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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Outstanding for birding or just dreaming

Tranquil and harmonious! Excellent birding and cloud gazing! If you are lucky enough to come at low tide, the shorebirds excavating the plethora of crabs and insects are better... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Tranquil and harmonious! Excellent birding and cloud gazing! If you are lucky enough to come at low tide, the shorebirds excavating the plethora of crabs and insects are better than any TV or movie. My idea of heaven! But bring a jacket, it can get brisk!

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Flagstaff Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

You can see the bay area several ways - kayak, sailing, stand-up board, harbor tour. Harbor tours are $10, but for $75 you can rent an entire electric powered boat and captain it for a large family or several friends you grab off the dock. Kayaks are $18-$25 for the first hour and then about $5 -$10 each additional hour.... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The annual Bird Festival is in January and it is well worth attending! The estuary is generally packed with many bird species and weather is normally mild.

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Sacramento
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you like nature and history, you'll like this Estuary. But, a casual visit won't be of much value. We took a canoe trip across the estuary with a naturalist (college instructor, biology I think). He knew the history of the area and the animal life and fish life. We saw rare birds and layers of shells in the banks... More 

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Picturesque drive and views around the estuary. Saw many egrets. Quiet and pleasant. Take the drive around all of it.

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Amarillo, TX
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208 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit and simply take in the simplicity of wildlife. May I suggest camping at the state park, eating at Bayside Cafe, and renting kayaks for a morning boat ride through the bay? It's lovely. Photographers will be in heaven at all times of day!

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Urbana, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very accessible to those who are not brave enough to go out into the ocean. Full of life, peaceful quietness, and adventure. We saw so many creatures it was surreal. Just leave a small footprint to keep it special!

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A great place to view all of the natural wildlife. Birds, otters, sea lions are all there for your viewing pleasure

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Simi Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Morro Bay is a must visit for anyone coming to the central coast. The local eateries and hotels have breath taking views of the Estuary, Morro Rock, Sealife, numerous birds and flaura and fauna. The National park estuary is easily accessible and free to visit. The mountains meet the sea and bay with a variety of hiking trails and outdoor... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I enjoyed watching the birds,ocean and the sea lions and Elephant seals lying on the beach. The ocean views are breath taking.

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