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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
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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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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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19 helpful votes 19 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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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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