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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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Part of what makes CA coast great

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Scottsdale, AZ
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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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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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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Pacifica, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a county park with dramatic cypress trees, beaches, cliffs, and tidepools. Locals love it and try to keep it a secret because of all the visitor traffic and parking overflow, but newcomers and tourists keep discovering it.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Wasn't there at the right time to catch the tide pools. Enjoyed the walking trails regardless. It's has beautiful scenery and would probably be even more fun to be there during low tide. Local people were very friendly and helpful.

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Placerville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is a great little place to spend a sunny day looking into the tidal pools and spotting harbor seals playing in the surf. When you finish checking out the tidal pools, hike up to the bluff above the beach to walk through the cypress grove. It is worth it and it is definitely worth taking some time to explore... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Wonderful spot to see tidal pools, less than 30 miles from San Francisco. Trails are easy to manage, just check tide tables to optimize your visit. Plenty of spots in the area for a nice lunch and sunset is incredible.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The trails in the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are well maintained and mostly very easy walking. The cypress trees at the top of the cliff create kind of a cool atmosphere. The best part, though, is watching the seals on the beach. I really enjoyed this place, and will definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great place for a short walk! We were there during high tide so we couldn't enjoy the tide pools. However, visit for the views, seals and pelicans. We walked to the Moss Beach Distillery for lunch and back. Ample parking on weekdays and bathroom facilities are clean. Note: even if it is warm on the Peninsula, it can be 10-25... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I enjoyed going to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and is a good place to go tide pooling along the coast. The easy walk from the parking lot area is nice for all members of the family. The day I was there it was sunny and warm (how delightful as sometimes it can be cool and overcast here).

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