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Morro Bay National Estuary

#8 of 36 things to do in Morro Bay Features Animals
South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
+1 805-442-4467
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Great place to view shorebirds

A wonderful treasure to traverse by kayak or tour boat. An abundance of wildlife is on display... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert J
South Pasadena, California
A Gem on the Central California Coast!

I've been driving up from LA to Morro Bay for 49 years and still consider the area an absolute... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Redondo Beach, CA
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South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 22 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 12 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
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Watching the tide influence the estuary and the changing of the animals that go along with this is an event. Take some time, walk the trails, watch the birds, the otters and seals, and see what Mother Nature puts together. You will be amazed.

Thank TracyH566
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We loved taking our kayaks and exploring the estuary. Pelicans, herons, egrets - countless birds we could not identify, but a juvenile eagle watched over it all. Watch the tides should you come out this way, but do not hurry

Thank Erickson18
Reviewed 20 October 2016

I have. Last weekend. Along with other birds, I have never seen before. Keep in mind, this is off-season for migration at the Central Coast. No matter. I spent an hour walking the excellent boardwalk trails that meander through the estuary. It is really a...More

1  Thank Marisa B
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a little visited part of Morro Bay and very serene and lovely. You can see the water birds feeding and feel part of nature without any distractions. The boardwalk is unexpected and an easy way to see more without getting your feet wet!

Thank Capuppylover
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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