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Address: Morro Bay, CA
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Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a...

Located in Morro Bay National Estuary, this is a popular place to view a variety of birds.

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The Bay cruise

Everything in Morro Bay was fantastic. The $10.00 cruise around the bay, the beaches, the shops, the proximity of our hotel to all the fun spots. Even the side street pubs, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
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Redlands, California
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San Francisco, California
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96 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Earlier in the day, 8 Great Blue Herons were roosting in the tall tree snags at this rookery. But later in the day (afternoon) they had all gone to their hunting sites and were not visible. In order to see the Herons, you need to go in the morning, no later than 9:30 am.

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Central Coast
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150 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to watch birds. Although it is not as good as it used to be. All the birds and bird poop killed most of the trees, so the amount of Herons roosting in the trees has diminished greatly. You can still walk around the area, and see birds in the bay or deer on the golf... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I took an early morning walk, and really saw nothing at all along this entire stretch of waterfront. November might have been the wrong time of year.

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1 Thank Susan R
Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Everything in Morro Bay was fantastic. The $10.00 cruise around the bay, the beaches, the shops, the proximity of our hotel to all the fun spots. Even the side street pubs, and shops were great. A special eating place was Hungary Fisherman, we had a great breakfast, and A1 service. The Breeze Inn was terrible, dirty, smelled, and service was... More 

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3 Thank 196ira
Anacortes, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Really interesting when viewed from the water by tour boat, kayak or paddle board. Really stinky when viewed from land!

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Atascadero, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

When you enter Morro Bay State Park, come past the golf course, and the Inn at Morro Bay, there is a small parking lot (more of a pull out) that has a small billboard. From here you can spot the trees and nests of the cormorants and others. It is best early morning or late afternoon, as the birds go... More 

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Tucson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

All the action is high up in the trees. You may not see the birds, but you will see their "homes." Nests all over, up in those eucalyptus trees, and some so close together you'd think they were living in the California condos. Signs up (and barbed wire) remind the visitor to respect their nesting land.

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3 Thank on_the_go_98765
San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

There is a nature trail that runs along the edge of the rookery down to a small cove. Lovely walk and the birds are fascinating. They all leave in the morning at the same time...Weird.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Rough dirt walking path amongst the rookery. Stay on the path to avoid bird droppings. You can easily see the nests and many birds. Right along the bay and parking nearby.

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4 Thank ladyomaha
Simi Valley, California
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Sadly the trees are dying due to the amount of bird waste on them. Herons need the greenery to help them feel safe and protected so there are few if any there now BUT it is perfect for the Cormorants and they are plentiful.

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