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Things To Do In Muir Woods For Kids
July 14, 2020

Things to Do in Muir Woods

Looking Up at Redwood Canopy in Muir Woods

Taking a trip to Muir Woods National Monument is one of the top outdoor adventures to go on in the Bay Area. You will be in awe of the giant coastal redwoods, as you explore the trails of one of the last old-growth forests in the world. Next time you are in San Francisco book one of these tours and experience Muir Woods for yourself.

While you are at Muir Woods, there are a few activities you can choose to do to enhance your experience in the enchanted forest. Add any or all of these activities to your trip for a fun and memorable day among the California redwoods!


Muir Woods is the perfect place in the Bay Area to reconnect with nature and enjoy a hike. The park has different trails that vary in length, skill, and terrain, all of which allow guests to admire the towering redwoods, animals who call the forest home, and beautiful scenery. If you are looking for an easy trail stick to the main trail loop that follows the Redwood Creek. More advanced hikers can choose one of the more difficult loops, such as Dipsea Loop, where you will get to see stunning views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Pacific Ocean, and San Francisco.


Throughout the day park rangers give 15 minute long talks about the park. If you are short on time, you can enjoy a quick overview of the beautiful environment. When you get to the park, check the program board for the tree talk times and locations.

Looking Up at Tree Canopy in Muir Woods


Muir Woods park rangers and volunteers offer hour-long guided tours, where you will learn more about the history of the park and the vegetation. You do not need to make a reservation to attend a tour, check the program board for information on start times.


If you are looking for more of an independent adventure, you can pick up a self-guided program at the Visitor Center. The programs are $1 and will inform you about the park and redwood ecology.

Hiker on Fallen Tree in Muir Woods


Muir Woods has more than redwoods to admire. Being one of the last old-growth forests left on the planet, Muir Woods is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. While you hike through the forest, take time to appreciate and discover all the different vegetation and wildlife. The most common animals to see are black-tailed deer, chipmunks, coho salmon, and various birds. While you explore, you might see bobcats, otters, mountain lions, rabbits, bats, raccoons, snakes, butterflies, owls, and more.

Hiker in Muir Woods during Setting Sun


Before leaving Muir Woods, make sure to stop at the Muir Woods Trading Co. Cafe and the Muir Woods Gift Shop. The Muir Woods Trading Co. Cafe is a great spot to stop for lunch or a snack. If you are hungry, try the Marin Melt – a delicious grilled cheese sandwich made from local cheeses and bread. The gift shop is a great place to buy souvenirs for your family and friends at home.