Explore the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

San Francisco Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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A spectacular oasis of tidal life tucked away next in a quiet residential neighborhood less than 30 minutes away from San Francisco.

Located beside a residential neighborhood, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve offers a rare glimpse of life in the northern California intertidal zones. There are parking spaces and restrooms available, as well as ranger-led guided tours.

Be sure to check the tide charts and go during low tide (preferably 1 foot or less). During elephant seal mating season, much of the beach is blocked off to protect the marine mammals. Plan ahead to ensure the best experience!

Advanced reservations are required for all groups of 10 persons or more to visit the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Doing so limits the number of persons on the reef at any one time, reduces impact on marine life, and helps us protect and preserve the marine resources for future generations. Head to the park's website or call 1-650-363-4021 for more information. 

Pack List

  • Jacket, as strong winds can pick up suddenly
  • Camera
  • Beach towel
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How to Get There

12 months ago

This was a lot of fun. There were tons of seals and the JDs really enjoyed exploring the tide pools. Be sure to wear proper foot wear as the rocks are quite slippery.

12 months ago

Added by Gordon Li

Exploring the world, one hike at a time.
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Wildlife

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