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We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Duxbury Reef

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Excellent tide pooling can be had along the 3-mile shoreline of Duxbury Reef; it's the most extensive tide pool area near Point Reyes National...Read More

  • 2. Lake Merritt

    Lake Merritt | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In the center of Oakland just east of downtown, this tidal lagoon with its unique habitat for more than 100 bird species became the country...Read More

  • 3. Año Nuevo State Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the height of mating season, upward of 4,000 elephant seals congregate at Año Nuevo, one of the world's few approachable mainland rookeries...Read More

  • 4. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Moss Beach's biggest attraction is the spectacular Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a 3-mile stretch of bluffs and tide pools that occupy 32 acres...Read More

  • 5. Lake Merritt


    Runners, joggers, and power walkers charge along the 3.4-mile path that encircles this 155-acre heart-shaped natural saltwater lake. Crew teams...Read More

  • 6. Martin Griffin Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary along the Bolinas Lagoon, this Audubon Canyon Ranch preserve gets the most traffic during late spring. Quiet...Read More

  • 7. Palomarin Field Station & Point Reyes Bird Observatory

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Birders adore Point Blue Conservation Science, which maintains the Palomarin Field Station and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory that are located...Read More

  • 8. Pescadero State Beach


    If a quarantine is not in effect (watch for signs), from November through April you can look for mussels amid tidal pools and rocky outcroppings...Read More

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