Welcome to Rohnert Park
Academic excellence and urban charm abound in this California college town
The college town of Rohnert Park sports a sophisticated urbanism and cosmopolitan vibe that belie its small-town roots. The relaxed pace here is offset only by the rigorous attention to academic excellence, which is apparent in the exceptional schools to which the area lays claim. The majestic scenery and sweeping wine country views offer a countryside respite from the frenzy of nearby San Francisco, which is less than an hour away — and should you wish to explore other areas, the SMART Train can get you across Sonoma and Marin Counties.
Rohnert Park has been dubbed the “friendly city,” and indeed, the town is known for celebratory events, outstanding restaurants, a welcoming atmosphere, and plenty of ways to have a good time. Named for the Rohnert family, early founders of the area, Rohnert Park was once nothing but a one-horse town. Only four people resided here from its inception until the late 1950s when the 101 freeway expanded and developers took notice of Rohnert Park’s ideal location and stunning scenery. Today places like University District maximize Rohnert Park’s potential as a residential powerhouse, and the city sits pretty as a perfect combination of country charm and vibrant cultural and technological urbanity.
What to Love:
Blue skies and wild beauty
Gorgeous parks and landscaping
Excellent educational opportunities
Proximity to San Francisco
Rohnert Park residents make a point of enjoying the gorgeous California climate, and the town includes an incredible system of pristine parks and greenspace. Golf is a favorite pastime here, and the eclectic culinary scene provides a delicious place for friends and neighbors to connect.
Nestled at the center of North Bay, Rohnert Park’s location couldn’t be more perfect. Locals can make a quick trip to San Francisco, walk the beaches of Bodega Bay, or take a stroll through the redwoods whenever they choose — although most are happy to stay right here, taking in the spectacular scenery.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Rohnert Park’s relaxed attitude is evident in the array of laid-back restaurants peppering the town. The Hana Sake Bar and Tasting Room is the city’s best-kept secret and eschews pretentiousness in favor of first-class sushi and Japanese fare.
Rohnert Park’s entertainment scene is a thrill. The highly regarded Spreckels Performing Arts Center welcomes top regional music, theater, and dance shows to dazzle Rohnert Park spectators, and Graton Resort and Casino rolls out the red carpet for luxurious spa treatments, world-class dining, and the best in entertainment.
Things to Do
The friendly city of Rohnert Park keeps its dance card full of activities and hobbies for residents to enjoy. The Green Music Center is the performing arts venue of Sonoma State University and features multiple concert venues, open-air space, and even a restaurant for apres-show bites. The Foxtail Golf Club invites golfers to take a swing at their 18-hole championship courses.
Spanning 19 acres of lush landscaping, Magnolia Park is ideal for a day of sports and barbecues. Picnic tables offer a picturesque lounging spot, and the array of tennis courts, soccer fields, and athletic amenities provide everything players need. The sweetly named Ladybug Park provides a lovely playground for kids, as well as picnic areas and a soccer field. You can also find events, restaurants, and chic eateries at the SOMO Village, a live-work-play space with a dynamic schedule of comedy shows, jazz concerts, and even painting classes.
Rohnert Park is served by the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and is home to several esteemed educational institutions, including: