10 Things to Do in Morro Bay That You Shouldn't Miss

October 25, 2017 Layne Dawes

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,234, down from 10,350 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Morro Bay

1. Morro Bay National Estuary

South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA 93442 +1 805-442-4467
Excellent
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Morro Bay National Estuary

California coastal wetland located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and covering 10 miles of shoreline.

Reviewed By Ruth H - Morgan Hill

I love kayaking here. You can rent them along front street or go on a variety of tours, including whale watching. There are lots of sea lions, sea otters, and birds. The waters are relatively calm too!

2. Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

699 Embarcadero Ste 3, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2251 +1 805-610-3565
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

Featuring skateboards and memorabilia from the 1930s to present day. Proudly displaying skateboards and memorabilia from Todd Huber's Skatelab, Stephen Pizzo, Pat "Skate Fink" Maphis, Dennis Allgeier and Jack Smith .Open seven days a week. M-F: 11-5 Weekends: 10-6

Reviewed By p0ulet0 - Switzerland

We enjoyed this very small museum (1 room). Free entrance, based on donation. Many old skates and scooters, movies and documentaires. A good moment.

3. Museum of Natural History

Morro Bay State Park Road, Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, CA 93442 +1 805-772-2694
Excellent
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Museum of Natural History

The emphasis is on interactive and hands-on learning exhibits that provide scientific information regarding tidal forces, geology, erosion and environmental issues.

Reviewed By Jon R - San Luis Obispo, California

This museum is small but it offers excellent exhibitions focused on local natural history. It is a particularly good place to introduce children to coastal ecosystems. Adults can learn a lot, too. We did. We particularly enjoyed the taxidermy specimens of local birds and wildlife. Part of the enjoyment is the excellent location overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. Beautiful scenery.

The staff are friendly and helpful. They will remind you to "look up" because there are many things to see at the ceiling level, and to "open the drawers" to see small presentations in them. The gift shop has a nice selection of books, clothing, stuffed animals and other nature-related items.

4. Morro Rock

Morro Bay, CA 93442
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Morro Rock

Home to flocks of Peregrine falcons, egrets and blue herons, the 50-acre Morro Rock is the last in a chain of extinct volcanoes.

Reviewed By Jon R - San Luis Obispo, California

This iconic landmark is very much worth a visit. But don’t do as I’ve done on too many occasions — just drive into the parking area at the end f Coleman Dr. and look toward the harbor and the town of Morro Bay. That’s a very nice view, especially when the otters and sea lions are visible, but don’t forget to turn around and walk around.

First, walk around the Rock as far as possible on both the east and west sides. It’s impressive to get up close and personal. Pay attention to the "Do Not Climb" signs. It’s a common event to see a helicopter or an ambulance removing a lawbreaking explorer/climber. It’s very dangerous.

But the often hidden jewel is Morro Rock Beach. Some will access the beach from the parking lot north of Coleman Dr. I recommend a different access. As you’re turning onto Coleman Dr., the causeway that connects the mainland with the Rock, you will see a sign for Coleman Park. Just to the right of that sign is a bike path and dirt road heading north. Take that dirt road as far as you can drive a car, where you’ll find a small parking area on the left. You can bike or walk even farther north, using a bike/pedestrian bridge over Morro Creek. Access the beach from this area and then walk north of Morro Creek. On many days you will have this expansive, very gently sloping beach area almost to yourself. It’s well worth finding. The views are magnificent. It’s also a great place to find sand dollars.

I will return here many times.

5. Morro Strand State Beach

Highway 1, Morro Bay, CA +1 805-772-2560
Excellent
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4.5 based on 263 reviews

Morro Strand State Beach

Reviewed By Mychelle F - San Francisco, California

You will find LOTS of Sand dollars at this beach. Hundreds of them wash up every day. We rented a house overlooking this beach and never got tired of the view. Great area for sand volleyball, body surfing, bird watching, building sand castles, walking your dog, taking a jog, or just strolling hand in hand with the one you love. This beach is located just north of downtown Morro Bay and goes for miles. So put on your sunscreen and plan on carrying your shoes...enjoy!

6. Morro Bay State Park

State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442 +1 805-772-2694
Excellent
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Morro Bay State Park

This beautiful state park campground is across the road from the beach.

Reviewed By CTBCalifornia - Groveland, California

If you like small campsites and lots of noise, for way to much money for camping, then this is the place for you. Loose dogs, screaming children, generators running all hours, all in violation of campground policies, and nobody doing anything about it.

There are owls in the trees, you can hear them at night if the dogs are not barking and the giant RVs are not running their heaters all night. Ditto for the distant waves across the bay, you might hear them in between congested campground noise. You can't see the night sky because everyone has their rigs lit up like a shopping mall parking lot, why don''t these people just stay in the city.

One of the campground hosts lets dogs run loose themselves, so how could they enforce that rule anyway. Overheard other campground host say something about her dogs being in the roadway (of the campground) to which she responded "I've been doing this for 8 years and they haven't been run over yet", great response, useless woman should NOT be hosting a 9th year, fire her now. If anyone reading this is from the park, and you are wondering which host this is, it is the woman who dumps buckets of rocks on the ground outside her giant motorhome/fifth wheel and then spends the day sitting in the dirt sorting them out and washing them off. I watched visitors try to ask her a question, and she literally turned her back on them and ignored them even though the sign in front of her campsite said they were on duty. Perhaps a mental issue here, that is the only possible excuse I could imagine for her behavior.

Do not stay here if you like the outdoors, it is terrible. EXCEPT that you can walk across the street and along the bay shore, that is nice.
PS: There is NO wifi, the campground lies about this.

7. Bay Theatre

464 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2144 +1 805-772-2444
Excellent
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Bay Theatre

Reviewed By SuzanneinMB - Morro Bay, California

This is an old theater - but recently refurbished. Old means it is HUGE with curtain walls, open beams and fans to circulate the air. $8 admission for everyone for every show. Popcorn is excellent and cheap in comparison to other theaters. The owner is quite often the one selling tickets and shows definite pride of ownership.

8. Anchor Memorial Park

898 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2148 +1 805-772-6212
Excellent
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Anchor Memorial Park

Reviewed By JimmyJackk - San Marcos, California

Great little park right on the Embarcadero, Park is right near many restaurants and parking was surprisingly easy. Wonderful view of Morro Rock.

9. Heron and Cormorant Rookery

Morro Bay, CA
Excellent
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4 based on 38 reviews

Heron and Cormorant Rookery

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

Reviewed By crtrptr - New York State

Fun to watch the herons and listen to the cormorants. There is also a small beach area. Very peaceful place. Bring your binoculars.

900 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2150 +1 805-772-0541
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Fiona Bleu Gallery

Reviewed By reviewerabc - california

This gallery has a wide range of materials and images on display. They can also produce specialized lampshades and art to your request. The shades are particularly attractive when lit through the images transferred onto the shade portions of the lamp. Staff is very helpful and accommodating to your taste and requests for the items they offer. Wall art, hanging pieces as well as standing art pieces are displayed on offer. Worth a visit if decorating or want a special souvenir of your visit to the area.

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