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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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Peaceful place

Peaceful place to bird watch. The ebb and flow of the tides is spectacular. You can drive by in the morning and it will be high tide and then in the evening low tide.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Tehachapi, California
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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Peaceful place to bird watch. The ebb and flow of the tides is spectacular. You can drive by in the morning and it will be high tide and then in the evening low tide.

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Wade, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you want to see a real variety of sea birds and enjoy the smell of the ocean this is a place to consider. It is beautiful and you can see Morro Rock in the background. Nice way to enjoy nature and some of her special offerings.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were delighted with the sea lions and porpoises at play in the harbour, so close to town. Plenty of bird life - pelicans, gulls and others I didn't know. Whilst we didn't go on or in the water, plenty of people were on the water in various craft - stand up paddle boards, small boats, kayaks and people paddling... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Morrow Rock is just stunningly beautiful and the estuary is home to sea otters that you can easily see from shore (but binoculars help you enjoy the view). You can rent kayaks and paddle out yourself, or take a boat tour, or just enjoy from land. There are also lots of sea birds to watch and the sunsets are lovely.

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Northern California, today
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I enjoy watching the commercial fishermen preparing for another trip out, the kayakers, variety of birds and the otters, and views of the enormous spit that has been used over millennia by native people. It may be touristy, but it hasn't succumbed to the tourist influence.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A lot of work has been done to protect the estuary which is still ongoing. The area contains various bird life as well as sea lions and sea otters. Its a wonderful habitat to see.

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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Morro Bay National Estuary

Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
Phone Number: 805-442-4467
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Morro Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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