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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park– In the 19th century, the largest ranch in the valley was Rancho de Petaluma, owned by General Vallejo. On the rancho, cattle were raised for their hides and tallow, sheep for their wool, and other crops for trade. Today, kids can explore the two story adobe brick house (80 percent of the adobe bricks are original) and grounds of this historic rancho. The house was not just a home to the Vallejo family and ranch workers, there were large storerooms and workshops for rendering tallow from cowhides, making candles, dying wool, weaving blankets, blacksmithing and carpentry.

Petaluma Adobe Photos
      Downstairs, check out the hides storeroom with stacks of cowhides and other examples of saddles and leather working, the granary where sacks of corn, barley and wheat were stored and a grinding mill, weaving room with large looms. In the courtyard beehive ovens were used for cooking, and large iron pots for other crafts.
      Upstairs are the dining room (with a big long dining table, there were always a lot of people to feed), parlor and large family bedroom for the Vallejo family, servants and artisan's quarters.
      The house is situated on a hilltop, overlooking acres of open land, near to Adobe Creek, shut your eyes and it's easy to imagine life on the Mexican rancho.
      There are picnic tables in the shade, next to the parking lot.
    Living History Day – Each spring, step back in time to 1840, for kids hands-on activities, music, games, dancing.
    Read our blog post: Petaluma Adobe: Rancho Living History Day
      There are picnic tables in the shade, next to the parking lot.
    Walnut Park In historic downtown Petaluma, Walnut Park has a large playground, picnic tables, shade, grass to run around. Park is located at Petaluma Blvd. S. and D St.

Mrs. Grossman's sticker factory tour Take a tour to see Mrs. Grossman's stickers printed and packaged, plus at the end of the tour, there are postcards to decorate and a free package of stickers.


The factory tour is for kids 5 and up (because of all the printing equipment), and you'll need to call for reservations: 1.707.765.8554 (no tours on the weekend, except during holidays).


Fun food


Petaluma Pie Company – Fun treat for kids, pies made with local apples, fruits and berries.

kids books
California Ranchos  
California Ranchos
Natalie M. Rosinky

Before you visit the Petaluma Adobe, read about rancho life – adobe houses and workshops, ranching cattle, celebrations and rodeos, and the Vallejo family (sixteen children). (Picture book)


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