An aerial view of the town green lined by Victorian buildings
Windsor Town Green; photo by Wildly Simple

5 Fun Things To Do in Windsor

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Situated close to the Russian River in central Sonoma County, the attractive town of Windsor is known for its family-friendly appeal.

The Town Green offers free events throughout the year, including movie nights and concerts during the summer, a vibrant farmers market, and numerous specialty festivals. In 2022, Windsor also hosted its first-ever PRIDE Festival. Held on the Town Green, the family-friendly event includes a day of music, food, games and colorful surprises.

Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Tasting at Local Breweries

A small glass of a beer on the bar counter
Russian River Brewing Company Windsor

Windsor's up-and-coming brewery scene has grown tremendously in the last few years, from almost no breweries to quite a few, including Russian River Brewery's new brewpub, gift shop, and tasting room, featuring seating for about 200, two bars, a 16-seat fireplace, and a large outdoor pet-friendly beer garden. 

Every brewery and taproom in Windsor is very unique, each with its own personal style to enjoy. From micro, small-batch breweries to large-scale producers, we recommend checking out Barrel Brothers, or Cuver Brewing just to name a few.

And if you're looking to head to a beer garden or taproom, we recommend checking out Barley & Bine Beer CafeFlagship Taproom Windsor or Tavern on the Green, the taproom inside Oliver's Market

Take in the Scene of the Town Green

Two people sit outside of a restaurant with a dog
Fruity Moto

You can go to the town green for just about anything: a nice brunch on a weekend, a romantic date on a weeknight, an afternoon of fun during their Summer Nights on the Green, a relaxing stroll through the Sunday Morning Windsor Certified Farmers Market.

Not to mention you can find any type of food you're looking for at the time, from Vietnamese to Thai, Indian, American, Italian, or Mexican. And you can't forget a little sweet-treat from Cravin's Candy Emporium on your way out. Insider Tip: The chocolate peanut butter gelato is a fantastic choice.

The town green is kid-friendly, dog-friendly, teen-friendly, parent-friendly and senior-friendly. In between all the restaurant goodies, there's also a handful of unique shops, boutiques and jewelry stores for you to peruse through. 

Hike Lakes, Redwoods, and Rivers

An oak tree is in front of the view of the valley below
Foothill Regional Park

Windsor is has amazing locations to go hiking that are easily accessible, and probably just a short drive away from where you are in the small town. Some of the best places to hike include Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, Foothill Regional Park, and Riverfront Regional Park

With nearly eight miles of dirt trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians, the 860-acre Shiloh Ranch Regional Park is a popular destination for outdoor adventurists. 

It's one of the few Sonoma County Regional Parks that doesn't allow dogs, which gives horses a park to ride in peacefully.

Riverfront and Foothill both allow dogs, and both have multiple lakes to hike around. Riverfront is unique because you can hike right along the Russian River, as well as follow the trail into a gorgeous tall redwood grove.

Tee Up with a Round of Golf

The golf course on a sunny day
Windsor Golf Club

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.

Stand Up and Paddle

The river is surrounded by trees
Riverfront Regional Park

As mentioned before, 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.

Of course, this is just a brief list of ways to relax and have fun in Windsor. Check our Calendar of Events for current activities, and our list of Things to Do Throughout Sonoma County.

Ready for a visit? Check out all the things to do in Windsor here. 

Looking for more fun things to do during your trip to Sonoma County? Take a look at the many outdoor activities to enjoy in the valleys, vineyards, coastline and Russian River areas of Sonoma County.

Go tasting at one (or more!) of the 425+ wineries in Sonoma County, and enjoy farm-to-table delights at these great restaurants when you get hungry.

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