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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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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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Peace, Quiet, WIldlife

This is wonderful place to spend an afternoon watching birds. The variety is amazing. Right down the road from the Morro Bay State Park. Easy parking and walking about. Bring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
CWS55
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Ventura, CA
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Ventura, CA
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190 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is wonderful place to spend an afternoon watching birds. The variety is amazing. Right down the road from the Morro Bay State Park. Easy parking and walking about. Bring binoculars.

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Los Osos, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Morro Bay Estuary is where fresh and salt water mix together. It is a special place that is never overcrowded by visitors, being slightly off the beaten path. Includes the bird sanctuary and steelhead runs and a oyster farm. Calm and beautiful scenery that constantly changes during the day.

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San Francisco, California
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96 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in viewing birds, the estuary is fantastic. Otherwise, it's merely a superb view of nature in general. Highly recommended.

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vancouver bc
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275 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Morro bay estuary is a very beautiful place. To really enjoy it you have to go on foot as far as you can depending on the water. It is a fascinating area with plenty of wildlife.

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Ventura, California
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134 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel room was just a few feet away from the estuary shore, and we had good opportunities to view the peaceful setting. Seagulls and other shore birds were plentiful, including some that I hadn't encountered elsewhere. A drive around the estuary was rewarding, revealing some secluded locations where it would appear that mankind hadn't penetrated. It's a lovely place... More 

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Thank DonaldYokum
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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94 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This estuary is an important piece of the Morro Bay area. CA State provides opportunities for people to use and enjoy the area while making sure its beauty and value is protected for the future.

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Thank MartaNHicks
Ridgecrest, California
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128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Go for a paddle on the bay, Hike up Black Hill for a view of the entire bay, Watch the Sea Otters by Morro Rock, Visit the State Park Museum, Take a trip to the Elfin Forest a native chaparral forest, Watch our local fishermen unload the daily catch no matter what you do here it is awesome.

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OZ
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82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

South of the Rock and main docks is the Estuary, when in Morro Bay make a point to drive by at different times of the day. Sometimes mostly green with small channels at other times it may be full of water as it ebbs and flows with the tides. Great area for kayaking and nature watching. Learn and take the... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Hubby and I had some time to kill in Morro Bay and stopped by for a short visit. Nice, free, educational place especially for kids. There are some nice shops and eateries nearby as well, and of course you can't beat the view around there.

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Thank Marilyn W
Central Coast
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150 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

This is where you go if you want to see wilslife up close. In the harbor you can see Harbor Seals, you can also see Sea Otters, which most people who visit the Central Coast never really get to see. This is also a great place to watch birds, from the Great Blue Heron to a Goldfinch. During the week,... More 

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