Rohnert Park is very convenient to virtually all of the North Bay areas, so you're well situated. It really depends upon what you and your girls like to do. 6 Flags and Marine World will be very crowded during the summer, so get an early start--but if it's on a weekday, not so early that you get into commute traffic. That's the one thing you should be aware of when planning your drives. The concierge at your hotel will be able to give you good info. about what times to avoid based upon what area you'll be driving to/from.
Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore in Marin and Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast can provide some beautiful walks/hikes and lots of excellent ocean scenery. If you go to the former, stop in first at the Bear Valley Visitor's Ctr. to get maps and get oriented. It might be fun for you to take the short Earthquake Trail to get an impressive look at what Calif. earthquakes can do! Also, the hike to Chimney Rock is very pretty and not overly long. If you go to Bodega Bay and the recommended walk at Bodega Head, you can take #101 no. from Rohnert Park, exit River Rd. and head west. Stop at Armstrong Woods State Park which is in the Guerneville area and you'll be able to see some awesome giant redwoods. You can have lunch at one of the bayview restaurants in Bodega Bay.
For shopping in Sonoma County, there's the Petaluma Outlet Mall (so. of Rohert Park) and the old historic downtown of Petaluma which has loads of interesting antique shops and great cafes/restaurants. In Santa Rosa, there's Old Railroad Square with more antique and vintage shops--and good food, too. At RR Sq. try Chevy's Mexican Restaurant for lunch--fun, casual spot and very reasonably priced (at least by Calif. standards!)
If you have time, I would highly recommend taking the ferry one morning from Sausalito in Marin Co. to the Ferry Building in San Francisco (great foods/wines, shops with local products all in a beautiful historical bldg. at a gorgeous location). There are fantastic views crossing the Bay (you'll see Alcatraz, Golden Gate, San Fran. skyline, etc).
An alternative to the Sausalito Ferry would be the Vallejo Ferry. It is a fast one and runs down through San Pablo Bay, past Alcatrez and on to the Ferry Building. From 101, take 37 to Vallejo. You might even combine it with a morning at Marine World. The ferry takes an hour to get to the City.
Here is the link to the schedule
Thanks so much! That will help a lot, I had not even thought of a FERRY! (No such thing here!)
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