Top things to do

Top Choice Californian in Eureka

Brick & Fire

Eureka's best restaurant is in an intimate, warm-hued, bohemian-tinged setting that is almost always busy. Choose from thin-crust pizzas, delicious salads (try the pear and blue cheese) and an ever-changing selectio…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Eureka

Cafe Nooner

Exuding a cozy bistro-style ambience with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and jaunty murals, this perennially popular restaurant serves natural, organic and Med-inspired cuisine with choices that include a Greek…
Top Choice Californian in Eureka

Restaurant 301

Part of the excellent Carter House Inn, Eureka’s top table, romantic, sophisticated 301 serves a contemporary Californian menu, using produce from its organic gardens (tours available). The five-course tasting menu …
Music in Eureka

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival

A three day annual festival with live concerts in various venues in town, including some blues events.
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 …
Japanese in Eureka


Renowned as the best sushi in Humboldt County, dine in a tiny, packed room, where conversation with the neighboring table is inevitable. A menu of sushi and sashimi is rounded out by grilled scallops and fern-tip sa…
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…