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Often touted as Oregon’s Banana Belt, Brookings has weather patterns that deliver some of the warmer temperatures along the Oregon Coast; it’s not uncommon to encounter a 70-degree day in January or February.

This pleasant climate has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Brookings as a center for the nursery industry. Nearly all of the lilies marketed in the U.S. are cultivated in the Brookings area. A prime spot to take in the floral bounty is Azalea Park, which has 33 acres of native azaleas, some growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805 and 1806. The revitalization of the park, with the addition of walkways and a charming “Kidtown” play area, was a robust community-led volunteer effort. In springtime the park is replete with blooms, but you’ll likely find flowers year-round. The park is also the site of the annual Azalea Festival and Parade, held each Memorial Day weekend.

During the third weekend of July, the Southern Oregon Kite Festival takes place. It’s known as one of the premier kite-flying events in the country. Art lovers can browse the galleriesincluding Burtonique Art & Photography, Manley Art Center and Signatures Gallery — or enjoy the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk.

The Chetco Valley Historical Society Museum is housed in the 1857 Blake House — the oldest standing building in the Chetco Valley — and features artifacts of 19th-century Oregon pioneer life. The largest Monterey cypress in the state, towering at 130 feet (40 meters), lives on the museum grounds.

The Brookings area boasts numerous outdoor diversions, including Harris Beach State Park. Named for George Harris, a Scottish pioneer who raised sheep and cattle here, it features sizable offshore sea stacks, including the largest island on the Oregon Coast. Bird Island is a breeding ground for a variety of species, including the tufted puffin.

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor a long, narrow park with 12 miles (19 kilometers) of rugged coastline — is named for Oregon’s first parks superintendent. Featuring one must-stop scenic viewpoint after another, the park is also home to pocket beaches and offshore sea stacks, including the dramatic Arch Rock and Whaleshead. The beach at Thunder Rock Cove is considered one of the best of the sheltered beaches on the Coast. Walk the Indian Sands Trail through the unusual sculpted sandstone for views of the coastline and rocky islands. Don’t miss the stunning view at Cape Ferrelo, named for a Spanish explorer who skirted this area in 1542.

For a historical detour, travel 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of Brookings along Forest Service Road 1205, which winds through an old-growth redwood forest, to the site that was hit by two Japanese incendiary bombs during WWII. Inland hiking and river access are available at Alfred A. Loeb State Park on the Chetco River. Just up the road is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Redwood Nature Trail, which connects with Loeb’s own Riverview Trail.

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Featured activities

  • South Coast Tours LLC

    Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    541-373-0487

    Let South Coast Tours take you on an adventure paddle in the Wild Rivers Coast estuaries and out into the Southern Oregon near shore ocean. Go fishing, wildlife viewing or just simply enjoy the experience of gliding across the waterways of the banana belt coast of Oregon. The south coast holds much of Oregon's near shore reefs and some of the best fishing, photography, wildlife viewing and wildest rivers on the west coast. South Coast Tours offers a variety of fully equipped 2-18 person tours as well as custom overnight kayak tours. SCT offers kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and kayak fishing from the Coos Bay area down to the California border and Brookings Harbor. We also rent kayaks and sups out of our base camp on the docks in Brookings.

  • Brookings City Hall Visitor Center

    898 Elk Drive
    Brookings-Harbor, Oregon 97415
    541-469-1103

    Whether your interest lies in fishing, hiking, golfing, kayaking, biking, swimming, beachcombing, whale watching or just enjoying a good book or a picnic lunch with a beautiful view, Brookings has something for everyone!

Featured accommodations

  • Best Western Plus Beachfront Inn

    16008 Boat Basin Rd
    Brookings, Oregon 97415
    541.469.7779
  • Vacasa - Brookings

    Brookings, Oregon 97415
    503-208-9861

    Enjoy sunny summer days and cozy winter nights at a Vacasa vacation home in beautiful Brookings! Take in incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Macklyn Cove, while enjoying easy access to the shops and restaurants in town. Every Vacasa home is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind getaway with the peace of mind you'll only find when you stay with the Oregon Coast's leading property management firm! Visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.

Featured Events

  • Gold Beach Rocks

    94080 Shirley Ln.
    Gold Beach, Oregon 97444
    (541)247-7526
    January 1 - December 31, 2018

    A whole new experience with #goldbeachROCKS! You can create your own memory or leave a treasure for someone else to find. Gold Beach Rocks Art kits are available at local merchants. Don’t forget to #goldbeachROCKS!

    • Arts and Crafts
    • Hide and Find
    • #goldbeachROCKS!

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  • Brookings Harbor Farmers Market

    15786 Hwy 101 South
    Brookings, Oregon 97415
    (541)469-3181
    January 6 - December 29, 2018

    Open every Saturday, year-round. Farmer’s Market featuring fresh locally-grown produce and other food items as well as crafts and other wares.

  • The Liberty Theatre Classical Series

    Liberty Theater
    1203 Commercial S
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)325-5922
    September 22, 2018 - May 4, 2019

    The Liberty Theatre is proud to present a second year of classical performances and school workshops.  The first season presented seven workshops within Astoria and Warrenton High Schools, which reached 100+ students.  Thanks to foundations, corporations, and donors, they plan to many more area schools during our 2018/2019 season.

    Along with this exceptional educational outreach, they have chosen performers from around the country that the audience is sure to enjoy.

    • September 22 – Portland Chamber Orchestra 7pm​
    • January 13 – Quartetto Gelato 7pm
    • February 23 – BodyVox Dance 7pm
    • March 7 – Trio Solisti 7pm
    • April 26 – Clarinetist David Shifrin w/ Cary Lewis 7pm
    • May 4 – Soprano Deborah Mayer w/ Cary Lewis 7pm

    The season opener with Portland Chamber Orchestra with Yaacov Bergman, Music Director, is entitled, “The Eight Seasons.”  Works will include:

    • Antonio Vivaldi…..The Four Seasons​
    • Astor Piazzolla….The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Las Cuatro Estaciones Portensas)

    The Portland Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1947 by Finnish composer and conductor, Boris Sirpo, who came to Portland after leaving his war-torn native country, and the orchestra was initially composed entirely of his music students at Lewis and Clark College. Now one of America’s oldest chamber orchestras, the commitment to quality performances of innovative repertoire that was instilled from the beginning continues.

    Tickets available online or at the Box Office, Wed-Sat 2pm-5:30pm.  Single tickets and season packages available.

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