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.
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
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.
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.
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.
Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
Driftwood Shores is the ultimate place to call home for your vacation, being the only oceanfront lodging property for mile. You will be merely steps away from ten miles of uninterrupted beautiful beaches. Whether you’re here with family, planning a trip with your closest friends, or looking for a place to spend a little quality time with a loved one, you’re sure to discover something truly special on the shores of the Oregon coast. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean are just the beginning of this exceptional destination; the refreshing coastal air and bright sunshine is sure to help you rejuvenate on your stay, no matter how long. We are conveniently located close to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Sand Master Park, Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse.
2nd Saturday Gallery Tour
A self-guided tour of Florence galleries featuring receptions and local artists on the second Saturday of each month year-round, rain or shine.Visit Website
National Theatre Live Screenings at City Lights Cinema
City Lights Cinema in Florence screens two performances each of several filmed performances of Britain’s National Theatre Live. The works will be broadcast from London’s West End, where each play has received critical acclaim and public attention. Each play will have an evening showing on Wednesday and a matinee showing the following Saturday.
- October 3 & 6 – "Julie" starring Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa and directed by Carrie Cracknell
- October 17 & 20 – "King Lear" starring Ian McKellen and directed by Jonathan Munby
- November 21 & 24 – "Allelujah!" written by Alan Bennet
- December 12 & 15 – "The Madness of King George" starring Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough
- January 9 & 12 – "Antony & Cleopatra" starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo and directed by Simon Godwin
- February 27 & March 2 – "I’m Not Running" starring Sian Brooke and written by David Hare
Caberet of the Dead
Attend a cabaret show with a Halloween twist to get yourself in the spirit of the season’s festivities. The show will feature burlesque, dance, drag, live singing, acrobatics and more, all presented in a spooky style. Justin Buckles and his group have received international acclaim and Buckles now produces shows in more than 20 states.Visit Website