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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Excellent Tide Pooling

We had a great experience at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We were lucky enough to go with locals... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Layton, Utah
Real Time Family Fun

Without a doubt, this beautiful spot on the southern coast is both fun and educational, plus... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Moss Beach, California
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“harbor seals”(23 reviews)
“tidal pools”(22 reviews)
“low tide”(51 reviews)
Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.
200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9615
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We were lucky enough to go with locals who knew the area and what the animals were that we found in the tide pools. We were there pretty early in the morning and saw limpets,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Without a doubt, this beautiful spot on the southern coast is both fun and educational, plus, parking is free with on-site bathrooms. Enjoyed bringing friends along for a few hours and ending with our picnic lunch at the convenient tables.

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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We had been waiting for the right timing, a day off and the correct tide tables, and yesterday in the late afternoon worked for us. Visitors to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve takes a bit of planning and a bit of luck to make your trip...More

Thank sfrdrunner
Reviewed 1 August 2018

I didn't come with high expectations, nor did I do much research beforehand. That informs the following review. It was chilly and foggy during our visit, and the sun never really burnt off until late in the afternoon. It was still damp, however, and I...More

3  Thank Traveller2010NYC
Reviewed 12 July 2018

A short ride up to Moss Beach on a Sunday morning got us our free parking spot and a brief walk to the water provided us with a great view of the seals. We went up above and a park ranger provided us with multiple...More

Thank 5inavan
Reviewed 25 June 2018

went early on a Saturday morning after a really low tide. lots of tide pool creatures to see, after spending some time on the rocks take a short walk over to seal cove via the bluff walkway a great walk on a sunny morning.

Thank Gordtgr
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Walked from Pillar Point to the Reserve. Beautiful views. Live in Northern California & had been to other very cool tide pools. Researched this one & was excited to see it. Carefully noted & was there at low tide, but there was almost nothing to...More

2  Thank LinVonCA
Reviewed 4 May 2018

There is easy access parking available with public bathrooms, everything clean and in good shape. there is a short walk to the ocean and you can easily get to the tidal pools. there are volunteers available to point out interesting sea life in the pools...More

Thank Eddie_the_Litho
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

This gem is within walking distance of my friends home! Came here the first day and walked up to lookout. Absolutely beautiful & peaceful. Only saw a few seals on the beach & a few more swimming. Beautiful change from the snow in Michigan!

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a relatively compact marine reserve with a beautiful view. This isn't necessarily the place to come for fun and sun in the sand. This is a marine reserve with allot of beach closed off for marine mammal protection. Parking is free and there's...More

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21 August 2017|
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Response from tattersall_12 | Reviewed this property |
It is best to check their website for the current information on the tides. The best time to go is when the tide is low.
23 July 2017|
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Response from Lisa T | Reviewed this property |
We went when the tide was about 2 ft and were still able to see things in the tide pools. I think it's worth your time to stop by.