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Parks and nature in Half Moon Bay

Top parks

Museum
“A hidden gem of Silicon Valley. Not many locals even know of this amazing flower garden estate from history. It is now maintained as a historic sight & in good shape for sightseeing. Don't miss this place if you're in town.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tidepools are one of the most beautiful and easily accessible natural wonders of the Northern California coast. Check the tide tables (just search "Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide tables"–you want to go during the lowest tide, ideally 1 ft or lower. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“Deer and bunny rabbits everywhere, usually 20degrees warmer than the beach. There is a hidden waterfall to discover.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“This is a beautiful trail with ocean views. The sunsets are gorgeous. For a very small group, there could be a stunning spot to say I do. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“There's a nice little Japanese tea garden with a Koi pond, playground, train ride, and lots of squirrels! Check the park's website for events.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“A great location to spend a couple of days. Popular with surfers and hikers. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful redwood hike!! There are several hikes of varying lengths once in the park.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“There's a nice little Japanese tea garden with a Koi pond, playground, train ride, and lots of squirrels! Check the park's website for events.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Playground
“Fitness classes, open play times, an arcade, and a jungle gym on the playground.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Beaches

Nature Preserve
“The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tidepools are one of the most beautiful and easily accessible natural wonders of the Northern California coast. Check the tide tables (just search "Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide tables"–you want to go during the lowest tide, ideally 1 ft or lower. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Beach
“This is a great beach that allows dogs both on hiking trail above the beach and down by the water. It is too cold to swim, but is a great place for a picnic with the pups or on your own.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“Because everyone needs a good beach to drive to off Highway 1. This beach is a good sure bet.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“Nice Beach, next to dunes beach and near sweet wood which is a sweet little spot for picnicing and/or camping-- a little more protected”
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
“Ocean studios is a unique location created by a local scuplture and filmaker. it has an beachfront studio often open to small gathering/work. The owner also rents kayaks and bicycles.”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Nature Preserve
“The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tidepools are one of the most beautiful and easily accessible natural wonders of the Northern California coast. Check the tide tables (just search "Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide tables"–you want to go during the lowest tide, ideally 1 ft or lower. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Trail
“most popular trail in San Mateo County. It is absolutely gorgeous! Less than 5-Minute drive ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Trail
“One of Jes' favorite trials. Hike to the top for 360 degree views of the Bay Area. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“lots of trails to hike. great ocean views. can be accessed within walking distance or a short drive depending on where you want to start.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“A great place to hike. Go all the way to the bottom and see some amazing old growth redwoods.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Forest, redwood trees, and panoramic view of ocean in the distance. Easy parking - 15 minutes drive”
  • 3 locals recommend