Top Things to do in Morro Bay in the Summer
Summer is a hugely popular time to come to Morro Bay, and with good reason. Sunnier skies and warmer temperatures make it all the easier to enjoy this seaside village’s jaw-dropping scenery, mesmerizing nature, and undeniably tight-knit feel. Not sure what to do when you arrive? Check out our list of highly recommended things to do in Morro Bay in the summer months, which we created especially with guests of Ascot Suites in mind.
Activities in Morro Bay this summer
HIKE THROUGH EL MORO ELFIN FOREST
An enchanting natural area home to more than 200 species of plants, 110 kind of birds, and 22 species of mammals, along with reptiles, butterflies, and snails, Elfin Forest is a serene escape from city life. Hike along nearly a mile-long loop in this 90-acre park and admire the twisting branches of oak and manzanita trees, along with maritime chaparral and coastal dune scrub. Make sure to take your camera for shots of wildflowers, sand dunes, and mountains in the distance. Whether you’re an active hiker or just want to spend some time in nature with your partner, Elfin Forest is one of those Morro Bay activities that’s definitely worth adding to your list.
SUNSET PICNIC ON THE BEACH
What better way to experience the nightly tradition of sunset than with a specially curated spread of goodies? Stop by a grocery store, local market, or deli for fresh bread, cheeses, meats, and dried fruits, and create your own DIY charcuterie board. Grab some drinks or some wine and make your way to Morro Rock Beach, which claims the top spot among Morro Bay attractions. Lay down a blanket, don your jacket, and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. Check here for the best sunset spots in Morro Bay.
RELAX ON THE ROOFTOP SUNDECK
The rooftop sundeck at Ascot Suites is a special place indeed—not every hotel in Morro Bay offers a place for panoramic ocean views like this! Grab a chair and admire Morro Rock while smelling the salty ocean breezes. Linger a while and watch the sun descend into the horizon while the sky turns a kaleidoscope of colors. Or head to the sundeck in the cool morning hours to sip your coffee and get energized for a fun day.
ADULTS-ONLY SUNSET TIKI CRUISE
One of the most romantic things to do in Morro Bay, a sunset tiki cruise is a marvelous way to connect with your partner and enjoy the stunning scenery Morro Bay is known for. Lost Isle Adventures offers an hour-long, 21-and-up sunset cruise that traverses the back bay as day becomes night. Let your hair down and sip on signature 1950s cocktails while you cruise the calm waters keeping an eye out for wildlife. Harbor cruises are $30 per person.
HAVE A ROMANTIC SEASIDE DINNER
You have tons of options for dining in Morro Bay, but make sure to get at least one romantic meal on the books. Windows on the Water Restaurant & Bar is the ideal spot for such a meal. With a menu serving fine Californian cuisine and an extensive wine list, not to mention a bayside patio and a dining room lined with windows. Enjoy delicious flavors while savoring one-of-a-kind views.
Must-go events in Morro Bay in summer
BROWSE THROUGH ARTS & CRAFTS AT MORRO BAY ART IN THE PARK
Taking place over three different weekends this summer, Morro Bay Art in the Park is in its 66th year. It’s one of the best Morro Bay events for lovers of art, thanks to more than 100 booths representing 125 independent artists and craft workers. When you need a break from all the eye-catching work, grab some refreshments from the food and drink stands. The event takes place from May 28-30, June 2-4, and September 3-5; there’s free parking available within three blocks of Morro Bay.
JOIN THE BRIAN WATERBURY ROCK TO PIER RUN & HALF MARATHON
Exercising may be the last thing on your mind while on vacation. But indulge us and join the 53rd Annual Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Fun Run and Half Marathon on July 22, 2023, at the Morro Rock parking lot. It’s a great opportunity to get active and take in the stunning seaside views while immersing yourself in the local culture.
The fun run starts at Morro Rock and finishes at Cayucos Pier, covering a distance of 6 miles. For those up for more of a challenge, the half marathon covers a distance of 10.5 miles starting at Morro Rock all the way to Cayucos Pier and back. Registration is open to all ages and fitness levels, so don’t be afraid to sign up! But if you really just don’t feel like running, you can just spectate, of course, and stay for the post-race entertainment! Register here.
TAKE THE PACIFIC HERITAGE TOUR ABOARD THE SAN SALVADOR
Inject a little history and education on your summer trip to Morro Bay, and embark on a fascinating journey through history with the Pacific Heritage Tour aboard the San Salvador. Presented by the Maritime Museum San Diego, the ship is making a rare tour stop in Morro Bay from August 11th to the 20th.
Take this chance to step aboard this magnificent replica of the Spanish galleon that first sailed along the California coast in 1542 under the command of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Small caveat: No, you won’t be sailing with it, but there’s a dockside side exhibit, plus it’s a truly unique immersive experience you probably won’t get the chance to do in your lifetime. Purchase your Pacific Heritage Tour 2023 tickets here.
EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY AT THE AVOCADO AND MARGARITA FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
If you’re a foodie with a passion for avocados and margaritas, don’t miss the Avocado and Margarita Food & Drink Festival. Held in downtown Morro Bay each September, the festival brings together local restaurants and bars for a day of culinary delights. Sample creative dishes featuring the star ingredient—avocado—and wash them down with a variety of margaritas, from classic to fruit-infused. The festival also features live music and a fun, festive atmosphere. Visit their website or Facebook page for updates on this year’s festival dates and other details.
SHARE OR SIMPLY LISTEN TO STORIES AT THE REBOOT
Indulge in an evening of captivating tales and shared experiences at Reboot Storytelling, hosted at the cozy and vibrant Top Dog Coffee Bar in Morro Bay. This unique event showcases the power of storytelling, bringing together a diverse community of storytellers and listeners alike. Step into a world where narratives come alive as individuals take the stage to share their personal journeys, anecdotes, and reflections. From humorous tales that leave you in stitches to poignant narratives that touch your heart, Reboot Storytelling offers a rich tapestry of human experiences. Grab a warm cup of coffee, settle into a comfy chair, and let yourself be transported to different worlds through the power of storytelling.
Planning a vacation to Morro Bay? Make Ascot Suites your home away from home. Boasting a delightful retro ambiance, a sleek rooftop sundeck, and character-filled suites with fireplaces and deep jetted tubs, Ascot Suites is truly a one-of-a-kind hotel in Morro Bay. To find out more about our exceptional accommodations and reserve your room, call us today at 800-887-6454.