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.

Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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