One of California’s Oldest Towns
Martinez, California is one of the oldest towns in California. Originally a land-grant from the Mexican Government to Don Ygnacio Martinez in 1824, it has served as the county seat of Contra Costa County for more than 130 years. Martinez is located on the south side of the Carquinez Straight in the San Francisco Bay Area. It sits at the gateway to the Delta and is home for 36,000 residents.
Abundant Recreational Opportunities
Martinez offers abundant recreation for its local residents and visitors. Come make a visit to the historic downtown and spend an afternoon strolling our tree-lined streets, visiting antique shops, the train station, local museums and sights where many of the shops and historic buildings still retain their early 20th-century charm. Visit our waterfront and marina and enjoy the open space and recreational activities like hiking, fishing, Bocce Ball etc.
In fact, here is a short list of popular Martinez landmarks you are sure to enjoy.
John Muir National Historic Site
America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist John Muir lived in his Martinez estate writing, raising fruit trees, and hiking nearby, Mt Wanda from 1880 until his death in 1914.
John Muir a true friend of the wild places fought hard to protect and conserve some of the nation’s most famous landmarks. Muir’s diligent efforts helped convince the U.S. government to protect natural treasures like Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier and establish them as national parks.
The John Muir Historic Site visitor center is located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, California. Home Site: Open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 5:00pm, year-round, except for holidays listed.
Mount Wanda Site: Open from sunrise to sunset. Some programs take place at night, which are ranger-guided only.
Historic Main St
Take a stroll down the tree-lined historic Main St visit an abundance of antique shops and breath in the old world charm of this piece of Martinez History. Visit the farmers’ markets (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., every Sunday year-round) or come downtown in the summer for music, food, and car shows during Fridays on Main (Friday, May 13, 2016, to Friday, September 16, 2016, 6-8pm.)
Downtown Martinez Attractions
Visit one of the local museums or stop by the historical society, visit the home of Joe DiMaggio. Stop by the Amtrak station or stroll across the tracks past the historic old steam locomotive and into the waterfront park for hiking, bbq’s, Bocce Ball, special events, or a host of other activities available in the park and along the Regional Shoreline.
Martinez Regional Shoreline
This is the perfect place to hike, relax, or play, especially when it is hot inland. There are trails along the shore to wander and enjoy the sights, a pond with waterfowl to view, or visit the old remains of the old sailing schooner run ashore along the banks. You can take a stroll out on the pier and see what the local fisherman are catching or maybe even drop a line yourself and try your luck.
Whether you’re here for the day, the week, a local resident, or just arriving or waiting to depart on Amtrak, Martinez attractions are well worth exploring and taking a deeper look at.
Rankin Park and Pool
Perhaps you just need a place to cool off and there is no better place then Rankin Park if you just want to put up your feet and swing a while or take the kids for a dip in the aquatic center. In fact, we’d like to say Martinez has another attraction, or at least a point of historical interest when it comes to Martinez Pools.
Chlorine Genie Inc.
Chlorine Genie is located in Martinez and manufactures the most advanced stand-alone pool water management system for simple and economical pool operation. We’d like to think everyone would be thrilled to visit us and learn more about our revolutionary pool products. So if you are a Martinez pool owner don’t hesitate to check us out and learn more about the Genie Advantage today while you are seeing all the other great Martinez attractions.