Sausalito is a charming little town in California that could easily be mistaken for a seaside Mediterranean village. Even though it is located just across the bay from San Francisco, the vibe is completely different. Sausalito is a great place to come for a relaxing day of art galleries, food, and wine. Keep reading for the best things to do in Sausalito, California.
How to Get There
There are a few ways to get to Sausalito from SF depending on how active you want to be. If you have a vehicle you can drive admiring the views along the coast. There are a few Golden Gate viewpoints to stop at on your way down the hill.
If you don`t have a car; a ferry departs every few hours from The Ferry Building in San Francisco. This is a great option if you are staying in the city with no other form of transportation. On a clear day you can enjoy views of the entire bay. Check departure times and rates HERE.
In my opinion; the best option is to bike from SF to Sausalito. There are several rental shops in the city, giving you a chance to bike across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Because of the steep hill down into the town of Sausalito; many people will bike here and take the ferry back.
Once you arrive, you will want to spend forever in this stunning little place. Whether you plan to stay for a few hours or a few days; Sausalito will keep you occupied and relaxed the entire time!
Browse Around the Shops Along the Water
The main street of Sausalito boasts tons of unique little shops and restaurants. From a store completely focused on socks to local pottery and ceramics these shops will have something for everyone. Spend some time browsing around and you are sure to find a handful of keepsakes from your trip.
Sample Wine from the Region
Being so close to wine country; Sausalito has multiple tasting rooms serving wine from the region. Take a seat, enjoy the view and try some of the best wine in California.
Treat Yourself to Ice Cream
Lappert`s Ice Cream has been a staple in Sausalito for years! Do yourself a favor and stop in for a scoop of your new favorite ice cream.
Marvel at Muir Woods
Muir Woods is a 558 acre park preserving one of the last remaining ancient redwood forests in the Bay Area. Some of the redwoods are nearly 1000 years old and reach heights of more than 250 feet!
If you would like to explore it on your own; you can book a seat on the Muir Woods Shuttle from Sausalito for only a few dollars each way. Another Option is to take a Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour where everything is included and arranged for you.
Check Out the Houseboats
The houseboats in Sausalito are one of a kind and a lot of fun to walk around. Only a few kilometers from the main shopping district; you can either walk or bike to this area very easily. If you choose to stay in Sausalito; why not see if there are any houseboats available for the night!?
Sausalito has so many excellent restaurant options; you really can`t go wrong! Some of our favorites include Napa Valley Burger Company, Salito`s Crab House & Prime Rib, Le Garage and Fish.
Kayak in the Bay
For those of you who are a bit more adventurous; why not do some kayaking in the San Francisco Bay? At Seatrek Sausalito you can either rent kayaks and paddle boards by the hour or take a guided tour!