Summer Fun in Fort Bragg: Friendly Family Get-Away

  It’s time to hit the road for a summer family get-away. But where can you go that has something for everyone in the family? The answer: Fort Bragg, CA situated on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. Here are just a few of our attractions: The C.V. Starr Center There are few places in California that […]
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It’s time to hit the road for a summer family get-away. But where can you go that has something for everyone in the family? The answer: Fort Bragg, CA situated on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. Here are just a few of our attractions:

The C.V. Starr Center

Fun for the whole family at C.V. Starr
Fun for the whole family at C.V. Starr

There are few places in California that boast a recreation center the size and scope of Fort Bragg’s C.V. Starr / Spath Aquatic Center. Here at this spectacular facility you’ll find an eight-lane pool, workout areas, fitness equipment, water slides, and meeting rooms for community events and group gatherings.

Opened in 2009, the C.V. Starr Center is a destination for families, couples and singles to swim, workout, or take classes in everything from pilates to kayaking. Just outside the building are picnic benches, a dog park and a skateboard park and a petanque court.

Skunk Train

The historic Skunk line runs 40 miles from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits on US Highway 101. Along the way, the tracks cross some 30 bridges and trestles and pass through two deep mountain tunnels as it wends its way through the area’s beautiful redwoods.. The half-way point of Northspur is popular lunch spot, giving passengers a chance to snack before continuing to Willits or heading back to Fort Bragg. This is an experience the whole family will love. All aboard!

All aboard the Skunk Train!
All aboard the Skunk Train!

 Glass Beach

From trash to treasure! From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were unceremoniously pushed over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for centuries. Mother Nature responded to this abuse with a nice surprise in the form of smooth, colored sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colors.

There are actually three glass beaches  — all former city trash dump sites — that continue to turn up beautiful sea glass. One of the beaches is part of MacKerricher State Park. Take the family for an afternoon of exploring. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover.

Sea Glass Treasure At Glass Beach
Sea Glass Treasure At Glass Beach

Haul Road And 10 Mile Beach: A Great Place To Walk, Ride A Bike, Or Catch A Spectacular Sunset

The Old Haul Road (once used as the truck route for hauling redwoods from the to the mill in Fort Bragg) offers miles of easy bike riding, walking, and ocean views along 10 Mile Beach. The trail starts in Downtown Fort Bragg and ends at Cleone Lake in MacKerricher State Park. Or you can park at Cleone Lake and walk north. Pack a backpack and plan to spend a few hours!

Ten Mile Beach
Ten Mile Beach

 

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