Stay in Morro Bay for Two Nights this November or December and Kids get FREE Stuff!

Free Whale Watching, Kite, Museums, Clam Chowder, Stickers, Hats, Taffy and more!

Morro Bay, CA, November 1, 2016 – Is your family FREE this November or December? Stay in Morro Bay, CA lodging properties for two nights and kids get all kinds of free stuff! Entrance to 3 museums is FREE including the Museum of Natural History, the Skateboard Museum and the Estuary Nature Center! Free cup of clam chowder, kites and more! Not to mention all the other fun FREE stuff there is to do like tide pooling, hiking and beach combing for sand dollars. Morro Bay is perfect for family reunions and holiday get-togethers and offers abundant lodging choices, amazing local seafood, great family restaurants, activities like kayaking and whale watching as well as shopping and wine tasting! Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is just minutes from Hearst Castle and other favorite attractions along Highway 1 in Central California.

“We wanted to make it easier for your family to enjoy Morro Bay for a family reunion or extended vacation this holiday season”, explains Jennifer Little, Executive Director of Discover Morro Bay. ”If you and your family haven’t experienced this classic fishing village, now is the time when kids get all kinds of free stuff this November and December. We look forward to sharing our amazing treasures with your family.”


When you check into your hotel for a two-night stay, a Kid’s Passport of Goodies will be provided for each child under 16.

Farmer's Kites and Surrey's - Free Kite, a $5 value!

Morro Bay Beach is the perfect place to fly kites with the kid's all year long. Kids get a free kite while supplies last at Farmer's Kites and Surrey's located on the Embarcadero through the end of December.  You can also use that kite towards un upgrade on a larger kite or surrey rental. *NO purchase required.

Subsea Tours - Free Whale Watching, a $18 value!

Subsea tours is offering FREE whale watching tours for kids, up to 3 per family through the end of December. The central coast is home to hundreds of humpback whales feeding on the abundant sea life during the fall and winter. Humpback whales are known to put on quite a show including throwing tail, lunge feeding, tail lobbing and full breaching.  *Adult chaperone (with purchased ticket) is required with children.

Morro Bay Natural History Museum - $3 value

The Museum of Natural History - the only one in the California State Park system -- opened in 1962. The Museum features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits specifically created for the Morro Bay site. Interactive exhibits were designed to delight and educate both young and old.  These exhibits provide current scientific information related to the estuary and bay ecosystems and allow visitors to learn about tidal forces, geology, erosion, human impacts on the land and how to preserve and protect the environment and all its living creatures in a fun, hands-on learning environment.  *NO purchase required.

Giovanni's Fish Market - Free 8oz Clam Chowder, with any purchase.

Get an 8 oz cup of clam chowder with any purchase at Giovanni’s Fish Market. Giovanni's offers fresh off the boat seafood, great fish and chips, super casual with a walk up widow located right on the bay. Outdoor patio seating is great for wildlife watching. 

Carousel Taffy - Free Taffy, $1 value!

What is a vacation at the beach without taffy? Carousel Taffy is offering 4 pieces of free taffy for kids through the end of December. Carousel Taffy currently offers over 70 flavors available at the store, and also a selection of sugar free taffy, assorted bags of 4oz, 8oz or 1 pound, caramel corn and other candy. Carousel has been selling homemade taffy on the Morro Bay waterfront for over 20 years.  *NO purchase necessary.

Morro Bay Skateboard Museum - Free Entrance and Sticker, $3 value!

See the complete history of skateboarding - from the early 1930's to present day. Over 300 skateboards from all eras with rotating exhibits from extensive private collections. Old-school legends are often sighted, including Stacy Peralta, creator of skate documentaries "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography."  *NO purchase necessary.

Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center - Free Entrance, $2 value!

The Estuary Nature Center invites visitors to experience the beauty of the estuary and learn about protecting its sensitive habitats and wildlife. At the Nature Center, you can view aquariums of steelhead trout and eelgrass, and learn about the threats they face. Find 3-D images of the estuary, learn about the watershed that supplies it with freshwater, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy the spectacular view and take advantage of the center’s binoculars to do some wildlife watching. *NO purchase necessary.

Gramma's Frozen Yogurt - Free Gummy Shark

Get a FREE gummy shark with purchase of an 8 oz frozen yogurt at Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop. Gramma’s features Honey Hill Farm’s REAL Frozen Yogurt, warm waffle boats with frozen yogurt & toppings and nice outdoor patio seating with board games for the family to play.

REEL EZ Charter Fishing - Free REEL EZ Hat, $9 value!

Book a fishing trip with REEL EZ Charter Fishing and KIDS receive a Free REEL EZ Hat.  Call Capt. Bill Presley at 805.441.2091 and talk fishing!  They also do coastal wildlife tours and have a 6 person maximum. 

Tide Pools

Morro Bay is home to one of the most fascinating coastal environments you’ll find anywhere. The best tide pools in Morro Bay are found at Morro Strand Beach north of Yerba Buena St. off Highway 1 and at Windy Cove, north of the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. Ochre Sea Stars, some orange and some purple, stand out against the deep green kelp while small black and brown turban snails pepper the pools. There are sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, green anemones, barnacles, mussels, rock crabs, anemones, chitons, sponges, sea urchins, tube worms, sea cucumbers and thick beds of seaweed. The Central Coast Natural History Association offers docent walks at many of the above locations. Call 805-772-2694 for information.

Bike Friendly

This bicycle friendly town, honored as such by the League of American Bicyclists, offers year round cycling, mountain biking and beach cruising in an absolutely gorgeous seaside setting. Morro Bay makes it easy for cyclers to get around town, offering a detailed Bike Route Map that highlights the towns many bicycle friendly trails. Begin your cycling adventure in downtown and ride to Morro Bay State Park and Marina on the Back Bay. From there, travel to North Morro Bay over the newly opened Morro Creek Trail Bridge through Cloisters Park, and down to the Embarcadero where you can ride the Harbor Walk path out to the iconic Morro Rock. From the Rock, pedal down onto the beach and enjoy miles of bike friendly paths along the gorgeous Pacific shoreline. Didn’t bring your bicycle with you? Not to worry. Surreys, bicycles and beachcombers are available for rent at Farmer’s Kites and Surreys located on the Embarcadero. And, let’s not forget that the Morro Bay BMX-style bike park, the only official course of its kind in San Luis Obispo County, is open from sunrise to sunset and is free to riders of all ages.

Kids FREE passports of goodies available at all hotels.

Here are some additional lodging discounts in November and December

Beach Bungalow:

Get 10% off when you book direct:

Best Western San Marcos:

Find Romance, Hearst Castle and Golf Packages:

Best Western Tradewinds:

Book your stay directly and save 12% for November and December

Estero Inn:

Anniversary Packages, Sailing and Romance packages:

Inn at Morro Bay:

Golf, Wine Tasting, Fall Packages:

Bayfront Inn:

Save by booking direct:

Sandpiper Inn:

Extended Stay offer:

About Morro Bay

A true gem, this seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in a gorgeous natural setting. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. Recently recognized in as her home in Finding Dory, Morro Bay was named as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and outdoor activities are a way of life. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone.

Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit or follow Morro Bay on its Facebooktwitter orPinterest pages.


Susan Hartzler 

Public Relations Manager 
Mental Marketing 


Jennifer Little 
Executive Director 
Discover Morro Bay