Activities on the Central Oregon Coast

From Florence, to the South, to Lincoln City, to the North
Lincoln County map What is the Best Location in Oregon to see the central Oregon Coast?
Seal Rocks RV Cove, of course!

How far are the attractions?
Everything from Florence to Lincoln City is within 30 to 45 minutes. Newport, which has the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Bayfront and Nye Beach restaurants and shopping is 10 miles north.

What about the views?
Some of the best tide pools on the coast are located just across the highway. Beautiful sunsets can be seen from your site or within a short (2-5 minute) walk.

See activities in:
Newport Bayfront   |   Nye Beach   |   South Beach   |   Newport   |   Toledo   |   North of Newport   |   Seal Rock   |   South of Seal Rock

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Historic Newport Bayfront:

  • Walk the boardwalk; watch/hear the sea lions on the jettys
  • Whale watching cruises
  • Arrange a charter trip to go bottom fishing
  • Fishing and crabbing off the public fishing docks or the jetty
  • Life-size mural of Humpback Whales, Wyland's Whaling Wall
  • Count the flavors of saltwater taffy at Aunt Belinda's Candies (and get a free sample!)
  • Ripley's Believe it of Not! and Wax Works Museum at Mariner's Square
  • Mo's Restaurants - clam chowder and fruit cobblers
  • Canyon Way Bookstore (and gifts!) and Restaurant
  • Shopping and restaurants!

salt water taffy   harbor sea lions Mo's chowder Newport Chamber of Commerce

Historic Oceanfront Nye Beach:

  • Walk the beaches. Build a sand castle. Fly a kite!
  • Go surfing
  • Chowder Bowl Restaurant - clam chowder
  • Visual Arts Center and many art/crafts/gift galleries
  • Shopping!

Chowder Bowl Visual Arts Center Nye Beach

South Beach (on the south end of Yaquina Bay Bridge):

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center - go on a family quest!
  • View NOAA's ships
  • Fishing and crabbing off the South Beach Marina
  • Estuary nature walks, just south of the Yaquina Bridge
  • Rogue Ale Micro Brewery (and restaurant)
  • South Beach Fish Market - fish & chips, whole crab, salads
  • Fish Tails - best homecooked breakfasts
  • Newport Candy Shoppe - chocolate factory and restaurant
  • The Edge Art Gallery - blow a glass float!
  • Aquarium Village shops
  • Take your camera and photograph the Yaquina Bay Bridge, catch a bird in flight
  • Browse the Port of Newport marina for the "boat of your dreams"

Oregon Coast Aquarium Rogue Ales South Beach Fish Market Hatfield Marine Science Center

In Newport:

  • Beach Access in Newport
  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Interpretative Center - Look for whales, sea lions, birds, and handicap-accessible tide pools
  • "Haunted" Yaquina Bay Lighthouse built in 1871 at Yaquina Bay State Park
  • Newport Public Library, 35 N .W. Nye Street
  • Georgie's Beachside Grill oceanfront family-friendly dining
  • Watch a movie at Newport Cinemas, 5836 N Coast Hwy
  • Newport's Skateboard Park
  • Swimming at the Newport Municipal Swimming Pool
  • Log Cabin Museum containing Indian artifacts, pioneer farm equipment, logging and maritime exhibits at the Lincoln Historical Society, 545 SW 9th.
  • View period furniture and clothing at the Burrows House next to the Log Cabin Museum.
  • Attend a performance or symphony at the Performing Arts Center
  • Agate Beach Golf Course, 2 miles north on Hwy 101
  • Enjoy a Sunday Brunch at one of the many local restaurants.
  • Farmers' Market every Saturday from May through October
  • Oceana Natural Foods - Pick up organic groceries or delicious Lunch by the Pound
  • Newport's Senior Center 205 S.E. 2nd
  • Property shop in our many real estate offices
  • In June - Newport Marathon, a 26-mile run
  • In February (last weekend) - Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
  • In late March - The Blessing of the Fleet
  • In October - Yaquina Bay Regatta

Yaquina Head Lighthouse Newport Symphony Discover Newport Performing Arts Center Georgies Beachside Grill

In Toledo (6 miles east of Newport):

  • Bowling at Harmony Lanes, 541-336-2692
  • Dairy Queen
  • Drive by the Port of Newport International Docks and follow the old Bay Road to Toledo for antique shopping and lunch
  • Visit the Oregon Oyster Farms, 6878 Yaquina Bay Road. Buy some just-harvested oysters to cook at home.
  • Olalla Valley Golf Course, just east of Toledo
  • Visit our Elks and Eagles and Moose Lodges in Newport, Toledo, and Waldport.

Oregon Oyster Farm Toledo Chamber of Commerce

North of Newport:

  • Devil's Punch Bowl, 8 miles north at Otter Rock
  • Cape Foulweather
  • City of Depoe Bay, the World's Smallest Harbor (candy shops and restaurants)
  • Skate park in Lincoln City (Kirtsis Park)
  • Salishan Golf Links and Day Spa - 28 miles north of Newport on Hwy 101
  • Agate Beach Golf Course, 2 miles north of Newport on Hwy 101
  • Visit some wineries
  • Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City
  • Lincoln City Outlet Stores, Lincoln City
  • In August (2nd weekend) - Siletz Pow Wow
  • In September - Indian-style Salmon Bake in Depoe Bay

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort Chinook Winds Casino Resort Depoe Bay Lincoln City Outlet Stores

Seal Rock:

  • Ocean Beaches Glass Blowing & Gallery - blow a glass float
  • Brian McEneny Marine & Wildlife Wood Carvings
  • Indulge Fudge - homemade fudge and ice cream parlour
  • Drive-thru Seal Rock Espresso and Bakery - bear claws, maple bars, fruit danishes, baked fresh daily
  • Hunt for agates; explore the tidepools
  • Antique shops, Art galleries
  • Hauser Gallery - Jewelry, agates, fossils, Japanese art, gifts
  • Luna Sea Fish House - Excellent seafood, both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Fresh Chicken Wraps - have a grande burrito for lunch
  • Dig for clams
  • Take photos everywhere! Seal Rock Espresso & Bakery Indulge Sweets of Seal Rock Chicken Wraps Drive-thru Yuzen Japanese Restaurant Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery Brian McEneny Woodcarving Gallery

South of Seal Rock:

  • Cape Perpetua Scenic Area - hiking trails, Devil's Churn, Visitors' Center
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Sea Lion Caves (28 miles south)
  • Oregon Dunes Natural Recreation Park - Dune buggy rides, Florence (35 miles south)
  • City of Florence Bayfront - antique stores, shopping
  • Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center - 5 miles south on U.S. 101 in Waldport
  • Crestview Golf Course in Waldport
  • Crestline Skate Park, Waldport (4 miles south)
  • Visit our Elks and Eagles and Moose Lodges in Newport, Toledo, and Waldport

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Oregon Coast Lighthouses Oregon Sand Dunes Seal Lion Caves Waldport Chamber of Commerce Yachats Chamber of Commerce Florence Chamber of Commerce