Sonoma County is known for its beautiful wineries and popular breweries – which can create quite the struggle for those of us under 21. Some of us are the last of our friends to hit the big milestone (I’m just waiting for September to come!), some of us are still teenagers and some of us just don’t like to drink – but we all like to go out and have fun. Here are my favorite things to do in Sonoma County if drinking isn’t in the cards.
Wednesday Night Market – Santa Rosa
From May to August, there is an awesome market in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a hybrid between a farmers market and a street fair. There are endless food options (I personally love the gyro and thai food stands), fresh produce from local farms, music, shopping options from local artists and vendors and more. This one is a personal favorite of mine.
Wednesdays (May – August), 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. wednesdaymarket.org
The Block Petaluma – Petaluma
It’s a struggle to get the squad to all agree on a place to eat – skip the back and forth by checking out The Block Petaluma. The Block Petaluma is a unique experience, the outdoor beer garden space has a rotating schedule of local food trucks. All ages are welcome and the food is delicious – this is one of my favorite spots to be. Some of my favorite food trucks that frequent The Block are El Roy’s, Trader Jim’s and Croques and Toques. They post each week’s schedule of food trucks on their Facebook Page.
20 Grey St. Petaluma, California, CA 94952 theblockpetaluma.com
Epicenter – Santa Rosa
This place has something for everyone – an upscale bowling lounge, an arcade, lazer tag, a trampoline zone, a restaurant and even a Starbucks. A 5 year old would be just as happy as a 20 year old here.
3215 Coffey Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403 visitepicenter.com
The Barlow – Sebastopol
While The Barlow in Sebastopol is known for breweries and distilleries, but there is so much more to discover there. From local artist to delicious food, it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. It’s also the site of the Third Thursday Festival (the next one is July 20th), which is similar to Santa Rosa’s Wednesday Night Market. My favorite stop at The Barlow is Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, which allows you to totally customize your ice cream experience. You choose a base (vegan & lactose free option available), a flavor and mix-ins and they create the ice cream in front of you with liquid nitrogen. My favorite flavor is Chai with coconut mixed in.
6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472 thebarlow.net
Cal Skate & Snoopy’s Home Ice – Rohnert Park & Santa Rosa
Whether your preference is roller skating or ice skating, either of these places is a blast with a group of friends or on a date. Snoopy’s Home Ice is perfect for escaping the summer heat, and Cal Skate is a great place to learn how to skate.
Cal Skate – 6100 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 calskate.com
Snoopy’s Home Ice – 1667 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 snoopyshomeice.com
Sonoma County’s Regional Parks
There is natural beauty all around Sonoma County, and it’s worth enjoying. If you like the beach, there is Doran Beach or Goat Rock Beach. If you like the forest, there is Armstrong Redwoods. If you like to hike, there is Sugarloaf, Annadel, Taylor Mountain, Helen Putnam and more.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Sonoma County? Let me know in the comments!