Things To Do and Area Attractions
Discover Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast
While staying with us you can find 101 Things To Do in and around Fort Bragg. The twisty roads that lead to the Mendocino Coast are well worth the trip. Fort Bragg is a coastal city on Hwy 1 in Mendocino County and is listed as a California Historical Landmark. Fort Bragg is a tourist destination with its picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean, towering Redwoods, glorious landscapes, and wildlife. Come play Miniature Golf located here at the Emerald Dolphin Inn or check out a few of our favorite places to visit listed below. Be sure to bring your camera to capture memories to last a lifetime.
Things To Do
The Skunk Train
Take a step back in time on a slow paced relaxing ride into the redwoods and coastal mountain range. We are happy to book your trip for you! Please just give us a call for current pricing and hours. The depot is just a short 1.5 mile drive to the train with plenty of free parking! For more information visit: www.skunktrain.com or call: 866-457-5865
Whale Watching and Fishing
Enjoy an amazing Sport fishing or Whale watching adventure on a Charter excursion departing from Noyo Harbor. For your convenience, let us book your Charter Boat Tickets for you. Boats are located just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn. For more information:
Visit www.gooceanfishing.com or call 707-964-8770
Horse Back Riding
Ricochet Ridge Ranch offers Trail Rides on the beach & in the redwood forest. Join a group or reserve a private trail ride at: 10am,Noon, 2pm, or 4pm. English or Western horses for all experience levels. Also offers 3, 4, or all day rides on Ten Mile Beach, in the Redwoods, or both! Just 10 minutes from Emerald Dolphin.
For more information visit: www.horse-vacation.com or call 707-964-7669.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
This state park offers a spectacular fresnel lens, new museum exhibits, nature preserve, and gift shop. Visit the lighthouse that has been in operation since 1909. It is only 6 miles from the Emerald Dolphin. Open daily 11-4. Free to the public! Please note: it is an easy 1/2 mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot.
For more information visit: www.pointcabrillo.org
The Guest House Museum
Located on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg, you will see an amazing piece of history. Inside the Museum, one will find pictures and artifacts telling the history of the forest products industry on the Mendocino Coast and the city of Fort Bragg. Pictures include water shipping, railroads, mills and wood scenes and the earthquake of 1906.
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10:30am-2:30pm (closed Tu-Th April-Oct)
Admissions: Adults $2, Students 13-16 $1, Under 13yrs free
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
We have discounted tickets for these amazing gardens! 47 breathtaking acres. An easy 1/2 mile walk takes you from well tended gardens through a fern covered canyon to spectacular vistas at the ocean's edge. Summer hours: 9-5pm, Winter Hours: 9am- 4pm. Located just minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.
18220 North Hwy 1. (707)-964-4352 www.gardenbythesea.org
North Coast Segway
Guided Segway tours of the Fort Bragg area. Tour the historical town of Fort Bragg and ocean front areas on the newest Segway, the Ninebot. Training will be provided along with all safety gear and information. Tours will be guided by radio and range from 1-2 hours in length. Group Rates available. 133 West Spruce Street. 707-962-3103
Beaches, Parks, Hiking and Bird Watching
Pomo Bluffs at Todd's Point and Hare Creek Beach
Among the Emerald Dolphin Inn's most beautiful assets is Pomo Bluffs park just a short walk away. A gorgeous 25-acre blufftop park with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Noyo Bridge, and the mouth of the Noyo River and harbor entrance. People come here to walk or to ride their bikes on a level trail that winds around Todd's Point with benches and interpretive panels along the way. Also within walking distance of Emerald Dolphin is the secluded Hare Creek Beach. This beautiful beach is a popular spot for surfing, skin boarding, boogie boarding, or just hanging out on the beach relaxing or watching the beautiful sunset.
Mackerricher State Park
A park that has it all. Come, visit the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, feed the ducks or fish in the lake, bird watch, take a walk on the boardwalk to explore the tide pools or watch sea lions. Don't forget to look for whale spouts!
If you have time to venture through the camp ground area, you will also find a replica of a life size whale skeleton. If you only have time for one park on this trip... this is the one not to miss. Located on Highway One, just 3 miles North of Fort Bragg and just 10 short minutes from the Emerald Dolphin Inn.
And the best part is... park entrance is always free to the public
One of the most unique beaches in the world. The sand is covered in smooth beach glass glistening in the sun. Located on West Elm street in Fort Bragg, just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn. This is also where you can begin the new beach front walking trail along the bluffs of Fort Bragg.
Russian Gulch State Park
This park is known for the heavily forested Creek Canyon, a headland that features the Devil’s Punch Bowl (a large, collapsed sea cave with churning water), and a beach that offers swimming, tide pool exploring, skin diving and rock fishing. Inland,(about 5 mile round trip hike) there is a 36-foot high waterfall. Hikers will enjoy miles of hiking trails. The park also has a paved three-mile bicycle trail. Located approx. 8 miles South of Emerald Dolphin Inn on Highway 1.
JugHandle State Park
The watershed of Jug Handle Creek holds a rare natural phenomenon— an “ecological staircase”—that attracts scientists and nature lovers from all over the world. The staircase is composed of 5 terraces, each about 100,000 years older and about 100 feet higher than the one below it. The hike: Head west on the signed trail out onto the grassy blufftops. The trail loops toward the edge of the bluffs, offers a view of Jug Handle Cove, then returns east to dip under the highway bridge. Located on Hwy One just minutes from Emerald Dolphin Inn. on Highway One.
Mendocino County's Coastal forests are home to some of largest, tallest, and oldest redwoods in the world. Some of these trees touch the sky at nearly 300 feet tall. Montgomery Woods, located 1 hour East of Fort Bragg on the Comptche Ukiah Rd between Mendocino and Ukiah, is a small alluvial flat that's hidden away in a remote, steep-sided valley, where you'll find one of the most scenic redwood groves in existence. At one time, Montgomery Flat contained the tallest measured tree in the world at 367'. While its location is secret, and taller trees have since been found in other parks, that distinction still gives the grove a certain cachet.
Jackson State Forest
Covering over 55,000 acres, Jackson State is another beautiful, redwood and animal rich forest located 1/2 hour E. of Fort Bragg on Hwy 20 .
Avenue Of The Giants
This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Hwy 101, next to 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves.
Drive Through Tree
There are three "Drive-Through" Trees located on the North Coast. All are privately owned and a fee is charged to drive through. The closest one to Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, four miles south of the park visitor's center. Another is in Leggett, only 50 minutes from Fort Bragg and the junction of Hwy One and Hwy 101. Open from 8am to dusk, it offers a gift shop, picnic area, & nature walks. #67402 (Hwy 271) Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett
Diving, Kayaking,Canoes and Bicycling
Sub Surface Progressions
Diving and kayaking equipment rentals. 18600 Hwy One just South of the Emerald Dolphin Inn.
Contact Phone: (707) 964-3793
Liquid Fusion Kayaking
From Mild to Wild kayak adventure tours! www.liquidfusionkayak.com (707)962-1623 32399 Basin Street in the Noyo Harbor
Also ask about: The Skunk Train's Tracks to Kayaks adventure!
Lost Coast Kayaking
Sea Cave tours, Van Damme State park. No experience necessary. 8211 N Hwy One, Little River. (707) 937-2434
Catch A Canoe and Bicycles Too!
Rentals on Big River, Mendocino. 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino. (707) 937-0273
Mendocino Mountain Bike Tours/Guides
In Mendocino Call: (707) 937-3069
Fort Bragg Cyclery - In the Company Store downtown Fort Bragg. (707) 964-350
Shopping and Galleries
Downtown Fort Bragg
Venture Downtown Fort Bragg and see why this small coastal town is so special. As you walk along Main Street to Laurel Street an then to Franklin Street, you can't help but feel the relaxed coastal charm. It is a fun place to spend the day walking and shopping.
You will find specialty shops, galleries, antiques, quaint coffee shops, and the Fort Bragg Bakery. For a special treat, visit Cowlicks Ice cream parlor on Main Street!
This gorgeous historical town sits right on the ocean bluffs and is the backdrop of many movies and TV shows such as Murder She Wrote. As well as it's historical coastal beauty, you will find an array of amazing shops, galleries, and restaurants. While there you may also want to visit the Kelly House or Ford House museums.
For more information, visit the Mendocino coast chamber of commerce website at: http://www.mendocinocoast.com/directory/Arts/Art_Galleries
There are too many fabulous restaurants on the Mendocino coast to list.. So we have included some of our favorites and we hope they become yours too.
Sea Pal Cove Restaurant is a great place for fresh off the boat tempura fried seafood and chips as well as burgers & fries! Very casual outdoor dining but really good! 32390 N Harbor Dr. 707-964-1300
Silvers by the Wharf - A great choice for lunch or dinner for fresh seafood, steaks and much more! Dining on the deck in nice weather is wonderful! 32260 N Harbor drive 707-964-4283
North Coast Brewery - best known for their award winning beer, pizza, fish & chips, and more. 444 N. Main St. 707-964-3400
Thai Cafe at Sea Valley - very quaint and casual dining inside the Company Store on Main St. -
Little River Inn Restaurant - Hwy One, Little River
Albion River Inn Restaurant- Hwy One, Albion 937-1919
MacCallum House - 45020 Albion St, Mendocino 937-0289
Cafe One - 753 N Main ST
Ravens Restaurant - 10051 S Big River Rd., Mendocino 937-5615
Cucina Verona - cozy restaurant serving Northern Italian fare, pasta, seafood, and steaks. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner from 8am-9pm. 124 East Laurel Street- 964-6844
D'Aurelio's - Simply amazing Italian! Everything is made from scratch including their bread. 438 S Franklin Street (behind Rite Aid) 964-4227
Mayan Fusion- 418 N Main St (707) 961-0211- wonderful Mexican, Mayan, and American cultures combined to make this amazing and delicious menu!
Laurel Deli and Desserts - On Laurel St in the Depot Mall by the Skunk Train Depot- It's homestyle at it's best! 964-7812
Eggheads - A fun place (bit pricey) but amazing eggs benedict, omelets, and more. - 326 N Main St
David's Restaurant - within walking distance to Emerald Dolphin in the Boatyard shopping center. 964-1946
Lee's Chinese - 154 E Redwood Ave- 964-6843 Good chinese cuisine and daily lunch plates too!
Off the Hook - Japanese & Sushi too! 118 E Redwood Ave 964-3788
Taka's Grill - Japanese & Sushi too! 250 N Main Street 964-5204
Asian Buffet - 450 S Franklin- cafeteria style all you can eat. 964-8938
Edi's Mini Golf snack shack. Corn dogs, ice cream, candy, ice cold beverages & beer!
Cowlicks Ice Cream Parlor - 250 N Main Street Your taste buds will thank you!
Mendocino Cookie Co - Cookies, coffee, and more. In the Company Store - 301 N Main St.
Mendocino Chocolate Co. - 232 N Main ST- Truffles, fudge and more!
Bernillos Pizza - 220 E. Redwood Ave. Wow... Now that's a pie! 964-9314
Piacci's Pizza - West Redwood Ave. Specializing in thin crust & specialty toppings!
D'Aurelios - see above
Round Table Pizza - Best for delivery right to your room! 964-4987
Los Gallitos Mexican Restaurant - 223 N.Franklin St 964-4519- Authentic Mexican in beautifully newly opened restaurant.
Purple Rose - Great Mexican and killer margaritas. Near Mackerricher 3 miles North of Fort Bragg. 964-6507
Wines and Spirits
Pacific Star Winery - 15 minutes North of Fort Bragg on Hwy One near Westport. Spectacular ocean views. Visit their tasting room in the Skunk Depot mall on Main St.
Mendocino Theater Co.- Wonderful plays all year round.
45200 Little Lake St. Mendocino 937-4477
Gloriana Opera Co.- Exceptional musical theater.
Fort Bragg 964-7469 *Call for program.
Fort Bragg Center for the Arts - Presents 5-6 classical concerts each year. Preston Hall, Mendocino
937-1018 or www.fbcamusicseries.com
Mendocino Music Festival - Annual Music Festival held in pavilions on the ocean cliffs. Magical classical, jazz, Latin and opera. Every July 7-21- call for more info 707-937-2044
Opera Fresca - Mendocino Counties premier professional opera company.
Mendocino Film Festival - over 70 filmmakers and celebrity guests attend the Festival from around the country and across the globe. Come Join in the fun!
June 3 - 5.
Emerald Dolphin Inn and Mini Golf
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1211 S. Main St. | Fort Bragg, CA 95437
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