5 Fun and Educational Places in Marin County

Adventures in Marin County can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite educational. Check out these spots to take the kids (and kids at heart!) for some extraordinary learning experiences!

Discover Fun

Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an indoor/outdoor dream come true. Offering breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, this is a favorite outing for Marin families for years and is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to developing childhood creativity, nurturing future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. Hang out in the art room, or explore the 2.5-acre outdoor playground. There are also seven exhibits as well as drop-in programs where kids can learn while they enjoy. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the outdoor picnic tables or check out the café, which offers tasty local salads, sandwiches, Rustic Bakery items, and Ritual coffee.

Meet Marine

The Marine Mammal Center

2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965

The Marine Mammal Center at Rodeo Beach and the Marin Headlands works to increase awareness about marine mammals and their environment through education and taking care of sick or injured marine animals. Advancing global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education, it provides tours to show kids how the animals are cared for and to teach them more about marine animals. As a teaching hospital, the Center also serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the world.

Pretty Preserve

Martin Griffin Preserve

4900 Shoreline Highway 1 Stinson Beach, CA 94970 

Under the umbrella of the Audobon Canyon Ranch, which is a non-profit organization acting as guarding for four nature preserves in Marin, Sonoma and Lake Counties, Martin Griffin Preserve encompasses 1,000 acres in West Marin. Mixed evergreen forests blanket slopes overlooking the Bolinas Lagoon. Open hillsides support grasslands and coastal scrub, while freshwater habitats nestle in canyon floors. The preserve is home to more than 25 species of mammals, over ninety species of landbirds, thirteen species of reptile, and eight species of amphibian. ACR’s award winning daylong and overnight school programs at the Martin Griffin Preserve provide students from around the Bay Area with an education-based, nature experience guided by trained docents.

Light the Way

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Fort Barry, Building 948 Sausalito, CA 94965 

A secret jewel of the Bay Area, the Point Bonita Lighthouse was built in 1855, and was the third lighthouse built on the West Coast, helping shepherd ships through the treacherous Golden Gate straits. Today, the lighthouse is still active and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Reached by a half-mile trail that is steep in parts, discover Point Bonita’s wild landscape, geology and fascinating history even as you experience a real working lighthouse while enjoying the views of the Marin Headlands. Battery Wallace, near the Point Bonita trailhead, is one of the parklands’ most scenic picnic spots with tables and grills overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Get Lost in Space

The Space Station Museum

464 Ignacio Boulevard, Pacheco Plaza Novato, CA 94949 

“The Space Station” is a privately funded space exploration museum, run by a staff of passionate volunteers. The Museum houses one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts. The organization has attracted legendary figures such as Apollo 12 Astronaut Dick Gordon, Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden, award-winning actor Bill Pullman and video game designer Will Wright to its Board of Advisors. Get your space thrills, as visitors get to actually touch artifacts from The Space Station’s extensive collection that made the long journey into space, and photographs inscribed by the astronauts that tell about their adventures in space exploration.