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Sonom State Historic Park, California

Sonoma State Historic Park

20 East Spain StreetSonomaCalifornia 95476
707-938-9560
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Sonoma Historic Park and Jack London State Historic Park

The Sonoma area features two of California's most interesting parks: Sonoma Historic Park and Jack London State Historic Park. The former stands in the heart of Sonoma, and was originally built around six historic buildings, many dating back to the town's founding. Jack London State Historic Park is named for the famous author (Call of the Wild) and covers 39 acres just outside of Sonoma. Opened in 1960, it features a museum, hiking trails, and picnic areas.

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Hours

  • Sonoma State Historic Park -

    10:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
  • Jack London State Park -

    Open daily May 1- October 31, M-TH November 1- April 30. 9:30 - 5:00 Park Entry, 10:00 - 5:00 Museum, 12:00 - 4:00 Cottage and Stone Dining Room

Prices

  • Sonoma State Historic Park -

    $3 adults, $2 children
  • Jack London State Park -

    $10 Vehicle entry fee, $5 Walk in or Bicycle in.

Events

  • Sonoma State Historic Park -

    Concerts, festivals, guided tours
  • Jack London State Park -

    Broadway Under the Stars, Piano concerts, Picnic until sundown

Activities

Both Parks


  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Historic Walking Tours

Sonoma Historic Walking Tours

The Sonoma Mission, built in 1823, is the last of the 21 Franciscan missions built in California. Across from this beautiful structure sightseers will find the Sonoma Barracks, constructed in as well as the Toscano Hotel, erected in1851. From there it's just a brief stroll down to the 1852 home of General Vallejo. Nearby you will also find the Depot Museum, and the authentically restored Maysonnave House, which dates to 1910. There are fun and informative walking tours available, which can be enjoyed by all ages.
Docent Conducted Tours are conducted as follows
  • Mission Tours


    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
  • Vallejo Home Tours


    Saturday and Sunday: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
  • Toscano Hotel and Kitchen Tours


    Saturday, Sunday and Monday:1pm to 4pm

Jack London Historic State Park

This park serves as a tribute to the world-famous author and adventurer. London lived on the property and wrote many of his later works here. His cottage has been fully restored and offers a glimpse into his life. Sadly, his beloved Wolf House burned to the ground shortly before it was completed, leaving ruins that have remained untouched since his death. London's grave, as well as his wife's grave, is also on park grounds. There is also a museum dedicated to the author. The park is just twenty minutes outside of Sonoma on Ranch Road.

FAQs

  • Which park is the best for a day hike?


    The largest park in Sonoma is the Jack London State Historic Park, offering organized hikes, guided tours, and even horseback hiding.
    There are 20 miles of trails winding through the different areas of the park, from the old Bath House and Mary's Clearing, to the Historic Orchard, Woodcutter's Meadow, and Pine Tree Meadows. Park guests can explore it all starting from the main visitor's area, where a detailed park map is available.
    Bag lunches are recommended and the park requests that you take all trash with you for disposal or recycling. Leashed dogs are welcome in the historic areas of the park, including the trail to the Wolf House ruins. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings or on the backcountry trails.
  • Which historic site is best for children?


    The Bear Flag Monument is a great site for kids to see. This plaque is mounted on a large boulder at the Sonoma Plaza near Sonoma State Historic Park. The people of Sonoma played a role in the Mexican-American war by creating the California Republic flag in 1846 when Sonoma was part of Alta California, Mexico. The new flag symbolized that the United States of America was going to claim and fight for the area. Sonoma State Historic Park is also smaller and therefore easier to cover. It is located in town, so it's close to shopping and dining.

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