Things To Do In San Rafael

One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes with Uniform at Goju Karate (Up to 86% Off)

Goju Karate

San Rafael

Students of all fitness levels participate in karate classes that teach basic techniques and test endurance

$100 $19

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with a Take-Home Bottle for Each at Mountain View Winery (Up to 72% Off)

Mountain View Winery

San Rafael

In a brand-new tasting room, guests leisurely sample a selection of wines, learn about the winery, and take home a bottle of wine each

$69.98 $23

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at San Rafael Martial Arts (72% Off)

San Rafael Martial Arts

San Rafael

Four weeks of kung fu or tai chi classes with all classes taught by Sifu Terrance Thornton

$159 $45

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 3 Free Trial Group Classes at Keepsitfit

Keepsitfit

San Rafael High School

For $5, receive a coupon for 3 free trial group classes

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off 8 Semi Private Beginner Classes at Bow Yoga

Bow Yoga

San Rafael

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off 8 semi-private beginner classes

$5

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Beginner CrossFit Program or 10 or 20 CrossFit Classes at West Bay CrossFit (Up to 85% Off)

West Bay CrossFit

San Rafael

CrossFit instructors motivate clients through an ever-changing rotation of high-intensity functional workouts

$200 $49

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10 or 15 Yoga or Boot-Camp Classes at Kentfield Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Kentfield Fitness

Kentfield

Relax and rejuvenate in yoga classes, or test your physical strength in a high-intensity boot camp

$150 $57

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Two or Four Hiking and Yoga Sessions from Hiking Adventures and Gentle Yoga with Donna (Up to 60% Off)

Hiking Adventures and Gentle Yoga with Donna

Marin County

Surrounded by nature in a beautiful environment, participants hike a trail and assume yoga poses along the way

$50 $25

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$45 for Kayaking or Paddleboarding for Two at 101 Surf Sports ($80 Value)

101 Surf Sports

San Rafael

Explore the San Rafael Bay atop a stand-up paddleboard or a classic kayak

$80 $45

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$29 for 10 Yoga Classes at Embrace Yoga ($160 Value)

Embrace Yoga

San Rafael

Teachers guide students through meditative breathing exercises and peaceful poses; minimalist studio keeps mind free of distractions

$160 $29

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One- or Three-Month Gym Membership with Fitness Classes and a Personal-Training Session at Body Kinetics (Up to 77% Off)

Body Kinetics

Multiple Locations

Members work out during open gym hours or classes such as Zumba and Power Sculpt; trainers develop personalized strength and cardio routines

$149 $39

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$29.99 for One Month of Unlimited Hot Yoga and Power-Yoga Classes at Red Dragon Yoga (Up to $175 Value)

Red Dragon Yoga

Multiple Locations

In heated eco-friendly studios, instructors lead Bikram and power yoga to help patrons build muscle and detoxify their bodies

$175 $29.99

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$37 for Four Group Pilates Apparatus Classes at Marin Pilates at Body Kinetics ($180 Value)

Marin Pilates at Body Kinetics

Body Kinetics San Rafael

Instructors teach small groups of students how to safely perform basic exercises on the Pilates Reformer, Wall Tower, and mat

$180 $37

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Boot-Camp Classes and Personal-Training Sessions at Evolutionary Fitness (Up to 80% Off). Two Options Available.

Evolutionary Fitness

San Rafael

Cardio and core classes sculpt muscles with high-intensity interval training and full-body exercises

$420 $99

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At Bay West Ballroom, students learn how to tango alongside their identical twin, whether they were actually born with one or not. The studio's eastern wall of mirrors stretches for 60 feet, ensuring that students’ reflections are always visible as they spin on the sprung beech-wood floor. On the opposite side, windows admit sunlight and scenic views of the hills, creating an ethereal space where seasoned instructors demonstrate ballroom, Latin, and swing dance styles. Drawing from a diverse curriculum, these instructors cover a broad spectrum of disciplines that range from the cha-cha to the country two-step, encouraging practice in both the classroom and social settings. For example, lessons on popular salsa steps prepare pupils to spin at nightclubs, and wedding courses customize choreography to match a chosen song at elegant receptions.

Directors Mark and Andrea Nelson-Novak have both earned championship titles, and Andrea draws on a degree in biology to better inform her protégés on anatomy, movement, and the location of the body’s rhythm glands. The pair enlists other experts—including US Country and Swing Champion Tony Gutsch and Grand National Latin Finalists Dima and Olga Sukachov—to helm specialized and regular classes. The team also hosts holiday parties each year.

1133 Francisco Blvd E
San Rafael,
CA
US

Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

1701 4th St
San Rafael,
CA
US

Healdsburg Golf Club carves through Wine Country, loping over undulating terrain marked by mature fir trees and views of Dry Creek Valley. Before taking the course, limber up on the all-weather driving range, with 18 stalls spread over three tiers that allow golfers to smack 300-yard drives or attempt to sink a two-story practice putt. The nine-hole course wraps well-manicured fairways around doglegs and surrounds greens with an entourage of bunkers and rolling mounds. Though suited for beginners, the course is a test for players of abilities, challenging golfers to hit a variety of shots, from long drives down par 5s to bicycle kicks past the goalkeeper on the eighth green. Golfers can relax after their rounds with a relaxing meal at the club’s bar and outdoor patio. The elevated patio overlooks the course as it fades into a sea of trees, misty mountains lining the horizon, and a wormhole leading to a secret nine-hole course on the moon.

Course at a Glance

  • Nine-hole, par 35 layout
  • Three sets of tees
  • Length of 2,622 yards from farthest tees
  • Course rating of 65.4 from farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 114 from farthest tees
350 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael,
CA
US

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of the art, history, and science of pinball, the Pacific Pinball Museum welcomes hardcore enthusiasts and casual fans alike to learn about and play the popular game. Over 85 operational machines—all set to free play—line the walls of the museum, including electro-mechanical, wood-rail, and wedgehead models, as well as the newest digital machines. Along with historic games on display, such as an 1879 Montague Redgrave Parlor Bagatelle and a Gottlieb 1931 Baffle Ball, three playable clear cabinets reveal the inner workings of the engineering marvel, from the wires feeding the lights to the tiny steelsmiths forging new balls between every play. Enthusiastic guides conduct regular tours of the facilities, whose walls feature hand-painted murals celebrating the game’s diverse colors and symbols.

1510 Webster St
Alameda,
CA
US

Broken Drum Brewery & Wood Grill's brew masters whip up froth-topped beers, served in-house or to-go in growlers and kegs, to provide a counterbalance to its hefty selection of Southwestern-inspired pub grub. Home brewers channel German brewing tradition to craft obsidian batches of malty bock beers as well as the Terrifico, which fills pint glasses with crisp mexican lager. The grill's platters include chicken mole, which arrives snuggled beneath a blanket of robust mole sauce and melted jack and cheddar cheeses, and grilled mahi-mahi tostadas topped with mango salsa, black beans, and coleslaw. Broken Drum's patio provides a location for sipping libations, and ample opportunities for tossing table scraps to fire hydrants.

1132 4th St
San Rafael,
CA
US

During three-hour classes at Art Social, instructors strive to foster an environment as lively as the paintings that inspire them. At various restaurants, wine bars, or galleries across the Bay Area, students begin the evening chatting with classmates against the backdrop of soft music and clinking wine glasses. Once students have settled into their personal painting stations, instructors delve into history, context, and scratch 'n' sniff features of the evening's chosen painting, which has included works such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or Van Gogh's Starry Night. Step-by-step instruction ensures students of all levels take home a personal masterpiece, whether it is a replica of the painting being taught or the bowls of fruit that haunt the student's mind.

931 4th Street
San Rafael,
CA
US

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