To fully enjoy the park requires a number of visits, as its moods and faces vary from season to season. Interpretive guides and bird lists are available at the entrance. Petaluma is about 40 miles north of San Francisco, on Highway 101.
Directions to Shollenberger Park:
From Santa Rosa (going south on Highway 101) or San Rafael (going north on Highway 101)
Take the Highway 116 (Lakeville Highway) turnoff in Petaluma and go east for about one mile. Turn right onto South McDowell Boulevard, go 0.3 miles, and take a right at the CityPark sign (this sign is very small and looks like a road identification sign).
From Vallejo (going west on Highway 37)
Turn right onto Lakeville Highway, about 1.5 miles after passing Sears Point on Highway 37, and go about 9 miles. Turn left onto Cader Lane. When Cader Lane ends at South McDowell Boulevard, look across the street and slightly to your left for the entrance to the park.