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How to Take a Fantastic Family Day Trip to Tiburon

A day trip to to the seaside town of Tiburon is a wonderful way to see the San Francisco skyline, get outdoorsy, and take in a bit of California history. The best time to go is between the months of April and October, when the local sites are open.

Get there…and Park

Once you get into town, make sure to have cash for parking, in case credit card machines are down. There are three main parking areas to choose from and rates vary per hour, with max weekend rates listed.

  • Beach Road lot: max rate $10
  • Main Street lot: max rate $15
  • Point Tiburon Plaza lot: max rate $15

But First, Coffee…and Bites

Grab a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa for the kids) a bite to eat (or even a little treat) before you head on your way!

Caffe Acri
1 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: Monday thru Friday 6a – 7p, Saturday & Sunday 7a – 9p

Right next to the ferry pick-up, Caffe Acri offers standard espresso and coffee drink options to accompany your breakfast pastry of choice. They’re also a full-service cafe for a sit-down meal.

Sam’s Anchor Cafe
27 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 11a – 11p, Friday 11a – 12a, Saturday 9:30a – 12a, Sunday 9:30a – 11p

Sam’s has been around since 1920. Head to the back to soak up some sun and take in the scenery with oceanfront dining. Kid-friendly, so long as your kid can handle birds that may get too close for comfort.

Candy Store on Main Street
7 Main St
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: Monday thru Friday 11a – 7p, Saturday & Sunday 10a – 7p

Satisfy your sweet tooth with some old favorites (they’ve got decade-themed candy boxes if you’re feeling nostalgic). Or try their homemade fudge.

Take a Hike…and a Bit of History

Before making a trek around town, grab a Walking Guide to Historic Tiburon! On it, you’ll find details about short walks along the water or some uphill hikes leading you to spectacular views, all with a little bit of California history.

Tiburon Railroad & Ferry Museum
1920 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: April thru October, Wednesdays thru Sundays, 1p – 4p

The two-story grey building is a museum for the town’s transportation history. On the second floor is the restored station master’s living quarters. If your kids are too young to appreciate the museum, the Shoreline Park is a great spot to run around or view the San Francisco skyline.

Elephant Rock Children’s Fishing Pier
2000 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920

Walk past the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum and Shoreline Park to drop your line and hope for a catch of the day! If fishing isn’t part of the day trip plan, it’s a great spot to linger. Watch the ferries coming and going, take in a views of the bay, and marvel at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Old Saint Hilary’s
201 Esperanza Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: April thru October:  Sundays only 1p – 4p

Built in 1888, the hillside church offers stunning panoramic views. Adjacent to the historic structure is the John Thomas Howell Wildflower Preserve, home to wildflowers and some rare and endangered plants.

Move Along…on Main Street

Turn the curve as you continue along Main Street toward Ark Row. There you’ll find historic arks-turned-stationary dwellings, along what was once a lagoon.

Tiburon Thrift Shop
96 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10a – 4p, Closed Sunday

Scope out some second-hand treasures, like vintage railroad-themed gear. Purchases help a local charity or school.

Schoenburg Guitars

106 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11a – 6p, Thursday 11a – 7:30p, Friday & Saturday 11a – 5:30p, Closed Sunday

An amazing shop devoted to the craftsmanship of quality instruments, Schoenburg Guitars buys, sells, trades, and repairs.

Tiburon Playhouse 3
40 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920

The theater was originally built as a way-off Broadway Playhouse, but now plays the latest Hollywood releases. Equipped with luxury stadium-style seats, they serve beer and wine along with traditional movie theater fare.

Other Tiburon Peninsula Points of Interest

Time permitting, go even further to visit these other great attractions:

>Venture further from Main Street and get Instagram-ready on the hippest tree swing at the Hippie Tree.

>Hike along Ring Mountain to see petroglyphs marked by the Native Coast Miwoks that inhabited the area.

>Hop on a ferry to Angel Island State Park for more California beauty and history!

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