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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Address: 200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
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Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Fascinating for young and old alike

The best time to enjoy Fitzgerald is at low tide. The place comes alive with all variety of creatures in the tide pools. The rocks are easily accessible for most children and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
OmarKhayyam
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San Francisco
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San Francisco
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228 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best time to enjoy Fitzgerald is at low tide. The place comes alive with all variety of creatures in the tide pools. The rocks are easily accessible for most children and active adults (not wheelchair friendly). Even if you are there at a high tide, it is still possible to walk south and view the large colony of harbor... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This is one of the largest tide pool area along the Californian coast and one of the best times to go is right around the holidays in December when the tides are really low in the afternoon. I like to bring along my laminated Mac's field guide to tide pool creatures, but my favorite guide is one published by the... More 

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Thank sdosaka
Santa Cruz, California
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Great beach, nice long walk and a ton to see. Seals in the waves, birds on shore, birds in trees up behind the beach. The ocean was like glass this day and we just had a wonderful view when we plopped our blanket down on the beach. The tide was a lil low so there was a quite a few... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We were devastated when we saw how barren the tide pools were. They used to team with anemones, crabs of all sorts, star fish. We went at 0.3ft low tide and were hoping to see tons of stuff as before. What happened? They aren't even half as covered with mosses or grasses as before and very few living things. Has... More 

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Thank Ruth E
Fremont, California
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104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A short walk from the Seal Cove Inn and right next door to the Moss Beach Distillery. Beautiful views from above and seals below.

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Thank Jan536
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Our family had a great time exploring the tide pools. We saw sail jellies, crab, anemone, sea stars, several varieties of seaweed and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the sea lions out on the rocks. It was a cool, misty day. Perfect for beach exploring. Make sure you bring water boots and maybe a towel - we had one child slip... More 

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Thank Erin H
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place clean. Parking is a little tough but not that bad. You have to go on low tide so plan for that the Lower tide the best.Went with my wife and are two year old. Some free fun with the family all it cost is gas. Will go again

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Thank Stephen T
Montara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Great experience for kids and adults when the tide is low and exposes are the marvelous sea creatures in the reefs.

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Thank Granny61
Burlingame, California
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194 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

At low tide you can see some amazing sea life. It is also a place where seals and pups like to beach themselves, which sometimes makes it so you can't walk down the beach. There is a beautiful trail above the beach through old cypress and you can look down on the seals. Nice bathrooms and picnic areas too.

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Thank travelagentreplies
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

This place is really cool. Go at low tide and get to see the tide pools and the seals. The park ranger was very nice and knowledgeable. This is great fun for kids.

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