Things to Do on the Oregon CoastDiscover many fun things to do in Newport, Oregon when you’re a guest at the Comfort Inn Newport, which is convenient to such popular Oregon coast visitor attractions as Nye Beach, Yaquina Lighthouses, and Oregon Undersea Garden.
Learn about these and other top things to do in Oregon by checking out the list below.
Japanese Tsunami Dock in Agate Beach, OregonIn the wake of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami disaster, many items large and small were swept into the Pacific Ocean. While many smaller items sank in the water, some larger debris survived and has been slowly drifting across the sea. One large piece of debris, a derelict dock from Misawa, Japan, has recently washed up on Agate Beach, near Newport, Oregon. The artifact has become an instant tourist attraction in the Pacific Northwest, reminding people of the destructive power of nature as well as the allowing people to touch a piece of Japanese history. While the state and federal government decide what to do with the large 66-foot-by-19-footdock, curious residents and visitors can see something first-hand that has floated over 5,000 miles from Japan.
Located just steps from the Comfort Inn Newport, historic Nye Beach has been around since 1866 when the town of Newport was first settled. In addition to the spectacular surf and sand, Nye Beach features restaurants, shops, art galleries, and a performing arts center. A collection of wooden boardwalks makes the area very pedestrian-friendly. For more information, visit http://www.nyebeach.org/.
Yaquina Lighthouses.Built in 1871, Historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is considered to be the oldest structure in Newport. In addition, it’s the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, as well as the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. Historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built a year later. At 93 feet, it is Oregon's tallest lighthouse. For more information, visit http://www.yaquinalights.org/. [Top]
Experience the amazing underworld life of sea creatures at Oregon Undersea Gardens. Discover the largest collection of local marine life anywhere. Come face to face with the ferocious-looking Wolf Eel and the world’s largest species of octopus. For more information, visit http://www.marinersquare.com/undersea-gardens/.
The Wax Works.Hundreds of detailed sculptures of Hollywood stars and movie monsters adorn the Wax Works in Newport, Oregon. Meet the cast of M*A*S*H, Marilyn Monroe, hobbits, gangsters, and Frankenstein. For more information, visit http://www.marinersquare.com/wax-works/.[Top]
At Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Newport, Oregon, you can experience some of the most bizarre sights from around the globe. Encounter everything from shrunken heads to the magic harp to the deep-space hall of mirrors. For more information, visit http://www.marinersquare.com/ripleys/.
Oregon Coast Aquarium.Come to the Oregon Coast Aquarium where 500 species of animals abound in amazing exhibits. One of the most popular is Passages of the Deep, an undersea exhibit featuring big sharks, rockfish and bat rays. Waves crashing against the tunnel give you the feeling you’re underneath the ocean. For more information, visit http://www.aquarium.org/. [Top]
Located just eight miles south of Newport, Oregon, Ona Beach State Park is an ideal spot for picnicking, swimming, boating, beachcombing, and fishing. For more information, visit http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_206.php
Chinook Winds Casino.The 157,000-square-foot Chinook Winds Casino is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon. This Las Vegas-style facility features over 1,200 slot machines, plus a wealth of games like keno, bingo, craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker. For more information, visit http://www.chinookwindscasino.com/. [Top]
Enjoy a pristine beach at Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site, which is also ideal for fishing. Two golf courses are nearby as is Nestucca Bay where canoeing and kayaking are encouraged. The Cascade Head Trail with its fantastic ocean views is also conveniently close and a great spot for hikers and bikers. For more information, visit http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_223.php.
Sea Lion Caves.The world’s largest sea cave, Sea Lion Caves is where you’ll encounter wild sea lions and several different types of sea birds. Mainly, Steller sea lions inhabit the caves. However, visitors can spot some California sea lions from late fall through early spring. On average, 200 Steller sea lions can be found each year in Sea Lion Caves. For more information, visit http://www.sealioncaves.com/2root/index.html. [Top]
Comfort Inn Newport
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