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Things to Do in Fort Bragg this Summer

Nestled along the rugged NorCal coast, Fort Bragg lures adventure-seekers with natural wonders sans crowds. From glittering beaches to harborside happy hours, here’s how to uncover this charming town’s secret summer magic.

1. Comb Sparkling Treasures at Glass Beach

Arrive early to catch glittering sea glass treasures before the morning marine layer lifts. Once a dumping ground, nature has transformed this beach into a jewel-box of smoothly weathered, wave-polished glass gems. Feel free to explore, dig around, pick up interesting pieces, and take all the photos—but keep in mind you’re not allowed to take home the glass!

2. Wander Exotic Blooms at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Wind through 47 acres of vibrant floral displays, from dahlia-stuffed beds to exotic species collections across gentle trails with peeks of azure ocean at every turn.

3. Bask on Pudding Creek Beach

Pudding Creek Beach is a stunning sandy shoreline that offers a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. With its calm waves and soft sand, it’s an ideal location for a family day out. Pack a picnic, bring your beach toys, and soak up the sun while the kids play in the surf.

4. All Aboard the Historic Skunk Train

Chug through the redwoods and down to the coast aboard this heritage railroad operating since 1885. Special event rides make it a scenic summer treat.

5. Toast the Sunset at Noyo Harbor

Cozy up waterside for wine and seafood while the evening light bathes weathered fishing boats bobbing on glassy waves in hues of tangerine and pink.

6. Feast on Italian flavors at Cucina Verona

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Cucina Verona, an authentic Italian restaurant offering a menu filled with traditional Italian dishes prepared with imported and local ingredients. From hearty pasta to delicious seafood and perfectly crafted pizzas, your taste buds are in for a treat. There’s live music to complete the experience, too! Click here to make a reservation.

7. Stock Up with Imported Italian Goods

After your meal, stop by Cucina Mercato, our market featuring an array of gourmet Italian products. Take home artisanal cookies, olive oils, pasta, and other treats to enjoy a piece of Italy in your own kitchen. Can't make it to the store? Shop with us online anytime with nationwide delivery.

Fort Bragg, Northern California, is a summer paradise waiting to be explored. From its glistening Glass Beach and lush botanical gardens to thrilling train rides and dining at Cucina Verona, there’s no shortage of adventures to embark on. Plan your trip to Fort Bragg this summer and create unforgettable memories in this charming coastal gem.

Happy adventures!


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