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Picnic facilities, horseback riding and hiking trails, fishing in Jordan Pond - this park has a lot to offer. It is popular with naturalists with a variety of plant and animal wildlife to enjoy. The Garin Barn Visitor Center, open on weekends, offers programs for visitors to identify different species at their own leisure through pamphlets and displays. Additional displays teach about local history. Many enjoy the blacksmith shop and the antique farm equipment. In the late summer the park hosts an apple festival with folk music, games and, of course, apples.
Featuring a building which served as the State Capitol from 1853 to 1854, the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park makes for a fascinating visit. The interiors as well as the exterior portion of the landmark have been restored and is open to the general public for viewing. Visitors can explore the furniture, furnishings and fixtures that were used in the bygone era. Guided tours or group visits can also be arranged with prior reservations.
The Fischer-Hanlon House was once the residence of Joseph Fischer. A fine example of the East Coast Federalist style of architecture, the house is one of the surviving structures of the California gold rush.
Lagunitas Creek meanders through the Samuel P. Taylor State Park. The scenic stream originates in Mount Tamalpais and then feeds several water bodies that supply drinking water to Marin County. Lagunitas Creek is an important habitat for Coho salmon.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a popular park that offers a slew of activities for everyone to enjoy. Established in 1945, this 2,700-acre (1,092.7-hectare) park derives its name from Samuel Penfield Taylor. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking and traversing well-marked trails. Some areas in the park are dog friendly. The South Creek Trail can also be accessed by those who have limited mobility. The park is a haven for nature lovers, and shelters diverse flora and fauna. Other natural attractions within the park include the Barnabe Peak and the Lagunitas Creek.