We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Morro Bay National Estuary

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442
Phone Number: 805-442-4467
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 153 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Peaceful abundance

Wonderful stop to kayak and enjoy the flora/fauna and marine life in its natural state. Aside from the estuary there are park amenities to include very clean restrooms... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bodie2008
,
Sunnyvale, California
Add Photo Write a Review

153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 141: English reviews
Sunnyvale, California
Level Contributor
62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful stop to kayak and enjoy the flora/fauna and marine life in its natural state. Aside from the estuary there are park amenities to include very clean restrooms, restaurants, ample parking and, of course, kayaking rentals and tours. Check out the tours by Central Coast Outdoors. Great tour guides!

Helpful?
Thank Bodie2008
Del Mar, California
Level Contributor
315 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

The Bay and Estuary between the shops / restaurants and the beach on the outside of the bay is a great place to watch sea lions and sea otters as well as many birds. Earlier in winter you will see more migrants but even early summer / late spring we saw many birds especially over around Morro Rock. You can... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Travelin M
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The “back bay” is home to more than 250 species of land, sea and shore birds, including dozens of endangered species. Great blue herons and snowy egrets pepper the estuary, along with California’s abundant barking sea lions. My personal favorite during the paddle were the large, far-reaching sand dunes—a landscape that dominates the outer edge of the bay and estuary—foreign... More 

Helpful?
Thank Joel M
Garden Grove, California, United States
Level Contributor
140 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Let me start by saying I am not especially fond of birds but I found it fascinating watching them feeding their young, getting materials to build their nests and to see so many varieties getting along so well in such a small area. Their songs were lovely to listen to and I took several pictures of snowy egrets and others.... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Diane D
Orwell, Vermont
Level Contributor
45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We hiked up and overlooked the estuary in Morro Bay. We also drove around it. It is wonderful looking at the water and wildlife.

Helpful?
1 Thank Ann E
Morro Bay, California
Level Contributor
90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

The early morning hours and the twilight hours have the most spectacular colors in the sky and in the sea.

Helpful?
Thank shelagh461
Ventura, CA
Level Contributor
220 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank CWS55
Los Osos, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank BaywoodBear12
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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

Helpful?
Thank carmelouruguay
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
300 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank gleger2016

Travelers who viewed Morro Bay National Estuary also viewed

Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County
Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County
 
Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County
Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County
 

Been to Morro Bay National Estuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Morro Bay National Estuary and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
California

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Morro Bay National Estuary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?