Located on the central Oregon coast along Highway 101, Florence is a scenic and recreational paradise. A charming old town which was originally a mill town, Florence has a population of over 6200. Old Town boasts a number of interesting shops and restaurants, and there is a marina and RV campground on the waterfront. Along Highway 101, there are many new stores in this growing area of the Oregon coast.
Camping, fishing, dune buggy rides, sand boarding, shopping, crabbing, clamming, birding, hiking and golfing are but a few of the activities available in Florence.
Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
The Wildcat Bridge is located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126. From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome. Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s. The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access to the river for fishermen on the Siuslaw River. The bridge was closed for repairs several times in the 1980s and in the autumn of 2000, when the structure was strengthened. HOW TO GET THERE: Travel 33 miles west of Eugene on Oregon Highway 126 to Whitaker Creek /Clay Creek Recreation Area turnoff. Exit the highway on the south side and follow the road back under the highway and railroad tracks (north) a short distance to the bridge.
Sea Lion Caves
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.
Vacasa - Florence
There's no better way to truly experience Florence, Oregon than by living like a local in a private vacation home! Vacasa has dozens to choose from, including cozy cottages right downtown, waterfront retreats on the Siuslaw River and Siltcoos Lake, and oceanfront homes steps from the sandy beach. Every Vacasa home in Florence is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.
Comfort Inn of Florence
We are a 100% non-smoking hotel. Only a short drive away from the Pacific Ocean, Historic Old Town, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Pines Golf Course. Enjoy a free continental breakfast before a day at the beach.
So You Think You Can Sing! Karaoke
If you've got the pipes, Three Rivers Casino has got the mics! So You Think You Can Sing! Karaoke, every Wednesday night.
Sea Life Art Exhibit in Florence
The Florence Events Center Galleries presents Sea Life, an art exhibit on display throughout the months of April and May.