Arcata is located in Humboldt County, just 7 miles north of Eureka, 278 driving miles north of San Francisco, on the California coast. Humboldt is known for adventure and travel and even National Geographic Traveller has acknowledged Arcata as one of the “next great adventure towns.”

In our arty, progressive city which is home to Humboldt State University, you can explore majestic redwood groves in Arcata’s Community Forest, beach comb along pristine coastline, paddle on Humboldt Bay or the Mad River, enjoy birding in a famous wildlife refuge, or attend University events or the popular events held on our lively town square such as the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Oyster Festival, Pastels On The Plaza, Arts Alive, Saturday Farmers Market, and the Fourth of July and North Country Fairs. Within a 15-45 minute drive from Arcata, visit Redwood National and State Parks, Avenue of the Giants, Old Town Eureka’s Victorian Waterfront Heritage District, the Victorian Village of Ferndale, or the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, Trinidad Head, lighthouse, beaches, and Patrick’s Point State Park.

Arcata Activities


Top things to do in Arcata Top things to do on a budget Top things to do with a family
  • Shopping, dining, wine-tasting, galleries, music
  • Shop organic at Farmers Market on Saturday
  • Events at Humboldt State University
  • April Godwit Days Birding Festival
  • Open Art Studios & Oyster Festival
  • Visit Arcata Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hike/Bike in 2000 acre Redwood Park
  • Kinetic Sculpture Race
  • 4th of July & Equinox Fairs on the Plaza
  • Pastels on the Plaza
  • Humboldt Crabs summer baseball games
  • Kayak/canoe/fish/view seals on Mad River
  • Play and beach comb at Mad River Beach
  • Arcata Skateboard Park
  • Explore Arcata Community Forest Redwood Park

 Redwood Coast Activities


Outdoor Sports River & Ocean Activities In-Town Activities
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Horseback riding
  • Marathons
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Salmon & steelhead fishing
  • Beach combing
  • Whale watching
  • Arcata Plaza Festivals and Saturday Farmers Market
  • Humboldt State University
  • Sightseeing
  • Old Town Eureka waterfront
  • Ferndale Victorian village
  • Trinidad seaside village
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Wine-tasting
  • Live theater
  • Art community and galleries
  • Touring Victorian architecture
  • Music festivals
  • Museums
  • Cinemas
  • Sequoia Zoo
  • Humboldt Bay Harbor Tour on the M.V. Madaket
  • Humboldt Botanical Garden
  • Blue Ox Millworks
  • Samoa Cookhouse