Located in central Sonoma County and laid out in the 1950s, family-friendly Rohnert Park (pop. 40,971) was one of the first planned communities nationwide.
Kid-oriented activities abound. Take a spin in competition-level electric karts at Driven Raceway, which also offers a mini golf course, mini bowling alley, video games, and the Hot Rod Café. Roll on wheels at Cal Skate. Enjoy bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, and other fun activities at Scandia Family Fun Center. Bowl for a strike on one of the 50 state-of-the-art lanes at Double Decker Lanes, which includes a snack bar, video arcade with pool tables, a bowling pro shop, and a full-service sports bar. For an arts break, the Spreckels Performings Arts Center provides the finest performing arts programming from around the world.
And the 128-acre Crane Creek Regional Park offers hiking (including wheelchair-accessible trails), biking, and horseback riding; an 18-hole disc golf course; picnic tables; and outstanding bird watching opportunities.
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, located on the scenic campus of Sonoma State University, is a world-class performing arts complex with multiple performance venues, a music education wing, and more. The jewel in the Green Music Center crown is the acoustically superb 1,400-seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall concert venue. Modeled after Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Weill Hall includes a back wall that can be fully opened onto a landscaped and terraced lawn, to expend the audience capacity for summer concerts.
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