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Located almost halfway between San Francisco and Napa, the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA gives you easy access to some of California’s greatest treasures. Less than an hour to the south, you’ll find San Francisco, home of the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful bay. Less than an hour to the east, you’ll find Sonoma County and Napa Valley, home to around 900 wineries and idyllic views.
The San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA has over 200 sites, with a wide range of options. Pull-thrus, back-ins, and tent sites are all available. New deluxe patio sites are an option, complete with furniture and nicely manicured landscaping. These sites do not have sewer hookups; instead, you’ll be treated to VIP concierge pumping (which can be a pro or con, depending on your preferences).
If you reserve online, you’ll find 12 separate campsite options with lots of details to sort through. The campground encourages you to call if you want more information. Cabins are also a popular choice at the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA.
Expect to pay $80-125 per night. While this sounds expensive at first glance, you have to remember where the campground is located and compare the fees to hotel costs. This is one of California’s prime vacation destinations.
CAMPGROUND AMENITIES AND ACTIVITIES
The price you pay is definitely worth if it you indulge in all of the amenities found at the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA. The large pool has covered cabanas, providing a perfect place for parents to relax. There’s a jumping pillow and two playgrounds.
Some unique items not found at many other KOAs are the rock climbing wall and petting zoo. Adults may even enjoy the bocce ball and horseshoe pits. There’s no shortage of organize activities, either. Themed weekends, dance parties, and hay rides round out the fun.
While it’s hard to break away from the San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA, there’s a lot to explore in the area. David and Karen Toste from The Camping Playlist highly recommend having a meal or a drink at the Lagunitas Brewery and Taproom or the Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma. If you head into Napa, check out V.Sattui, which offers great wines and sandwiches in a family friendly environment.
You can hear our complete review of San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA on episode #127 of the Campground of the Week podcast!