5 Fun Things to Do in Windsor

Windsor Town Green; photo by Wildly Simple

Tucked near the Russian River watershed in the heart of Sonoma County, the charismatic town of Windsor is known for its welcoming and family-friendly vibes.

Making Windsor unique among many towns in modern-day America is the fact that it still has a very active town-square-type space. The Town Green serves as a year-round gathering space for community events like summer movies, concerts, and Windsor’s Pride festival. And throughout the town, you’ll find more ways to immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere.

Take a look at some of the many things to do in Windsor, California.

1. Sample the Crafts of Local Breweries

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

Windsor’s brewery scene offers something for everyone, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts. Hit the nationally known, award-winning Russian River Brewery to sip on the piney Pliny the Elder or enjoy limited releases—a past example includes the Black is Beautiful stout, which was crafted as part of a worldwide brewing effort to support inclusivity.

Known for crafting some of the best beers in California, Barrel Brothers offers pretty much every type of brew you can think of, with fun names like the Dad Pants pilsner or the Dark Sarcasm porter. (Tip: The sours are especially magical.) And if you like authentic Belgian beers, like rich ales with hints of malt and caramel, Cuver Brewing is for you.

To sip and unwind in a particularly chill taproom (with a dog-friendly patio) we recommend checking out Barley & Bine Beer CafeFlagship Taproom Windsor is also known for having a relaxed vibe that pairs perfectly with a frosty pint, while Tavern Off the Green, located inside Oliver’s Market, is a family-friendly space that serves local beer and wine.

2. Take in the Scene of the Town Green

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

The Green is the place to be if you’re looking for things to do in Windsor. Within the large green space, you’ll find statues of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters, fountains, playgrounds, and cherry trees whose delicate pink blossoms leave the air smelling sweet each spring. Throughout the year, The Green hosts a full lineup of lively events, like car shows, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree grove, the Love Wins in Windsor Pride Festival, the weekly Sunday morning farmers’ markets, summer concerts, and family movies. (And more!)

Surrounding this heart of the community you’ll find a wealth of shops and restaurants. At Lupe’s Mexican Diner & Agave Room, let the bartender build you the perfect people-watching cocktail from their extensive tequila list, best enjoyed with a refreshing ceviche starring shrimp, mango, cucumbers, and jalapeños. Or shop for a sweet treat from Cravin’s Candy Emporium on your way out. (Tip: The chocolate-peanut-butter gelato is a fantastic choice.)

3. Hike Lakes, Redwoods, and Rivers

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

Indulge in some self-care as you make your way through Windsor’s natural spaces. Explore the foothills of the rugged Mayacamas Mountains at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, where hikers, bikers, and equestrians will find nearly 8 miles of trails. (Dogs are not allowed at Shiloh Ranch.)

Foothill Regional Park boasts 211 acres of grassy meadows (dappled with wildflowers in the spring) along with 6.8 miles of trails that range from scenic, wheelchair-accessible paths that wind past ponds to challenging climbs shaded by sprawling oak branches. Cast your line for bluegill in the park’s three ponds.

Riverfront Regional Park offers a multitude of beautiful ecosystems. Harness the calming energy of redwood groves with a stroll or forest bath, or soak up the California sun on a small gravel beach off the Russian River. Those using mobility devices can enjoy 2 miles of gravel trails that weave through the redwoods and past lakes, as well as picnic sites (conditions permitting). Riverfront Regional also boasts lake and river access for a lovely day of paddleboarding.

Find more outdoor activities in Sonoma County.

4. Savor the Flavors of Windsor Restaurants

It’s our opinion that a successful vacation must include great food, and the restaurants in Windsor can more than step up to the challenge. Ana’s Cafe and Espresso is a locally loved hidden gem, known for Mexican mochas—decadent chocolatey coffees punctuated with hints of spices like cayenne and cinnamon—as well as their tortas.

For a dinner guaranteed to bring good vibes, head to Umé Japanese Bistro. The bamboo-ensconced patio, dotted with citrus trees and strung with bistro lights, is the ideal setting for sushi, ramen, and crispy tempura. (Tip: Vegetarians will be in sushi heaven thanks to an extensive list of plant-based rolls.)

Discover more Windsor restaurants.

5. Schedule Tee Time at Windsor Golf Club

The golf course on a sunny day
Windsor Golf Club

Surrounded by mountains and laid out amid rolling vineyards and sparkling lakes, the Windsor Golf Club offers a respite for all levels of golfers. Swing your way through the par-72, 6,650-yard championship course, where you’ll find lush fairways, emerald greens, and sand bunkers that’ll keep you on your toes. Adding to the beauty of the course is a lazy creek that winds its way throughout, as well as stunning vistas from hilltops.

Make your way to the 19th hole—Charlie’s Restaurant—where you’ll find a robust menu selection and a swank outdoor patio that’s perfect for sipping craft beers while soaking up the views.

Explore other Sonoma County golf courses.

The river is surrounded by trees
Riverfront Regional Park

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

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