19 of the Best Things to Do in Mendocino, CA

About the Mendocino Village

The Mendocino Village

The Mendocino village, two miles north of Little River

Mendocino, California is a very special place located about halfway between the Oregon Border and San Francisco. The Inns of Glendeven are located in one of only a few Historical Preservation Districts in the state of California, and it sits on a peninsula at the mouth of Big River, one of the few natural running rivers left. Its back is to the Redwoods and its front to the rugged Pacific coast. There are many Mendocino County Events that happen nearby.

The architectural style of the town is characteristic of pre-1900 building designs that include many Victorians and Main Street America characteristics.

With beautiful scenery in every direction, Mendocino village is a pedestrian-scale town that offers a pleasant experience for the visitor. There is never a shortage of things to do in Mendocino during your visit. Have a glance at the many fine Mendocino restaurants nearby. Mendocino contains many art galleries and is home to good theater and music events throughout the year. Art schools, activities and Mendocino Attractions of all types are easily accessible. The Inns of Glendeven is located in the heart of all of this. While you’re here stop and do some Mendocino Wine Tasting.

When planning your visit to Mendocino, be sure to book your Mendocino Accommodations at The Inns of Glendeven – the top-ranked Mendocino Inn on TripAdvisor.

If you are stumped on what to do in Mendocino when you visit, use our recommendations below to help get you started.

The Best Mendocino Attractions

Little River CA Bay view and boat

1. Mendocino Farmers’ Market | Fridays 12-2 (May through October) (707) 937-3632

2. Point Cabrillo LighthouseRecently restored, working lighthouse (707) 937-0816. Mendocino.

3. Russian Gulch State Park | Three miles north of Glendeven, fern canyon trail to a waterfall with a fantastic forested loop.  On the coast-side — a sinkhole overlook.  Nearby Point Cabrillo lighthouse.

4. Mendocino Headlands State Park | Mendocino Headlands State Park consists of 347 beautiful acres of undeveloped seaside bluffs and islets which surround the town of Mendocino.

5. Temple of Kwan Tai | If you are searching for a cultural California Historical Landmark, you can’t miss the fantastic Chinese Taoist Temple, the Temple of Kwan Tai.

6. Mendocino Dining | After exploring everything this wonderful city has to offer, don’t forget to check out the amazing places to eat in Mendocino. From Patterson’s Pub to the selection of fine dining, you’re guaranteed to have a delicious meal.

Fort Bragg Attractions You Can’t Miss

7. Mendocino Botanical Gardens |Known as “a plant lover’s jewel,” the Mendocino Botanical Gardens are filled with 47 sprawling acres of flowers, vegetables, and much more. The next time you’re in the area, take a trip to the Mendocino Botanical Garden where you can sit back, relax, and be inspired by the simple beauty of life.

8. Glass Beach |   Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto tail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Fort Bragg. North 15 miles.

9. Noyo HarborWorking harbor, restaurants  (707) 964-4719. Fort Bragg

10. Skunk TrainSteam locomotive tours through the redwoods (800) 777-5865. Fort Bragg

11. MacKerricher State Park | Sand dunes, seal rock, trestle bridge, just north of Fort Bragg.  14 miles north of Glendeven

12. Fort Bragg Shopping | With tons of unusual attractions and local gems that are just waiting to be discovered, the shopping in Fort Bragg is a must when visiting the area.

The Best Things to Do in Little River, CA

Situated in the beautiful Mendocino County, Little River, CA, gifts incredible photographs, experiences, and memories to all who visit. The town sits on a scenic bluff overlooking Little River and is home to many different species of marine wildlife. The refreshing salty air and serene atmosphere make this destination a necessity for every bucket list.

13. Little River Dining | Enjoy a delicious meal from one of the many fabulous restaurants in Little River, CA like Wild Fish!

14. Van Damme State Park | This California State Park surrounds Glendeven on three sides, headlands, beach, and fern canyon trails. Don’t miss the Mendocino Pygmy Forest loop of this major Little River, California, attraction.


15. Montgomery Woods State National Reserve  | 30 miles inland from Glendeven, in the heart of the Coast Range, has redwoods, where visitors can walk along one of the park’s many trails. An excellent example of both a magnificent coastal redwood grove and a beautiful fern forest.  A trail follows Montgomery Creek upstream to five separate redwood groves that have never been logged. The trail is about three miles long, laid out in a shallow loop that takes about an hour to travel.

16. Frog Woman Rock | Previously known as Squaw Rock California, this distinctive volcanic monolith is a popular tourist attraction near Mendocino, CA.

17. City of Ten Thousand Buddhas | As one of the most important figures in Western Buddhism, the City of Ten Thousand Buddha is one of the first Chinese Zen Buddhist temples in the country and one of the largest Buddhist Communities in the Western Hemisphere.

To The South

18. Point Arena Lighthouse |  Set in one of the most spectacular yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top.  Mission: To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come”

19. B Bryan Preserve | Breeding and conservation of African hoofstock, zoological society accredited facility open for private tours. Raise, breed and study Roan, Sable and Greater Kudu Antelope as well as Grevy’s and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.  Giraffes on-site housed for San Diego Wild Animal Park. 40 minutes south, Point Arena.

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