What to Do: Novato

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Novato is known for its beautiful natural surroundings, including rolling hills, wooded areas and open spaces. The city is home to several parks, hiking trails and nature preserves, like Olompali State Historic Park and Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve — both of which offer opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. In addition, Novato has a thriving downtown area with a variety of shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. And to top it all off, Novato also boasts a number of museums and cultural centers, like the Novato History Museum and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.

Shop in Quaint Downtown Novato

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by Anuschka Schneider

Novato sometimes gets pegged as a sleepy suburb, but the town’s beating heart lies in its downtown shopping district. Local businesses line Grant Avenue, giving countless opportunities for family fun, self-care splurges and days out on the town. So why not make a day of it? Sample some of downtown Novato’s many restaurants and eateries, while meandering through a journey of book stores, boutiques and your new favorite local businesses. Learn more about Novato’s shopping district here.

Best Live Music Venues in the Area

Live Music Northern Marin, HopMonk

Whether you like country line dancing with your partner or swaying to a jazz band, the best live music venues can be found here.

Best Outdoor Family Recreation Spots

Novato offers numerous outdoor family recreation spots for everyone. Go outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Marin MOCA is a cultural hub that celebrates and promotes contemporary art through engaging exhibitions and educational programs.

6 Perfect Hikes in the Area

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Grab your trekking poles and hiking boots and hit the trails near and here in Novato.

Hamilton Field History Museum

This museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and legacy of Hamilton Air Force Base and its impact on the development of Marin County.