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The Top 'Must-Do' Martinez Sights and Activities

Here's a list of the best things to do and see in Martinez, according to locals. What would you add?

Martinez is rich in history, culture and beautiful landscapes. But if you're new to town or visiting, what are the most important experiences?

Commenters on the Martinez Patch Facebook page were asked to list the top "must-do" activities in Martinez. Here's what they came up with:

Places to Eat and Drink in Martinez

  • Armando's
  • Roxx on Main
  • Barrel Aged
  • Creek Monkey Tap House
  • Haute Stuff
  • California Magic and Dinner Theater
  • Lemongrass Bistro
  • Luigi's
  • Ray's Lounge
  • La Tapatia
  • The Copper Skillet
  • Compass Star

Places to Visit and Shop in Martinez

  • Good Stuff Guitar Shop
  • The John Muir House
  • The Martinez Museum
  • The Martinez Marina
  • I've Been Framed
  • White Rabbit Boutique
  • Hidden Lakes Park
  • Alley Cats
  • Leah's Closet

Things to Do in Martinez

  • Try a Bacon Bloody Mary at Whiskey Lane
  • Have a Bloody Mary at College Lane
  • Hike Briones or Franklin Ridge
  • Go to the Farmers' Market
  • Walk the trails on the waterfront
  • Take the fire road near the park, up into the hills, past the cemetery, and enjoy the views
  • Play bocce
  • Go birdwatching
  • Go antiquing
  • Hike Mount Wanda
  • Find the "home of the martini" plaque
  • Fly kites at Waterfront Park
  • Swing in Rankin Park
  • Ride your bike to Port Costa
  • Take a urban hike
  • Take the Amtrak train somewhere
  • Grab a snack at the bait shop

What would you add to the "must-do" Martinez list? Comment below.

Chris J Kapsalis April 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Park at the West end of F Street and hike up to the ridge line and check out the view. On a clear day you can see snow in the Serrias and all of Martinez.
Robert Smith April 06, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Places to eat? How about Martyo's? I didn't see it on the list.
Casey Terminello April 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
You forgot Royal Thai on Ferry St!
Char April 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Swim at Rankin Park Pool.
Ed Roth April 06, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Eat at Sunflower Chinese restaurant! The best
Jim Mannion April 06, 2013 at 04:15 PM
1)Take the kids to story time at the downtown library, and then pancakes at Victoria's Cafe. 2) Hiking at Hidden Lakes Park 3) Run the track above Alhambra High. 4) take a jog around the marina trails, then grab a gatorade and rest at Luigi's. 5) dessert on a warm night at Ian's Yogurt.
Rose Marie Griffin April 06, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Ride your bike or walk the Martinez- Benicia Bridge would be another thing that we drive by or on and don't appreciate.
Bill Wainwright April 06, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Catch sight of the beavers
Pat Calabro April 06, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Go to the mARTinez Gallery on Court Street.
Anne Mobley April 06, 2013 at 07:47 PM
How about the best Italian food in Martinez at Mangia Bene. The best frozen yoghurt at Ian's. The best cheezy bread at Pacifica Pizza. The best place to have a party - Martinez Event Center. The best frozen margaritas at La Tapatia. The best taco salad at Cinco de Mayo.
Chris J Kapsalis April 06, 2013 at 08:26 PM
You know just thinking. This article is a great ad in itself. People should consider going in on making this article a link , promote it? and paid advertisement for Martinez on FB or other social media ?? It is from locals and what we like, and names a lot of places, shows our city in a positive light and what we have to offer, places to go here and best of all is free. I'm gonna share. PS. I know the author could not list them all, some great places left off some of which others are naming.
Marshall Cochrane April 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Anne, thank you. I've never been to Mangia Bene and I know if you recommend it, then it must be good...Thanks.
MIKE ALFORD April 09, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Im going to have to go along with Bill On This One --- Catch sight Of The Beavers ! ------ Theres nothing like Watching Beavers Right Here In Martinez !!!!!!
Dorrie Langley April 09, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Play in the City Parks!
mark simons April 12, 2013 at 02:49 AM
catch a show at Armando's! Quaff and dine at Creek Monkey! Hike ANYWHERE in Briones... Go to a Bulldogs Football game ride your bike across the Carquinez Bridge Hang at the Good Stuff music store Dine at La Tapitia on Main Enjoy the pool not only for what it is but what it was (a WPA project supplying years of fun and swim meets)
John Curtis March 28, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Visit the Martinez Museum, see the exhibits and talk to the docents about what to see and do in town. Before going, google "Martinez Museum" to check the museum's hours.

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