Legendary outdoorsman John Muir left more than just footprints on Martinez property, he left a legacy. The John Muir National Historic Site pays tribute to the amazing feats of this incredible man, his accomplishments and contributions to California’s wildlife. From touring his Martinez home to wandering about the grounds there is plenty to do to last a full day.

Easily found at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, the home of John Muir stands proud. Guests are welcomed in to the visitors center with open arms. Here an introductory film focusing Muir’s conservation success. Called the Muir/Strentzel House, visitors can take their own self guided tour, or engage a docent for guided tours of the dwelling. Built in 1882, this 17 room mansion showcases period pieces taking folks back into the Victorian Age. Once finished exploring the home, many meander about the grounds. Marked posts are strategically placed along the pathways and guests can call on their cell phones to learn about the significance of each stop.

Families Living in Martinez Homes Explore Mount Wanda

Hundreds of acres make up the landscape on this picturesque Martinez property. Named for John Muir’s daughter, the land called Mount Wanda is a great area for play. Families often gather during sunshine filled afternoons. While the youngsters frolic about picnic baskets are unpacked under shady trees and lunch enjoyed. 

Regular and seasonal programs on the calendar at the John Muir Historical Site keep his wandering spirit alive. Kids can develop a love for nature and wildlife by becoming junior rangers. Evening ranger guided walks take place under full moons and around campfires. Birdwatchers can also benefit from the experts. Day time excursions point out flora and fauna as well find elusive feathered friends.

Take some time to explore the John Muir Historical Site and learn about the man who loved nature. Mount Wanda is open from dawn to dusk and the Muir/Strentzel House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.