Sonoma State Historic Park

Phone Number

(707) 938-9560

Park Hours

Open Daily 10am - 5pm.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in historic zone and developed areas. Dogs not allowed in the following areas: trails, dirt roads, backcountry areas, historic buildings, and historic gardens.

Driving Directions to Sonoma SHP

The park's main office address: 363 3rd Street West, Sonoma, California 95476-5632.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Park Information

Park Contacts
Administrative Office: 707-769-5652 |  Mission San Francisco Solano: 707-938-9560

Vallejo Home:  707-938-9559  |  Photo, Film & Special Event Permits: 707-939-6188 sonoma.events@parks.ca.gov


About Sonoma SHP

Rainbow over MissionUnlike most parks with a single plot of land and a continuous boundary, Sonoma State Historic Park is a scattering of historical sites consisting of six midtown locations near Sonoma's Plaza.  Off the Sonoma Plaza are: Mission San Francisco Solano, the Blue Wing Inn, Sonoma Barracks, the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen, and the Servants Quarters (the remains of La Casa Grande).  General Vallejo's Home, also called Lachryma Montis, is less than a mile west of the Plaza. It was the estate of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Military Commander and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier and founder of Pueblo de Sonoma.  The headquarters of Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe Rancho is also preserved as a separate unit of the State Park system and can be visited the same day with paid admission to Sonoma State Historic Park.

Facilities

Free Public parking is located behind the Sonoma Barracks off of First Street West.  Public restrooms are located in the Sonoma BarracksCourtyard.
The Sonoma Plaza offers a variety of restaurants, shops and the Sonoma Valley Visitor's Bureau.  Dogs are not allowed in historic buildings. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the bikepath between the Mission and the Vallejo Home. Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.

Barracks at Sonoma SHP

Exhibits
The Sonoma Mission houses historical exhibits, an art exhibition, museum chapel and courtyard while the Sonoma Barracks across the street houses additional historic exhibits among several museum rooms along with our association's bookstore and gift shop. The Vallejo Home has furnishings of the Vallejo family, historic and serene gardens, a resevoir and a Visitor Center and Museum in the adjacent "Chalet".

Visitors to the park can also stroll through the streets surrounding the town’s historic central plaza or travel via the city's hike and bike path on the west side.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

The weather in Sonoma is ever-changing; layered clothing is recommended.  Hot, dry summers with cool, wet winters.

Special Events January 2023

 

Seasonal Marshlands of the Park Program Saturday, January 7th, 11:30am-2:00pm

 

Explore the park’s open space as it turns to natural wetlands. Discover what plant and aquatic life exist in the vernal pond areas. Look for the State Park vehicle along the bike path off of 3rd Street West.  This roving program runs continuously between noon and 3pm. Suggested:  Rain boots or waterproof shoes. This free event is part of the California State Parks Junior Ranger program. No reservation required. Steady rain cancels.

 

Campfire Program Sonoma ~ Saturday, January 14th, 6:30pm-7:30pm 

Kick off the New Year by enjoying a warm campfire, songs, and marshmallow roast at our monthly program. This is an experience that’s fun for everyone!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short educational talk, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.  Steady rain cancels.

 

Lecture:  Native Californians and the Collapse of the Bay Area Missions

 

 Thursday, January 19,2023.  The Chapel Mission San Francisco Solano.   7:00 pm.

 Lee Panich is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University will be discussing what happened during this historical period in the area.  

 Admission:  $10.00 at the door.  SPParks members: $5.00.  (Doors open @ 6:30pm)

 

Afternoon Hike ~ Saturday, January 21st, Noon– 1:30pm

 

The hike explores the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by a Park Interpretive Specialist. This slow-paced hike is a little over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended).  Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

Kick off the New Year by enjoying a warm campfire, songs, and marshmallow roast at our monthly program. This is an experience that’s fun for everyone!  Enter through the wooden gates and proceed into the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short educational talk, singing a few traditional tunes, and a tasty marshmallow/s’mores roast! All ages welcome, free of charge.  Steady rain cancels.

 

Lecture:  Native Californians and the Collapse of the Bay Area Missions

 

 Thursday, January 19,2023.  The Chapel Mission San Francisco Solano.   7:00 pm.

 Lee Panich is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University will be discussing what happened during this historical period in the area.  

 Admission:  $10.00 at the door.  SPParks members: $5.00.  (Doors open @ 6:30pm)

 

Afternoon Hike ~ Saturday, January 21st, Noon– 1:30pm

 

The hike explores the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by a Park Interpretive Specialist. This slow-paced hike is a little over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended).  Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.   All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Steady rain cancels.

 

1/28 Please note the Barracks in Sonoma State Historic Park will be closing at 3pm.

School Tours and Education

Environmental Studies Program and Environmental Living Program on Haitus

Attention Fourth Grade Teachers – Our popular interactive and hands on programming at Sonoma State Historic Park and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park are on haitus.


The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at Mission San Francisco Solano is a day program where students learn about life at the missions.  (707) 938-9560

The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at the Petaluma Adobe is an overnight program focusing on the Rancho era of California History. Jennifer Hanson | (707) 762-4871

Volunteer in Parks Program

visitors touring toscano kitchen with docentCurious about volunteer opportunities? Sonoma State Historic Park and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park are closely related cultural history sites that thrive witih activity through a variety of volunteer roles.   

Opportunities exist in docent tours, museum curation, bookstore sales, landscape maintenance, demonstrations, period clothing program and special events. Visit Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. for events to attend and introduce yourself.  We want to meet you!

To express your interest in the Volunteers in Parks Program (VIPP) with California State Parks, choose a link below to apply and specify your park of interest. Send application or additional inquiry to the VIPP Lead at tyler.markley@parks.ca.gov

Volunteer Links

 

Tri-County Partnership to Create a Cleaner Coast

MARIN, SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY PARTNER TO CREATE A CLEANER COAST Teaching Leave No Trace Practices to Growing Visitor Audiences in Coastal Communities. Learn more by reading the Tri-County Partnership Press Release (6/15/2022).

 

Docent Tours are limited at this time.

Please call ahead to confirm if a docent is scheduled.  Self-guided tour sheets are always available.

Mission San Francisco Solano: 707-938-9560        Vallejo Home:  707-938-9559

 

Site

Day of the Week

Time

 
Sonoma Mission Tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm  
Sonoma Barracks Tours Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm  
Vallejo's Home Tours Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 3pm  
Toscano Hotel & Kitchen Tours Saturday and Sunday  1pm to 3pm  

 

Private Group Tours are available by reservation in advance through Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. (SPParks)
Private Group Tour Reservation