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Morro Bay

Morro Rock
One of the most dramatic spots on the Central Coast is Morro Bay. Morro Rock, a distinctive volcanic formation called the "Gibraltar of the Pacific," was sighted in 1542 by the explorer Juan Cabrillo as he sailed up the coast of California. At Morro Bay, kids can boogie board at the beach, go whale watching, or just spend hours exploring the tide pools.

The Embarcadero

      Rent sea kayaks or canoes for a spin around sheltered Morro Bay.
    At Sub Sea Tours, a bright yellow submersible boat provides an underwater view of harbor seals, shiny schools of smelt, giant kelp and sea otters.
    Or, if the water isn't clear, take a wildlife tour of the estuary in an electric launch to look for sea birds and otters.
      In season (December to March), there are gray whale watching tours from Virg's Landing and Sub Sea Tours.
      If you're pressed for time, stop into the small Morro Bay Aquarium, where you can see (and feed) sea lions, and get a peek at other marine life such as brightly colored fish, pink sea anemones and orange eels.
    Rent bikes Bike out to Morro Rock or around the Embarcadero. Morro Bay Cyclery on Main St. and Kites Galore have kids bikes and surreys for rent. (If you're lazy, you can also drive out to the base of Morro Rock.)
    Tidelands Park – This is really fine playground, with a tip-top pirate ship climbing structure, grassy areas and a nice walkway along the harbor.

Morro Strand State Beach (South) – Buy kites to fly on the wide sandy beach at Morro Strand State Beach (there are picnic tables too, so bring a lunch). You can pick up kites at Kites Galore on Front St. In the warm weather, rent boogie boards and hit the waves, or just play in the sand.

    Museum of Natural History (Morro Bay State Park) – Museum has hands-on exhibits about the local ocean currents, tidal flats, sand dunes, volcanic activity that created Morro Rock, and flora and fauna around Morro Bay. Afterwards, take a walk to Windy Cove or White Point.
Montana de Oro State Park
  Montana de Oro State Park – Montana de Oro State Park has camping and miles of hiking trails – the highlight is shale rock formations in shades of gold and silver, jutting out into the sea. From the cliffs, bring your binoculars to look for harbor seals in the ocean and hawks in the sky.
    At the Ocean Bluffs Trail, climb down to the beach to explore the tide pools. You can't miss the giant-size fluorescent lime green sea anemones, plus turban snails, rock crabs and sea stars (resist the urge to poke your fingers in the sea anemones).
      From the Sandspit turnoff, it's a short walk down to the sand dunes. Play in the dune,s run around piles of driftwood, investigate clam shells and kelp washed up on the shore – it's a long sandy beach that seems to go on forever.
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