15 Best Things to Do in Fort Bragg, CA

15 Best Things to Do in Fort Bragg, CA

Located at California’s Mendocino coast beside the blue Pacific Ocean, the famous Fort Bragg City is one of its kinds in its beauty and uniqueness.

A perfect amalgamation of coral scenic beauty and American life, this city houses the famous Skunk train, the gorgeous Mendocino coast botanical garden, some of the most beautiful nature parks, lakes and wildlife ranches and creeks.

It is also the home to the internationally famous colorful glass beach adjacent to MacKerricher State Park. With a population of roughly 7273, the Fort Bragg stretches over to 2.93 sq. mi. The Fort Bragg is an extremely sought after tourist locations due to the magnificent views it gives of the Pacific Ocean, being a completely coastal city.

The beautiful trails stretch over to above a mile from the Noyo River Headlands following the Bluff to the mill sites. Another pleasing factor behind increasing visitors is the presence of mild temperatures throughout the year due to the location of the city beside the Pacific Ocean.

The cool lakesides, the soft river bays, the beautiful and glass like ocean shores and beaches, the clean and sleek architecture of the thriving city just next to the beach.

The military history round the Fort, the array of heritage monuments, the beautiful skunk train, the unique geological formations of land, one of a kind hiking or trekking experience. And endless beach and water activities like kayaking and the serene coastal atmosphere with the constant hymn of sea waves are what makes Fort Bragg a perfect location to spend a worthwhile vacation at!

Lose Yourself At The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Located at the National Highway 1, The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is a one stop all destinations, the ultimate tourist destination for visitors of all ages and the area of prime beauty in Fort Bragg.

Located just beside the Pacific, the most basic and yet breathtaking feature is the presence of the blue ocean to do half of the work.

Apart from this, the area is home to gardens of all natures, professionally curated gardens, hundreds of flower species and gardens, coastal pine woods, manicured gardens, endless beauty of flora and fauna, fern gardens, mushroom gardens, areas of lush green and deep vegetation.

Magnolias, dahlias, rhododendrons, camellias, petunias, conifers, heathers every flower that you dream to see is blooming here. The coastal buff is filled with flower beds; hence walk through the gardens with the ocean winds gently blowing. A visit is a must to this natural Garden of Eden!

Walk Over The Colourful Glass Beach

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The Glass Beach is one of the most unique visiting spots of the city. Rightly called by its name, this beach is actually made of degenerated glass which actually has a sad history but at present is one of wondrous beauties of the world.

People from all over the world use to land here and pollute the beach with glass bottles of different colors. These bottles naturally broke down and mixed with the stones of the land with time and at present the Glass Beach actually has a shore filled with rocks that look like glass and not only that, these stones are different in colors, brown, green, clear white, yellow an many more!

It is a treasure to walk through this beach while putting your feet on stones of beautiful hues. This spot is therefore one of the most famous and visited areas of the Fort Bragg, apart from that of course the view of the ocean is beautiful.

Capture The Beauty Of Mackerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park
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Located beside the road named after it, the MacKerricher State Park is one of the most happening nature parks of Fort Bragg. There are loads of things to both do and see at this nature park.

The area is famous for witnessing a number of whales regularly along with other creatures like walruses, dears and other wildlife creatures. There is a whole set of sea creatures from crabs to jelly fishes to star fishes. You can also watch and learn about numerous plant species, go for a nice view on hiking through the cliffs or walk along the trail.

Visit The Fort Bragg Coastal Trail

The coastal train of Fort Bragg is one of the most regularly visited areas by both visitor and locals.it stretches for a huge area almost all round the beach. Due to the rocky nature of the cliffs you can do different activities and use different types of methods to enjoy the area.

Hiking is a very common practice that people do in these trails. There are loads of options like taking a bike or foot walks or even wheelchairs. Something for everyone! Or you can simply follow the beautiful shoreline below and take a walk by the ocean.

Enjoy At The Pacific Star Winery

Who ever thought wineries and vineyards would possibly have such breathtaking views! Usually open from 12 to 5 the Winery has been serving loving customer for over 30 long years now. The specialty is almost everything from classic blends to rare ones.

The grapes are often sourced from the heritage Mendocino County vineyards. Bird watching is an extremely active sport at the winery area. Apart from good drinks, the area is a fine picnic spot for families with a view of the specific where you can often catch whales passing by! There are tasting rooms waiting for eager visitors too.

Relax At The Noyo Headlands Park

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Another must visit area for trekking, hiking or biking through the trails. The Noyo Headlands Park is known for giving its spectacular top views of scenic skylines.

There are divisions made for easy trails and difficult trails for everyone to enjoy the area accordingly. Long clean and broad roads that make you feel like you are at the edge of the world with grass and rocky formations on both sides and a sitting area is surely a nice spot to not miss.

The area has a beautiful and mystic graveyard of mysteries buried in the past. You cannot possibly miss out on all that!

Take An Out Of The World Ride At The Skunk Train

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The historic Skunk train usually travels both from Willits and Fort Bragg. This is one of the heritage diesel engines in history and gives a wonder rail tour of one of the areas of the world’s ecological bliss.

The train looks much like the Hogwarts’s express and in the way it stops at Crowley to show one of the oldest trees to its passengers- the Wolf Tree.

The Skunk train passes by historic tunnels, the pacific, mountains, ecological wonders and so many other natural treasures of and to Fort Bragg. This should a must in the wish list of things to do when in Fort Bragg.

Learn At The Sea Glass Museum

The next stop to blow one’s mind is the Sea Glass Museum. This museum was formed by Captain Cass Forrington, a retired deep sea captain. The fact that Fort Bragg has the world’s highest concentration of existing sea glass speaks for half the facts.

The Sea Glass Museum is by far the largest collector of sea glass in the world with a whopping of more than 3000 artifacts kept on display for visitors. It is a must to know about the geographical pride of this city for people of all ages.

Apart from the gorgeous glass artifacts the museum also offers a list of all the finest sea glass locations to be found in and around Fort Bragg.

Take A Ride To The Jackson State Forest

After all that information it is time to detox and unwind in the presence of deep greenery all around you and for that to happen there is no better place than the Jackson State Forest.

Apart from walking bare into it you can take a long drive through the forest and it will be unforgettable for sure. The green tall vegetation on both sides and sun painted smooth roads with sounds of unknown birds singing in the distance might be just what you need.

You are sure to find dozens of redwood trees, fir and much other vegetation. Eateries are readily available along the way.

Be Amazed At The Pomo Bluffs Park

Those scenes from the movies of picnicking on the top of the world or holding the hand of your loved one at the world’s edge just came true! The Pomo Bluffs Park has one of the most outstanding cliffs all around the world but that in it is not the news.

The news is that apart from doing the usually active outdoor activities like hiking or biking or trailing or climbing you can have whole feasts on the cliff tops! Picnics are allowed and practiced here heavily at the edge of the cliff with the view of the blue Pacific beside it. Services are great too with well provided restrooms.

Sit By The Pudding Creek Beach

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The unique bit about beaches in Fort Bragg is that though there are plenty of them, each one stands on with a different aura and ambience.

The Pudding Creek beach is unique in its style and view because for a change it is not rocky, and the shores are not only smooth but also white, mixing into the soft blue water giving more of a Hawaiian imagery in California!

On top of that it is away from the mainland and hence looks very segregated and lonesome in its beauteous style. You can visit the Wesley Chesbro Pudding Creek Trestle, walk past the wooden mesh of the bridge or of course enjoy in surfing activities.

Triangle Tattoo And Museum For The Tattoo & Art Lovers

The next thing to do is stop by for the love of some bohemian or body art! Found in 1986 by Madame Chinchilla and Mr.G, this is one of the few museums dedicated to tattoo artifacts and its history. The architecture of the building is breathtaking with its Victorian Style.

The owners will give you a tour and are themselves authors who have worked on television shows and films. Once you enter the area, be prepared to be blown with apparatus and art hanging from every corner. You can also of course get inked yourself too!

Go For Liquid Fusion Kayaking Next

Time for some real outdoor adventure now, on the water and not on the rocks, pun intended! Again this Kayaking adventure is for everyone! There are different packages for amateurs, families and professionals.

Families often take the calm waters with swift paddling and coastal bird watching packages, whereas professionals take rougher water routes. All the areas around the Noyo Headlands and Noyo Bay are covered. Surfing and whitewater river trips are also available with gorgeous green views to accompany the fun filled ride.

Witness The Noyo Harbor And Fishing Company

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Come visit the Noyo Harbor District and the fishing company because the area never runs short of fun and fish! The harbor houses many beautiful ships and cruises and launches and the views at and after sunsets are nothing short of seaside movie sets.

Apart from that the area has seafood selling shacks which will satiate your hunger for the perfect plate of fish and chips or fried salmon or shrimp tacos. You can add your choice of beer to that and a good song.  There are tables for everyone to sit by the ocean and have all the fun they want to have.

Walk Through Green At The Otis R. Johson Park

One last special park’s view is a must before you can claim to have toured the Fort Bragg. Located at the East Laurel Street, this park is a true wilderness park.

With its rugged ambiance, little brooks and streams flowing by the sides, huge and old ancient trees, long and beautiful trails on the sides and abundance of redwood trees and petunias this park will surely  bring calm and serenity your soul and make for a memorable trip.