Call the park for hours of operation.
- Museum and gift shop hours from 10am-5pm daily
- The park is open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Morro Bay State Park
In the interest of public safety, portions of Morro Bay State Park, including the campground, are closed through at least Wednesday March 8. Campers with reservations will be contacted for refunds. Severe storms have felled numerous large trees and dozens of large limbs. State Parks requires time to clear the debris and repair damage. Lower State Park Road is also temporarily closed due to road damage from the storms. Lower State Park Road is also temporarily closed from South Bay Blvd due to road damage from the storms. However, the road is now open at the north end from the City of Morro Bay to allow access to the Inn at Morro Bay, the Museum of Natural History, Marina Parking Lot, Morro Bay Golf Course and the Bayside Café.
Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.
Location - Directions
From San Luis Obispo take Highway 1 north to the Los Osos - Baywood Park offramp. Turn left, go about 1 mile and turn right into the state park.
From the South, take Highway 101 northbound to the Los Osos - Baywood Park offramp. Turn left toward Los Osos and travel about 10 miles to South Bay Blvd., then turn right and go about 3 miles to the state park entrance.
The Museum of Natural History is in the park. Drive about 1/10th mile, past the campground and the marina, then turn left into the museum parking lot.
Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
Morro Bay has moderate weather. During summer days the area is 30 degrees cooler than inland areas. Dress in layers, especially at the ocean. As the water here is cooler than in Southern California, surfers generally wear wetsuits.
Museum of Natural History
A visit to the Central Coast of California is not complete without a stop at the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay State Park. The museum offers activities for all ages: nature walks, exhibits, lectures, puppet shows, videos, docent led tours and special events.
Visit the Chumash garden along the side of the museum and learn how the Chumash used native plants of this area in their daily lives.
The Museum of Natural History is within minutes of the Heron Rookery, Morro Bay State Park, 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.
Available Activities and Facilities at Morro Bay State Park
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available