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Morro Bay National Estuary

#8 of 37 things to do in Morro Bay Features Animals
South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Delightfully calm waters and awesome views!

We are staying in a VRBO now right on the Estuary. Amazing views, sea otters, sea lions, and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brian N
Visalia, CA
Amazing weekend

Morro bay is one of my favorite places. So beautiful and picturesque. The drive is stunning the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eric T
via mobile
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We are staying in a VRBO now right on the Estuary. Amazing views, sea otters, sea lions, and abundant wildlife await you!

Thank Brian N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Morro bay is one of my favorite places. So beautiful and picturesque. The drive is stunning the whole way from Los Angeles. Street fairs. Old boats. Kayaking. All around a feel good place.

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sitting between the spit of land that connects Morro Rock to the mainland and the harbor is an estuary filled with a variety of life. We saw several types of sea birds, sea lions and an otter. Makes for a wonderful place to show kids...More

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit the Natural History Museum near the golf course for history and information of the area. It is a small, but engaging interactive museum with stunning views of Morro Rock, the estuary and sand spit from inside. Better yet walk a couple minutes to the...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed 5 May 2017

A wonderful treasure to traverse by kayak or tour boat. An abundance of wildlife is on display including seals, sea lions, sea otters and many species of shorebirds. If you travel by kayak, you should be aware of the tides or you could get stuck...More

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I've been driving up from LA to Morro Bay for 49 years and still consider the area an absolute delight to visit! The bay is formed by several streams that empty into the bay forming an estuary teeming with bird and animal life. Black night...More

Thank lancersd
Reviewed 12 March 2017

None of our American friends have been to Morro Bay and swayed us towards Monterey.... Why? We have put them straight. Morro Bay is far superior in every way... OK it doesn't have the Aquarium... but that's it. The coastline is gorgeous, the wildlife spectacular...More

1  Thank PhilandRuth
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Great place to see for kids and kill some time. Staff is excellent and it's not expensive! Love this town!

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Take a walk around the boardwalk when the tide is low, and you'll see pelicans, sand hill cranes, osprey, heron, egrets, sandpipers, harbor seals, bunnies, deer, and more while basking in the scent of eucalyptus trees. This place is a treasure trove for nature and...More

1  Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were delighted to visit Morro Bay again on a beautiful November day. The area is good for kayaking and boating. Its a great place to take a walk. Birds are fun to watch. Morro Rock and the estuary makes it also a great place...More

Thank mini
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Steve S
Where are best birding sites?
3 September 2016|
Response from Travelin M | Reviewed this property |
There are birds everywhere but you can walk out on the boat docks, around and on Morro Rock there are lots of gulls and Peregrine Falcons; if you can get on a skiff with Mike at (I forgot the company name - but you can find... More
Are there any benches or places one can sit on the trails?
23 February 2015|
Response from journeysofdiscovery | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are benches all around the waterfront, but not that many along the trails themselves. The boardwalk that skirts along the back bay estuary across from the State Park has benches every quarter mile or so. Does this... More