Eat & Play Your Way Through Southern Marin

Sep 8, 2022

Kids in your crew? Build in some fun and food to keep the entire family happy on your next town tour of Southern Marin.

Just across from the Golden Gate Bridge you’ll find the Southern Marin suburbs. With easy access to the Redwoods, tons of beaches, highly-rated schools and a comfortable commute to San Francisco, it’s no surprise these suburbs are in demand.

If you’re making the move to Southern Marin with kids, why not bring them along for your next town tour? To keep them involved (with a manageable amount of energy…), we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite kid-friendly restaurants paired with post-meal parks in the area. 

#1. Mill Valley

Mill Valley is a favorite with nature lovers and locals can head to Muir Woods or Mount Tamelpais State Park anytime they need some fresh air. The Dipsea Race, the oldest trail run in the country, starts in town and you’ll see plenty of runners and cyclists as you explore this active community.

Families with young kids will want to spend some time in Old Mill Park. Here you’ll find a playground and amphitheater surrounded by beautiful redwoods. The nearby Mill Valley Public Library features large windows so you can soak in the view while you browse for books. If you move to town, the outdoor storytime here is a great way to meet other local parents. When everyone starts to get hungry, you could head down the road to one of the many kid-approved eateries in the charming downtown including Piazza D’Angelo

Or, hop in the car and check out the kid-friendly restaurants on Miller Ave. Super Duper Burgers, Tamalpie Pizzeria and Joe’s Taco Lounge are all great options. For a sweet treat, order a milkshake at Super Duper or stop by Mill Valley Swirl for fro-yo. These spots are all close to Sycamore Park if your little ones need to get out some energy after dinner.

#2. Larkspur

Larkspur is a laid-back town known for its charming downtown and stunning views – you’ll see redwoods, mountains and waterways. Commuters can hop on the ferry from the Larkspur terminal and enjoy a scenic commute to San Francisco. 

It’s a family-friendly town and if you’re considering exploring Larkspur with kids, stop in Corte Madera Town Park on your way in so everyone can stretch their legs. From there, we suggest going to downtown Larkspur and putting your name on the list at Pizzeria Picco. Since there’s usually a wait, make your way to Dolliver Park for some playground time and stop by Equator Coffees if you need a pick-me-up. For something more casual, you could also bring takeout from BurritoVille to the park.

Want to explore a different part of town? Head to Larkspur Landing (where the ferry departs) and grab a bite in Marin Country Mart. Here you’ll find Shake Shack, El Huarache Loco and, coming soon, Souvla and Moonset Noodle Shop (from Charles Phan of Slanted Door). Keep an eye on the event’s calendar, too. Movie nights, storytime and other kid-friendly activities take place at this shopping district.

#3. Tiburon

Tiburon offers small-town charm, waterfront living plus a quick ferry commute to San Francisco. It’s especially popular with young families and the schools are top-notch.

Blackies Pasture is one of the best places to start exploring. If you move to town, you’ll likely spend lots of time walking the trails to the huge field and playground. Shoreline Park is another beautiful spot in town where kids can run out some of their energy. If you happen to make it to downtown Tiburon before 4 on a weekend in September or October, bring the little ones to the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum. This isn’t far from kid-favorite Waypoint Pizza where they can design their own pie or Lola’s Taquieria. Tiburon Tavern has a nice kid’s menu and a large terrace for outdoor dining (it’s especially popular for laid-back weekend brunches). 

Want to soak in the water views? Find a spot on the outdoor patio at Sam’s Anchor Cafe. They even have heat lamps and a big children’s menu.

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