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Huntington Beach, California isn't just about beaches. Right across the street from the beach are several ecological reserves, including the largest Bolsa Chica wetlands. This is the primary user-friendly reserve where tourists can visit daily, wander the path around the wetlands, and observe the birds in all their glory.

One of the largest and most dynamic birds in this protected area is the pelican. The huge, commanding birds steal the show. When groups of them fly overhead and land on the fences near the channel that feeds into the reserve, you can't help but enjoy watching them. They groom their bodies with their beaks and large wings, scratch or clean with their webbed feet, and watch for the opportunity to pounce on fish in the waters below. When you feel you need a break and inspiring place to commune, or just walk for exercise, visit this Huntington Beach wetlands and discover the magic that's just across the street from the beach.

Bolsa Chica Wetlands hours: Open daily from 6 a.m. to dusk. Parking is free. A port-a-potty restroom is located on premises. The wetlands is comprised of a series of water bodies (inlets) that you are not allowed to come into contact with. You must stay on the trails provided in a 1.5 mile loop. No dogs, horses, pets and no bicycles are permitted on the trails.

Across the street at Bolsa Chica Beach --Beach hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking: RV and car parking available for a fee.