redwood coast
Patrick's Point
Visitor Center - Stop into the Visitor Center for maps of the park, to find out about the rocks and redwoods, and check out the stuffed black year and model of a Yurok Indian house. The display of agates on the beach will show you how to identify these shimmering stones.
Palmer's Point - The best place to explore the tide pools is Palmer's Point. Hike down from the parking lot to the beach, where you can look for barnacles, sea anemones, hermit crabs, rock crabs, limpets, snails, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins. Be nice, don't poke your fingers into the sea anemones, just gently touch them.
Wedding Rock -Wedding Rock is the perfect place to watch the gray whales (Feb. - April, look for the whales about a half mile off shore) or harbor seals all year long. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the rock, an easy trail, nice stone guard rails and great views.
Agate Beach - Even if you don't find any agates, there are tons of smooth colored stones, driftwood, and crab shells along the beach, all goodies to bring back from your beach explorations. It's a little bit of a walk down to the beach, but little kids can do it. Don't wade in the water (unexpectedly big waves can suddenly sweep in).
Sumeg Village (Yurok Village of Sumeg) - Take a tour around this re-creation of a Yurok Village, including a sweat house where the men slept, family house where the women and children lived, dance pit for ceremonies, and a traditional dugout canoe. All the buildings are made of redwood, the local building material for the Yurok.

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