Belonging to the county’s ancient chain of volcanic peaks called the Nine Sisters or the Morros. Once available for climbing, the rock has been closed off and designated a sanctuary for the Peregrine Falcons that nest at the peak.
Morro Bay Aquarium & Marine Rehabilitation
Built in 1960, the Morro Bay Aquarium became a rehabilitation center for distressed mammals in 1984 and is a non-profit organization. The aquarium features sea lions that you can feed. Fourteen tanks line the inside of the building, allowing you to view local marine life such as fish, sharks, octopus, eels, abalone sea anemones and more. In addition, the research department at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo boards their horseshoe crabs here.
Morro Bay is home to many local galleries featuring local and world-renowed artists. Visit the massive displays at the Shell Shop, or the Thomas Kinkade Gallery of Light.
With Morro Rock serving as a natural sea break, the bay is perfect for kayaking and observing sea life. A variety of sea birds call Morro Bay their home and in the middle of the bay is a barge where sea lions gather to mate. You can venture out on a boat ride with services including whale watching and dinner cruises. Of course what would a fishing village be without fishing? Watch as local fishermen depart and bring in their catch daily.
Morro Bay holds a farmer’s market twice a week on Thursday evening and the larger one on Saturday afternoons along Main Street.
Every October Morro Bay hosts the Harbor Festival. It is an annual celebration of the Central Coast’s unique food, wine, lifestyle, and working waterfront. It has been the highlight of the first full weekend in October for nearly 30 years.
Tall Ship Lady Washington Dockside Tours and Public Sails
Every November the Tall Ship Lady Washington docks in Morro Bay. The three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. If the ship looks familiar it is because it was featured in the film Pirates of The Caribbean as the HMS Interceptor.
Cruisin Morro Bay Car Show
Happening the last weekend in April to the beginning of May, this 15 year old show has over 500 entrants and spans the main street of Morro Bay and surrounding side streets. Featuring awards, food, vendors, and live entertainment.