Oregon's Coastal Playground

Florence is a hub for adventure-seekers. Located right in the center of the Oregon Coast, it’s a short trip to big sand dune expeditions, miles of beach for kiteboarding and surfing, and ancient forests for biking.

Visitors and residents alike often head out into the wild to ride dune buggies and ATVs, or sand-boards, on the nearby dunes. But the dunes are just the beginning, with the Siuslaw River flowing right through the middle of town and a dozen pristine lakes within a dozen miles. Florence itself has a vibrant Old Town district with lodging, a marina, quaint shops, fascinating galleries, and incredible food and drink. Voyage into the great unknown, and then wind down the day with a local craft beer and some fresh seafood.

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Central Coast

Heceta Head Lighthouse

There are few more dramatic vistas along the Oregon Coast than Heceta Head, a 200-foot bluff that juts out into the sea and is crowned with a 56-foot-tall lighthouse that has steered ships from danger since 1894.  The view is...

Summer Street
Florence, OR

(541)547-3416

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Central Coast

Sea Lion Caves

America’s largest sea cave, Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary that is the year-round home of the Steller sea lion. Sea Lion Caves is not a zoo, so the protected marine animals come and...

91560 Hwy 101
Florence, OR

(541)547-3111
Email us (info[at]sealioncaves[dot]com)

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Florence Events Center

A full-service convention and performing arts facility on the central Oregon coast capable of hosting groups up to 500. There is a 457-seat proscenium theater for general sessions and fine art performances such as concerts, plays, ballet and opera.

715 Quince St
Florence, OR

(541) 997-1994
Email us (lis[at]eventcenter[dot]org)

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Florence Dune Exploration

Used to be, the only option for “riding the dunes” along the Oregon Coast was loud, fast and fairly expensive – a dune buggy or other motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV). But now, thanks to fat tires and strong legs, you...

Florence, OR
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Sand Master Sandboarding

What can you do on the Oregon coast? Enjoy the world’s first sandboard park. Located in the city of Florence in beautiful Lane County. 40 acres of privately owned sculpted sand dunes with a variety of beginner to advanced slopes...

4981 U.S. Hwy. 101
Florence, OR

541-997-6006
Email us (info[at]sandmasterpark[dot]com)

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U.B.U. Naturally Mind Body & Spirit

U.B.U. Naturally Mind Body & Spirit offers holistic remedies and unique gifts including essential oil blends, herbal teas, candles and crystals.

302 Kingwood Street
Florence, OR

541-653-7736
Email us (ribnurse41[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Blue Heron Gallery

The Blue Heron is an ocean themed gallery with a wide variety of locally, regionally, and nationally acclaimed fine artists.

1385 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-997-7993
Email us (blueherongallery[at]oregonfast[dot]net)

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The Laughing Crab Gallery & Tasting Room

The Laughing Crab Gallery & Tasting Room features over 50 Oregon artists, Oregon and Pacific Northwest wines, beers, ciders and charcuterie plates.

1341 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-521-9430
Email us (kimamclaughlin[at]msn[dot]com)

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Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint

Picnicking with whale watching, beachcombing and a view of the beach. There are approximately five miles of sandy beach with China Creek to the south of the park. J.C Ponsler donated the land in 1938 in memory of his wife,...

Florence, OR

541-547-3416

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Florence Golf Links

Nestled amidst the wind swept sand dunes and towering pines, golf does not get any more breathtaking than Florence Golf Links. Sculpted by nature, this wonderful scene provided a delightful canvas for world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones to create...

1201 35th Street
Florence, OR

541-997-1940
Email us (nikr[at]florencegolflinks[dot]com)

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Venomous Sandboards

Since 1991, Venomous sandboards and sandsleds have been the number one choice of pros and recreational dune boarders around the world. Now located in Florence, Oregon along with the Sand Master Park store.

4981 Hwy 101
Florence, OR

541-997-6006
Email us (info[at]venomousboards[dot]com)

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Bicycles 101

Bikes of all types. Guitars and accessories, strings stands tuners etc…

1537 8th Street
Florence, OR

541-997-5717
Email us (bicycles101[at]inbox[dot]com)

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Travel Stories

Where to Find Fresh Produce and Fish on the Oregon Coast

Editor’s note: Note that masks are required at farmers markets and in indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check business hours and protocols before visiting. As the warm season settles in at the Oregon Coast, balmy weather sets the scene for...
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Outstanding Places to Stay on the Coast

When leisure travel is allowed again, Oregon’s coastal communities are ready to welcome you back to their spectacular oceanfront resorts, charming beachside cottages and family-friendly spaces for all budgets. Visitors can have peace of mind, too, knowing that all have...
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How to Support Oregon Coast Businesses From Home

In this time of social distancing, Oregon Coast businesses are doing all they can to keep everyone safe. In some cases, that’s meant temporarily closing their doors; in other cases, it’s meant changing the way that they do business. To...
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Starring the Oregon Coast

With the call to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find yourself missing the Oregon Coast’s salt-licked air and windswept vistas. You’ve also likely found yourself with a shrinking watch list as you catch up on TV shows...
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Lighthouses

Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the...
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Whale Watching

Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast with gray whales by far the most commonly seen. Whale watching is not difficult, but a few tips make it easier. Any location with an ocean view may yield whale...
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Featured Dining

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River Roasters Coffeehouse

The convenient location in historic Old Town Florence is the perfect place to start your day in Florence. You can take in the local atmosphere and flavor of Florence with a great cup of coffee. 

1240 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-997-3443
Email us (coffeebythebridge[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Mari’s Kitchen

Mari’s Kitchen is located on Bay Street in Historic Old Town Florence. Their mix of European and American cuisine is sure to delight. All menu items are made from scratch. Enjoy dishes like chicken or pork schnitzel, dolmas, musaca, crab...

1277 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-305-2041
Email us (emarinela67[at]live[dot]com)

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Jerry’s Place Bar & Grill featuring What’cha Brewing

Jerry’s Place Bar & Grill offers great food and atmosphere and is very loved by locals and visitors. Pool tables, lottery machines and televisions are available for sporting events, including PAC12 Network. The menu includes their famous burgers, Jerry’s Favorites...

88274 Rhododendron Drive
Florence, OR

541-997-3815

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Edwin K Bed & Breakfast

The Edwin K Bed & Breakfast is a boutique bed & breakfast located on the Central Oregon Coast in Old Town Florence, Oregon. The Edwin K is within walking distance of more than 15 restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries...

1155 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-450-2946
Email us (reservations[at]edwink[dot]com)

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Bay Street Grille

The Bay Street Grille in Historic Old Town Florence is an ideal location for family dining and the perfect place to watch Oregon Duck games after a day of exploring the Oregon Coast. Serving burgers, steaks, fresh seafood and a...

1341 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-902-9033
Email us (jchilders2004[at]msn[dot]com)

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Homegrown Public House

Homegrown features locally sourced seasonal cuisine, draft micros, wine and spirits in a casual, family-friendly, public house setting.

294 Laurel Street
Florence, OR

541-997-4886

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ICM Restaurant

ICM Restaurant, also known as International C-Food Market, is located in Old Town Florence, overlooking the Siuslaw River. Whether you come for the views or the all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab every day of the year, you’ll be sure to leave satisfied.

1498 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-997-9646
Email us (icmrestaurant[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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BJ’s Ice Cream Parlor

BJ’s Ice Cream Parlor has old-fashioned handmade ice cream, baked treats, saltwater taffy, milkshakes, sundaes, floats and cones.

2930 US-101
Florence, OR

541-997-7286

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Bridgewater Ocean Fresh Fish House

Bridgewater Ocean Fresh Fish House is located in the heart of Old Town. It serves the freshest seafood, beef and chicken, salads, pizzas, pastas & vegetarian dishes along with a huge wine list and selection of draft beers.

1297 Bay St
Florence, OR

541-997-1133
Email us (info[at]bridgewaterfishhouse[dot]com)

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The Grill and Lounge at Florence Golf Links

The Grill and Lounge at Florence Golf Links is open for lunch seven days a week, with a menu designed to suit the hearty appetite of our golfers and the local community. Experience the mouth watering menu items and ice...

1201 35th Street
Florence, OR

541-997-1940
Email us (nikr[at]florencegolflinks[dot]com)

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Nosh Eatery

Nosh Eatery is located on Bay Street in Historic Old Town Florence. Their menu offers locally sourced dishes, small plates, wine, beer and a full bar. All menu items are made from scratch from their talented chef. Friendly for vegetarian,...

1269 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-997-5899
Email us (kadylynne[at]gmail[dot]com)

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The Waterfront Depot

Located in a restored train station along the Siuslaw River, The Waterfront Depot offers fresh seafood and local, organic beef and free-range chicken entrees. Comprised of only the best local and regional ingredients, the Waterfront Depot’s seasonal menu and favorite...

1252 Bay Street
Florence, OR

541-902-9100
Email us (aroundthetable1252[at]gmail[dot]com)

Featured Lodging

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Beachcombers NW

Discover your perfect Oregon Coast getaway at Beachcombers NW. Book direct and skip third-party service fees! Get the lowest rates and connect to our local experts for the best vacation rental experience. Choose from over 600 Oregon Coast vacation rentals,...

Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach, OR

503-622-1282
Email us (info[at]beachcombersnw[dot]com)

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Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center

Every room at Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center is oceanfront overlooking one of the finest stretches of walking beach on the Oregon Coast. Located minutes from Florence’s historical Old Town, Heceta Lighthouse, Sea Lion Caves and the Oregon dunes....

88416 1st Avenue
Florence, OR

541-997-8263
Email us (reservations[at]driftwoodshores[dot]com)

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Landmark Inn

The Landmark Inn is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Siuslaw River and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Most guest rooms are suites and studios, some with kitchenettes or a full kitchen with a dining area. Relax in one...

1551 4th Street
Florence, OR

541-997-9030
Email us (landmarkinnflorence[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Pacific Pines RV Park

4044 Hwy. 101
Florence, OR

(541) 997-1434
Email us (pacificpinesrv[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Waxmyrtle Campground

Waxmyrtle Campground is an ideal spot for mixing the rush of rugged off-road vehicle riding with the comforts of sleeping in a standard site with paved parking, drinking water and flush toilets. Located just 7 miles south of Florence, Waxmyrtle...

Florence, OR

541-271-6000

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Economy Inn Florence

Economy Inn Florence offers guests a unique blend of comfort and quality accommodations. The motel offers 29 units. The comfortable rooms have contemporary furnishings. Each room has a microwave, refrigerator, work table and chairs, color flat screen TV with remote,...

3829 Hwy 101
Florence, OR

541-997-7115
Email us (economy3829[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Quality Inn, Florence

Discover the Quality Inn Florence, a fun, comfortable and quiet hotel along the Oregon coast. Ideally located in the coastal community of Florence, Oregon, the Quality Inn Florence offers guests numerous amenities and affordable accommodations that make this hotel your...

2475 Hwy 101
Florence, OR

541-997-7797
Email us (gm[dot]or194[at]choicehotels[dot]com)

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Mercer Lake Resort

Book a cabin or pull into an RV site at Mercer Lake Resort.  Nearby you can enjoy beach and sand dunes activities, Sea Lion Caves and mountain biking.

88875 Bay Berry Lane
Florence, OR

541-997-3633
Email us (meghan[at]mercerlakeresort[dot]com)

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Three Rivers Casino Resort

Relax and rejuvenate in one of 90 oversized deluxe rooms, offering amenities such as free WiFi, 42” flat screen TVs and sumptuous beds fit for royalty. Enjoy five exceptional restaurants from sizzling steaks and overstuffed sandwiches to chilled cocktails, fresh...

5647 Hwy 126
Florence, OR

541-997-7529

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South Jetty Sand Camping

South Jetty, located less than a mile south of Florence, is an ideal camping area for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Visitors can camp, ride dunes through all hours of daylight and take in memorable views of the Pacific Ocean from atop...

855 HIGHWAY 101
Florence, OR

541-271-6000

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Driftwood Campground

Driftwood is a designated off-road vehicle riding campground that offers direct sand access to the thrilling Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Heralded as the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, the recreation area attracts riders looking for...

Florence, OR

541-271-6000

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Rock Creek Campground – Siuslaw

Rock Creek Campground is nestled in a grove of large spruce and Douglas fir trees, near a beach on the Oregon Coast. Visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach, admiring colorful sunsets and hiking many trails in the area.  Natural Features:...

93825 Hwy 101 N
Florence, OR

541-547-5219

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