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Morro Bay National Estuary

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Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
Phone Number: 805-442-4467
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: 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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Great wildlife

Fantastic natural estuarine habitat. The sea otters are amazing only about 15metres from the shore. Sea lions barking in the evening as they settled down for the night. Many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Fantastic natural estuarine habitat. The sea otters are amazing only about 15metres from the shore. Sea lions barking in the evening as they settled down for the night. Many different species of birds to be seen including pelicans.

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California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Here is a chance to see unspoiled coastal habitat that supports thousands of ducks, wading birds and many rare birds. It is an 800 acre wetland. You cannot actually walk into it for obvious reasons, but you can get some long range views from several locations. One is from the Elfin Forest, which in itself is a fascinating place. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It's a result of looking after these waters that seals and otters, amongst other sea and bird life, thrive here. A pleasure to visit especially in the winter when there are no crowds or sea fog. Just go down to the water and look around. If you can't see the wildlife ask a local, they will happily point you in... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I am a 1982 graduate of New Mexico State University, and I wrote a term paper in my senior year, for my wildlife management class based on this.

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Agoura Hills, California
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380 reviews 380 reviews
138 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Beautiful hike and lots of birds to see. We spent about one hour there. Saw a good variety of birds. Nice boardwalk to hike on. Great activity on nice day

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was my second visit to Morro Bay. On the first, the highlight was a trip out to Montana de Oro State Park where I ventured out onto the sand dunes which are spectacular. On the more recent visit, I again ended up in the dunes but used a kayak as transport. Can't remember when I had this much fun... More 

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Tucson
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339 reviews 339 reviews
212 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

1.) An estuary is the coming together of the fresh water creeks/streams and the salty sea water. This is where they combine. 2.) There are 3 primary "estuary" locations, all under the control of different governmental entities. They begin at the location near the "rock" and continue all the way down to the further-most reaches of the shoreline. From our... More 

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Ranst, Belgium
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It was rainy and rather cold....so a short walk around the area. It was a stop over after a rather long trip from LA

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

See Falcons and enjoy the salt air. You catn climb the Rock but you can make it quiet a ways around. The area has been redone to favor a walking path. Veyr nice.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Rent a kayak from Tony - super reasonable, and well worth it. They have dry-sacks for your gear too.

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