With quick access to historic homes, stunning beaches, and beautiful state parks, Morro Bay is one of the best places to discover California's Central Coast. The area is excellent for families because there are plenty of cheap and free things to do in Morro Bay and many activities that appeal to everyone. Check out these Morro Bay family-friendly activities and get out and explore the area today!
Whale Watching & Sub Sea Tours
One unique way to spend the day is on a Morro Bay Whale Watching excursion where you can see California Gray Whales and Central Coast Humpback Whales. Take a guided tour around Morro Bay to get a chance to see these beautiful creatures. Besides whale watching expeditions, rent a kayak or “party canoe” (which sit up to 12 people). Or, take Sub Sea Tours, which are great Morro Bay family-friendly activities. Hop aboard a Coast-Guard approved semi-submersible vessel and view what it's like to live under the sea through the boat’s underwater viewing room. There are plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife like sea birds, otters, jellyfish, fish, and kelp fields. Whale watching tours leave daily in the summer at 9 am and 12:30 pm from their dock on the Embarcadero. Winter tours vary and are weather permitting.
Bay Cruisers Electric Boat Rentals
At Bay Cruises Electric Boat Rentals, you’re in the driver’s seat to explore Morro Bay and the estuary. Rent a boat and tour the bay, or book a guided tour as a local expert tells you all about the area’s history and the wildlife. They also offer sunset tours that are a perfect way to end a day in Morro Bay. Bay Cruisers offers boat rentals that fit up to eight people. You can rent boats in hour increments for one or two hours at a time. Pets are also welcome on board for an additional fee.
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park is the best way to get close to Morro Rock and see the saltwater marshes first hand. The park offers lots of family activities like hiking, camping, sailing, fishing. There's even an 18-hole golf course! Tour the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, located in the park, and learn about local wildlife through several exhibits, video presentations, and tours. Make sure you dress accordingly—Morro Rock can get up to 30 degrees chillier than the main inland areas. Jackets and layers work best!
It’s not what you think! Margarita Adventures is a zip lining adventure park located on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA, about 20 minutes away from our hotel in Morro Bay. The ranch is home to a vineyard, views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, and is an active cattle ranch. Soar above all of these beautiful sceneries at one of the six zip lines within the park. You have the choice to fly over vineyards, mountain ranges, through live oak tree canopies, and more! Race another family member on their Double Barrel zipline, a course of two tandem 2,800-foot ziplines. There's even a 300-foot suspension bridge over a canyon that you’ll need to cross to get to the Double Barrel zipline!
Visit Morro Bay and Stay at the Blue Sail Inn
Located just steps away from restaurants, shops, and downtown Morro Bay activities, the Blue Sail Inn is conveniently close to everything Morro Bay has to offer. Our hotel has stunning sunset views of Morro Rock and the bay and the abundant wildlife in the area.