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Events at a Glance

May 08, 2023 / madmin

Petaluma’s population is on the small side (59,361) but its personality is big — on heritage, love of the arts, riverfront location and diverse culture. Share in our abundant community spirit at fairs, festivals and holiday celebrations. MORE

3 Authentic Ranch Experiences

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Petaluma is the best of both worlds: a little bit city and a little bit country. The city’s reputation as a foodie destination rivals that of San Francisco, our big city neighbor to the south. When it comes to the country-side of Petaluma, local ranches offer outdoor experiences that are unmatched in variety and interest. MORE

Use Your Outside Voice

Apr 07, 2021 / madmin

Cool mornings under a light blanket of marine layer clouds and bright sunny days. Long, warm summers and crisp blue-skied winters. Sonoma  County boasts nearly year-round temperate weather, and Petaluma sits right in the sweet spot. MORE

Wine and Dine Al Fresco in Petaluma

Jul 07, 2020 / madmin

Al Fresco? Al isn't a person but a phrase borrowed from the Italian that means casual outdoor dining. Given Petaluma’s similarity to a charming Tuscan village – both locales produce excellent wine, cheese, and olive oil and are known for cuisine prepared from the freshest local ingredients – al fresco perfectly describes the relaxed atmosphere that you can expect at the many Petaluma restaurants that offer patio dining. MORE

Let the Dogs Out!

Jul 09, 2019 / madmin

Give your dog some well-deserved R&R in PetalumaOverlooking a wetland preserve, Rocky Memorial Dog Park at 1200 Casa Grande Road is a local favorite, with nearly eight acres of open space to let your pooch roam free. The 1.5-acre Deer Creek Village Dog Park, which sits adjacent to a large shopping center, makes a convenient stop for those looking to do a little shopping after letting their dogs run and play.Many of Petaluma's parks allow dogs off leash during specified hours so an opportunity for your four-legged companion to burn off some energy is always close by.Looking for a night on the town? MORE

The Best Bay Area Adventures Begin in Petaluma

Jun 14, 2019 / madmin

Draw a bull’s-eye on a map of northern California and in the center, you’ll find Petaluma — a railway, waterway, and highway hub for 160 years. For today’s traveler, Petaluma’s central location means being perfectly positioned to explore the best of Sonoma County and the Bay Area. MORE

A Guide to Petaluma Parks

Oct 26, 2016 / madmin

A park can be a place to reconnect with nature on a hike, learn about history, play and picnic with the family, or let your dog get some exercise…and sometimes all of the above! Petaluma’s parks offer plenty of playful possibilities so which one you choose just depends on what activity you’re looking for. MORE

Explore the Tranquil Petaluma River

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The Petaluma River is a veritable sea of activity attracting recreational boaters, rowers, kayakers, photographers, bird watchers and anglers to explore, play or just relax.Since the mid 1800s, the Petaluma River has been a vital commercial link for shipping produce and poultry to San Francisco. Today, the river overflows with personality-packed events and recreational options.A bird watcher’s paradise at the Petaluma WetlandsOnly two miles from downtown, this serene haven for bird watchers seems hundreds of miles from civilization. MORE