What Can You Do in Fort Bragg? Try Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Surfing, Horseback Riding, Bird & Wildlife Watching, Touring Art Galleries, Shopping + more!

What can you do in Fort Bragg? Plenty — in fact, a better question might be, what can't you do here? Whether you're lucky enough to be a local, or a visitor, you'll find that this community offers year-round attractions, events, and of course, beautiful scenery. Whether you're walking on the marvelous new Coastal Trail or one of our scenic beaches, or hiking in the nearby redwood forests, there are plenty of marvelous places to enjoy the outdoors.
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Dog Walking Downtown Fort BraggWhat can you do in Fort Bragg? Plenty — in fact, a better question might be, what can’t you do here? Whether you’re lucky enough to be a local, or a visitor, you’ll find that this community offers year-round attractions, events, and of course, beautiful scenery.

Whether you’re walking on the marvelous new Coastal Trail or one of our scenic beaches, or hiking in the nearby redwood forests, there are plenty of marvelous places to enjoy the outdoors.

Photo by Mateo Ortiz
Photo by Mateo Ortiz

Spring and Summer are prime tourist seasons on the Northern California Coast, but each season offers its own rewards for traveling here. You can enjoy a romantic stay in a local Bed & Breakfast inn, motel or cottage. You might enjoy camping with your family. Whether you’re seeking serenity or a more active vacation, Fort Bragg offers something for everyone, in a friendly, welcoming community. Many people who visit end up staying, or retiring here later!

There are also many great restaurants, cafes, bars, and a world-class microbrewery and with live jazz. If you love to shop, there are a variety of charming local boutiques and specialty stores, many within walking or short driving distance from motels and inns. You’ll also find art galleries, bookstores and entertainment events to attend on the North Coast almost every day or night of the week, year-round.

For the life-long learner, there are many opportunities to take classes and workshops in a variety of topic areas, and to attend the world-famous Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, or the film and music festivals held down the coast, in the village of Mendocino. There are many annual special events produced by local organizations, some of which benefit good causes on the coast.

Brian Astell, Bike Sprite Tour Guide
Brian Astell, Bike Sprite Tour Guide

In addition to hiking, you can enjoy biking, motorcycling, or a quieter activity, like bird watching and wildlife viewing. Perhaps you would enjoy photographing, sketching, or painting a beautiful nature scene, if you’re artistically inclined.

Ride & Tie combines trail running, endurance riding, and strategy.
Ride & Tie combines trail running, endurance riding, and strategy.

You can take a horseback ride on the beach, or on a forest trail, and watch an amazing sunset from a vista point along the coast, including at one of several state parks in our area. There’s even a restored, historic lighthouse that you can visit, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, located just down the coast.

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are also located just south of Fort Bragg, and are a beautiful place to enjoy a hike to the sea, while learning about the natural history of the area and viewing gorgeous flowers, native plants, and trees and plants imported from other places in the world, as well as public artworks that are located within the grounds. You can read about more local attractions to explore here.

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Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of paddling a kayak down the Noyo River, or experiencing a more rugged thrill by kayaking in the ocean, from cove to cove. You can rent a kayak for yourself or a group and receive thorough instructions for either kind of adventure.

There are also fishing and whale watching boat trips available at different times of the year. Of course, the North Coast is also a prime place for surfing, for those who are experienced and are aware of the safety risks involved, due to powerful ocean currents.

For indoor swimming, a work-out, and other athletic activities, you’ll want to check out the C.V. Starr Center in Fort Bragg, which has great deals on individual and family memberships, and visitors’ passes.

Beginning Sea Kayak Class

Liquid Fusion Kayaking River PaddleTo find out more about what you can do in Fort Bragg, simply search on your favorite activity in the “Search” box of our web site. Additional suggestions for tourists are available at the City of Fort Bragg web site.

This is just a brief overview — we haven’t mentioned everything that you can enjoy here, so keep watching for more blog posts about the many wonderful adventures and learning experiences that are available year-round in Fort Bragg!

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