One of our favorite and most popular attractions is Glass Beach, recently named one of the 28 most extraordinary beaches in the world by the team at Expedia. See the colorful sea glass, enjoy the tide pools, and jump up on the trail to explore Noyo Headlands State Park. Don’t worry, be happy!
Any time of year is a great time to visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and Rhododendron season is no exception. Acres of gardens, ocean views, quiet trails, and amazing plant life. They have a gift shop, a garden cafe, and often offer Saturday classes on gardening and horticulture, too. We couldn’t be prouder of our gardens, honored as one of the TOP 10 Botanical Gardens in the U.S.A!
If you’re adventurous, or even if you’re not, Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Noyo Harbor is a great place have a wonderful kayaking experience. Enjoy the wildlife and learn more about the history of the Mendocino Coast with expert guides – no matter what your skill level. Classes in sea, river, and surf kayaking are also available for anyone from complete beginner to advanced paddlers.
Even when you’re strolling around in downtown Fort Bragg, enjoying the picturesque small shops, restaurants, and art galleries, you’re bound to come upon some natural beauty. The Pergola at Town Hall on the corner of Redwood and Laurel sports ample blooms at certain times of year, and has benches and a little fountain, too.
How about the ultimate off-road vehicle? Nothing is more invigorating and enjoyable than horseback riding on trails or along the beach. Our own Ricochet Ranch offers everything from one-hour beach rides, custom rides, and daily trail rides to complete riding vacations. Gift certificates, too. No wonder the New York Times decided to come on out to Fort Bragg and see for themselves how great it is to saddle a horse and ride off into the sunset!
Redwood forests surrounding Fort Bragg are truly stunning and the forest service reminds us that even a fallen redwood tree continues to serve the ecology of the forest. “A fallen Redwood tree is so much more than just a fallen tree..as it slowly decomposes, it puts nutrients into the soil, it can be used as a shelter for animals, it becomes a nurse log, and decomposers like fungi, banana slugs, and bacteria LOVE these downed trees. Fallen trees, like many from our stormy winter this year, help keep old growth forests healthy and diverse.”
Pudding Creek Beach is easy access from Fort Bragg, and the Pudding Creek Trestle is one of the iconic images that makes you think of Fort Bragg. Even though the water is cool on our beaches, in nice weather you often see people taking the plunge at Pudding Creek Beach!
Fort Bragg is a very dog-friendly town, with off leash beach and park areas, plenty of pet groomers, and pet friendly hotels. Even the famous Skunk Train is happy to welcome your canine companions aboard. What’s not to love when you can bring your favorite companion along for the ride?
Mossy caves and secret waterfalls? All you have to do is a little exploring to find some of the hidden attractions that locals love in the Fort Bragg area. Stop in at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce on Main Street or the Visit Mendocino office on Franklin Street in Fort Bragg to learn some of our secrets!
What’s better than a beach on a starry night. After a delightful dinner in Fort Bragg, you’ll still have time to visit one of the local beaches or even drive up just a bit north of town and watch the stars at Seaside Beach. Mmmmm…how relaxing! Bet you’ll have sweet dreams after that vision of loveliness!