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15 Things to do in Crescent City CA

Crescent City is a hidden little coastal town in far northern California, so far north that it’s only about 10 minutes from the Oregon border. While its a smaller town…

Crescent City is a hidden little coastal town in far northern California, so far north that it’s only about 10 minutes from the Oregon border. While its a smaller town with a population of about 7,000 it’s rich in beautiful places to see.

There have been a handful of movies filmed in the area through the years including; ET (1982), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), Not a Moment Too Soon – Tim McGraw’s music video (1994), and most recently, Bird Box staring Sandra Bullock (2018).

Often referred to as “where redwoods meet the sea” because one side of the town borders the Pacific Ocean and the other borders the Redwoods National Park. There is plenty to see and do in this small little town.

We took a trip to Crescent City this last Thanksgiving and it was so much fun. Here is our list of the top 15 things to do in Crescent City, CA. 

#1 Get a better view from Crescent Beach Outlook

Located right outside Crescent City and only a short drive up a hill you will arrive at a small parking area. The walk to the viewing area is paved and a very easy path that only takes a couple minutes. The path ends on decked outlook where there is an endless view of the ocean and the coastline of the city.

Some days the view is better than others. When it’s foggy it can be hard to see much. Often times the fog burns off by the afternoon. You will not be disappointed to visit the outlook on a clear day. Here is more information about the overlook and directions if you want to go see it for yourself.  

#2 Enjoy South Beach – A favorite spot for locals and visitors

Located just south of Crescent City harbor along highway 101 south beach is a large stretch of flat beach that is a local favorite. When conditions are right you will see surfers and paddle boarders out on the waves. You can even rent some paddle boards or surfboards and try surfing yourself. Take a walk on the beach and you will most likely find sand dollars, sea shells and lots of drift wood. 

You can park right along 101 to access the beach or you can park in the harbor area and walk down. It is a popular spot for playing in the sand and enjoying the day. Most days there will be people having bonfires and enjoying the beach. A perfect place for taking pictures and relaxing because the views of the ocean are amazing. You will not be disappointed. 

#3 Explore the Crescent City Harbor

Right next to south beach you wont want to miss out on all the Crescent City harbor area has to offer. You will find restaurants, boats, and gift shops.

There is even a little restaurant called The Chart Room that is right on the harbor. You can enjoy your food and watch the sea lions right from the table side windows. The harbor is full of sea gulls and sea lions.

If you are driving through the harbor make sure you drive around the boat dock area. You can see all the private and commercial fishing boats. You can even walk right down to the boats to get an up close look. There is even a distant view of the lighthouse. There is also a paved walking trail that winds through the harbor and along the beaches. 

#4 Take a Tour at Ocean World 

This is a must stop if you have never been before. Ocean World is fun for the whole family. They offer guided tours that take about 45 minutes, where you can play in a tide pool, see the aquarium, pet a real life shark, and see a super cute sea lion show at the end of the tour. It is a fun adventure and there are some cute photo opportunity spots along the way.

If you don’t have time to take the tour its worth it to visit Ocean World just for the gift shop. They have a huge gift shop area that even includes a large section with shirts and sweatshirts. Here is a link to their website for more information about tour times and prices https://oceanworldonline.com

#5 Don’t miss out on Beach Front Park 

Beach Front park is a large park area over near the pier and lighthouse. The park is right on the ocean and is the perfect spot to spend a few hours. In the park you will find the visitor center, an indoor swimming pool, a park area for kids, picnic benches disk golf, a dog park, and the marine mammal center. It also offers a beautiful view of the ocean. 

#6 Walk to the end of B Street Pier

A walk down the B street pier offers some of the best views of the lighthouse. You can even crab off the pier, you will see people with crab pots along the walk. There is no where to sit but it’s not a very long walk to the end and back.

It’s fun to see people catching crab and experience the views of the ocean right beneath you. Make sure you bring a jacket because it can get really windy out there. 

#7 Walk to Battery Point Light House 

It’s so exciting to experience the light house just make sure that you check the tides and go when it’s low tide. When it’s high tide the water covers the rocky trail area that leads out to the light house so you cannot cross until it’s low tide.

Battery point light house offers guided tours where they explain the history and let you walk through the museum that is located in the light house. Just make sure you check out the times and days that the tours are offered before heading out.

Click here to visit the light house facebook page to get tour schedules and contact information. Also here is a link to check the tide times before you head out to the light house.

This is the site that they filmed Tim McGraws 1994 music video – Not a Moment too soon. It’s fun to watch since you can clearly see the lighthouse and beach in the video.

#8 Let your dog Play at the Dog Park

Also located in Front Street Park, you will find “Dog Town” a fenced in dog park area is perfect for your dog to get off the leash and burn some energy. It is a clean little park that is located right next the the beach and also across the street from Sea Quake, a popular brewery and pizza spot. 

#10 Visit the Marine Mammal Center 

Another great place to check out if you are down near Beachfront Park. The Marine Mammal center rescues injured marine wildlife and takes cares for them until they can release them back into the wild. There are some informational signs around the building and a fenced in area where they house wildlife while they are caring for them. Often times you can see little sea pups right through the fence so its fun to stop by and check them out. 

#11 Check out Brother Jonathan Park

Brother Jonathan park is a fenced in park for kids on one side and on the other has a memorial area to remember the 244 passengers that perished in the Brother Jonathan shipwreck off the Crescent City coast in 1865. The outlook area is a great place to watch the sunset and offers some great views of the ocean. 

#12 Hunt for agates and explore the tide pools on Pebble Beach

Even if you don’t have time to stop make sure you drive down Pebble Beach. This area of the ocean is a more rocky area but is one of the best drive by areas and offers some beautiful views of the ocean. I loved going at sunset as there is always such pretty colors in the sky.

If you have the time and its low tide you can go down the stairs to hunt for agates and view the tide pools below. Also, keep an eye out for whales in the horizon as you can see them in the distance when its migrating time. 

#13 See the tall trees at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 

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You can’t leave Crescent City without seeing the Redwoods. Just a short drive about 10 minutes and you will be right in the middle of some of the tallest redwoods in the world located in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Amazing photo opportunities and there are tons of little trails to explore that wind right through the redwoods.

#14 Drive through Stout Grove

If you have some extra time drive through stout grove. It is an old road that goes right through the redwood forest. It offers some of the most beautiful views from the inside of the forest. It ends at the Smith River where there is a camping area and swimming spots. 

#15 Hike the Boy Scot Tree Trail

Wanting to get out and do some hiking. The Boy Scout Tree Trail is a bit over 2 miles and you will be walking through the huge ancient redwoods the entire time. While right outside Crescent City you will feel like you are worlds away as you can’t hear or see the City. You are just surrounded by the redwoods. 

Have you ever been to Crescent City? If you haven’t it is worth the trip. They also have an amazing display of fireworks over the lighthouse every 4th of July if you are looking for somewhere to spend the holiday. Just make sure you book reservations early because the hotels fill up fast. I hope that this list of things to do in Crescent City Ca helps you to plan your trip and enjoy your time in this northern California beach town. 

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37 Good Captions for Beach Pictures on Instagram

Are you looking for good captions for beach photos on Instagram? Here are my favorite 37 caption ideas for your instagram beach photos. Feel free to use them to share…

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Are you looking for good captions for beach photos on Instagram? Here are my favorite 37 caption ideas for your instagram beach photos. Feel free to use them to share your beach adventures.

Ocean air, salty hair

Child of the ocean

Live in the Sunshine

Find me under the palms

All my troubles wash away in the water

Dreams are made of sun and sand

You, me and the sea

High tides, good vibes

Stay salty

Child of the ocean

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Happiness comes in waves

Live in the sunshine. Swim the Sea. Drink the wild air

The ocean has my heart

The ocean is calling

Wild and free just like the sea

Salty and happy

Rise with the tide

Sea breeze, yes please

Make waves

Girls just wanna have sun

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An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease

Beach more, worry less

Seas the day!

Life is better at the beach

I need vitamin Sea

Endless blues

Let the waves set you free

A cloudy day at the beach is still a day at the beach

If i could live here

Take me to the beach

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The waves of the sea help me get back to me

You can never have too much beach

Saltwater heals everything

We dream in colors borrowed from the sea

Happiness is a day at the beach

All i need are palms trees and a cool breeze

This is my happy place

I hope that these captions for beach photos on Instagram are the perfect touch to sharing your day at the beach. Feel free to check out our instagram captions for traveling for your next trip or if you are going to a beach in Hawaii take a look at instagram captions for Hawaii.

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31 Instagram Captions for Waterfalls Photos

There is nothing more magical than a waterfall. I just love chasing waterfalls. Here are my favorite 31 instagram captions for waterfalls photos for you to use the next time…

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There is nothing more magical than a waterfall. I just love chasing waterfalls. Here are my favorite 31 instagram captions for waterfalls photos for you to use the next time you are chasing waterfalls. 

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations

Always take the scenic route

Go with the flow

My happy place

Get lost to find yourself

Chasing waterfalls

She’ll carry on through it all she’s a waterfall

Explore wonderful

Its all water over the falls

Paradise found

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Falling in love

Nature never goes out of style

I am like a waterfall, wild and free

Catch me by the river

Falling down is a way of life, getting back up is living

The water is calling and I must go

Our lives flow like water in a waterfall

A strong person and a waterfall always carve their own path

We start in different places, but in the end, we all meet at the waterfall

Not complaining about this view

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Water your roots so your soul can blossom 

Happiness comes in rushes

A beautiful distraction

Waterfalls are nature’s waterslides

There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this

Falling in love with this place

Like a river life doesn’t flow backward

Be water, my friend

To explore is to live

Live in the water love by the moon

Water is the cure to everything

Never stop doing what makes your heart happy! I hope that you love these instagram captions for waterfalls and that you have fun exploring. 

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26 Good Instagram Captions for Hiking Pictures

Who doesn’t love getting out in to nature and hiking. Here are our top 26 instagram captions for hiking pictures. Feel free to use them when sharing your hiking adventures…

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Who doesn’t love getting out in to nature and hiking. Here are our top 26 instagram captions for hiking pictures. Feel free to use them when sharing your hiking adventures to your instagram. 

The best views come after the hardest climb

Adventure awaits

Sky above, earth below and peace within

Wild is my favorite color

Life is better in hiking boots

Hike more, worry less

All good things are wild and free

We have nothing to lose and a world to see

This is my happy place

Not all who wonder are lost

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When life gives you mountains, put on your boots and hike

Everything worthwhile is uphill

For the sake of your soul, venture out

Hiking is cheaper than therapy

You are not in the mountains, the mountains are in you

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Lets wander where the wifi is weak

Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive

Take a hike and get lost

The best views come after the hardest climb

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Too much fresh air is not a thing

Go wild for awhile

Mountains are my happy place

The mountains are calling

Take a hike

Never stop exploring

Where are you going to hike next? I hope that these instagram captions for hiking help inspire you to share your best hiking pictures and never stop exploring. 

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38 Creative Instagram Captions for Traveling and Adventure Photos

Planing your next adventure? The only thing more exciting than traveling is saving and sharing your travel photos and stories. Use these 38 instagram captions for traveling and adventure to…

Planing your next adventure? The only thing more exciting than traveling is saving and sharing your travel photos and stories. Use these 38 instagram captions for traveling and adventure to caption your instagram photos. 

I do believe its time for another adventure

Take me anywhere

We have nothing to lose and a world to see

One life. one world. explore it.

Running to the gate is my cardio

It’s bad manners to keep a vacation waiting

Work hard. travel harder

Go where you feel the most alive

So far, so good

Good things come to those who book flights

Just going to cross this off the bucket list

These are the days we live for

Working is great…. but have you tried traveling

I followed my heart and it led me to the airport

Catch flights, not feelings

Passports and palm trees

Adventure, here we come

Vacation calories don’t count

Up, up and away….

Never stop doing things for the first time

My best stories are found in the pages of my passport

Take advantage of every opportunity because some things only happen once in a lifetime

I believe its time for another adventure

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets

Up in the clouds on my way to unknown things

If you never go you will never know

At the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling

Work. save. travel. repeat.

Where to next? 

One life. One world. Explore it.

The best things in life are free. The second best things in life are expensive.

Measure the journey in smiles and not miles

Everyday is an adventure if you are ready for it

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery 

Make memories all over the world

I followed my heart and it lead me to the airport

Never stop exploring

Time is short. Take time to travel

I have never regretted time spend traveling. I hope that you enjoy your travels and that these instagram captions for traveling inspire you to share your photos. It’s always a good time for a new adventure!

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