Sep 01

Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum is the largest museum in the country run by students. Located at 201 Fair Street, the Petaluma Wildlife Museum’s objective is to inspire the youth to care for the environment and wildlife using practical education about conservation. The museum within the campus of Petaluma High School had a modest beginning in a classroom. Today, one can take “Wildlife Management and Museum Management” as an elective class. The classroom was cramped for space as the collections expanded and could not accommodate the inventory of Codding Museum that was donated by Hugh Codding to Ron Head who taught at the same classroom. A bus garage within the campus was purchased by the Codding family and transformed into a nine thousand square foot space dedicated to the museum.

About Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum

The museum has dozens of live animals including snakes, chinchillas and lizards. The museum also encourages taxidermy. You can sign up for tours that usually range from an hour to two hours. Almost all tours are led by docents, who are actually high school students. The longer tours are usually for kids attending elementary school as they may need more time to explore all the exhibits. The docents discuss a range of topics during the tours, including animal adaptations, camouflage, fossil history, live animal presentations and natural history. There is a summer camp program conducted by the museum for kids aged seven to twelve. The camps are usually for a week with docents doubling up as supervisors. Camp activities include learning animal behavior, conservation, science and ecology.

You can visit the Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum on the first and third Sundays of every month. Tours are conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on these days. You may also choose to embark on a self guided tour. Admission is $5 for everyone. Children aged five and younger get free admission. School tours must be planned in advance. The scheduled school tours usually start at 11 a.m. and end at 12:25 p.m. Such tours cost $3/student. Chaperones and teachers are included in school tours for free.

Stay at Hotel Petaluma

Spending a day at Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum is definitely one of the top things to do in Petaluma, CA. This venue is located less than a mile from Hotel Petaluma. Located on 205 Kentucky St, Hotel Petaluma offers easy access to more than a dozen major attractions in the city. Reserve your accommodation directly at our hotel’s website to get the best rates.

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Aug 01

Muir Woods National Monument is just north of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It finds a rightful place on every list of attractions while in Petaluma CA. While Petaluma is almost forty miles north of Muir Woods, the hour long drive is a treat and the popularity of the destination makes the trip more than worthwhile. Muir Woods is open throughout the year without any date or day being exempt. You don’t need to make any reservations. Most of the events that are organized at Muir Woods are open to the public. One of the problems at Muir Woods is limited parking space. The popularity is partly to blame but the space is not very sprawling to begin with.

About Muir Woods

Muir Woods is a paradisiacal place. You would not have people talking on the phone, checking their social media profiles or constantly chatting on some messaging service. Muir Woods National Monument is at 1 Muir Woods Rd in Mill Valley, California. It usually opens at 8 a.m. but closes at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. depending on the season. There is a visitor center that closes half an hour before the park closes. There is a café and a gift shop, both closing an hour before Muir Woods. Muir Beach, Stinson Beach and Muir Beach Overlook close an hour after sunset, regardless of the season.

Admission to Muir Woods National Monument is $10 for adult. Anyone aged sixteen or older is an adult. Kids aged fifteen and younger don’t pay for admission. There are different passes available but they are not usually relevant for tourists. The entrance or admission fees are waived on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, National Park Week Weekends, National Park Service Birthday, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day Weekend.

Stay at Hotel Petaluma

Hotel Petaluma is one of the most convenient places to stay in Petaluma, CA. In addition to being close to all major attractions in Petaluma CA, the hotel offers easy exit to Redwood Highway wherefrom you can drive south towards Muir Woods National Monument. The latter is thirty-six and a half miles from the hotel.

Hotel Petaluma has boutique rooms and it is a historic property dating back to 1923. The fireplace lounge and the grand lobby, the wine tasting room and event spaces, the quick access to the wineries in Sonoma County and the onsite Shuckery restaurant are just some of the reasons to stay at Hotel Petaluma.

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Jul 15

The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is one of the prime attractions in Petaluma CA. Presently it is only a museum but it is called the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum because the building used to be a library. Today the museum preserves various historical exhibits dating back to 1850.

About Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

The museum was earlier known as Carnegie Library or Petaluma’s Carnegie Library. The library was commissioned in 1904 with the purpose to preserve Miwok Indian history among other significant artifacts. The building to house the library was designed by Brainerd Jones, a local architect, who used quarried stone sourced from the region and inculcated neo-classical styles while combining fan glass windows with round leaded windows and wood paneling in the interiors. Petaluma’s Carnegie Library was one of the largest of its time. It was one of the six such libraries built in and around Sonoma County. Today only three are left.

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street at the corner of 4th Street and B Street. There are weekend tours of historical Petaluma, which are docent led. You can attend public lectures, there are outreach programs for schools, and docent tours of the museum. The Historic Downtown Walking Tours are free. These are usually held on Saturdays from May to October and begin at around 10:30 a.m. on the museum steps. There are Bus and Travel Group Tours, which are more customized. These are more suited to associations, travel groups, clubs and travel agencies. There are no fixed fees but the tours are chargeable. The tours are mostly customized according to the preferences of the tourists and can hover from history to photography, architecture to film locations. Learn more about the Museum here:

Hotel near Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Hotel Petaluma is three hundred meters north of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. The hotel itself is a historic property with boutique style elements. Hotel Petaluma is one of the most preferred hotels for tourists in the city and especially those who wish to set up a comfortable base before they head out to hiking at Sonoma Mountain or explore wine country.

Hotel Petaluma was originally constructed in 1923 and has since been renovated. The renovations have retained the best of the initial architecture and modernized wherever was deemed necessary. There is a grand lobby, event spaces, a fireplace lounge, a wine tasting room and the popular Shuckery restaurant. The sprawling rooms have free Internet, plush bedding, television and coffee makers.

We invite you to explore Petaluma and the North Bay. Book your stay at Hotel Petaluma today at:

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Jun 01

Welcome to our new blog for Hotel Petaluma in Petaluma, CA. We’re excited to have just launched our brand new website along with mobile optimized site – Go ahead, pull it up on your smartphone!

We will post to our blog regularly with popular attractions (and hidden gems), discounts, packages, events, and more. Our blog will be your source of information when you travel to Petaluma, CA.

We offer a 24-hour front desk and lobby for your convenience. Each room boasts comfortable beds, premium movie channels, and free Wi-Fi, along with a microwave and refrigerator for added convenience during your stay.

Petaluma, CA takes great pride in providing locations near the local attractions, restaurants, and sites you want to visit during your stay.

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