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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Address: Entrance at Warner Ave. and PCH, (opposite Bolsa Chica State Beach), Huntington Beach, CA
Phone Number: 714 846 1114
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I grew up close to this area and always loved it. So nice to remind one that nature and wildlife is beautiful. The variety of birds is nice to see. Can find frogs and fish and lots of small creatures. Great area to watch meteor showers at night. Not much parking but totally worth a visit. Further along the nature... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place is unusual for having free parking since it's right across popular beaches. But whenever I've been here, I haven't seen people abusing the parking privilege, although I've mostly been here early in the morning. It's also relatively unusual as a park as I can't think of another place like this in LA or Orange County. This reserve is... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It's difficult to see the sign from Pacific Coast Highway. Birdwatching was great and my Mom could see plenty of birds without the binoculars

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Bird viewing at its best!. The trail is over a mile long filled with birds, coyotes, and wonderful sites

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Costa Mesa, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
69 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Free parking available and usually you can see migrating birds in the area. You can also see the past history with the oil drilling that took place in the area. Seems like they're doing their best to keep the reserve but lots of houses are starting to creep into the area like some wicked blue dream. I love it when... More 

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Sacramento, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Well, we loved the birds. We loved the quiet and all the paths. Be sure to bring binoculars and a bird book.

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Olympia, Washington
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47 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The parking area is accessible only from the northbound lanes and is not large. The walking paths are pretty flat and well done. There were lots of interesting birds, even though "regulars" said things were slow. Great place for photography, not only of the birds but also fish like stingrays.

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you can find parking, this is an ideal location for walking and bird watching. There is a small trailer on one side of the reserve which explains the reserve and signs at key intervals on the expansive dirt path. Take a sweater as it is windy and gets a bit chilly.

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Houston, Texas
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61 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like bird and nature walks, this park is for you. Free to park on north side of PCH. Many types of birds and small critters to see. Bring your binoculars and cameras.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great place for a walk in the early morning. Bring your bird book and binoculars. Beach is just across the highway.

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