Morro Rock, in Morro Bay

Six Things To Do with Kids in SLO County California_Morro Bay 1DAY 3 of our #CentralCoastTopNineWonders is ….  iconic Morro Rock.

I’ve always been so in love with this geological staple on our coast. It makes a fantastic backdrop for photos of the kids, and can be seen from far away in the distance.



Remember when I said yesterday Morro Rock is the ninth sister in SLO’s famous string of volcanic peaks? To my surprise, it also looks a ton like the famous rocks in Canon Beach, Oregon, featured in some scenes of the 1980s cult classic The Goonies. Our own Morro Rock was featured in a pivotal episode of Showtime’s The Affair a couple of years ago. It was so fun to see it on the big screen!

The Salinan and Chumash tribes consider Morro Rock to be a sacred site. The public isn’t allowed to climb the rock, though you’ll occasionally hear on the police scanner about some dumb dumb who climbed it and needs a cliff rescue.

According to Wikipedia, “The Salinan people climb Morro Rock for their biannual solstice ceremonies to celebrate the time in legend when a hawk and a raven destroyed a two-headed serpent-monster that wrapped his body around the base of the rock.”

Wow. Pretty and cool.

For nine days in January, I’m posting my #CentralCoastTopNineWonders series of kid-friendly attractions in San Luis Obispo County.

This is Day 1. You can search for the other Days here.


About Tonya Strickland

Tonya Strickland is a journalist and Instagram influencer in the family and travel niche. A former newspaper reporter, Tonya shares unfiltered #momlife content about places to go with kids. Her family moved from California's Central Coast to Washington state in August 2020. Their adventures now continue in the Pacific Northwest.

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