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Things to do on the Oregon Coast

There's never a shortage of activities and special events in the cities and towns along the Oregon coast. From art and music festivals to parades, flower shows to fireworks, fairs and rodeos to runs and regattas, from sand dune surfing and dune buggying to whale watching and tidepooling, from hiking to camping and horseback riding, to surfing, agate hunting, clamming and wildlife watching... you'll always find something fun and unusual to do when you visit.

Central Oregon Coast Activities

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Lincoln County offers more than 30 State Parks, day use area and campground facilities, with extensive overnight facilities at Beverly Beach and South Beach near Newport to the state's most-visited wayside park at D River in Lincoln City. There is a multitude of visitor experience options, including Oregon’s largest concentration of yurts (you’ll have to see them to find out).

A big visitor draw in Waldport, especially for those driving up or down Highway 101. Learn the transportation history of the Oregon coast through interactive, hands-on exhibits describing construction of the replacement bridge over Alsea Bay.

The region’s active arts community supports the varied events at the Performing Arts as well as classes and shows at the area’s Visual Arts Centers. As the principal artistic venues in Lincoln County, the centers host local and national touring productions, artists and exhibits throughout the year.

The Aquarium is one of the most successful facilities of its kind in the country – rated in the top 10! An ever-changing array of exhibits tells the story of a single raindrop's journey from a coastal mountain stream to the Pacific Ocean. Jellyfish to sea otters -- it offers something for everyone, including the new home of a large, walk-through underwater exhibit and the largest seabird aviary in North America. The popularity of the Oregon Coast Aquarium has made it a destination for many family vacationers.

The Marine Science Center makes Newport a major hub for regional and international marine research and studies. Numerous ongoing programs make it an interesting and unusual part of the Lincoln County story. The expanded public wing includes hands-on, interactive exhibits that let you know you are just one part of the bigger picture nature has in store for all of us.

One of the Central Oregon Coast’s anchor attractions on Newport's historic bayfront. Travelers enjoy famous wax figures and international oddities, with an underwater aquarium giving guests a look at local sea life -- up close and personal.

One-of-a-kind maritime attraction, combining marine science with on-board entertainment. Travelers enjoy discovering Oregon’s sea life, marine history and active fisheries guided by a team of trained naturalists.

Lincoln County is home to two lighthouses, providing a strong historical presence here on the Central Oregon Coast. The BLM operates the Lighthouse Interpretive Center on the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area at the north end of Newport, with guided tours available of the operating Yaquina Head lighthouse. The historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse gives travelers a glimpse of turn-of-the-century living through their interpretive museum and gift shop located in the former lighthouse-keeper’s home overlooking the Pacific Ocean off Highway 101.

A popular and indeed romantic activity during the winter when the waves are highest, tourist crowds are the lowest and something exciting to do that requires no special equipment at all. Beachfront rooms are plentiful for watching the rain fall, the wind blow and the ocean surf dance. Depoe Bay, Yachats and Devils Churn are particularly good lookout and photo points where the weather, the water and mother nature provide the show.

Antique stores are located throughout the Central Oregon Coast with Lincoln City and Toledo as two antique retail centers. There are dozens of stores throughout the county for those searching for that lasting heirloom or ancient treasure.

SHOPPING (with no sales tax!)
Lincoln City and Newport offer the largest retail shopping opportunities, with every community having its own unique offerings. The Factory Stores in Lincoln City is a popular draw for travelers, with bayfronts in Depoe Bay, Newport and Waldport offering a healthy mix of shops, galleries, bookstores & seafood markets. Oh, yes, and Oregon has no sales tax...

Scenic flights along the coast from the Siletz Bay and Newport airports are one way to find some of those out-of-the-way places you never knew about. For a reasonable price, a pilot will give you an air tour of Lincoln County. Down southwarad, In Florence, you can call Florence Aviation at 541-997-8069 or M & M Seaplane Operations at 541-997-6567.

Halfway between the equator and the North Pole, Lincoln City provides the area with the best kite-flying winds anywhere, earning the city's title of "Kite Capital of the World". Kites have put Lincoln City on the international map for its numerous major kite festivals each year.

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