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Morro Bay National Estuary

South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
805-442-4467
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Morro Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The national estuary at Morro Bay is quite nice. Today we only saw birds, but sometimes when we have stopped here we have also seen seals.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

You can explore the estuary at ground level...Lots of trails. Or you can drive up Black Hill,park, and walk a few hundred feet and get a birds-eye view of the estuary. It is very beautiful.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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95 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

On our way down Hy1 we stopped at Morrow Bay. Free parking near the end of the estuary for the RV. If you are lucky you will sea lions basking and playing near the moored boats, some were only 8 feet away. You might sea otters. It is a clean old fashioned town that was quite and unhurried. There are... More

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We hoped to see sea otters but never expected such an amazing show. Every time we walked the path to Morro Rock we were able to watch them fish, play and float. One had a baby and it was a joy to watch them.

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Atascadero, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Morro Bay as a destination or a great place to stop on the way to other great Central Coast destinations is always a good time.

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Modesto, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This area is a bird sanctuary. There are a few trails to use but kayaking around is the best way. We have seen deer, otters, and many different types of birds. The Museum is great to explain how this sensitive area works. It is great to watch how it changes with the tides.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Beautiful, huge natural area. It's great to see such an open area close to the village. It supports many key food chain species. Glad they are working to protect it!

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Laguna Niguel, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Love the place...my kind of quiet place. Bird sanctuary. Nice hike and romantic kayak to the sand dunes.

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Golden, Colorado, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Hands down the best way to visit the Estuary is by kayak. We rented a few (I had never been before) and kayaked the entire bay. We saw countless water fowl including massive pelicans and cranes. What made the experience even better were the sea lions hanging around and swimming in the bay. We had one pop up right in... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Dining on the patio of Rose's Bar & Grill you can see windsurfers, kayakers, paddle surfboarders, and lots of wildlife while enjoying excellent food. A Bonus: Pets are allowed on the patio as long as they are on a leash.

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