Wildlife Reserve in Eureka

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This pristine wildlife refuge protects wetland habitats for more than 200 species of birds migrating annually along the Pacific Flyway. Between the fall and early spring, when Aleutian geese descend en masse to the …
Museum in Eureka

Kinetic Museum Eureka

Come see the fanciful, astounding, human-powered contraptions used in the annual Kinetic Grand Championship race from Arcata to Ferndale. Shaped like giant fish and UFOs, these colorful piles of junk propel racers o…
Museum in Eureka

Morris Graves Museum of Art

Across Hwy 101, this excellent museum shows rotating Californian artists and hosts performances inside the 1904 Carnegie library, the state’s first public library. If you are around for a while it also hosts art wor…
Gardens in Eureka

Romano Gabriel Wooden Sculpture Garden

The coolest thing to gawk at downtown is this collection of whimsical outsider art that’s enclosed by aging glass. For 30 years, wooden characters in Gabriel’s front yard delighted locals. After he died in 1977, the…
Park in Eureka

Sequoia Park

A 77-acre old-growth redwood grove is a surprising green gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It has biking and hiking trails, a children’s playground and picnic areas, and a small zoo, the oldest in Cal…
Museum in Eureka

Clarke Historical Museum

The best community historical museum on this stretch of the coast houses a set of typically musty relics – needlework hankies and paintings of the area’s history-making notables (in this case Ulysses Grant, who was …
Historic Building in Eureka

Carson Mansion

Of Eureka’s fine Victorian buildings, the most famous is the ornate 1880s home of lumber baron William Carson. It took 100 men a full year to build. Today it’s a private men’s club. The pink house opposite, at 202 M…
Museum in Eureka

Discovery Museum

A hands-on kids’ museum with an excellent gift shop.