The city of Novato is a contemporary town, yet retains the charm of its past. The nationally recognized Marin Museum of the American Indian is located here and pays homage to its Native American heritage. The first Spanish colonial house was built here and is located on Olompali State Park. In downtown Novato you can see historical buildings as well, including the Novato History Museum, City Hall, and Druid’s Hall. Downtown hosts a weekly Farmers Market with local produce, products and live music. This downtown business district is quaint and has boutique shops and delicious restaurants. Vintage Oaks Shopping center is also here and includes more than 50 stores of all kinds.
Defined by its deep-rooted history and unique shopping opportunities, Novato also enjoys more than 3,600 acres of open space. There is Stafford Lake Park for fishing, hiking, biking, and camping, and Scottsdale Marsh, Deer Island Preserve, and Pacheco Pond Wildlife Area for wildlife observers. It is minutes away from Sonoma and Napa Wine country, and also very close to major cities across the Bay Area. Novato is a family friendly, affordable town located in idyllic northern Marin County.