- Our list of the best things to do in Arcata, California, features the top 50 nearby activities — including 26 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Arcata, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Adventures, and Museums & Galleries.
- The results below include the top 24 things to do within the city of Arcata, CA , followed by 26 popular activities in nearby cities, including Eureka
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature and the abundance of bird species that stay there. There is also a park ranger onsite that helps visitors identify the different types of birds.
With access to the redwood-filled Arcata Community Forest, Redwood Park offers a number of amenities including hiking, a basketball court, picnic areas and a playground. The park is also home to Redwood Lodge, a 1,400-square-foot facility available for rental.
Humboldt State University Natural History Museum is home to a variety of exhibits including a virtual tour of the Redwood Forest and Prehistoric Mammals of the Cenozoic period. The museum is located across the freeway from the University.
The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center is a nature education facility located on the grounds of the Arcata Marsh wetlands. Views of both local and migrating birds of over 270 different species are featured as well as dioramas and hiking trails.
Mad River Beach County Park is actually two parks. One is the beach and the other leads into the Mad River. Patrons can walk along the beach or hike in the dunes. The park offers fishing and wildlife viewing.