Based on your needs, here are a few suggestions. Also take a look at “What to do on a rainy day” ideas!
- 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)
Black Oystercatcher, Ron LeValley, LeValleyPhoto.com
- Birding – There are eight identified locations for premium birding along the coast, plus a 47-acre botancial gardens.
- Hike or Walk in a State Park – Beach, redwoods, tidepooling (1/2 day each!)
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – Beautiful year-round (2 hours)
- Canoe or Kayak – Whether in the ocean or up river, you’re assured outstanding views of nature and wildlife! (Full day)
- Bicycle ride along the ocean or through the Redwoods (Full day)
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- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – They have carts! (2 hours minimum)
- Skunk Train – Everybody loves the train! (1/2 day)
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.