Not To Be Missed!

Based on your needs, here are a few suggestions. Also take a look at “What to do on a rainy day” ideas!

History Buffs


  • Mendocino Village – The entire town is designated as a National Historic District. (1 hour + shopping time) History walking tours are offered by the Kelley House Museum.
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station – Contains a third-order Fresnel lens still operating as a Coast Guard Station. (2 hours)
  • Museums – There are 2 in Mendocino and 2 in Fort Bragg. (1 hour each)

Nature Lovers

Black Oystercatcher, Ron LeValley,

Easy on Me

What about the Children

  • MacKerricher State Park – See above, plus they have a board walk out to the harbor seal viewing. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer and whale migration (Dec-Apr) (2 hours)
  • Caspar Beach – this small beach is more protected that others; waves tend to be smaller and shore is shallow. As far as I know there is no danger of sneaker waves. There’s a small store across the street with soft drinks, ice cream, t-shirts and lots of groceries, fishing tackle and more.
  • Skunk Train – Everybody loves the train! (2 hours)
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station Marine Aquarium and educational exhibits / lighthouse giftshop with kids toys and books (1 hour)
  • Bookwinkle’s Children’s Books – children’s books at the Gallery Bookstore in downtown Mendocino Village
  • Out of This World – store that sells binoculars, telescopes, puzzles, games, kits with emphasis on nature and science – in Mendocino Village at Kasten and Main streets.




Lost Coast to Fort Bragg

Jackson State Forest • Inland


Caspar • Point Cabrillo • Mendocino

Little River • Albion • Navarro


Elk • Point Arena • Gualala