Tidepooling is one of the most fascinating experiences for kids and adults alike. The SF Bay area gives you so many wonderful beaches and reserves where you can enjoy sea life right on the beach during low tides. Tidepooling is our favorite family activity and I am excited to share the ins and outs of tidepooling with you. Whether you live in the SF Bay Area or you are here for a visit, I hope you will discover this enriching activity.
WHAT IS TIDEPOOLING ?
During the low tides (lower than -0.5), the water along the beaches recedes enough to reveal under water life forms such as anemone, starfishes, seastars and more.
For a few hours, while the tide is low, you can just walk along the beach and explore various life-forms (touch them gently!) in little pools of water called tide-pools.
This activity is called tidepooling and I gather than many families in the SF Bay Area have made it a family activity (we always see several families). Seeing sea-life in their pristine habitat is truly fascinating, not to mention the fact that just when you think you have seen it all, you always discover something you have not – this last time, we saw a baby octopus!
WHEN AND WHERE ?
The best time to go tidepooling is when the tide is below a -0.5 .Check the tide tables here and choose a day. Get out there a little early, just as the tide is receding.
Always dress in layers and wear water proof shoes.
There are several locations where you can go tidepooling. If you have time constraints, just choose the one closest to you. If not, I highly recommend the Fitzgerald Reserve and Asilomar Beach. The flat long beach is perfect to walk along with kids.
Just head on down, dress warm and start to explore.
Slow down, bend down and look closely.
Observe and be awed.
We have had so much fun and learning every single time. The kids love it and this is an activity that absolutely does not disappoint!
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Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014
Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it! California has so much to offer to families. Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures! In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California. Enjoy! And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom. You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!
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