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Direct to Morro Bay
12/19/2018

Direct to Morro Bay

With a new direct flight from Dallas to San Luis Obispo leaving daily, travel to Morro Bay has never been easier. Starting this spring, in a little over four hours, you can travel from Texas to Morro Bay.
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Migrating Monarch Butterflies in Morro Bay
12/12/2018

Migrating Monarch Butterflies in Morro Bay

Did you know that the coast of California is the only place in the continuous United States where you can find wintering monarchs? They fly thousands of miles every year to reach their winter home; which means it can take up to three generations to complete the entire round-trip journey.
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Maritime History Sails into Morro Bay
11/21/2018

Maritime History Sails into Morro Bay

From whale watching tours and sunset cruises, to fishing charters, to kayak and paddle board rentals, there are numerous ways to get on the water in Morro Bay.  November 28 – December 19 were adding one more to the list: The West Coast’s Tall Ships. 

 

Grays Historical Seaport, based in Washington, is bringing recreated historical “tall ships” identical to those that sailed more than 200 years ago. 

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain tour through several West Coast cities year-round to introduce the public to maritime history. This November and December, the two tall ships will dock in Morro Bay for public tours, adventure and battle sails, and to get festive in the annual
Lighted Boat Parade event as part of this year’s Winterfest. 


The Lady Washington will be arriving in Morro Bay on November 28, and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be arriving on December 1. Both ships will be departing on December 19. There will be free weekday tours open to the public from 4-5pm, closed on Mondays. On weekends, the ships will be hosting “adventure sails” and “battle sails” at sea. 

“Some people imagine a modern ship, or a Navy cutter,” says Execute Director Brandi Bednarik. “‘Pirate Ship’ comes pretty close, but it leaves out the truth of why ships like these sailed mostly for trade, exploration, and in military action. Our mission is to share this history with the American public.” 

Both ships have a unique history dating back to the 1700’s. The Lady Washington was the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788, as well as the first to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan. The Hawaiian Chieftain is inspired by early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded amongst Atlantic coastal cities and towns.

In 1993, both replicas engaged in their first “mock sea battle” in San Francisco, blossoming a relationship that would perform for years to come. Dockside visitors can expect to tour the vessel and talk with the crew, while sailing passengers will experience the crew in-action and the ship under wind power. 

 

When they are not sailing, you can find the ships at the T-pier (near the Great American Fish Company). And there is even more maritime history to discover by walking across the street to the new Morro Bay Maritime Museum. The permanent outdoor instillation is accessible seven days a week, and the museum itself is open every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

 
For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets for the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington’s visit in Morro Bay, click HERE. 



Photo by Copper Carras via Gray's Harbor Historical Seaport
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A Morro Bay Thanksgiving 2018
11/14/2018

A Morro Bay Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is about three things: being mindful about what we have, spending time with friends and family, and eating food…lots of food. Here’s a list of restaurants open this Thanksgiving. Enjoy a traditional meal or try something new this year. You can even adventure on your own food tour – stopping at multiple locations to try various dishes. Whatever you choose to eat, it is sure to be delicious holiday in Morro Bay.
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Chasing Sunsets
11/08/2018

Chasing Sunsets

No two sunsets are the same. Especially when there’s so many locations to check out. What will tonight’s bring? There’s only one way to find out: grab a camera and a friend and start chasing that sunset.
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Morro Bay Triathlon 2018
11/02/2018

Morro Bay Triathlon 2018

Take a dip, grab a bike, or tie up your sneakers--you can do it all in Morro Bay. As proof by the Morro Bay Triathlon this weekend (Sunday, November 4th).
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Below the Surface in Morro Bay
10/23/2018

Below the Surface in Morro Bay

Hauntingly beautiful biology below the surface in Morro Bay
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Hero's Wine Walk
10/18/2018

Hero's Wine Walk

Why let the kiddos have all the Halloween dress up fun? This one’s for the adults (21+). Dress up as your favorite hero and join us for a scavenger hunt on October 26th to Morro Bay businesses for wine, beer, and food parings.
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How To Get Around Morro Bay
10/11/2018

How To Get Around Morro Bay

Leave the driving stress behind and feel good about using less gas by parking for free and using alternative transportation throughout Morro Bay. Here are five ways to explore Morro Bay…without a car.
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Fall at the Harbor
10/03/2018

Fall at the Harbor

Spend this weekend in Morro Bay as we invite you to make our community’s tradition your tradition.
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