Things to Do in Charleston, Oregon

Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Charleston Marine Life Center

Part Aquarium. Part Museum. All Discovery! Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, the University of Oregon’s Charleston Marine Life Center is an exciting place of discovery for all ages, any time of the year. Aquaria highlight different coastal...

63466 Boat Basin Rd.
Charleston, OR

541-346-7280
Email us (cmlc[at]uoregon[dot]edu)

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Sharkys Charter Fishing

Guided 6-Pack Ocean Fishing Charter located in the Charleston Marina. Six 32′ aluminum vessels that accommodate up to 6 people. Coast Guard licensed Captains. Private Charters and single fisherman are welcome. 6-pack vessels are heated and have a bathroom., Smaller 4-pack vessels...

63422 Kingfisher Road
Charleston, OR

541-260-9110
Email us (sharkyscharters[at]gmail[dot]com)

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South Slough Reserve

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a protected estuary and natural area located in the Coos Bay Estuary on Oregon’s Southern Coast. Open to the public most days of the year, South Slough Reserve is a destination for recreation,...

61907 Seven Devils Road
Charleston, OR

541-888-5558

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BACAPA Baseball Complex

Batting cages are available year-round and can be booked online. BACAPA (Barview Area Charleston Area Park Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the Park Complex on Libby Lane. Together with the community, they continue to make improvements to...

91235 Libby Lane
Charleston, OR

(541)218-0105
Email us (bacapapark[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Cape Arago Lighthouse

Cape Arago is located in Charleston just west of Coos Bay, and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. It was first illuminated in 1934, and stands at 44 feet above sea level. The Lighthouse is located on...

Charleston, OR
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PacificPond Charters

PacificPond Charters core mission is to provide for a fun and safe environment for people of all ages to enjoy fishing on the Oregon coast.

Charleston, OR

541-551-1643
Email us (pacificpondcharters[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Great Mountain Biking on the Oregon Coast

Imagine carving a graceful turn as the smell of salt air fills your nostrils. Or dropping in to a perfect break with no one in sight. No, we’re not talking surfing here — this is mountain biking on the Oregon Coast. Over the past decade, new trail systems have been popping up along the Coast and might just be the state’s best-kept secret for mountain biking enthusiasts.
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The Science of Sand

Next to majestic sea stacks and awe-inspiring surf, sand might not be the most obvious marvel of the Oregon Coast. Without those humble little granules, though, there would be no sandcastles, no writing your name on the beach and no sinking your toes into warm softness on a dune hike. Here’s a crash course on how sand comes and goes, who lives in this special habitat, and how we can help protect it.
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Ship Watching in Astoria

Most visitors to Astoria arrive from the east or south. It’s the most northwestern city in Oregon, after all, situated on the south bank of the Columbia River where it meets the roiling Pacific Ocean. But a few special visitors to Astoria actually arrive from the west, and some of them haven’t seen land in nearly two weeks.
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5 Winter Forest Walks on the Oregon Coast

There is something invigorating about a walk through a coastal Oregon forest at the start of the new year — swollen creeks and thundering falls; deep, mossy greens; towering, swaying trees. Underfoot could be banana slugs, newts and mushrooms; above, the occasional bald eagle or osprey sailing by. One can’t help but be energized and refreshed, ready to embark on another year with a new commitment to getting out amidst all the splendor this corner of the world has to offer.
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Snuggle Up With a Great Book on the Coast

Short days and crisp weather create the perfect environment for cozying up with a good book, and the Oregon Coast is a great place to do it. We asked Charlie J. Stephens — owner of Port Orford’s Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center — for their recommendations of what and where to read on the Coast this winter. Here are some favorites to check out on your next coastal vacation.
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Tide Pooling With an Expert at Cape Perpetua

Discover the wild and wonderful world of Oregon’s intertidal zones. Full of mystery, the intertidal zone on the Oregon Coast is brimming with colorful marine life. During low tide, a captivating cosmos is revealed — guides can help you explore...
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Events on the Oregon Coast

November 28, 2024 - December 31, 2024

2024 Holiday Lights at Shore Acres

89039 Cape Arago Hwy.
Charleston, OR
February 8, 2025

40th Annual Charleston Crab Feed

63466 Boat Basin Road
Charleston, OR

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