Muir Woods National Monument: A Pleasant Outing for the Whole Family
Around age 18 months, Bethypoo started to display an interest in trees. During our walks or wagon rides around the neighborhood, her face would light up with smiles at the sight of them, no matter the size. Surely, Bpoo would be amazed at the trees of Muir Woods National Monument!
Muir Woods is home to an enclave of old growth Coast Redwoods, the tallest living things on the planet. Throughout the park, several paths wind through the trees, and a few foot bridges cross over the seasonal creek. The cool, crisp air and the sound of the light breeze will bring an instant calming effect, and the rays of sunlight breaking through the dense, misty forest will remind you of classic stories from childhood. Be sure to have fully-charged batteries in your camera, as you will have the opportunity to take beautiful pictures throughout your tour!
Bpoo was not disappointed! Already anxious to get past the entrance (and impatient at posing for the camera!), her excitement only grew as we walked through the park, surrounded by the majestic trees. She paused occasionally to admire some of the underbrush, and then would trot happily along, giggling at the sounds of footsteps hitting the boardwalk. It was nearly impossible to fully cross a bridge, for she would stop and beg to be lifted up for a better view of the flowing creek below.
After our walk through the park, we took a break at the café, and then browsed through the gift shop, which is well stocked with various items for all ages. Interested in a forest ranger outfit for your little one? It’s available in all sizes, from newborn and up. You can even find a plush banana slug for your child to hug at night!
Bethypoo loves this place so much that we decided to purchase a National Parks Service annual pass, the cost of which would be covered in just a few visits. Strollers are suitable for the flat paths, but the adventurous might be taking a risk using them on the uphill paths. Come early, before the park opens if possible; parking spaces closest to the park are limited, and during sunny weekends you may have to park a long distance away.
One Response to “Muir Woods National Monument: A Pleasant Outing for the Whole Family”
Your advice on going early is spot on. The forrest has a totally different feel early in the morning, when it’s nearly empty.