Bring mom out to enjoy a beautiful Mother's Day weekend outside in our warm sunshine. Whether she's feeling adventurous or wants to spend her day relaxing, Morro Bay is the perfect getaway to experience breathtaking natural beauty together. Here are just a few of our favorite surprises perfect for mom here in town:

1. Take her on a day trip, surprise her with an overnight getaway!

Make the weekend last a bit longer and sleep in a cozy suite right next to the bay. Take mom into town for a day trip and surprise her by checking into a hotel for the evening. This will be your gateway to relaxation, as you both can enjoy exploring town with a place to rest nearby. When you check into your hotel, you will receive a passport to savings at 11 amazing restaurants and stores in town. This will help guide you during your trip!

2. Visit the baby herons

Mother's Day is the best time to see newborn great blue herons at the heron rookery, right outside the entrance of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. It's common to see both males and females caring for their young, which typically hatch early in May. Be sure to look high in the tree boughs, as herons can have nests up to 100 feet off the ground. Pack your binoculars along to catch a better view. Stop by the Museum of Natural History and talk with one of our local experts for more information.

3.  Go adventure

We all know your mom has a little wild side. Let her run free on Mother’s Day doing one of her favorite activities. Here are some suggestions that might fit her:

LIGHT:  Take a walk on the beach, the Harborwalk, the Boardwalk, or the State Park

MODERATE:   Cruise the bay on a kayak or paddleboard, or enjoy hiking Black Hill Trail

HEAVY:   Go surfing or swimming in the waves, or try out a stand up paddleboard yoga class

4. Say hello to our otter pups

Almost too cute to handle, our baby and mommy otters typically hang out toward the edge of the water next to Dockside restaurant and are seen all the way to Morro Rock's parking lot. They're often spotted cuddling with their mommies, eating some lunch or playing around in the water. You'll want to bring your camera!

5. Treat her!

All the best sons and daughters want to treat mom on Mother’s Day. Morro Bay has several ways you can “wow” her this year through simple delicacies. Try out one of our family-owned bakeries or homemade candy stores to find the perfect treat for her. Or, skip the sugar and enjoy a spa day together. There are many spas and salons near the waterfront to find serenity. Whether she likes pedicures, facials or massages, all are options to those who book early.