The Central Coast

Lighthouses, coastal towns, and roads that hug the ocean. From the beach community of Lincoln City to the adventure-seeker’s dream at Florence, the Central Coast is defined by its relationship with the sea. This is the heart of the Oregon Coast.

Photo: Joey Hamilton

Lighthouses, coastal towns, and roads that hug the ocean. From the beach community of Lincoln City to the adventure-seeker’s dream at Florence, the Central Coast is defined by its relationship with the sea. This is the heart of the Oregon Coast.

On the Central Coast, it’s all about the ocean. Whether it’s surfing, fishing, or winter storm watching from a warm cabin with an ocean view, the Pacific is the main event. All roads seem to lead back to the ocean.

The towns of the Central Coast are immensely memorable, with one-of-a-kind attractions that are right at home near the water. Discover fascinating museums and aquariums, locally-owned shops with unique merchandise, historic boardwalks and harbors, and landmark restaurants known for their coastal cuisine. There’s fresh fish and crab to be caught, meals to eat with friends, beaches and trails to explore, and peaceful waterways to navigate. Enjoy.

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Chinook Winds Casino Resort

Ocean-view suites, restaurant and lounge, pool, sauna, spa, live entertainment, childcare and arcade.

1777 NW 44th Street
Lincoln City, OR

888-244-6665
Email us (Heatherh[at]CWCResort[dot]com)

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White Wolf Sanctuary

Founded in 1999, White Wolf Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve and protect wolves, promote the recovery of wolf populations where appropriate and encourage conservation through education of all wildlife and the role it plays in the natural world. White Wolf Sanctuary is...

10095 E Alsea Hwy
Tidewater, OR

541-528-3588
Email us (whitewolfsanctuary[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

Take a deep dive into marine science at one of the nation’s top aquariums. An icon of Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a public aquatic and marine science exhibition facility offering educational programs. Exhibits showcase seabirds, marine mammals, fishes,...

2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd
Newport, OR

541-867-3474
Email us (info[at]aquarium[dot]org)

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Lincoln City Cultural Center

At the Lincoln City Cultural Center, they believe art is necessary for living well. Whether it’s experiencing live entertainment or expressing your creativity, Lincoln City Cultural Center is a community hub of artistic expression that can enrich your life. From...

540 NE Hwy 101
Lincoln City, OR

541-994-9994
Email us (lincolncityarts[at]gmail[dot]com)

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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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Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society

Learn about Toledo’s local railroad history at the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, which hosts a collection of railroad artifacts, locomotives and antique rail cars. You can explore the town’s rail past through these displays, including a visit inside the...

100 NW A Street
Toledo, OR

541-336-5256
Email us (yprhs[at]peak[dot]org)

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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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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Jutting into the Pacific Ocean, this harsh, unforgiving environment hosts many forms of life. Harbor seals and whales are visible offshore year-round. In spring and summer, thousands of seabirds flock to the near-shore islands to breed and raise their young....

750 NW Lighthouse Dr.
Newport, OR

541-574-3100
Email us (blm_or_no_yhona_comments[at]blm[dot]gov)

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Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1948, the Newport Chamber is a non-profit organization of more than 500 local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Their mission is to unite the efforts of the citizens in promoting the civic, commercial, agricultural, tourism, marine and industrial welfare...

555 SW Coast Hwy.
Newport, OR

541-265-8801
Email us (info[at]newportchamber[dot]org)

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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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Salmon River Wooden Kayak Company

Salmon River Wooden Kayak Company provides guided kayak tours for small groups on the Salmon River estuary in Otis, Oregon. The rental inventory consists of hand made in the USA wooden kayaks for which are 15 ft and 17 ft...

2015 N Three Rocks Rd
Otis, OR

(541) 921-7127
Email us (bob[at]srkayak[dot]com)

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Tah•Lume

Carefully curated, TAH·LUME is where you look to find one-of-a-kind and handcrafted items. They offer individually chosen products, pulled from small-batch makers, local artisans, and fellow lovers of the world’s curiosities. Their love for the natural world is evident in...

3229 SW Hwy 101
Lincoln City, OR

541-614-0890
Email us (contact[at]tahlume[dot]com)

Travel Stories

Light Up the Oregon Coast

Festive displays and events make the holidays even happier. Holidays are merry and bright along the Oregon Coast as local communities get into the spirit by lighting up their favorite places in all kinds of creative ways. The docks are...
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Fall Surfing on Oregon’s Central and South Coasts

Get stoked about great waves, few people and fish tacos. Imagine you arrive at the beach, surfboard waxed and ready to go, and it’s nothing but sweet little peelers with nobody on them. Head south along Oregon’s Highway 101 and...
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Lakes of the Oregon Coast

Head inland to find freshwater fun on these coastal lakes. Ask almost anyone from almost anywhere to imagine Oregon and they’ll almost certainly picture the Coast. With its broad sandy beaches, craggy sea stacks plucked from a fable and oodles...
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Guide to Wild Mushrooms on the Oregon Coast

Appreciating, foraging and sampling these spectacular fall treats. If you ever see someone (like me) on their hands and knees among the shore pines on the Oregon Coast during the fall season, don’t worry. It’s likely they’re merely engaged in...
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Hit the Sand on Fat-Tire Bikes

Central and Southern Oregon’s dramatic coastlines are even better on two wheels. Consider it biking’s first law of proportions: The fatter the tire, the more places a cyclist can ride. Combine that with Oregon’s first natural law of beauty —...
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Great Places for Fish and Chips on the Oregon Coast

Classic coastal fare with takeaway options and water views. Oregon’s seafood restaurants take pride in supporting local fishing fleets, and it’s always a treat to sample the fresh catch of the day when it’s caught nearby. Fish and chips are...
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Events on the Central Coast

December 3, 2022

Candlelight Bridge Walk and Christmas Tree Lighting

320 NW Hwy 101
Waldport, OR
January 26, 2023

“Take The Stage” at Florence Winter Music Festival

715 Quince Street
Florence, OR

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