Things to do around Point Reyes
The Insider guide to activities, sports, hiking, Beaches, tours, events and night life in and around Point Reyes Station, California
Water sports and activities
Tomales Bay is a kayaker’s dream. Kayak the bay during the daytime, or at night during bioluminescence. You can go on your own, or on a guided tour. Bolinas lagune is also an excellent place for kayaking.
Surfing & Paddleboarding
Popular surf areas are Stinson Beach, Muire Beach & Bolinas, but surfers can be seen catching waves at Drake’s Beach as well. There are numerous excellent paddleboarding spots along the coast and in the bays.
You’ll find everything from wild and dangerous beaches to gentle, shallow bay beaches—perfect for small children.
Boating & Fishing
If you have your own boat, you’ll find convenient places to launch. Fishing is legendary in West Marin. Crabbers and anglers come from all over to fish our clean, abundant waters.
Kayak rental, guided tours and events
kayak rental & guided tours
Kayak, surfboard, boogie board, SUPs & wetsuit rental
Surfboard, boogie board, SUPs, skimboard & wetsuit rental, group or private surf lessons
Bringing your dog
Did you know that most of the park is off limits to pets? Before you visit Point Reyes with your dog, plan out which trails and beaches welcome your dog, and always make sure to keep your pets leashed.
Wildlife & Equestrian
Tule Elk herds can be found throughout Point Reyes National Seashore, but the best place to see them is in the Tule Elk Preserve at Tomales Point. Late September through October you’ll find Elk Docents on the Tomales Point Trailhead, ready to give you a short educational lecture on the elk. They have spotting scopes setup so hikers can get a closer look.
Point Reyes Seashore beats all other US national parks for bird diversity. An incredible 54% of all North American bird species can be found here. Aside from bringing your binoculars and a good field guide, here are some annual birding events you can sign up for.
Annual Point Reyes Birding Events
Wildlife is abundant here, and you’re bound to get some good shots going solo. If you want to make the most of your time, though, you might consider signing up for a wildlife safari tour.
Whales, Elephant Seals & Sea life
Gray whales can be seen twice each year as they pass by Point Reyes during their annual migration to and from their breeding grounds. Point Reyes National Seashore is a breeding ground for Elephant seals. You can see the enormous bull seals, as well as mothers with their newborns around Chimney Rock and Drakes Beach. Tomales Bay is also teeming with aquatic life, from sand sharks to bat rays.
Stables & horses
The Point Reyes area has miles and miles of gorgeous trails, perfect for riding. You’ll find stables to board your horses, or you can ride horses provided on guided trail tours.
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Full service stable
Guided trail rides
Whale Watching Spots
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Sea Lion Lookout
The Light House
Five Brooks Pond
Wildlife viewing & photography tours
Guided Hikes of Black Mountain Ranch and beyond, with friendly pack animals
Cottages are the perfect choice for space, privacy and independence when visiting Point Reyes.
There are some breathtaking private house rentals in Point Reyes and on Tomales Bay. Perfect for romantic getaways and family vacations.
Hotels nestled in the woods and beach resorts on Tomales Bay, tent and RV camping and more.
Beautiful bed and breakfast inns, from Marshall down to Stinson Beach. Plan your next trip to Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay.
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