Feb 19, 2016

A Busy Weekend in Morro Bay


Residents and visitors alike love to learn and play in Morro Bay. This weekend, the weather is likely to be clear, so you’ll have the chance to get outside. Here are our picks for a fun weekend in Morro Bay.


For the curious

Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP) hosts a Third Saturday Walk

Head to the beautiful Elfin Forest in Los Osos bright and early on Saturday morning for a Fungus Foray. This walk that will shed some light on the shady world of fungi. Dennis Sheridan will lead the group through the Elfin Forest, keeping an eye out for interesting mushrooms to observe. You should get some great views of the estuary from the boardwalk trail, too. The walk begins at 9:30.

More information on the Elfin Forest website.

A view of the estuary from the Elfin Forest.
A view of the estuary from the Elfin Forest.

Central Coast State Parks Association (CCSPA) hosts Adventures with Nature

After your trip to the Elfin Forest, you can join CCSPA docents for three different fun and informative events. On Saturday, February 20, at 11:00 a.m. visit White’s Point for a unique perspective on the estuary. Break for lunch, and then come back to the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History at 2:00 p.m., in time for their Saturday Scientists presentation. This month’s offering is called Off the Docks, and it lets you get up close and personal with all the cool stuff that grows on the bottom of boats and docks. Families are welcome at this event.

On Sunday, you can continue learning about the estuary by taking a guided walk out to Windy Cove for a look at the mudflats and the organisms that live in them.

More information at the CCSPA website.


The view from Windy Cove.
The view from Windy Cove.

For the adventurous

If you like to feel the wind in your hair, there are plenty of ways to explore Morro Bay that will give you a thrill.

Rent a kayak or Standup Paddleboard

There are many different kayak and paddleboard rental shops in Morro Bay. Some of them even provide guided tours. Look up the options online! When you grab your paddle and head out onto the bay, remember to stay a safe distance away from all marine mammals and birds. That means giving them at least 50 yards, or about five kayak lengths, of space.


Take a hike

Whether you want to walk along the estuary or see it from high above, there is a Morro Bay hike for you. Check out our blog post on family-friendly hikes to find one that you’ll enjoy.

Looking inland from the top of Black Hill in spring.
Looking inland from the top of Black Hill in spring.