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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Whales and seals

I didn't come with high expectations, nor did I do much research beforehand. That informs the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York
The only day of our 12, that wasn't all sunshine....7/1/18

A short ride up to Moss Beach on a Sunday morning got us our free parking spot and a brief walk to... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
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“harbor seals”(23 reviews)
“tidal pools”(22 reviews)
“low tide”(50 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Traveller2010NYC
Reviewed July 12, 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 June 24, 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 May 14, 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 May 4, 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 April 26, 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 April 8, 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

Thank 7,268
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

We went to the tidepools right at low tide and really experienced how large the area is. We saw beautiful sea life, including sea stars and sea urchins! We also were very close to the sea lions and their pups. It was such a wonderful...More

Thank Diane and Dave S
Reviewed March 26, 2018

Just spent yet another afternoon at the Fitzgerald Reserve. This is a wonderful spot for a variety of activities. Want to check out tide pools at low tide, see the small crustaceans, sponges, stars etc....doing their thing in the ocean reef. Want to go for...More

1  Thank kh57ca
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Just a short hike from where we were staying we were happy to discover the tide pool access and bluff hiking trail. We saw the harbor seals sunning themselves below the bluff trail and walked around a few tidal pools. It was all very nice...More

Thank MMM_and_MPM
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August 21, 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.
July 23, 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.