Things to do around Point Reyes

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The Insider guide to activities, sports, hiking, Beaches, tours, events and night life in and around Point Reyes Station, California

Water sports and activities 

Watersports around Point Reyes


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.

Tomales Bay Expeditions

Kayak rental, guided tours and events

Blue Waters Kayaking

kayak rental & guided tours

Inverness Yacht Club

Lawson’s Landing

Boat rental
Boat launching

Tomales Bay Sailing

Sailing tours

Stinson Beach Surf & Kayak

Kayak, surfboard, boogie board, SUPs & wetsuit rental

Live Water Surf Shop

Surfboard, boogie board, SUPs, skimboard & wetsuit rental, group or private surf lessons 

Wildlife & Equestrian

point reyes tule elk


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

Christmas Birdcount For Kids
Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival

Insider Tip: If you have a valid Marin Library Card, you can pick up a bird watching kit at one of our local libraries. Check it out, just as you do a book. It includes guides and even binoculars. 

Wildlife photography

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.

Five Brooks Ranch

Full service stable
Guided trail rides

Whale Watching Spots

Point Reyes Lighthouse
Chimney Rock

Elephant Seals

Sea Lion Lookout
Chimney Rock
Drake’s Beach

Bird Watching

Abbots Lagoon
The Light House
Bear Valley
Limantour Beach
Giaconimi Wetlands
Bolinas Lagoon
Five Brooks Pond
Estero Trail

Point Reyes Safaris

Wildlife viewing & photography tours

Ranger Guided Wildlife Tours

Elephant Mountain Adventures

Guided Hikes of Black Mountain Ranch and beyond, with friendly pack animals
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