​Five Days with Kids and Other Adventurers

Day 1
Morning: Why not start your visit off right with a kayak  lesson at Kayak Zak’s? Next to Stone Lagoon, just 20 minutes north of Trinidad (15336 Hwy 101), Kayak Zak’s offers lessons and gear for kayakers at all skill levels.
Afternoon: As long as you’re up at Stone Lagoon, consider a hike out to Ryan’s Cove campground, accessible by kayak or by foot. You can split the family and meet in the middle for a picnic. On the way back south, stop in at Patrick’s Point State Park to check out kids’ programs available during your stay. In for the night? Visit redwood-edventures.org to see what Slick the Banana Slug suggests for tomorrow.
Day 2
Morning: Slow start? Get your caffeine fix at The Beachcomber (363 Trinity St.) and some healthy treats for the kids. There’s a little play area in the back with toys and books. Legend has it there are no paper cups. Once you’re perked up, wander down the hill to Trinidad State Beach. Here you’ll find the boat launch and a kid-friendly beach.
Afternoon: Do the kids have some ocean related questions you can’t answer? Take them to the Humboldt State University Marine Lab (570 Ewing St.) for a guided or self-guided tour, including a touch station where kids can get up close with sea cucumbers, anenome and more!
Day 3
Morning: Start your day with a splash, renting some surfboards or boogie boards at Salty’s Supply (332 Main Street). The friendly staff at Salty’s has great advice on which fishing spots to visit as well as local catch.
Afternoon: If the kids are still full of energy, prepare for a trip to the sacred Yurok Village of Tsurai by visiting the Trinidad Museum (400 Janis Court) to learn more about the region’s native culture and history. Then head to the junction of Trinity and Edwards Streets and head down the Axel Lindgren Memorial Trail. Just inside the forest at the bottom of the beach is the Tsurai Village. Make sure everyone’s ready for hike--it’s two hundred steps back to the top!
Day 4
Morning: If you want to gaze up at those giant redwood trees but know someone’s little legs can’t handle a major hike in Redwood National Park, why not visit Ladybird Johnson Grove? This 1.4 mile nature trail is perfect for younger hikers, and close to the Kuchel Visitor Center, which has great exhibits and activities for kids. For the more adventurous set, book a trip with the Redwood Creek Buckarettes (707-499-2943). Operated out of Orick, this horse rental service offers guided tours through the redwoods.
Afternoon: Ready to see some wildlife up close? There’s usually a herd of Roosevelt Elk next to the Little Red Schoolhouse (265 Idlewood Lane) and off the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Drive slowly. The Prairie Creek Visitor Center offers interpretive walks and a Junior Ranger program.
Day 5
Morning: Get a solid start with a big breakfast at The Eatery (607 Parker St ). If it’s your last day in town, pick up a locally made souvenir at the restaurant’s gallery or the shops along Main Street.
Afternoon: Hike off that breakfast with a trip around the top of Trinidad Head. Redwood Edventures has a printable “Quest” to help your kids learn more. For some added fun, go fly a kite on one of our long, open stretches of beach. You can find kites at WindanSea (410 Main St.).