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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Address: P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Nature reserve right on the beach !

Easy access via the woods before the carpark down some steps. - seals are often around. With the Moss Beach Distillery restaurant on the doorstep, what's not to like?!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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282 reviews 282 reviews
76 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Easy access via the woods before the carpark down some steps. - seals are often around. With the Moss Beach Distillery restaurant on the doorstep, what's not to like?!

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Missouri
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been to many other tide pools and marine preserves and this one ranked the lowest, in my opinion. Yes, it has many wide open rocks for walking with the kids and searching for creatures, but it is so lacking in marine life that it is both disturbing and disappointing. There were about 300 people milling around the rocks... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Check the tides schedule so you know how much there will be to see. At various times of year there may be seals in a protected area. Great place for all ages to explore sea life in the tide pools. If elders use walkers etc - you may want to scout this out in advance.

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place was fantastic!!! Kids thought the tidal pools were very cool! It is a short walk down to the beach with some rock/sand stairs. You are walking mostly on rocks to see the tidal pools so good shoes that can get wet would be best. Bathrooms are right by the parking lot. We spent a couple of hours but... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The reserve has a reef that is exposed at minus tides. Looking for marine life in the intertidal zone is a wonderful experience because the reef is teeming with it: sea stars, nudibranchs, crabs, chitons, etc. The gulls and other marine birds such as the black oystercatchers are also in the area. And, of course, there are the California harbor... More 

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Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Best part of out trip to this area. On a Wednesday late afternoon we nearly had the place the to our selves.

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Lincoln, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Fun to walk on this beach and explore the tide pools and other wonders . Just after the parking lot is some picnic tables for a nice lunch or snack.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I visited in September on an overcast day. I think overcast is normal, but that doesn't diminish the experience. It was a great little area to go explore. A neighborhood park. You can get your feet wet and tromp through the tidal pools, and stop and observe. If you bring your pointy stick, you can point only, no sticking! Harbor... More 

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Beijing, China
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a great place to visit. There are so many little creatures of the sea you could find in the reserve. Starfish, sea anemones, crabs, hermit crabs, tiny shrimps, tiny fish, etc. There is just plenty to see and observe. Bring a child and he or she will be in awe. There are friendly marine biologists who frequent this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful place to explore and to spend a few hours. We saw lots of interesting marine life. There were a bunch of harbor seals on the beach at not too far of a distance. The trails are very interesting and the views are amazing. This is a place that I will come back to again and... More 

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