley, take Throckmorton Avenue to Cascade Drive. Turn left on Cascade Drive, then follow it to the right for about a mile, just past where it intersects with Throckmorton again. Park in the dirt lot on the right marked with the sign “Cascade Falls.”  Old Mill Park and the Mill Valley Library are both about a mile away and have public restrooms and water fountains.


  • Cataract Falls, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
    • These are set of several cascade waterfalls that roar through a lush wooded canyon on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The falls range in size from about 30-70 feet and are positively overwhelming after good winter deluge. Head down the Laurel Dell Fire Road, then continue to the left on Cascade Trail to the falls. A couple downhill sections of the trail on the way in become manageable climbs on the way back.
    • Type and Total Distance:  2 miles there-and-back.
    • Getting There: From 101, take the Stinson Beach/Highway 1 exit and head west. Turn left on Shoreline Highway, then right on Panoramic Highway. After about five miles, make a slight right onto Pantoll Road and head to Ridgecrest Road. Turn left on Ridgecrest Road. After 1.6 miles, park in the dirt lot on the right. The sign at the trailhead says “Laurel Dell.”
    • Good to know: Restrooms and drinking water are available at the Pantoll Ranger Station, at the intersection of Pantoll Road and Panoramic Highway.


  • Dawn Falls, Larkspur
    • Gorgeous hike through mossy Baltimore Canyon to a waterfall that plunges 20’ into Larkspur Creek. After heavy rainfall lots of action, more of a trickle other times. The trail is well-traveled and mostly flat, with one reasonable ascent to the top of the falls.
    • Type and Total Distance: 2.2 miles there-and-back
    • Good for: Babies/toddlers in backpacks or carriers, active preschoolers and older.
    • Getting there: From 101, exit on Tamalpais Drive and head west to Corte Madera Avenue. Turn right and head half a mile to Madrone Avenue. Turn left on Madrone, pass Dolliver Park, and continue a mile until it dead-ends. Park in one of the designated parking spots on the left.
    • Good to know: About a mile into the hike, just before the ascent to the falls, you will encounter a huge boulder in the middle of the trail. Take the trail to the left that gradually switchbacks up the hill instead of the steep, poorly maintained quasi-trail straight ahead. Restrooms and a water fountain are at Dolliver Park, a mile from the trailhead on Madrone.


  • Morse’s Gulch Falls, Stinson Beach
    • This romp along an overgrown and unmaintained “trail” is only for the adventurous and hardy. Several fallen trees require several detours off-trail and finding the trail again requires some vision and effort. The mostly flat “trail” crosses the creek a couple times and then ascends to the top of the fifty-foot falls along a thin path along the side of the canyon slope. It is not for the faint of heart.
    • That said, with sufficient care and precaution, approaching these falls amid this undeveloped, raw wilderness affords a rewarding sense of discovery and accomplishment.
    • Type and Total Distance: One mile there-and-back.
    • Good for: Active, sure-footed and adventurous preschoolers or older and at least two similarly intrepid adults for each young child to hold hands and aid in creek crossings.
    • Getting there: Take Highway 1 toward Stinson Beach. At the southern edge of the town of Stinson Beach, Highway 1 will meet Panoramic Highway. Drive 2.6 miles north of this junction to a small, unmarked dirt lot on the right side of Highway 1. It is right past mile marker 14.86. Look for a blue “Call Box” sign near the road and a “No Camping or Overnight Parking” sign obscured by the trees.
    • Good to know: Wear high socks and long pants to guard against the poison oak and nettles you will encounter off-trail.


Other, Nearby Rainy options, Bay Area:

1.  Ice Skating

  • Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Santa Rosa, Ca.   (35 minutes from house- parking provided)
    • This rink was built by Snoopy's creator, Charles Schultz - Made in a swiss chalet style, beloved snoopy characters abound.  There is a gift shop of Snoopy comic characters and ice skating / hockey supplies.  Additionally, there is a large, full, Snoopy history / comic museum on property as well- answering everything you wanted to know about Snoopy and company!
  • Moscone Center Ice Arena, San Francisco. (35 minutes from house - no parking provided - use pay lots)


2.  Roller Skating


3.  Museums

  • See links:
    • San Francisco Museums: 
    • Marin Museums: 


4.   Casino Action:

  • Graton Casino, Rohnert Park (25minutes)