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Educational Adventures for the Whole Family!

Father and son looking up at a Redwood Tree
Father and son looking up at a Redwood Tree

The Redwood Forest offers more than just beautiful California vacation rentals, as lush greenery envelops the area you’ll want to embark on an educational family adventure that everyone will love! Here at Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, we’ve got plenty of options for your summer vacation stay in Humboldt County.

You’ll want to take the family out on day trips to forest locations where you can learn about the HSU Lab, Junior Ranger programs, the Red Ed-Ventures, and our gorgeous places for you rest your feet at night.

Why the Redwoods?

Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail
Redwoods and rhododendrons on trail

The ecosystem of the Redwoods is much to be cherished. With lots of diversity in flora and fauna, the area offers a unique environment for exploration. As the forest is home to ancient giants and breathtaking trail systems, your family will love seeing the different State Parks Northern California has to offer its’ visitors. Whether you’re along the Pacific coast or you’re deep in the forests, there is much to do here in Humboldt County.

HSU Marine Lab

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Father and Son looking at Tide Pools

One of the coolest places to bring your family is the Humboldt State University Telonicher Marine Laboratory. This lab provides a center for the study of marine and environmental sciences for those along the coast of California. You’ll love that anyone, even students, can learn about information of the rocky shores, sandy beaches, and tide pools. The Marine Lab offers summer programs for residents and visitors. If the whole family wants to join in your adventure, the Lab is open to the public throughout the week. You can explore with a self-guided tour of the facilities which include view tanks and touch tanks. Learn more information about guided tours, summer programs, and activities when you plan a trip to HSU!

HSU Marine Lab Visiting Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm

Saturdays and Sunday: 10:00am – 5pm

(Summertime hours may vary)

Junior Rangers & Educational Programs

Sunset silhouette of a Park Ranger
Sunset silhouette of a Park Ranger

The Redwood National Park’s offer excellent educational and Junior Ranger programs for kids! Your kiddos will want to stop at one of the Information Center’s to get their Junior Ranger Activity Book. You can complete these activities with the whole family, and when you’re done, you’ll get a badge! Beyond the self-guided programs that the Park’s offer, there are also Ranger Guided tours to try. Whether it’s crafts and games, or hiking and exploring, your children will love these Junior Ranger activities. Plus, a big draw for these types of family opportunities, is that you can continue the fun throughout the United States at 70 additional parks around the country.

Redwood Ed-Ventures

Two little girls walking by Redwoods
Two little girls walking by Redwoods

Much like the Junior Ranger programs, Redwood Ed-Venture Quests is a fun alternative to a simple hike through the forests. These quests take up to an hour, but they are a fun and interactive way of hiking and learning about the area. At the nearest Visitor Center, you can ask for a quest or you can download the quest you want to use before your trip. Following the directions will let you get to know more about the trees and the surrounding ecosystem. In the end, you’ll have to answer a clue, take that back to the Information Center and use your key (clue) to receive a badge! This family activity will get everyone thinking and learn new information about our park systems!

California Vacation Rentals in Eureka

Living Room View of Sequoia Cottage
Living Room View of Sequoia Cottage

Ready to plan your trip to the beautiful Redwood Forests? We’ve got just what you need to be able to explore Northern California by day and cozy up to our California vacation rentals in Eureka, at night. With plenty of area activities to choose, you’ll find lots of things to do while experiencing our coastal rentals. Here are a few locations in Eureka and Old Town Eureka that are great for families!

Sequoia Cottage

Recently built, the Sequoia Cottage in Eureka is sure to please any family! It’s within walking distance to Sequoia Park, and the Sequoia Park Zoo. Constructed with eco-friendly materials, you’ll love the modern feel of this cozy high-end cottage. This home by the coast makes for one of the best, new California vacation rentals on the block!

Boardwalk Loft

Living Room View of Boardwalk Loft
Living Room View of Boardwalk Loft

Located right in the heart of Old Town Eureka, The Boardwalk Loft is ideal for couples and small families looking for a Redwood Coast Excursion. This rental provides you with a lot within a smaller area, meaning that you can walk to restaurants, shopping, and more! It doesn’t hurt that this rental is in walking distance to so much throughout town, which makes driving in the city a bit easier. Due to the local of this property, driving to the state parks will be easy, as it’s only about an hour’s drive north and south!

The View at Snug Alley

Living Room View of The View at Snug Alley
Living Room View of The View at Snug Alley

Right in downtown, you’ll find The View at Snug Alley, an updated townhome perfect for a family of four. With the location being in the city, there is sure to be something to do in the evening, after the sun goes down! You’ll love walking down the boardwalk, day or night, and experience all that Eureka has to offer for the ideal redwoods getaway.

 

Whether you’re out on a stroll by the coastal shoreline, or you’re in Trinidad learning about the marine wildlife of Humboldt County, there is much to do here in Northern California this summer. From Junior Ranger programs to quests, and everything else in between our little slice of heaven along the Pacific Coast makes for one of the best summer trips. Learn about the area, the ecosystem, all while exploring and seeing first hand how stunning our Redwood National Forests can be.

Reserve your California vacation rental with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals and kick up your feet within the urban setting of Eureka after an educational day on the forest floor. View our wide selection of gorgeous cottages, apartments, cabins, and more when you choose the Redwoods as your next summer getaway!