Things To Do on the North Coast

Fun things to do on the North Coast including riding an historic logging train out of Fort Bragg, exploring sea caves along the Mendocino coast, riding the Sky Trail gondola to the peak of an old-growth redwood forest, testing your skills at bocce ball at a local winery and more fun activities. Whether it be a canoe trip down a river or biplane ride over Lake County, the California North Coast has plenty of fun things to do.

Del Norte Region

Klamath Jet Boat Tours is located off Highway 101 north of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Situated on the Klamath River, Klamath Jet Boat Tours offers 2-hour thrill rides up the Klamath River in twin-engine, high-speed boats. The round trip tour travels 45 miles and stops at interesting sites and wildlife. Visitors sometimes spot bear, deer, elk, osprey, bald eagles, hawks, otters, mink and more.

Klamath Jet Boat Tours
17635 Highway 101
Klamath, CA 95548
(707) 482-7775

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Finnish Country Sauna and Tubs is located off Highway 101 from Samoa Boulevard. At the corner of 5th and J Streets is café Mokka, which is obscured by an oasis of mature birch and conifer trees. café Mokka is the region's oldest coffeehouse serving old world coffees and Scandinavian treats. Behind café Mokka are the Finnish Country Saunas and Hot Tubs. Each sauna is situated in its own private cabin and each outdoor hot tub in a private enclosure. Each sauna cabin is made of western red cedar and features a grass roof, benches at five levels and a natural light source. Towels and eucalyptus oil are available. Hot tubs are made of Jarrah wood and feature jets at three levels and changing rooms. Rent by the half-hour or hour. Clothing is optional.

Finnish Country Sauna and Tubs
Café Mokka
495 J Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 822-2228

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Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise is located off Highway 101 from C Street. They offer 75-minute narrated cruises aboard an historic 1910 vessel. Learn about local history, points of interest and wildlife of Humboldt Bay. Evening cocktail cruises are available during warmer months.

Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruises
C Street at Waterfront Drive
Samoa, CA 95564
(707) 445-1910

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Trees of Mystery is located south of Crescent City off Highway 101. Trees of Mystery features unusual and incredible formations of Coast California Redwood trees. Follow a short interpretive trail through the forest or take the Sky Trail gondola to the peak for astounding panoramic views from the lush redwood forest to the rugged Humboldt coastline. Trees of Mystery also includes a Native American Museum with the most extensive private collection of basketry in the world. View artifacts from the local Yurok, Karok and Tolowa tribes to the Zunis of the southwest and those from the mid-western planes. Also available is a Motel and café. Look for Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.

Trees of Mystery
15500 Highway 101 North
Klamath, Ca. 95548
(800) 638-3389

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The Skunk Train offers historic train rides through towering trees of the Mendocino forest. Spot deer drinking from the Noyo River, as you chug the 40 miles of pristine redwood forest through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, that follow the coastal "Redwood Route". The Skunk Train started out as a logging route in 1885 and now carries visitors to and from the historic logging towns of Fort Bragg and Willits. Take the train for a scenic ride or reserve a spot for dinner and wine tasting. The Skunk Train offers specialty tours for holidays and celebrations such as 'Crab and Wine Days'.

Skunk Train Fort Bragg Depot
100 W. Laurel Street
Fort Bragg, California 95437
(800) 866-1690

Skunk Train Willits Depot
299 East Commercial Street
Willits, California 95490

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Mini Golf is available at the Emerald Dolphin Inn off Main Street in Fort Bragg. Enjoy 18 challenging holes of mini golf along the oceanview bluffs of Fort Bragg. Also available is an arcade, snack bar and party facilities.

Emerald Dolphin Inn
1211 S. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-6699

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Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too is located east of Highway 1 off Comptche-Ukiah Road. Situated at the Stanford Inn, Catch a Canoe offers a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, outriggers, and bicycles for exploring beautiful Big River and beyond. They feature redwood outrigger canoes that are available in several sizes to accommodate from one to nine paddlers. Big River is a gentle class one river that's suitable for experts and novices alike. Several types and brands of bikes are available for road and trail exploration. What to explore somewhere else on bike? No problem... they rent racks too.

Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too
44850 Comptche-Ukiah Road
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-0700

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Santa Rosa

Snoopy's Home Ice is located off Highway 101 in Santa Rosa. Situated in the hometown of PEANUTS creator, Charles Schulz, Snoopy's Home Ice is the coolest place in the world for ice skating. The Redwood Empire Ice Arena opened in 1969 and resembles a Swiss chalet complete with facades and panoramic scenes from the Swiss Alps. This beautiful and world-class ice skating arena also features a café and gift shop with plenty of PEANUTS character. As an avid follower of winter sports, Charles Schulz once owned this ice skating arena.

NOTE: The Charles M. Schulz Museum is located right next door

Snoopy's Home Ice
1667 West Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, California 95403
(707) 546-7147

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Joe Rodota & West County Trails is located in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Forestville. The Joe Rodota Trail is 8½ miles of paved trail that connects Santa Rosa to Sebastopol with very minimal road connections. The West County Trail is a 5½-mile paved trail that connects Sebastopol to Forestville with minimal road connections. The trails parallel Highways 12 and 116 through farmland, vineyards and rural towns along an old train route. A dirt equestrian trail parallels the entire length.

Joe Rodota Trail
West County Trail
Santa Rosa, California 95403

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Burke's Canoe Trips is located northeast of Santa Rosa on the Russian River. Rent a canoe or kayak and drift and paddle ten miles of redwood forest along the Russian River. Go at your own pace stopping at sand bars for a picnic, bird watching or whatever. Conveniently shuttle back when done.

Burke's Canoe Trips
8600 River Road
Forestville, CA 95436
(707) 887-1222

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Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is located between Santa Rosa and Bodega Bay in the small town of Freestone. Osmosis specializes in relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a cedar enzyme bath, organic facial, sound therapy or massage. They feature authentic Japanese gardens complete with a bridge, waterfalls, fountains, tea house, sand garden and more. Enjoy a healthy lunch from their café during your visit.

Osmosis Day Spa
209 Bohemian Hwy
Freestone, CA 95472
(707) 823-8231

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River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips is located off Highway 101 in Healdsburg. Situated along the Russian River, River's Edge rents canoes and kayaks for navigating the river. Stop off at sand bars and beaches to swim, picnic or fish. See turtles, osprey, otters, deer, eagles and more.

River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips
13840 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7247

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SOAR Inflatables Russian River Adventures is located off Highway 101 from Healdsburg Avenue. SOAR offers self-guided rafting on the Russian River on inflatable canoes. Float along a calm and remote portion of the Russian River past vineyards and redwoods. Stop and picnic at beaches, swimming holes and gravel bars along the way. Half-day and full-day trips are available. A return shuttle, life jackets, bathrooms and changing rooms are provided.

SOAR Inflatables Russian River Adventures
20 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-5599

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Sonoma Coast Canopy Tours is located west of Santa Rosa along the Bohemian Highway, north of Occidental. Sonoma Coast Canopy Tours features 7 zip lines and 2 sky bridges high in the air over the world-famous California Coastal Redwoods. One zip line is 800-feet and sky bridge 175-feet in length. Zip lines vary in height from beginner to over 300-feet above a picturesque ravine. Test your skills with a rope rappel from high up in the canopy. Pick up a souvenir at the gift shop when done.

Sonoma Coast Canopy Tours
6250 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
(888) 494-7868

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Wine Country

Bocce Ball courts are available at Brutocao Cellars in Hopland. Six authentic championship Bocce Ball courts are available for beginner to tournament players. Quick lessons are available. Brutocao Cellars was once the original site of Hopland High School and underwent a restoration and transformation to winery in 1998. The property also includes a tasting room, restaurant, bar & lounge and indoor & outdoor banquet facilities.

Brutocao Cellars
13500 S. Highway 101
Hopland, CA 95449
(800) 433-3689

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located off Highway 101 between Geyserville and Healdsburg. The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is a place where people of all ages can enjoy the best of food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances. The winery features a movie gallery that displays artifacts from several Coppola films including The Godfather, Tucker, The Man and His Dream and more. The winery offers four regulation-sized bocce courts as well as classic board games that are available to use free of charge all day long. Two pools are available by purchasing day-use passes and include lounge chairs, private changing rooms, poolside service, wine tasting and more. A poolside pavilion resembles the one used in the wedding scene of The Godfather: Part II and hosts live performances day and night. A poolside café and popular restaurant are additional amenities at the winery.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 857-1471

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Crazy Creek Air Adventures is located off Highway 29 between Clear Lake and Napa Valley. Crazy Creek offers glider and biplane flights over Lake and Napa Counties. Soar silently in a glider over lakes, mountains and wineries through geyser plumes and densely forested mountains. Or, choose an adventurous biplane flight in a meticulously restored plane, that in itself is a work of art.

Crazy Creek Air Adventures
18896 Grange Road
Middletown, CA 95461
(707) 987-9293

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All Regions

Whale watching is quickly growing as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching expeditions are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. MORE DETAILS

Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are offered all along the North Coast from Eureka to Bodega Bay. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Explore sea caves, harbors, rivers and secluded coastline. MORE DETAILS

Horseback riding stables are available from Redwood National Park to the Mendocino Lost Coast. Whether looking for a ride through the a Giant Coast Redwood grove or along the sands of a deserted beach, the North Coast has stables to suit your interest. MORE DETAILS

Golf courses are abundant in the North Coast region from Crescent City to Hidden Valley Lake. Most of the courses on the North Coast are 9-hole courses, leaving plenty of time to enjoy other activities in addition. MORE DETAILS

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