We've got something for everyone in Morro Bay! So many wonderful things to do all year round, for all ages. Click below to view activities sorted by type.
For the outdoor lover miles of beaches, boat tours, guided tours, kites, dinner cruises, birdwatching, wildlife viewing for the water lover kayaks and canoes, sport fishing, surfing, or just for the fun of it massage or spa services, Morro Bay shopping, North Morro Bay shopping, Farmers Market and many more. Warm, sunny days, cool nights, mountains and beaches and friendly people are good enough reasons to visit San Luis Obispo County. But don't forget our flora and fauna! For starters, find the latest in whale watching, orchid shows, elephant seal watching, birding, dunes walks, and other activities, by consulting the comprehensive, regularly updated calendar of nature events in San Luis Obispo County.
Boat Tours, Kayaks & canoes
10 State Rd Morro Bay, CA 93442
A Kayak Shack is the premiere location to begin your kayak or canoe adventure. We are located within the State Park Marina and are adjacent to the National Estuary. We have the most friendly and knowledgeable staff available as well as a new fleet of boats for your paddling pleasure. With our docks in the heart of Morro Bay's nature, it's easy to see why we are a favorite with locals.
845 Embarcadero, Suite F Morro Bay, Ca. 93442
(805) 772-8181 http://www.aronhillvineyard.com
Wine Tasting Daily.
Come join us in our new tasting room overlooking the beautiful Morro Rock in the Morro Bay Harbor.
Open daily 12:00PM to 8:00PM in the summer and 12:00PM to 6:00PM in the fall. Member of Scenic Coast Wineries
Art Galleries, Uptown Morro Bay Shopping
400 Morro Bay Blvd. Morro Bay, CA 93442
WHERE THERE IS PASSION IN CREATION.......THERE IS ART! Over 30 years of professional experience. Stained, Leaded, Etched, Beveled, and Glass windows, Woodburning and Mosaic.
845 Embarcadero Blvd Morro Bay, CA 93442
805 771-9337 www.at-the-helm-boats.com
Buzz around Morro Bay in one of our electric powered boats. Our 18 ft. electra-craft boats are easy to operate and require no special skills. Simple instructions are provided. Each vessel travels at a comfortable 5-knots, Electric powered, there is no engine noise of fumes, and of course, life vests are provided for adults, children and infants. Call for reservations.
131 N. Ocean Ave. Cayucos, CA 93430
Member of Scenic Coast Wineries Deep in the hills of Cayucos, there lies an old dairy barn, no longer smelling of cows, fresh milk, and their leavings, but of fermenting grape must, ceremoniously spilt wine, and strong oak. Transformed from its fragrant beginnings, this humble structure, and home to Cayucos Cellars, has become a sanctuary of cool waiting, and unfathomable potential hiding in every barrel. We of the Selkirk family invite you to our tasting room, located in beautiful downtown Cayucos, just a step from the beach, to partake in an ambrosial experience, where fine wine and a warm welcome will always be awaiting you.
20 State Park Road Morro Bay, CA 93442
Moro Bay is both a State and National Estuary. The Museum of Natural History overlooks the Morro Bay Estuary, a unique habitat where fresh water meets ocean water. Nature walks, Youth Education, Mind walks, Native American programs, Native Gardens, "Kids Rocks" overnight expeditions, and Annual Art and Photography exhibits. Visit our website at www.ccnha.org
Bike & or Surrey Rentals, Kites
1108 Front Street Morro Bay, CA 93442
Fun for the whole family! Farmers Kites & Surreys has a large assortment of all kinds of kites to make your time in Morro Bay fun for the family. When you are done flying your kites take a surrey ride along the new Harbor Walk out to the famous Morro Rock and watch the otters at play.
Hiking & Nature Walks
2999 Embarcadero Morro Bay, CA 93442
The new boardwalk that leads to Morro Rock is finished and many locals and visitors are appreciating the benefits of walking along our bay and enjoying seeing the Otters, birds and squirrels at play. The boardwalk is 2800 feet and is made of a composite of recycled material, plastic and wood fibers. It is textured and is guarded against bacterial or fungal growth to prevent a slippery surface when wet. The bike path is partly made up of reclaimed road and allows not only bicyclist a smooth surface to ride on but parents pushing young babies in strollers can enjoy their running workout without the fear of the nearby traffic or a bumpy road. Still to come are Stone benches and wood benches that will be displayed along the boardwalk for those who would like to sit and take in the beauty of our Rock and Bay before they continue their walk.
601 Embarcadero Blvd Morro Bay, CA 93442
805 772-7647 www.mbnep.org
The Morro Bay Estuary and surrounding areas are great places to relax and view wildlife. Morro Bay offers pristine habitats to many species, including over two dozen endangered species
Pismo Beach and the Central Coast play host to millions of migrating Monarch butterflies each winter. Drop by the famous Pismo Monarch Grove to see eucalyptus trees covered with these colorful butterflies.
The grove is located on Highway 1 at the south boundary of the City of Pismo Beach. Parking is available by meandering through the North Beach campground and following signs, also past the campground, on either side of Hwy 1 at the main access point to the Monarch site. The beach is only a short walk away.
The Audubon Society lists San Luis Obispo County as one of its top ten birding sites in the country. Morro Bay Estuary, one of the largest unspoiled coastal marshes in the state, is a major stopping point in bird migration and attracts over 200 species of native and migrating birds—waterfowl, shorebirds, birds of prey, and warblers. Impressive peregrine falcons, once on the verge of extinction, now nest and hunt from the cliffs of Morro Rock. The neighboring estuary attracts the graceful and elegant snowy egret.
A brochure listing local birds and birding sites can be obtained by phoning the Natural Resources Manager for San Luis Obispo County at 805-781-7211.
Other useful birding resources are:
Elephant seals can be seen birthing, raising pups, and fighting for territory in California's largest mainland rookery on the northern edge of Morro Bay, a short walk from Highway 1 in San Simeon. These marine mammals are truly massive. They can weigh more than a small car. Threatened California sea otters also make Morro Bay home. Look beyond the breakers and you may spot a sea otter floating in a bed of kelp. The great gray whale makes its passage up and down the coast twice a year. The children will enjoy tidepooling at Hazards Beach in Montaña de Oro State Park.
Guided whale watching tours leave the San Luis Pier and Morro Bay on a daily basis in the winter. For departure times and tickets, inquire at Virg's Landing , 1215 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 805-772-1222.
Montaña de Oro State Park is traversed by nine trails, easygoing as well as demanding ones. San Luis Obispo, Bishops Peak, Reservoir Canyon, Laguna Lake Park are only a few of the attractive and well maintained local trails. The trail up Bishops Peak (1200' elevation gain, 4.4 miles round trip) traverses several microclimates to arrive at panoramic views of the city. The Sierra Club Trail Guide is available in local bookstores or can be ordered online . This website offers free downloads of the popular Bishop Peak and Felsman Loop trail descriptions.
Los Padres National Forest encompasses nearly two million acres in the rugged coastal mountains of Central California. The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County to the western edge of Los Angeles County. The Sierra Club trail guide maps out eleven trails in this vast wilderness, including three in Lopez Lake area.
Central Coast Outdoors offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Adventures with Nature, a program supported by the Central Coast Natural History Association, offers docent-led walks in Oceano Lagoon, Hazard Reef, and other nature spots. Scheduled trips are published in the Your Calendar section of the San Luis Obispo Tribune. More information is available by calling 805-772-2694.
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo ( ECOSLO ) offers free monthly docent-led weekend hikes in and around the city of San Luis Obispo. The ECOSLO website lists these hikes several months in advance.
San Luis Obispo County offers world class mountain biking. On a less demanding scale, several road bike loops take you through quaint beach towns and villages of the Central Coast with relatively few hills. Check out the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club's website for a schedule of bicycle trips, or download a map of local bike trails.
Fishing and Sailing
Charter a boat for a day on the water at Virg's Landing, 1215 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-772-1222. Morro Bay Yacht Club , located at 541 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-772-3981, offers sailing classes and boat races.
Morro Bay Natural History Museum offers a wealth of information about natural resources in this area. It is located in Morro Bay State Park, within minutes of the Heron Rookery, Montaña de Oro State Park, the El Moro Elfin Forest and Audubon's Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The Museum overlooks Morro Bay which is both a State and National Estuary. Entry fees are $2 for adults and free to children 16 and under. The Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Hiking: Views, views, views
Many well-maintained trails with a variety of difficulties, microclimates, and scenery wait to be explored. A few of the most popular and convenient hikes are listed briefly below. For more complete information, the local chaper of the Sierra Club maintains a comprehensive list (including directions, length, and difficulty) on their website . Mountain Air Sports (805-962-0049, directions ), a San Luis Obispo outdoor store, can supply you with trail books and maps if you would like further directions.
Montaña de Oro State Park is probably your best bet for close hiking and nature walks close by, with nine major trails of varying difficulty, terrain and views. This state park is miraculously free of charge. There are many places to enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of waves crashing against beaches and cliffs. The Coon Creek trail ( click here for directions) is an excellent choice for a hot day. This trail follows a lush creek bed up from the coast for several miles with very little uphill. Shade from the native trees and cool water flowing next to the trail keep you cool. You can also choose to hike on a trail that follows the coast the entire way from the campgrounds to the end of the park. Finally, for the adventurous, try climbing the Ridge Trail , closer to park entrance. It will take you up several hundred feet for a panoramic view of Morro Rock, the entire park, and the bay.
In Morro Bay, the hike up Black Hill offers spectacular views as well as a light cardio workout. This trail can be accessed from the Morro Bay State Park campground parking lot ( click here for directions), a twenty minute drive from the Sea Venture. The total hike is only about three miles roundtrip and should take less than an hour and a half at a relaxed pace.
The trail up Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo (1200' elevation gain, 4.4 miles round trip) traverses several microclimates to arrive at panoramic views of the city. The 360º view from this local favorite includes Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, the City of San Luis Obispo, and the vineyards of Edna and San Luis Valley.
For a more relaxed hiking experience, try the well-marked Felsman Loop , in the Bishop Peak area. This hike is rated easy to moderate, with few uphill sections. It winds through oak woodland, chaparral, and expansive grassland areas. Red-tailed hawks and other birds sail overhead, hitching a ride on the breeze that comes up from the ocean.
Los Padres National Forest encompasses nearly two million acres in the rugged coastal mountains of Central California. The forest stretches across almost 220 miles from the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County to the western edge of Los Angeles County. The Sierra Club Trail Guide maps out eleven adventurous trails in this vast wilderness, including three beautiful trails in the nearby Lopez Lake area.
The Cerro Alto trailhead ( directions ) offers hikes just about a half hour's drive from the resort. The trailhead is nestled in a lush riparian valley—a running creek makes this area dense with trees, green plants, and bird life year round. Starting at over 1000' (about 300m) in elevation, these hikes offer glimpses of some of the life in the higher elevations of San Luis Obispo County. You can hike to the top of Cerro Alto Peak, which at 2600' (~800m) is one of the highest peaks in the western part of the county.
San Luis Obispo County offers world class mountain biking and excellent road bike opportunities. Mountain trails are easily accessed from downtown San Luis Obispo, Highway 101, and Montaña de Oro State Park. Several road ride loops offer an alternative to off-road riding, taking you through quaint beach towns and villages of the Central Coast with relatively few hills. The Bob Jones Bikeway, accessed from Highway 101 near Avila Hot Springs , is a local favorite. It offers several miles of peaceful riding away from motor vehicles along shady San Luis Obispo Creek. This path ends in the little beach town of Avila, an excellent place for a lunch stop or even some wine tasting . For more information on mountain trails and road rides, contact the SloPokes or SLOBC , two local biking clubs.
After you have surfed Pismo Beach, give the waves of Morro Bay a try. You can rent a board and wetsuit at several surf shops in town, and arrange for a lesson too. In the bay proper waves tend to be smaller and are excellent for learning, while the big waves lie to the north and south ( click here for map of surfing locations in the area). For a great day of waves and soft sand, head out to the sandspit at Montaña de Oro State Park. Be sure to grab the latest surf report !
The nearby town of Morro Bay is renowned for its excellent fishing. The ocean here offers a wide variety of fish depending on season and water temperature. Charter a boat for a day on the water at Virg's Landing, 1215 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805-772-1222 or through Bob's Sportfishing .
Sailing the Central Coast is a great way to see areas that aren't reachable by car or foot. The Morro Bay Yacht Club , located at 541 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, (805-772-3981) is a great place to get in touch with boat enthusiasts who always need crew. If you are experienced, you may want to join in a race. The yacht club also offers sailing classes for those who already have the desire but haven't got the skills.
Learning to kayak in an area with fairly calm waters such as the estuary or Morro Bay can be fun family experience. Kayaking the Morro Bay Estuary is perhaps the best way to see this serene nature preserve. The labyrinthine channels through the low tide of the estuary make for hours of casual fun as you paddle past birds, fish, and invertebrates that most people never get to see. Kayaks can be rented from Kayak Horizons in Morro Bay on an hourly or daily basis. Or, you can organize a guided trip through Central Coast Kayaks ( click here for a 2 for 1 coupon), Central Coast Outdoors or Sea for Yourself Adventures in Cambria. These organizations can get you outfitted and guide you to some of the more interesting places for kayaking.
Want an even better view? Helicopter rides offer you a spectacular perspective of our rugged coast and mountains. Besides sightseeing, Shoreline Helicopters (805 594-1355) offers photography trips and will help you celebrate special events such as birthdays and anniversaries.
If you are away for the weekend and looking for some good rock, San Luis Obispo County will be happy to accommodate. Several climbing areas are within less than a half-hour's drive from the resort and offer wonderful single pitch sport leads or top roping. Cabrillo Peaks (on the way to Montaña de Oro State Park) offers single pitch climbs from 5.4 to 5.11 which can be top roped. Great open views make this a local favorite on a sunny day. For more information on climbing areas and finding local partners, go to www.climbingslo.com which has routes listed as well as some great photos.
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