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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
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+1 805-442-4467
10:00 - 17:00
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California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los...

California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.

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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 delight to visit! The bay is formed by several streams that empty into the bay... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Redondo Beach, CA
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Redondo Beach, CA
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9 reviews
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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 heron, blue heron, snowy egret, gulls, terns, an infinity of shore birds, black tail deer,... More 

Thank lancersd
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
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 and the hiking varied and stunning. Loved everything about the whole area.

1 Thank PhilandRuth
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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
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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425 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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 animal lovers!

1 Thank Bonnie T
Fremont, California
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5,162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,633 helpful votes
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 to take photos.

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Clovis, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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 Tracy H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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
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39 reviews
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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 special place. Even standing near the shoreline with Morro Rock in the background as the... More 

1 Thank Marisa B
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
Cayucos, California
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The Estuary is a wonderful place to stroll or to walk fast. You are in the area where the water in the bay comes in and out with the tides. Its a great place to take pictures , bird watch or walk your on leash dog. No bicyling allowed as you may run over some slow moving person or creature.... More 

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