California Carnivores

Russian River Area

Even vegans can't help admiring these incredible carnivorous plants (the largest collection in the US), including specimens from around the globe. Owner Peter D'Amato encourages visitors to BYOB (bring your own bugs) and watch as the plants devour them. He's also written a book with a perfect name, The Savage Garden.

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1. Barlow

2.56 MILES

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2. Spirit Works Distillery

2.66 MILES

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3. Farmers Market

2.68 MILES

Coming to life on the downtown plaza, this farmers market brings in a delightful mix of vendors from basket weavers to goat's cheese producers. A fine…

4. Patrick Amiot Junk Art

2.92 MILES

Prepare to gawk and giggle at the wacky Patrick Amiot sculptures gracing front yards along Florence Ave. Fashioned from recycled materials, a hot-rodding…

5. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

6.01 MILES

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6. Graton Gallery

6.05 MILES

Original works of local artists, including paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, glass textiles and more, are showcased at this gallery and sculpture…

7. Farmers Market

6.09 MILES

Sonoma County’s largest farmers market. A second smaller market meets year-round, 9am to 1pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

8. Charles M Schulz Museum

6.58 MILES

Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts cartoons and Santa Rosa resident, was born in 1922, published his first drawing in 1937, introduced Snoopy and Charlie…