SANTA ROSA, Calif. (June 15, 2016) – It’s not too late to plan a summer or autumn getaway with the family to Santa Rosa, the urban heart of beautiful Sonoma Wine Country. New direct daily flights from Orange, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona means more visitors than ever can access all there is to see, eat, drink and do in Sonoma County’s largest city. Here’s a look at some of Santa Rosa’s newest attractions and seasonal highlights:
For families planning a getaway:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Formerly known as the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, the venue remains the North Bay’s non-profit premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts and many popular community events. Upcoming acts include Roustabout Theater Ensemble’s When The Rain Stops Falling; comedian Wanda Sykes; and musicians Chicago, Lyle Lovett, Joan Jett and more. LutherBurbankCenter.org
The Water Park at Spring Lake Regional Park - This inflatable floating playground is the first of its kind in Sonoma County, comprised of multiple stations where children and adults can test their strength and agility, all while having a blast. Play stations include slides, bounce islands, hurdles, pond jumps, climbing cliffs, a bouncy bridge, flat ramps, a slippery balance beam, high and low jumps, and a trampoline. For ages 6+, open daily through Labor Day. Parks.SonomaCounty.ca.gov
Sonoma Canopy Tours “The Challenger” Zip Line Course - For the ultimate in adventure and unbeatable views, the new course at Sonoma Canopy Tours is faster, longer and higher than the Classic Course. The Classic and The Challenger are open daily. SonomaCanopyTours.com
Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena - Rohnert Park welcomes a celebrated franchise in family fun with the opening of Rebounderz, which features 75 interconnected trampoline beds, a 4-lane foam pit, basketball slam, trampoline dodgeball, fitness classes, an enormous indoor playground and toddler park for children 2-12, a cafe and an adult lounge with free Wi-Fi, arcade games and skill games, basketball courts, and a large corporate events room with the ability to book private jump areas. RebounderzRohnertPark.com
Laser Tag of Santa Rosa - This new facility has state-of-the-art laser tag equipment, fog and music, providing a fun way to beat the heat for kids and adults alike. LaserTagofSantaRosa.com
Francis Ford Coppola Winery - This winery features two swimming pools surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and cabines, family-friendly restaurant RUSTIC, and children’s programs on the weekends. Pools are open daily through September 29 and Friday-Sunday until October 29. Use of the pools requires an advance reservation, so guests are advised to plan far ahead. FrancisFordCoppolaWinery.com
Paradise Ridge Winery - This historic hilltop winery features a sculpture garden with rotating exhibits of large-scale outdoor sculptures for all ages to enjoy, as well as an historical exhibit illuminating the life of Kanaye Nagasawa, an early California winemaker and the first Japanese national to reside permanently in the United States. PRWinery.com
Matanzas Creek Winery - Picnic areas are family-friendly, best suited to children 6+. In summer, guests will enjoy the lavender planted at the property in full bloom. MatanzasCreek.com
The County Bench Kitchen + Bar - This brand new establishment from restaurateur Sonu Chandi (Stout Brother’s Pub) reinvigorates the long-vacant space previously occupied by Caffe Portofino. The County Bench presents locally-sourced New American cuisine from Michelin-starred Chef Bruce Frieseke, an extensive wine and beer list, and unique specialty cocktails. TheCountyBench.com
West End Farmers Market - Santa Rosa’s Sunday farmers market moved to Historic Railroad Square, right in front of the California Welcome Center, at #9 4th Street. The market is open from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. every Sunday until November 27. WEFM.co
HenHouse Brewing Company. - The latest addition in Santa Rosa’s ever-expanding craft beer scene, this popular brewery debuted in Petaluma in 2012. In moving to Santa Rosa, they’ve scaled up with a larger production facility that also accommodates 50 guests. Sebastopol’s Red Horse Pizza food truck is on site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. HenHouseBrewing.com
About Visit Santa Rosa
Located 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa, California is the happening hub for all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike and explore in Sonoma County. Santa Rosa is the biggest city in Sonoma Wine Country, but the vibe is as welcoming as a small town. Central to Sonoma County’s 400+ wineries, Santa Rosa is also just 30 minutes from the stunning coast and even closer to California’s majestic redwood trees. Home to an impressive array of world-class restaurants and breweries, some of the best bicycling routes in the U.S., the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts – and so much more – Santa Rosa has a little something for everyone.
Visit Santa Rosa is a partnership with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, providing assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. It also operates an Official California Welcome Center and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa, such as the Amgen Tour of California. For more information, call (800) 404-7673 or (707) 577-8674 or visitsantarosa.com.