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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Closes in 21 min: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A great spot to stroll and bird watch!

The estuary is large and best visited when the tide is high. Lots of birds to view and enjoy. Be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary B
Denver, Colorado
Was just a break from driving

Place was so beautiful and had such a holiday feel to it, that we would love to revisit. Could have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony M
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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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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The estuary is large and best visited when the tide is high. Lots of birds to view and enjoy. Be sure to bring binoculars!

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Place was so beautiful and had such a holiday feel to it, that we would love to revisit. Could have days of fun in the area especially if you like outdoor activities like we do. Can boat, rock climb, nature watch, hike, surf, windsurf etc...More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A two day painting workshop en plein air. Physically this is a small contained area with tourists and locals. It never felt crowded or too busy. Boats came and went, kayaks silently slipped by, the sun moved overhead casting new shadows for the painters. Lunch...More

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Went out for tour on bay, after launching boat we went into estuary on high tide, best time to go. Busy with kayaking and fishermen. We were just enjoying the sites and it was a great tour.

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Read about the history of the "morro" and be sure to go and walk around. The otters including three moms with babies were adorable.

Thank Lynn F
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Saw sea otters and tons of birds! Go during the morning for great sunlight and the evening for a beautiful sunset.

Thank kimmisk
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Really impressive. Lots of Birds, Falcons, sea otters and sea lions. The water is lovely and calm inside the Estuary. Which is great the other side of the rock it's super windy...

Thank Heatherinaa
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Kayaking, bicycling, surfing, and dog walking. All good activities. We really enjoyed one of the few beaches were dogs can romp, while kids are playing in the sand and water, and kayaking and basically is five minutes away. There’s 2 state campgrounds and we’ve stayed...More

Thank SheryllM_12
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Morro Bay is one of the go to places to experience sea otters. The otters can be seen in a number of places around the bay, but they day we were they they were best seen out close to Morro Rock. Though we did not...More

Thank brotherroy
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Kayaking nice, but read up before so you know what to do in case you get a young person who does not show u the ropes

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Benton A
6 May 2018|
Response from Lucretia E | Reviewed this property |
If you want to be in downtown Morro Bay the Estero Inn is very nice. For a quite more intimate location with an awesome view of the changing tide try the Back Bay Inn.
9 March 2018|
Response from SheryllM_12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes !!
Steve S
4 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