Home to over 1,500 different species of plants and animals, the Point Reyes National Seashore is a large, diverse landscape infused with thousands of years' worth of both natural and human histories. Traditionally a popular spot for fishing and boating, this area has expanded over the past 15 years and is now home to an array of family-oriented activities and sightseeing opportunities.
Point Reyes National Seashore contains a wonderful, modern looking museum that covers the long history of the island. These facilities are fit for children, adults, the elderly, and are completely accessible to the “less-abled." If you or any of your family are sight impaired, they even have a few braille copies of the museum transcripts available each week! Admission is free, with a suggested $3 donation.
This area of coast became quite popular in the 1700s for whale hunting. Because they’ve thankfully put an end to this process in recent years, whale watching has become a very popular activity for visitors to Point Reyes. The best places to catch a glimpse of these majestic sea creatures is from the Chimney Rock viewing area, and the whales tend to be most prevalent December through May of each year.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is another area of note. This 110-year-old lighthouse is a treasured piece of California history and has been restored to its original condition over the past 15 years. Tours are scheduled during the summer months and are first come, first serve. Schedules are available at the shoreline’s museum offices.
As far as your dog is concerned, the entire area is available provided you keep your canine on a leash and clean up after them. There are a few paved trails situated on the elevated edge just before the shoreline, and these provide great dog walking paths as they’re lined with periodic viewing platforms.