Situated close to the Russian River in central Sonoma County, the attractive town of Windsor is for its family-friendly appeal.
The pedestrian-friendly Town Green offers free events throughout the year, including movie nights and concerts during the summer, a vibrant farmers market, and numerous specialty festivals.
Ready to have fun? Here is a quick list of what to do in Windsor.
Explore Old Downtown Windsor: With a central 4.5-acre Town Green, Windsor’s downtown is fun, lively and offers infinite choice. Shop boutiques, enjoy the diversity of excellent eateries, or enjoy a glass of wine at an outdoor café.
Above all, don’t miss the Town Green, with its bandstand, fountain, children’s play area and 200-year-old oaks. Depending on the season, you might encounter a music concert geared to kids, a Christmas tree grove, a farmers market where tables are laden with gorgeous Sonoma County produce, a parade, an auto show, a crafts fair, an art exhibit, and more.
Take a Hike: With nearly eight miles of dirt trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians, 860-acre Shiloh Ranch Regional Park is a popular destination for outdoor adventurists.
The former cattle ranch hosts diverse eco-systems, including a mixed conifer forest, oak groves, open grasslands, and creekside moisture-seeking plants. On the broad Ridge Trail, elevation rises to more than 700 feet and offers far-ranging views. On warm days, head to the cool and shady Pond Trail (bring a picnic to enjoy on a table beside the pond). The Creekside Trail runs along a seasonal stream; in spring and early summer it’s bustling with dragonflies, frogs, and other creek denizens.
And throughout the year you may spot larger wildlife, including birds, hare, rabbit, fox, bobcat and coyote. Download a map of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.
Tee Up: Surrounded by mountains and laid out amidst gentle hills and lakes, the manicured course at Windsor Golf Club offers a challenging game to beginning and expert golfers alike.
Opened in 1989 and designed by Fred Bliss, the par 72, 6,650-yard championship course has played host to PGA Nike Tour events. Four PGA Class A pro golf instructors are available to perfect your swing, and you can celebrate your winning round at the on-site Charlie’s Restaurant. Take a virtual course tour.
Check out Hembree House: Beautifully situated in a 1931 Spanish-style ranch house, the charming Hembree House Cultural Center shines a spotlight on the people and events that created Windsor.
You’ll learn about Fred Wiseman, who built his own bi-plane and used it to carry the nation’s first-ever airmail letter in February 1911, about German POWs who spent part of World War II in a camp in Windsor, and much more.
Stand Up and Paddle: Just minutes west of downtown Windsor, Riverfront Regional Park provides both lake and river access for an easy, unique, and enjoyable paddle-boarding experience. Russian River Paddle Boards offers either do-it-yourself rentals or guided tours on some of the most undisturbed and pristine bodies of water in Sonoma County.
Enjoy the early morning mist on calm, still waters on the Lake Benoist tour, or explore one of the Russian River's most remote and undiscovered stretches on the River Paddle and Wildlife tour. Your guide will provide a brief orientation, and the tours start slowly until everyone can paddle with comfort and confidence.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez.