Sequoia Park Zoo

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A perfect family day on the Redwood Coast begins at Sequoia Park Zoo

Visit with rare and endangered Red pandas, interact with sheep and goats in the Contact Corral, and connect with the gibbons and spider monkeys. Stroll amongst the flamingos to mingle with the birds in our walk-through aviary. If the weather’s bad, head inside to explore the Secrets of the Forest and learn who lives in the redwood ecosystem. If all this activity has you working up an appetite, head over to the Zoo Café for lunch or a snack. Don’t forget to take in the unique conservation items in Zoo Gift Shop before you finish the day with a hike through Sequoia Park next door.

Discover Museum 

The Discovery Museum is a non-profit children’s museum that offers interactive exhibits and thematic programs. Discovery Museum exhibits and programs promote hands-on, open-ended discovery in the areas of science, art, culture, technology, and healthy living. Our goal is to help youth expand their horizons and prepare for the future by fostering a passion for exploration and learning.

Location: 612 G Street Suite 102 Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 443-9694
Email:  info@discovery-museum.org
Hours of operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 4pm
Sundays 12-4pm
Cost of Entry: 
$5 per person
Members & children under 18 months are free

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Blue Ox

See how gingerbread architecture is made.
    
Eric Hollenbeck, his family and staff welcome you to the Blue Ox Millworks, where Victorian craftsmanship techniques of the 1800s are utilized to produce authentic custom quality products for homes around the world. Their customers include two governors' mansions, national parks, historic cathedrals and even the President of the United States Bill Clinton.

Visitors to the Blue Ox can watch antique woodworking machinery in operation, visit a skid camp, learn about traditional boat-building, and meet the blue oxen, Babe and Blue. You can take a self-guided tour or call in advance and have one of the crew show you around.

Here's some of what you will see:

  • Antique woodworking machinery from the late 1800s and the early 1900s, used in the production of custom millwork in the main woodworking building, sawmill building and moulder building.

  • The world's largest functioning collection of human powered equipment from Barnes Manufacturing.

  • A blacksmith & machine shop where ornamental iron work and hardware is made. 

  • A printshop where the Blue Ox's School's annual yearbook is run on antique letterpress machines. 

  • A cermaic studio where local clays are used and a studio where plaster casts are made for ornamentaion.

  • A boat building shop - The Corrina Bella, a forty foot traditional sailing vessel, is being built as a project of the Blue Ox Community School.

  • Baby the famous Belgain Blue oxen.

Find out more about Tours, Classes and Workshops for groups of ten or more.

From Fourth Street (Hwy 101South) turn right onto X Street and follow to the end. From Fifth Street (Hwy 101 North), turn left on V Street, follow down to Third or Second Street, then turn right and drive two blocks to X; turn left and follow to end.

Fort Humboldt 

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On a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay

Established in 1853, Fort Humboldt was only occupied by the Army for 13 years. Among the fort's early garrison was Captain Ulysses S. Grant --- later to become Civil War general and president of the United States.

At its heyday, the fort had 14 buildings all of crude plank construction, though most were plastered inside. Most original buildings are gone, but the hospital and surgeon’s quarters have been reconstructed. The fort was abandoned in 1870.

Visit the hospital building with exhibits that explain fort operation & history. Allow additional time to walk through outdoor exhibits & historic logging equipment including steam donkeys, locomotives etc. and logging museum.

Facilities and Activities:

  • Historic reconstruction of buildings,

  • Grassy bluff with picnic tables

  • Outdoor logging machinery displays

  • Logging & fort museum

  • Bookstore and restrooms.

Events:
On the 3rd Saturday of each month from May - September
Free "Steam UP" rides on the Bear Harbor Lumber Co., Gypsy Locomotive No. 1.
During the month of April the Fort holds Dolbeer Donkey Days -- A two day event featuring logging equipment in operation and logging skills competition.
Find out more about Humboldt County's history in the "Redwood Coast Heritage Trails" brochure. Download or contact the H.C.C.V.B. office for a copy.

Location/Directions
South side of Eureka, CA - just off Hwy 101 on a grassy bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay & the Bayshore Mall. East on Highland Ave. 1 block.
Heading north on Hwy 101 turn right two lights past Kmart onto Highland Ave.  Follow sign to the park.

Additional Activities 

Parasol Arts 

Humboldt Botanical Garden

Glass Blowing Studio

Adorni Center Activities

Redwood EDventures

Kinetic Museum

 

 


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