Sunday, April 13, 2008

Santa Rosa: Howarth Park

One of Santa Rosa's great treasures is Howarth Park. We love going all year long, but we especially love it when the spring and summertime comes.

The park has a train, a carousel, pony rides, even an animal barn with all kinds of cute animals (some smelly ones too!)

You can rent paddle boats, row boats, and even sail boats at Lake Ralphine.

The playground has been expanded to include a rope tree that kids love to climb, a volcano with steam, running water and dinosaur bones. It has a Wild West mock-up, and best of all, on hot days it has a water park that kids love to play in!

Below is one of the newest additions to Howarth Park.

It's fun to feed the ducks, especially this time of year when there are so many babies in the water!

The pony rides are a great way to do a little bit of horseback riding without having to go too far.

We like the mini-park with the rock climbing wall. There is also a softball park, tennis courts and if things get too hot, you can walk across the street and go see an independent movie at the Rialto theater. You can see their movie schedules here:
Also, across the street is the popular East West Cafe, as well as a Mary's Pizza Shack. You can see Mary's website here:

Camp Wa-Tam:

Every year Sonoma County kids look forward to Camp Wa-Tam at Howarth Park.

Here is what their website says they get to enjoy:

"Canoeing, archery, nature & craft projects, and hiking to Spring Lake for a day of swimming. Thursday is a special day and evening. Campers arrive at 1pm and spend the afternoon putting the finishing touches on their costumes and props for the very exciting Parents Night Program! Dinner is cooked over a campfire, and all parents, grandparents, and firends begin arriving at 6:30pm for an hour of entertainment as the campers present songs, skits and spontaneous comedy. Following the program, parents say good night, and we wind up the day with a snack, a special T-shirt ceremony, and a peacful night's sleep under the stars!"

Ages: 6-12 Days and Times: Monday-Wednesday 930am-3pm & Thursday 1pm-Friday 10am (Sleepover Thursday Night!)

Optional extended hours available Mon-Wed, 3-5:15 pm (for an additional fee)
Cost: $135 (resident)/$145 (non-resident)

Optional extended hours: available Mon-Wed, 3-5:15 pm ($35) Registration for extended hours:

Here is their website in case you need more information:

Here is a map of Howarth Park that might be helpful (Spring Lake too.) You can click on it to make it larger:

Here is a map to the park in case you get lost:


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