Nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Rohnert Park offers a wide variety of activities for folks of all ages in central Sonoma County, in the heart of Wine Country.
Laid out in the 1950s, Rohnert Park (pop. 40,971) was one of the first planned communities nationwide. The town stretches along US Highway 101, Sonoma County’s central north-south artery.
Tall redwoods and other trees line many of Rohnert Park’s wide boulevards, and biking and walking trails connect its 15 residential neighborhoods, each designed around its own park and elementary school. There’s also the Central Rohnert Park district, immediately east of the 101, and West Rohnert Park and North West Rohnert Park to the west (of course) of the highway.
Some folks might see Rohnert Park as mainly a residential town, but it also boasts an acclaimed state university with 9,300 students, a dynamic arts community, a gambling casino, a multitude of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, and an eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries. It’s a great place to spend a couple days, relaxing and exploring.
The town is a straight drive up Highway 101 from San Francisco, or if you fly into the Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, Airport Express drops you off at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park (and also connects to San Francisco International and Oakland International airports). Sonoma County Transit offers bus routes around Rohnert Park and to various destinations countywide, and the Sonoma-Marin Area Regional Transit (SMART) trains stop at a station in central Rohnert Park. For more details, read How to Get to Sonoma County, Guide to Exploring Sonoma County by SMART Train, and Getting Around Sonoma County.
Here’s a two-day itinerary for discovering the unique Wine Country community of Rohnert Park.