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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
415-728-3584
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Moss Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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412 reviews 412 reviews
101 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 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
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11 helpful votes 11 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Lots of colorful accretions on the rocks, tiny animals in the water. Nice walking on the bluffs under the trees with amazing views. Watch your step on wet rocks near the water.

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Moss Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Don't miss a visit to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve if you are traveling down coastal Highway 1 from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay. Walk the bluffs, look for the Harbor Seal colony and explore the tide pool next to the beach. Do check the tide table when planning your visit.

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Redwood City, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Go during low tide. A wonderful place for children of all ages. Plenty of tide pools to explore and sandy areas to play in.

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Half Moon Bay, California, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Right near by in the bay we have a great marine reserve and it is an easy drive from nearly any place in the Bay Area. Hint, if you live south and would normally take Highway 92 check out the traffic, and if the 92 is messed up go North and take the skyline exit off 280 and over Sharp... More

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San Francisco, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Definitely check the tide table on their website. We went at 5pm and saw lots of critters as well as a lovely sunset. Saw lots of anemones, a sea star, and a huge crab. Plan to spend at least an hour poking around. Longer if you want to hike up on the bluff. Great for kids of all ages.

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SF Bay Area
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Brought a 4-year old grand niece to tide pool at lowest tide. Okay, but I've seen much better. Maybe the winter weather? Climbing down is dicey for older folk like me...

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San Ramon, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is a terrific hiking, viewing, and exploring spot in Moss Beach, near Half Moon Bay. There are many trails, but I like the 2-mile loop from the Visitor Center that goes around the edge of the water and down to the tide pools, after going thru the famous tree tunnel. All of this reserve is a 'don't miss.'

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Palo Alto, California
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Coming here for negative tide at least once is an absolute must do for those who live in the bay area! Its an easy day trip from most places, and is such a fun way to spend a few hours. At a negative tide, the whole reef is exposed for 3-4 hours and you can walk very easily to the... More

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