Looking for things to do in Fort Bragg, CA? Well there are so many, of course we can’t list them all here! Here are our top 10.
1. Glass Beach
This beach was formerly a dumpsite in Fort Bragg, and as a result of the ocean doing it’s work it is now covered with smooth colored pieces of glass. To this day people continue to find pieces of glass, old car parts, pottery, and lots more! Sit on the beach and dig through to find all sorts of different pieces, but do not take the glass since it is a state beach. This is the most popular thing to do in Fort Bragg!
2. Mackerricher State Park
Wander off to Mackerricher State Park just 3 miles north of Fort Bragg and find tide pools, bluffs, wetlands, dunes, and sometimes seals lounging on rocks in the distance! This state park is also great for bird watching since there are over 90 different species of birds. Also, it’s wheelchair accessible for a nature stroll on a boardwalk across the headlands.
Popular Things to Do in Fort Bragg
3. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
This is a breath of fresh air when visiting Fort Bragg. With 47 acres of garden and over 150 different species of birds, nature-lovers are bound to have a good time! Their main trails are wheelchair accessible and they also offer electric carts on a first-come-first-serve basis for an extra fee.
4. Skunk Train
The world famous Skunk Train is one the most popular things to do in Fort Bragg. Visit the Depot on Main/Laurel St. to learn more about this train, and purchase tickets to take a ride through redwoods, get views of the Pudding Creek estuary, and different wildlife!
5. Noyo Headlands Park
If you’re looking for an easy, low-key stroll along the headlands, this is the place to be. Beginning at the west Cypress St. parking lot, there is about 5 miles of paved trail. Most notably, you’ll find beautiful views of the ocean, skip’s punchbowl, views of the Noyo Bay, different historical landmarks and the old mill runway rest on this trail.
6. Sea Glass Museum
Visit this museum for beautiful displays of the different sea glass colors, handcrafted jewelry, historical information about sea glass and Fort Bragg. In addition, be sure to meet Capt. Cass Forington, founder of the sea glass museum!
7. Horseback Riding
Riding horses always makes for a fun day, but especially when it’s along a beautiful beach in Fort Bragg, CA! Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers guided horseback riding tours along trails that lead to the beach, good for a romantic getaway, or a fun experience for the kiddos!
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8. North Coast Brewing Company
This brewing company opened up in 1988 as a brew pub for locals. They have won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions! Consequently, they have become a destination and a favorite of the locals. Their signature drinks are Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, and Scrimshaw Pilsner. Stop by and try some of this famous beer!
9. Guest House Museum
This old house was constructed in 1892 out of the best old growth redwood available and opened to the public as a historical museum for Fort Bragg in 1985. It was the first house on the coast wired for electricity! So, if you’d like to learn more, visit the museum on Main St. in Downtown Fort Bragg.
10. Visit Local Shops in Downtown
Fort Bragg has no shortage of quirky, odd shops, so take some time to visit all of them in Downtown Fort Bragg! Start on Main street and make your way down Laurel, Franklin, and then Redwood or vice versa. You won’t regret it!