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San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

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We walk here every day

We bring our dog here everyday to walk around the lagoon as she loves the bountiful lizard chasing... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2016
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
Dogs welcome on leash in this quiet little Park

Small park with well-kept wide trails and a Footbridge. overlooking San Elijo Lagoon. You will... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2016
Encinitas, California
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“small museum”(2 reviews)
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2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2204
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All reviews visitor center nature center small museum enjoy nature limited parking ecological reserve quiet spot great walk bird life migrating birds off the beaten path native plants nice hiking trails jumping fish water birds preserve freeway
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Reviewed June 11, 2016

We bring our dog here everyday to walk around the lagoon as she loves the bountiful lizard chasing. They have several doggie poop bag stations so no need to worry if you forget your poop bags. Its peaceful and accessible with ample parking. This is...More

Thank lwoodl01
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Small park with well-kept wide trails and a Footbridge. overlooking San Elijo Lagoon. You will often see mullets jumping out of the water and some waterfowl. We even saw a crab once. Cute little Visitor Center and a living roof on top! Nice little respite...More

Thank gmac729
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a small well maintained natur preserve: attention to local history and lagoon life. Docent gives tours, plenty of benches and signs educating young and old about local nature. The preserve is busy with dog walkers, young families and bird watchers . Level path,...More

Thank bess32355
Reviewed April 18, 2016

This is at the west end of a larger reserve, there are great nature trails where you may take your dog on a leash. It is also possible to take trails from here under the freeway and accross to Ranch Santa Fe.

Thank m p
Reviewed April 8, 2016

Great experience for my 2 energetic toddlers. Educational material about the local wildlife and environment inside the center. Lagoon is not the most exciting but great way to relax and get away from the every day stress. walking trails are clean and safe. one of...More

Thank Annie C
Reviewed March 26, 2016

There may be car noise from the freeway, but this is a most amazing place to take a stroll. Depending on the time of year this is a nesting ground, resting place for migrating birds and home to many species of animals from coyotes, fox,...More

Thank looski
Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Great walking trails with so much to see. Migration season are prolific, but there will plenty to see and enjoy. Our favorite is watching the white pelicans collectively herding their fish.

Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed March 2, 2016

The lagoon is a pleasant place to walk and watch birds, and a good place for a toddler to run along and use up energy. Staff in the nature center were friendly and helpful.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

I spent several hours walking the trails here one morning on a recent trip to the area. Quite enjoyable! Most trails are not particularly difficult. There are some short trails that would be acceptable for people with physical limitations too.

Thank Crewmom12
Reviewed December 2, 2015

I like the walking paths and the small museum. The kids seem to like playing with the fiberglass geological model where they pour water on the mountains and it runs down to the ocean.

Thank DavidG14
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Response from Moxiethebeagle | Reviewed this property |
Dogs on a leash are allowed but NOT dogs off leash.