Things to Do in Moss Landing

December 11, 2020
Aerial shot from Moss Landing, California - Visiting Moss Landing

There is so much to see and do in Monterey and California’s Central Coast. From exploring Cannery Row to experiencing all the gorgeous wineries in the area, there is something for everyone. They are also many places to take fun day trips within the area surrounding Monterey. Moss Landing is a unique place to visit and gives nature lovers the chance to view hundreds of wildlife species all in one spot! With so many things to do in moss landing, you’ll want to add a trip to this quaint fishing town to your Monterey itinerary.

About Moss Landing, California

Bridge at Elkhorn Slough, California

Moss Landing is a small town along California’s Central Coast. Its notable feature is that it lies at the mouth of the Elkhorn Slough, one of the most extensive wetlands in California. This means that hundreds of wild animals use the area as a natural habitat, making it a real treasure for nature lovers. The Monterey Submarine Canyon runs a mile-deep under the waters around Moss Landing, which drives various conversation programs like the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the California State University Marine Laboratories to the area to observe both native and migrating wildlife. Moss Landing is also an important fishing town, and the various restaurants in the downtown area provide fresh catches of the day.

Things To Do in Moss Landing

Sea Lions at Moss Landing Pier

The main attraction in Moss Landing is the wildlife! Hundreds of wildlife species call the area home, including nearly 400 species of birds. In fact, the area is known for some of the best birdwatching in California—and possibly the entire US! In addition to bird watching, visitors also enjoy viewing the other types of wildlife like sea lions at the Moss Landing pier. Other notable inhabitants include otters, egrets, seals, and humpback whales (depending on the season).

You can view Moss Landing’s various wildlife at the state parks and beaches in the area, like at Moss Landing State Beach. In addition to wildlife viewing, the park also has places for picnics, sunbathing, and boat launching. It’s a popular place for both surfing and windsurfing as well.

For a closer look, book a guided boat tour with one of the vendors located at the docks in Moss Landing. Several companies offer wildlife tours of the area. Don’t forget your binoculars! If you want to explore the area yourself, there are many boat launches and kayak rental companies that you can use to explore the waters in a whole new way. Moss Landing has notably calm waters, which make it a great place to kayak. There are other unique ways to view wildlife, such as renting hydro bikes from local vendors.

Moss Landing also has a quaint downtown area filled with antique stores, boutiques, and local restaurants. With a fresh supply of seafood on the shores around Moss Landing, the town offers some of the best seafood along California’s Central Coast. There are also a variety of Mexican restaurants as well.

Visiting Moss Landing

Moss Landing Power Plant

Moss Landing is a 25-minute drive from downtown Monterey, making it an excellent place to spend a morning, afternoon, or entire day. Different festivals and events happen throughout the year, so check out Moss Landing’s event calendar before planning your trip.

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