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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Address: P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Moss Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Owner description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Owner description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Pacifica, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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52 attraction reviews
833 helpful votes 833 helpful votes
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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119 reviews 119 reviews
13 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I couldn't read the tide chart so I called before planning a trip. Both my toddler and elementary aged children loved the experience. Made an early morning trip from the east Bay Area. Worth it!

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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485 reviews 485 reviews
117 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Still a wonderful place to go tidepooling. Unfortunately, other than the seals on the rocks I didn’t see a lot of spectacular sea life this time. Just one sea star, mussels, anemones, and urchins. I still enjoyed my 1 ½ hours of wandering around.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Being an outdoor enthusiast and animal lover, our visit to the tide pools was a highlight of our road trip along the California Coast. There was a great variety of marine life, the crabs were quite humorous with their exhibition of courage, snapping their claws at us, only to flee when we faced them. On the southern end of the... More 

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