Crescent City, California Things to Do
Crescent City, California, is home to a wide range of fun attractions and great things to do, so whether you're looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach, take in some history or experience an outdoor adventure, you'll find it all in Crescent City, CA. From beaches and giant redwoods to historic lighthouses, museums, surfing and whale watching tours, Crescent City offers so many exciting things to do and something for every visitor to enjoy
Attractions in Crescent City, CA
South Beach - This curving, crescent-shaped beach gives Crescent City its name and is popular with surfers, families and nature lovers alike. With its calm waters and sandy beach area, South Beach is a great spot for swimming, long walks and hunting for sand dollars.
Pebble Beach Drive - Popular with surfers, tidepoolers and beachcombers, yet surprisingly crowd-free, this oceanfront drive offers sandy beach areas and rocky reef areas that are easily accessible from Highway 101. www.pebblebeachdrive.com
Endert"s Beach and Vista Point (Crescent Beach Overlook) - Located south of Crescent City, Endert's Beach is a well-kept secret beloved by locals and often missed by tourists. This beautiful spot looks out toward the Crescent City Harbor, offering a panoramic view of the town that's also ideal for spotting and photographing migrating whales. Ask our staff for directions
Point St. George - A long outstretch of rock and beach, Point St. George is a great spot for tidepooling and exploring. Random rough waves and strong currents make the "buddy system" a must! Ask the Best Western PLUS staff for directions.
Crescent City Festivals & Events
World Championship Crab Races - Held in Mid-February, this annual event is a colorful and popular Crescent City celebration featuring live crab releases, food, kids' activities, and live music. Call (707) 464 3174 for information.
California Redwoods Bird & Nature Festival - This three-day nature festival attracts bird-watchers from around the country and features workshops, river drifting and canoe trips on Lake Earl, hiking in old growth forest, and more. www.calredwoodsbirdfest.org
Gasquet Raft Races - A wild and wacky event sponsored by the mountain town of Gasquet, this family friendly festival features a barbecue, craft vendors, beer tasting, costumes, raft races and awards for the fastest raft and the most unusual raft. Call (707) 457-3064.
Noll Longboard Surf Classic - As Northern California"s largest surfing contest, the Noll Longboard Surf Contest is open to surfers of all ages and ability. The three-day contest is held each October. www.noll.net/NLC.html
Whale Watching - The Crescent City area is a great spot to see whales and visitors can see migrating Gray whales in March, April and May from the shores at the Crescent Beach Overlook, Enderts Beach, Battery Point Lighthouse, Point St. George and Klamath Overlook or on a whale watching tour. www.exploredelnorte.com/things-to-do/whale-watching-in-del-norte-county1.html
Redwood Parks and Forests
Jedediah Smith State Park - This 10,000-acre, old-growth redwood park has been delighting and astounding visitors since 1929 and offers views of the Smith River, 300-foot redwood trees, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife, including black bear, deer, coyote, fox, beaver, river otter, and birds. www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=25189
Stout Grove - Visitors can view immense redwoods and lush ferns on the easy loop trail to the 44-acre Stout Grove in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/hiking-trails-north.htm
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park This famous park offers 6,400 acres of redwood forest, eight miles of wild coastline, rugged terrain and 1/2-mile of sandy beach for strolling and tidepooling. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=414
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - Established in the 1920's, Prairie Creek is a 14,000-acres park filled with old growth coastal redwoods, hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitor center, and a nature store. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415
Fishing - Crescent City is part of California's famed Wild Rivers Coast and the area's Smith and Klamath Rivers offer unmatched opportunities for salmon and steelhead fishing as well as freshwater and saltwater sites for angling. www.exploredelnorte.com/outdoor-adventures/World-Class-Fishing-in-Del-Norte-County.html
Smith River - Popular for its clear water, scenic magnificence and trophy-quality catches, the Smith River offers several drift boat launching sites and fishing opportunities for giant king salmon and steelhead.
Klamath River - Running from Southern Oregon to the Pacific Ocean on the Northern California coast, the Klamath River attracts anglers who flock to its banks for the plentiful salmon.
Other Popular Fishing Spots - The seven-mile stretch of water between Highways 101 and 199 offers outstanding sport fishing, with deep holes that attract both steelhead and salmon. Ask our staff for more information and directions.
River Rafting Crescent City is close to some of the most spectacular and exciting river rafting in the north coast. Several companies offer rafting rentals, river tours and boating supplies.
Howland Hill - Spend an unforgettable day hiking through some of the most beautiful trees in the world. Look for signs naming trails and the miles they represent on the way to Stout Grove. Be sure to stick to marked trails as they go through real forests with wild animals, and safety is always first.
Crescent City Harbor - This picturesque harbor shelters a large commercial crab and bottomfish boat fleet, as well as a sport fishing launch facility and cleaning station. Visitors will find a pier, ramp, charter boats, tackle, RV Park, restaurants, commercial docks, and resident sea lions. www.ccharbor.com.
Elk Valley Casino - This Native American Casino in Crescent City is open 24 hours a day and offers 300 slots, table games like blackjack and Texas hold'em, bingo, poker, dining, and live entertainment. www.elkvalleycasino.com
Ocean World - This family friendly aquarium is home to live fish and other sea life, and features sea lion performances, a shark-petting tank, an interactive touch and feel tide pool, and guided tours. www.oceanworldonline.com
Trees of Mystery - This must-see attraction features groves of rare coastal redwoods, a Native American museum, a mile-long wilderness trail and a Sky Trail Gondola that takes visitors on a breathtaking round trip journey through the forest canopy. www.treesofmystery.net
Del Norte County Historical Society Museum - Housed in the former county jail building, this unique museum offers exhibits tracing the history of Del Norte County, including a collection of Native American baskets, pioneer tools, furniture and clothing, photographs, and maritime artifacts. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. www.delnortehistory.org/museum/
Marine Mammal Center - Located in Crescent City's Beachfront Park, this center is one of only three rescue and rehabilitation centers for elephant seals, sea lions and harbor seals in California. Self-guided tours are available. www.northcoastmmc.org
North Coast Nature Center - This family friendly discovery museum features a unique collection of small animals native to the California coastal redwood forests, rivers and Pacific Ocean, including jellyfish, frogs, snakes, bearded dragons and more. www.exploredelnorte.com/outdoor-adventures/North-Coast-Nature-Center.html
St. George Reef Lighthouse - Situated eight miles off the coast just north of Crescent City, St. George Lighthouse is the only offshore lighthouse accessible to the public. Visitors can book a helicopter tour to the restored off-shore lighthouse by calling (707) 464-8299 or visiting www.stgeorgereeflighthouse.us.
Fun Bus Tours - Fun Bus offers tours of the State and National Redwood Parks, passing by landmarks and points of interest like Gold Beach bluff, Jurassic Park Fern Canyon, the famous "Big Tree" giant redwood grove, Klamath Rivermouth southern overlook, Yurok tribal ceremonial grounds, and more. www.kampklamath.com/funbus.html
Battery Point Lighthouse - In operation since 1856, the Crescent City Lighthouse, now known as Battery Point Lighthouse is open for guided public tours from April through September. Call (707) 464-3089 for tour information and operating hours. www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=58