What to do on the People’s Coast

  • Blue Heron French Cheese Co

    2001 Blue Heron Rd
    Tillamook, Oregon 97141
    800-275-0639

    There is something here for the entire family. Sample famous Blue Heron Brie, try gourmet foods, taste the Northwest's finest wines, or wander through the unique gift store. The Blue Heron also offers a wonderful petting farm for the kids to visit. If you're looking for a fantastic place to eat lunch, try the Blue Heron Deli with fresh baked bread and homemade soups and salads.

  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97301
    800-551-6949

    A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see oceangoing birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship's boiler at low-tide.

  • Cape Meares Lighthouse

    Tillamook, Oregon 97141

    Just 10 miles west of Tillamook and U.S. Hwy 101 this lighthouse stands 217 feet above the ocean and at 38-foot it is the shortest on the Oregon coast. Located near Three Capes Scenic Loop, Cape Meares was constructed in 1888. Visitors can take various trails to reach the lighthouse, as well as viewing areas with Stellar Sea Lions and various seabirds.

  • Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

    US 101, 14 miles N of Florence, Oregon 97439
    541-997-3641

    Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas and second-growth forests. A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you\'ll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcombing and picnic.

  • Charleston Marine Life Center

    63466 Boat Basin Rd.
    Charleston, Oregon 97420
    541-888-2581

    CMLC: Part Aquarium, Part Museum, All Discovery. Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, Oregon, the CMLC is an exciting place of discovery for all ages. The CMLC’s aquaria, displays, artwork, and views reveal the hidden and remarkable diversity of life off Oregon, from the coast to the deep sea. From the Center’s windows, watch fishing boats unload their catch, and seals, sea lions and birds a few feet away. Walk under whale skeletons, reach into a tidepool touch tank, get face to face with an octopus and a wolf eel, and watch video from deep reefs and undersea vents. Enjoy the many interactive displays and opportunities to explore specimens, and learn about ongoing research. The CMLC is part of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the marine science field station of the University of Oregon.

  • Coos Bay

    Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

    Coos Bay is a long and circuitous estuary fed by the Coos River among other tributaries; it is considered the best natural harbor between San Francisco and the Puget Sound. The bay\\\'s vast acreage gives anglers plenty of elbow room as they pursue fall chinook (July through October), coho (silver) salmon (October and November) and winter steelhead (December through March). Coos Bay also offers excellent canoeing opportunities through the South Slough Estuarine Reserve, the first federally designated reserve.

  • Jerry's Rogue Jets

    29985 Harbor Way
    Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    800-451-3645

    Jerry’s Rogue Jets is a nature based jet boat excursion on the ‘Wild & Scenic’ Rogue River. Join us for an unforgettable family outing full of history, wildlife, tales and adventure. Tours depart daily from Gold Beach starting May 1 through October 15. Jerry’s offers the choice between our calm and scenic 64-Mile trip that traces the historic mail route to Agness (and yes, we still deliver the mail to this day). Or choose the 80 & 104-Mile whitewater trips that will take you deep into the Rogue Wilderness, traversing whitewater rapids and gliding through deep river canyons. Don’t forget to visit our museum and gift shop, located in the Port of Gold Beach, and open year round.

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

    2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd
    Newport, Oregon 97365
    541-867-3474

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium is home to over 500 species of animals in both indoor and outdoor exhibits (it's also the former home of Keiko, the movie star Orca). Check out the Passages of the Deep, meet sea otters, jellyfish and more!

  • Port of Alsea

    365A Port St
    Waldport, Oregon 97394
    541-563-3872
  • Sea Lion Caves

    91560 Hwy 101
    Florence, Oregon 97439
    541-547-3111

    The Sea Lion Caves (the world\'s largest Sea Cave according to Guinness) are located approx. 11 miles north of Florence and offers an awe-inspiring, intimate view of Sea Lions in their natural habitat. Descend over 200-feet into the world\'s largest and most spectacular sea cave. The cave is the home of the wild stellar sea lion, primarily during the fall and winter months and is called the hauling area.

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