Whether you are part of the San Anselmo community or you are just visiting, you will find many things to do in this charming small town. The town provides a multitude of attractions, activities and opportunities for people of all ages. With Mount Tamalpais State Park nearby and Memorial Park and the Robson-Harrington Gardens in town, nature lovers will find plenty of spaces to get out and enjoy the lovely weather for which California is known. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails for those who love to exercise out in the open. People who love art of any kind will enjoy the town for its dedication to art and culture. With the San Anselmo Arts Commission and the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce hosting a variety of shows and festivals, you won’t find the town lacking art in any form.
San Anselmo also has a lot for families to enjoy. From playgrounds and parks to annual events and children’s activity centers, children of all ages will be entertained. There is even a local historical museum, so you can couple your entertainment with some education. If you enjoy going to fairs and festivals, San Anselmo has a number of good choices. The town’s limited square footage and small population doesn’t inhibit the richness of its activities. For free, you can attend antique fairs, film festivals in the park, concerts in the park, art and wine festivals and various art shows.
Are you a collector or die-hard shopper? San Anselmo is known for its extensive, high-quality antique shopping. It was even named the “Best Non-Mall Shopping Town in Marin County” by Pacific Sun readers. Sunset Magazine named San Anselmo the “Best in the West” for antiquing.
Whatever your interest, you will find entertainment in this town, including a local nightlife. Below is a small sampling of some things to do in San Anselmo and the surrounding areas.
Mission San Raphael Arcángel
1104 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Founded in 1817, the Mission San Raphael Arcángel was a sub-mission to the Mission San Francisco de Asís to be used as a medical treatment center for sick Native Americans. It was the first sanitarium in Alta California. While it was never intended to be its own full mission, it was granted that status on Oct. 19, 1822. Now the mission is not only a museum that contains paintings, artifacts and other objects on display for the public but a functional house of worship under the San Rafael Church.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, California 94965
(415) 339 3900
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a unique facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge just a short drive away from San Anselmo. It is the only children’s museum to actually be located in a national park, and it is recognized as the leading museum for developing early childhood creativity and innovation. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, the museum is best for children between 6 months and 8 years old.