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“Lovely flowers and amazing cliff-side ocean views”

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast. Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm. Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm. The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe. ~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 6, 2008

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens was worth the $10 admission fee for the cliff-side ocean views alone. After a short hike off the main trail, we are greeted with some of the best ocean views I think we saw all trip.

We visited in May so it was mostly the rhododendrons that were in bloom. They were lovely and the garden itself is impressive. There is an ice cream shop there as well that serves up some yummy treats.

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Reviewed July 20, 2005

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens were a rare treat for my husband and me, in May. The Gardens are about 150 miles north of San Francisco and run from Highway One to the rugged Pacific Coast. They consist of 47 acres of gorgeous plants, which featured flowering plums, calla lilies, red hot poker or torch lilies, summer heathers and ice plants. The display of color was spectacular when we were there, with the Rhododendrons being the seasonal highlight. Another favorite area was the Cliff House, which provided me a place to sit and be inspired by the magnificent view of the flower-covered bluffs. The Mendocino Botanical Gardens are open all year. I suggest that you allow a couple of hours to tour their grounds. If you love nature, flowers, birds and the ocean, then the Mendocino Coastal Botanical Gardens are worth a visit!

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Roseville, CA
Reviewed July 17, 2005

We are so glad we decided to go here! We almost bypassed this beautiful place! Bring your camera for some great photo ops. It's only $7 per person, and well worth every penny. You can roam the grounds for hours! There are several paths that take you all over, and when you get to edge, the beautiful coastline awaits. Don't forget to check out the vegetable garden and the Parrish family cemetery. Some pertinent info: the walk is relatively easy (over 47 acres to roam), but to get to the ocean bluffs, they say you cannot take baby strollers or wheelchairs - as an experienced mom, I think you could take the stroller along the basic rock trail around the back and still get a great view of the ocean - it's a workout, but it's worth it!

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Reviewed March 24, 2005

The Mendocino Botanical Gardens are beautiful. We went in March, so the blooms were mostly rhododendrons and daffodils.

There's a short, easy, accessible trail that winds through gardens and trees to the cliffs. If you're looking for something a little more difficult, there are a few short hiking trails that break off from the main paths. These side trails are marked as steep, and are not wheelchair accessible, but they're easy enough for even little kids.

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