Major Attractions

Abalone


Fort Bragg offers superb access to the coast for abalone diving.

Arts Scene


Art galleries, theatre and opera companies, and lots of local music fuel the local Arts Scene.

Bee City

Fort Bragg became a Bee City USA® in July 2016 — making it the first city in California to receive the designation.
More information here:
http://www.westerncity.com/Western-City/October-2016/Fort-Bragg-Makes-Bees-a-Priority/


Bird Watching


Oceanic, forest, and freshwater birds are everywhere.

C.V. Starr Community & Aquatic Center


This state‐of‐the‐art facility features superb aquatic and exercise facilities, as well as a new skateboard park.

Glass Beach


The most well‐known local attraction. The city used to dump trash into the ocean until the early 1970s, and this beach consists of tumbled glass remnants instead of sand.

Guest House Museum


The Guest House Museum showcases the history of Fort Bragg.

James Krenov School of Fine Woodworking


World‐famous James Krenov founded a woodworking school that is thriving even after his passing.

Kayaking


In addition to ocean kayaking in the Pacific, Noyo River is also accessible to kayaks.

Living Light


Living Light Culinary Arts Institute Raw Food Culinary School and Store founder Cherie Soria is a leader in the raw food movement, and a lot of students train at the school.

MacKerricher State Park


One of the top 100 most‐visited state parks in the USA. Contains 10 miles of oceanfront that includes Glass Beach, Pudding Creek Beach, a harbor seal rookery, a small lake stocked for fishing, camping, and miles of beaches.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens


49‐acres of gardens featuring indigenous plants in a spectacular seaside setting. You can easily see whales migrating in the winter and spring.

Movie Locations


Fort Bragg has been used as a location for several dozen movies, including The Majestic (2001); Overboard (1987); Racing with the Moon (1983); Humanoids from the Deep (1979); Summer of ’42 (1970); The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (1965); East of Eden (1955); and Johnny Belinda (1947).

North Coast Brewing Company


This micro‐brewery is highly regarded in the USA.

Noyo Harbor


A working port with hundreds of commercial fishing boats.

Outdoor Activities


  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Photography
Fort Bragg is adjacent to the 50,000‐acre Jackson Demonstration State Forest, which offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, 4WD, and more. This section of the coast is very rocky and scenic.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse SHP


This lighthouse is about 5 miles south of Fort Bragg. It uses the restored Third‐Order Fresnel lens as a Federal Aid to Navigation. This is also a spectacular location for whale watching, since the low bluffs let you get very close to the water.

Pomo Bluffs Park


This city park offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the mouth of Noyo Harbor. You can easily see whale spouts from the shore, as well as large winter waves piling into the harbor's mouth.

Skunk Train


A 125‐year‐old historic steam train that travels through a redwood forest along the Noyo River.

Whale Watching & Sport Fishing


From December-April, 20,000 California Gray Whales migrate south from Alaska to Baja, and then back to Alaska over 4 months. You can see whales from anywhere along the shore, and sport fishing boats take people out to the whales. Boats also take people out on sport fishing trips.