# 1 Go Horseback Riding at the Coast

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May 242017

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Sea Ranch Resort has horses available to rent for weekend rides starting Memorial Day weekend through June 7th, with daily rides beginning June 10th and running thru Labor Day from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The stables are in the rear of Sea Ranch RV Park. All rides are guided by competent, experienced guides who strive to make each ride enjoyable and memorable.

Call (503) 436-2815 for more information. Located at 415 Fir Street, Cannon Beach.

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The Friendliest Folks Around! The owners and guides truly care about your experience with Green Acres and are quite proud of the reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Come by and meet the horses, help feed them carrots between rides. The younger kids can take a Pony Ride or just pet a horse for the first time. Folks are always welcome to come by for a free tour of the barn and meet the horses, or take a lesson year round. Safety is always paramount with Green Acres. All of the guides are FirstAid/CPR certified and experienced horseowners themselves, who actually care forthe horses year round. Only top quality saddles, tack and safety gear is used. Rides
with more than 2 people always have 2 or more guides. Enjoy the ride of a lifetime. Visit beach-rides.com or TripAdvisor for more information about Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides.

For more information, call 541-921-6289 or 541-603-1768

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Come experience the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area on horseback. The Pacific Ocean beach, sand dunes, coastal lakes and beautiful forest trails at C & M Stables offer one of the finest horse riding opportunities to be found anywhere in the world. For over 30 years, the wranglers at C & M have taken pride in matching riders at all levels of experience, from beginners to experts and from children to seasoned citizens, to the horse and
ride which will provide a safe, exhilarating, memorable adventure. All rides are guided and include suitable instruction. C & M offers a variety of riding experiences from 15 minute corral rides, to beach rides, trail rides, adventure rides, sunset rides, and even half-day combination beach and trail rides.

For more information, call (541) 997-7540 to reserve your ride.

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# 2 See the View from Above

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May 232017

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Konect Aviation offers helicopter scenic tours of a vast portion of Oregon, ranging from the vineyards of the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, the cliffs of the Oregon Coast, to the splashing waters of Multnomah Falls. These different landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are a must see and have a different beauty in each season. Changing your perspective and viewing the world from the air is one of the most stunning ways to experience Oregon in all of it’s splendor. Take your special someone up for a romantic date night flight with dinner at sunset, a picnic and wine tasting in wine country, propose in the sky while flying over beautiful rolling hills, or leave your wedding by helicopter. With Konect Aviation the sky is the limit! Tours can be customized to include destinations of your choice as well as wine tastings, lunch, a picnic or dinner. Package flights in the helicopter or airplane are available from McMinnville, Portland Downtown, Salem, Newport and other airports, but don’t let that limit you, the helicopter can land just about anywhere! Experience the thrill of viewing the amazing Pacific Northwest from its most beautiful side: from above.

To schedule your tour, call (503) 376-0190.

4000 SE Cirrus Avenue – McMinnville

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# 3 Take a Taste of Oregon Wines

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May 222017

Vineyards and winemaking have been a part of Oregon’s history since the days of the early pioneers in the 1840s, when precious starts were carefully brought overland on the perilous journey to the “Oregon Country.” It was just over 50 years ago when Richard Sommer established HillCrest Vineyards near Roseburg that Oregon’s modern wine industry and commercial wine production got its start. Sommer, like most of Oregon’s modern era wine
producers and winemakers, was a transplant from the University of California at Davis, who defied conventional wisdom and planted Vitis vinifera grapes in cool viticulture sites. He and like-minded modern pioneers were convinced that Burgundian varieties could have greater success in Oregon than in California. In addition to traditional wines, western Oregon is home to Honeywood Winery, the oldest producing winery in Oregon.

Honeywood Winery, originally called Columbia Distilleries, had produced fruit brandies, cordials and liqueurs. Eventually they settled on making premium wines and decided a name change was in order. They also specialize in producing a wide range of fruit wines from berries, apricots, pineapple, and many other fruits.

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# 4 Blow Your Own Glass

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May 212017

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You are welcome to visit Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio anytime they are open. The studio is open for appointments and making your own glass Wednesday through Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, the artists explore their ideas and make glass for the Galleries. You are welcome to watch at any time, but on Mondays and Tuesdays you will be watching only…which is very entertaining! For about two months, the artists forego creating on Mondays and Tuesdays to making your own glass during the ‘high season’ between July and September (Labor Day) and for the three weeks around Spring Break.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for Glass-Making, call 541-996-2569.

WHERE:  4821 SW Highway 101 – Lincoln City

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# 5 Drive the Highway of Waterfalls

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May 202017

State highway 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, is commonly known as the “highway of waterfalls”, and for good reason. There are 15 waterfalls along this route, which winds its way alongside both the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers. The full scenic route covers 172 miles and takes about 5 to 7 hours, traveling from Roseburg to Diamond Lake and the north entrance to Crater lake, and then south to Gold Hill. Along the way, you’ll find well-marked trails leading to dramatic waterfalls and cliffs. Take a short hike to double-tiered Toketee Falls, which drops a total of 120 feet over columnar basalt and offers visitors an observation platform to take in the spectacular views. Or stop at Watson Falls, one of the highest in southwestern Oregon at a staggering 272 feet. Most hikes are easy to moderate and less than a mile, though there is typically some climbing involved to reach the best vantage point.

For more information, contact the BLM’s Roseburg District Office at 541-440-4930 or the Roseburg Visitor’s Bureau at 541-672-9731. Byway brochures, with detailed information on waterfalls and other features along the route, are available from the BLM and from area visitor bureaus, and can be downloaded online at:


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# 6 View Exquisite Glass Art Creations

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May 192017

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Bryce Dimitruk began creating art from hot and cold glass in 1998, while working at the internationally recognized studio Steven Lundberg Art Glass in Santa Cruz, California. During his five years there, Bryce had the opportunity to study under several masters with whom he worked on projects for many nationally renowned galleries throughout the United States, including Disney and Gump’s.

The dream of having his own studio came to fruition in the beautiful coastline town of Bandon, Oregon, and in 2004 Bryce and his wife Miyuki acquired Vines Art Glass. Together they are continuing the tradition of creating a high quality, innovative product line for which Vines Art Glass has been known and respected since 1982.

During the course of his work, Bryce’s glass art has been included in many private and public collections.

Each piece of art begins with a gathering of molten glass. This lava-like substance is then carefully decorated with colored glass shards or chips, melted onto the surface and manipulated with a variety of hand tools. Once cooled, every piece is carefully inspected and only the finest examples are signed and dated.

Stop in and say “hello” and view the beautiful blown glass creations in person.

CALL:  541-347-2652

WHERE: 47074 Hwy 101 – Bandon

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# 7 Spend a Day Viewing World Class Art

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May 182017

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Collectors and artists from around the world have known Lawrence Gallery as the west coast center for the acquisition of fine art . Arts and Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC, one of the foremost art magazines in the United States, selected Lawrence Gallery as one of only seven best places for building an art collection, and the only gallery chosen on the west coast. Most of the others are in New York.

Nestled among the wineries of Oregon’s picturesque countryside, Lawrence Gallery is a showcase for original paintings, indoor and outdoor sculpture, jewelry and glass. Elegant exhibitions feature works by modern masters such as Picasso, Chagall, and Dali.

Many works from the recent Salvador Dali and the Surrealists exhibit will stay at the gallery for viewing. All pieces shown in our online catalog are from the Argilett Collection, Museum of Surrealism, Melun, France and may be available for purchase.

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Check out WineNoir, our wine shop and tasting bar. Owner, David A. Soto is seeking out the elusive, exclusive cult-classics fine wines from the Willamette Valley, pairing these selections with superfood chocolates from Anandamide.

CALL:  503-843-3633

WHERE: 19700 SW Hwy 18 – McMinnville

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# 8 Enjoy the View from the Astoria Column

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May 172017


A popular point of interest is the Astoria Column. The tower, built atop Coxcomb Hill, stands 125 feet high, 600 feet above sea level. There is an inner circular staircase allowing visitors to climb the 164 steps to see a panoramic view of the town, the surrounding lands, Young’s Bay and the Columbia River as it flows into the Pacific. The Astor family built the column in 1926 to commemorate the region’s early history. Take a look at the hand-painted spiral frieze encircling the column which commemorate the migration to the west and settlement of the area. If the frieze were to be unwound, it would stretch more than 500 feet. The Astoria Column is one
of a series of 12 historical markers which were erected between St.Paul, Minnesota and Astoria.

WHERE: 2199 Coxcomb Drive – Astoria

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# 9 Discover Fort Clatsop National Memorial

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May 162017

Lewis_and_Clark_National_Historical_Park_(Fort_Clatsop_FOCL1525.WEBThe site is protected as part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, and is also known as Fort Clatsop National Memorial. The original Fort Clatsop decayed in the wet climate of the region but was reconstructed in 1955 from sketches in the journals of William Clark and lasted for fifty years. The replica was severely damaged by fire in early October 2005. A new replica, more rustic, was built by about 700 volunteers in
2006. The site is currently operated by the National Park Service. The park also features an interpretive center and an exhibit hall. During the summer months, there are park rangers stationed in the fort and at the trailheads who are costumed in period clothing and buckskin.

WHERE:  92343 Fort Clatsop Road – Astoria

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CALL:  503-861-2471

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# 10 Have an Exhilarating Adventure!

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May 152017


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High Life Adventures takes participants on an exhilarating tour of eight zip lines involving a mile of zipping through timber, over ponds, plus around and over a 7- acre lake. The “Maple” zip line even offers participants a chance to take a dunk in the water! The High Life Adventures zip line experience is open to all ages, (60 to 300 pounds) and is sure to create lasting memories for the whole family. Their personable and highly trained staff will take you on a guided tour and help you enjoy an experience that you’ll never forget. For more information and to book your tour, call (503) 861-9875.

WHERE: 92111 High Life Road – Warrenton

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# 11 Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum

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May 142017

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The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, a native Astorian. Klep, a longtime collector of maritime artifacts, along with a group of his colleagues envisioned a museum of national distinction which would preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region. The Columbia River Maritime Museum has a reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections making it one of the finest maritime museums in the nation. The Museum has been designated the official state maritime museum of Oregon. In 2002, the Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with the completion of its expanded exhibit space. The new 44,200 square foot space houses interactive exhibits that combine
history with cutting-edge technology and numerous Museum acquisitions. Visitors of all ages will find the opportunity to experience what it would be like to pilot a tugboat or to participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar. Visitors may also find out what it’s like to live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. The Columbia River can be seen from the huge windows on the north wall, serving as a majestic backdrop
for the exhibits. Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest’s rich maritime history.

WHERE: 1792 Marine Drive – Astoria

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CALL: 503-325-2323


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# 12 Shop the Shops at Seaside Factory Outlet

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May 132017

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When you’re visiting the North Coast, there is so much natural beauty as well as so many scenic landscapes to take in you may not notice all of the fine shopping you can do, all at once! To get that special swimsuit, jogging shoes, sundress or practically anything else, head to the Seaside Outlets.

Just minutes from the beautiful beaches that Seaside is famous for, Seaside Outlets has something for everyone who loves to shop. Remember, when you shop at Seaside Outlets, you pay no sales tax! Another reason why visitors love to shop in Oregon!

Seaside Outlets offers the finest selection of internationally known stores, with deals on items you won’t find anywhere else in the area, like Nike,Van Heusen, Famous Footwear, Rack Room Shoes, Eddie Bauer, Helly Hansen, Pendleton, OshKosh, Carter’s, Toys R Us, Bath and Body Works, Rue 21 and many more! If you’re thirsty, stop by for libations at The Wine and Beer Haus, or grab a meal at Tokyo Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant, or a delicious sandwich at Daisy May’s Sandwich Shop.

Whatever it is that makes you want to shop, Seaside Outlets is fun for the whole family. They’re located at 1111 N. Roosevelt Drive (Hwy 101 & 12th Street) Seaside, Oregon.

WHERE:  1111 N. Roosevelt Drive (Hwy 101 & 12th Street) Seaside

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For hours of operation & more information, call (503) 717-1603.

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# 13 Relax at Sea Ranch Resort in Cannon Beach

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May 122017


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Nestled in the coastal trees, just off the Pacific Ocean in picturesque Cannon Beach, you’ll find Sea Ranch Resort, a relaxing villa by the sea, where you can easily fill a few days full of activity and fun for the whole family.
Their cabins are fully equipped with all the conveniences of home, or pitch a tent at one of their tent sites, or stay at their full hook-up RV park in your own rig. So many ways to stay! Plan a family horseback riding trip right from Sea Ranch Stables, where you will have a knowledgeable and friendly guide to take you to view world famous Haystack Rock, as you ride horseback with your family on the beach! After the fun, mom and dad can treat themselves to the on-site spa and wellness center with a sauna, massage, and all the amenities. They have a general store where you can pick up anything you may need. How about relaxing at their organic tea and coffee bar while you use their on-site laundry facilities? Also, if you plan ahead, you can use their beautiful event lodge for your family reunion party or friendly get together. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on the beach at sunset, a full day of fun in the sun building sand castles, horseback riding, massage, or specialty shopping within walking distance, the friendly folks at Sea Ranch Resort will make your stay comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable! Sea Ranch
Resort is open year round. Proceeds from Sea Ranch Resort support the Children’s Music Camp, Easter Egg Hunt and horses rescued by Sea Ranch Resort.

WHERE:  415 Fir Street – Cannon Beach

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CALL:  503-436-2815


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# 14 Catch It – Cook It – Eat It!

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May 112017

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Looking for the ultimate Oregon Coast experience – look no further than Kelly’s Brighton Marina. Fresh Dungeness Crabs, Chinook Salmon and a variety of bay clams await your arrival – rent a boat to catch your bounty, crab on the dock for the casual approach, or simply choose from their well-stocked live tanks – the end result is the same – dining on the freshest, MOST DELICIOUS SEAFOOD you have ever tasted!! The riverside deck with communal fire pit is the perfect hang out spot for the day. See river otters, harbor seals, blue herons and bald eagles in their natural environment. With 23 years of crabbing experience Kelly, along with his wonderful staff, will ensure that your fun filled day of family friendly entertainment will be a favorite vacation memory for years to come. Whether you come for the day or stay overnight in one of the water front RV and tent sites – Kelly’s Brighton Marina is a must stop destination for any trip to the fabulous Oregon Coast! Call (503) 368-5745 for more information – or visit their website to view the live camera. Come and spend your day on Nehalem Bay.

WHERE:  29200 Hwy 101 N – Rockaway Beach

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# 15 Charter a Fishing Adventure

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May 102017

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Enjoy Oregon’s premier ocean fishing with Garibaldi Charters Deep Sea Fishing. Take a half day trip on one of their three charter vessels to fish for Rockfish, Lingcod, or Salmon. They even add free crabbing as a bonus on select trips when the ocean conditions are favorable! Looking for an extreme adventure? Try one of their 12 hour offshore Halibut or Tuna trips – it’s sure to leave a smile on your face. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced fisherman, Garibaldi Charters has something for everyone! Fishing not your thing? They offer Whale Watching and Eco-Tours of the beautiful Oregon Coast as well. Locally owned and family operated, Garibaldi Charters has been fishing the waters off the Oregon Coast for over 40 years. Their captains are experienced, Coast Guard Certified skippers who live and work on the ocean every day. They have courteous, knowledgeable deckhands who are eager to please, and their boats are Coast Guard inspected and fully equipped with modern safety and fish-finding equipment. Garibaldi Charters can also accommodate large groups, making them a great choice for family reunions, work parties, bachelor parties and more. A fishing trip with Garibaldi Charters is an exciting adventure, and truly an unforgettable experience! The office is located in the heart of Garibaldi at the corner of 7th street and Highway 101 (about 15 min North of Tillamook). The fishing season in Garibaldi runs from March to October.

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You can find out what they are fishing for now, and book your adventure by calling 1-800-900-HOOK or by visiting www.garibaldicharters.com

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# 16 Take a Look at the Three Graces

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May 092017

Three graces-sm.WEBNear the shore in the channel leading from Garibaldi to the North Jetty and the Pacific Ocean is a picturesque rock formation known as the Three Graces. The rocks are a favorite of birds and photographers. At the base you will find tide pools and excellent beach combing. These rock formations are composed of sandstone and were likely formed between 20 and 30 million years ago. According to George R. Priest, a geologist with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries coastal field office located in Newport, at that time the entire area, including what is now the Coast Range, was an under-sea marine environment and part of the continental shelf, just as the ocean floor off the coast is today. Over time and under pressure, this sand consolidated into sandstone. Then, as the earth’s tectonic plates crashed into each other, they pushed up the coastal mountains and fractured and tilted up a ridge of sandstone along the coastline. Over time, the tides and surf wore away the softer portions of this sandstone, leaving behind the rocks we see today. To get to the beach near the formation,
drive a little over a mile north from Garibaldi on Highway 101. The highway hugs the cliffs and there are no parking areas or wide shoulders making it difficult to park near the rocks themselves. It is best to drive past the
formation and park near the intersection at Harborview Drive. Then walk back, crossing the railroad tracks to get to the beach.


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# 17 Watch the Birds in Tillamook County

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May 082017

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Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities in the country, and Tillamook is rich with sighting opportunities with more than 356 species recorded in the county checklist, making the area a bird watching paradise. The coastline areas are home to or visited by all manner of sea and shore birds and inland forests shelter migrating songbirds. Eagles are often seen, as are hawks. Among waterfowl, it’s common
to see American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoters and Buffleheads. Brown Pelicans use the Bay from May to December and peak in September. Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plovers, Semi-palmated
Plovers, Whimbrels, Sanderlings, Dunlins and Short-billed Dowitchers are also seen. There are two rookeries around Tillamook Bay that host Great Blue Herons. One in Garibaldi is quite large (up to 50 nests). The herons are year-round residents. The Bay also provides an important habitat for many birds migrating on the Pacific flyway. Bird watching can be done from the shore or the water. For water viewing, you can get close to more remote areas in a kayak or a canoe. Either way, beginners are advised to bring a good pair of binoculars and a field guide to help identify what you see. The Oregon Coast Birding Trail lists 173 birding hot spots, and close to 20 of those are in Tillamook county, including the Barview Jetty Park, on the north end of Garibaldi, and the Garibaldi Boat Basin, just a short walk from the center of Garibaldi.


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# 18 Ride the Rails in Garibaldi

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May 072017


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The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit museum organization. It is a mostly volunteer based organization that operates over the former Southern Pacific and Port of Tillamook Bay Railroads. Regularly scheduled trains are operated daily between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach in the summer months and special event trains throughout the year over the rest of the line. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has grown from its humble
beginnings dodging freight trains in Garibaldi on weekend runs to Rockaway Beach and Wheeler to the sole operator of 46 miles of the railroad between the Tillamook airport and a point 2 miles east of the railroad siding of Enright in the Oregon Coast Range with breathtaking views of the Nehalem and Salmonberry River canyons. As a Museum Railroad, OCSR is currently making way to expand their Garibaldi Station. Intending to preserve such historical essence by constructing a replica of the Southern Pacific depot style no. 11. A matching office building with public restrooms and a fully functional water tower will accompany the depot. The existing engine house will undergo renovations such as adding energy efficient windows and lighting. Purchasing tickets is easy when visiting the train schedule via their website. One can do so in advance and avoid making the trip only to fi nd out the train has been sold out! Of course you can still buy tickets onboard the train in the caboose that doubles as ticket office and gift shop. Gifts include shirts, hats, sweaters, toy trains, pins, and much more. While the freight
trains are gone, the scenery is second to none. Depots in Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Wheeler are small covered shelters next to the tracks built by the Port of Tillamook Bay to support a basic tourist operation known as the
Oregon Coast Explorer prior to the founding of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The depots are decorated by each of the communities and offer public restrooms nearby. Each depot and community has plenty of activities to offer between train departures. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has also saved the original Pacific Railway and Navigation Depot (later bought by the Southern Pacifi c) in Tillamook from demolition and moved it to the
Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon where it will once again serve rail passengers for departures out of Tillamook in the future. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has an extensive equipment roster that includes numerous historic steam and diesel locomotives along with a growing fleet of passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance of way equipment. All of the equipment and track is operated and maintained by the volunteers of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us at info@oregoncoastscenic.org.

Schedules, ticket sales, special excursion details and more can be found online.

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# 19 Visit the Garibaldi Maritime Museum

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May 062017

MaritimeMuseumWEBThe Garibaldi Museum is located between the base of Captain Robert Gray Mountain and the Tillamook Bay. The museum is chartered to preserve the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and Captain Robert Gray’s historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. The museum displays the 18th century sailing world by telling the story of Captain Robert Gray and the trade with native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Among the museum displays are models of the Columbia and Lady Washington, an eight foot tall reproduction of the Columbia’s figurehead, a half model of the Columbia showing how the ship was provisioned for the long voyage, as well as reproductions of the clothing of the seafarers and musical instruments. One wing features the history of the City of Garibaldi, displaying pictures and artifacts from the turn of the century. The museum is open April through October, Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment during the winter. Located at 112 Garibaldi Ave.

WHERE:  112 Garibaldi Ave – Garibaldi

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CALL: (503) 322-8411

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# 20 Take a Trip to the Past

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May 052017

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum allows the public to reflect on the diverse people who have called Tillamook County home in the past. From the Tillamook Indians to Captain Gray’s 1788 voyage into Tillamook Bay, the living memorial of those who came before exists on this stretch of the north Oregon coast. All of this rich history is preserved for all to enjoy at the Tillamook Pioneer Museum. There are 35,000 items, plus 10,000 photographs included in this current collection, including prehistoric specimens to modern day. Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is located at 2106 Second St. and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

WHERE:  2106 Second St – Tillamook

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CALL:  503-842-4553


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# 21 Enjoy the Scenery on a Railrider

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May 042017

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Have you ever looked down a railroad track and thought to yourself, “I sure would like to ride down there and see where it goes”? Now you can. In their second year of operation, Oregon Coast Railriders gives you an opportunity to legally pedal your railrider from Bay City to Tillamook and back. They are the first company in the nation to offer such an opportunity on an inactive rail.

Kids from infants to 84 years of age have traveled the two hour round trip journey. Anyone from six years on is expected to do their own pedaling. Very few people return without a big smile on their face.

On your excursion you will be guided by the OCR staff that will help ensure road crossings are clear, though the final decision will be yours. On one of the crossings you will even get to wave at cars across the gate with the crossing bells ringing! Your guides will also answer any safety questions you may have as well as questions about the railroad or the area in general.

People have seen coyotes, deer, elk, herons, and eagles. You will definitely see cows since the Tillamook area is one of the premier dairy locations in Oregon. You will go by an estuary that has more bird sightings than any other spot on the coast. They keep trying to count the bridges and trestles, but keep losing count. What they do know is the longest bridge is over 300 feet long and you will cross both the Kilchis and Wilson rivers. In short, the scenery is incomparable.

To book online this totally unique experience, go to Oregon Coast Railriders, ocrailrides.com. While you are on the site watch the video that Grant McCombie and crew made for Travel Oregon and Grants Getaways. After you have experienced the pedaling your railrider, try one of the excellent eateries in the area or ride the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway seven miles north in Garibaldi. They guarantee an excellent experience on the Oregon Coast. See you soon!

For Online Registration and Information, visit www.ocrailriders.com

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# 22 See History Housing History at the Tillamook Air Museum

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May 032017



With a unique experience of Hangar B, take off on an adventure through aviation history at the world-renowned Naval Air Station Tillamook known as Tillamook Air Museum. Housed in one of the nation’s last remaining World War II blimp hangars, and one of the largest wooden structures in the world, the Tillamook Air Museum is an unforgettable experience for both young and old alike.

Visitors will be astounded by the museum’s display of over 15 aircraft, such as the F-14 Tomcat, A-7 Corsair ll, Mig-17, Aero-Space lines Mini-Guppy and many more. Experience life as a jet pilot by climbing into the cockpit of the museum’s many aircraft trainers, and find out more about aviation history in the museum’s free theater. Explore the Exhibit Hall, with rare wartime and aviation themed artifacts from WW l to the present. Kids will enjoy the new kids play area. The Tillamook Air Museum wouldn’t be complete without its very own Air Base Café, which serves burgers and fries. The museum is handicap accessible, visitors are welcome to drive or fl y in by (private aircraft where you can land and park nearby), and there is ample parking for RVs.



WHERE:  6030 Hangar Road – Tillamook

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CALL:  503-842-1130


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# 23 See the Devil’s Punchbowl

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May 022017

The Devil’s Punchbowl is named after a unique rock formation that really looks like a punchbowl. Especially during stormy weather when the ocean slams into the hollow rock formation—the surf churns, foams and swirls into a violent brew. It was most likely created by the collapse of the rock roof over two sea caves, then shaped by eroding waves. After viewing the punchbowl, take advantage of the great picnic area and its phenomenal views. Look just off the coast for Otter Rock, a large seabird rookery, or to catch a glimpse of a whale. The park is exceptional in its rugged and scenic beauty. Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area can be found approximately 17 miles south of Lincoln City, west of Hwy 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 24 Hike the Trails at Cascade Head Preserve

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May 012017

One of the best ways to appreciate the rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities that were once abundant along the Oregon Coast, is to take a trip to Cascade Head, a Nature Conservancy preserve located just north of Lincoln City, off Hwy 101. The spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Visitors may encounter elk, coyote, deer, snowshoe hares and giant salamanders. Bald eagles, great horned owls, northern harriers, red-tail hawks and peregrine falcons make hunting forays over the Preserve’s grassy slopes. The Preserve and the surrounding National Forest lands won recognition
in 1980 as a National Scenic Research Area and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Try to spot the stunning and rare hairy Checkermellow flower. Serenity and wildlife are the two things that can always be expected from a trip to Cascade Head. Bikes and pets are prohibited, since the Preserve harbors ground-nesting birds and other wildlife that are extremely sensitive to disturbance. For more information, call (503) 802-8100.


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# 25 Wander Through the Connie Hansen Garden

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Apr 302017

For a truly delightful treat, visit the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City, where more than an acre of color and fragrance await. Visitors on the many garden paths are surrounded by an extensive collection of unusual plants including more than 300 rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese and Siberian iris and geraniums. The rich variety of plants makes a visit at any time of year a treat. Flowers add fragrance to the air and birds provide the music. This sensational coastal garden was developed by well-known botanist Connie Hansen, with her own hybrid and exotic plants, creating an oasis of blooms, ponds and trees. A volunteer conservancy has maintained the garden since Hansen’s
death. The garden, located at 1931 NW 33rd St., is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Hosts are on site Tuesday and Saturday, and tours are available upon request. For more information, call (541) 994-6338.


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# 26 Go Fly a Kite in Lincoln City

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Apr 292017

Let your heart soar in Lincoln City, where kite flying finds its ideal match in steady winds, clean ocean air and beautiful beaches. Lincoln City hosts annual Summer and Fall Kite Festivals each year. The festivals are held on the beach, in the heart of Lincoln City, at the D-River Wayside over the course of a weekend in both June and October. Send your own kite aloft or just stop by one of the festivals to watch professional and novice kite-flyers alike take advantage of the ideal conditions. Marvel at the amazing and colorful kites of all shapes and sizes, including some of the biggest and most colorful “show kites” in the world. The festivals also host an array of family events with competitions, parades, and children’s activities. Call (800) 452-2151 for more information.

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# 27 Watch Migrating Whales

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Apr 282017

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Visit the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, located on Highway 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, and spot some whales! Park rangers are available to answer your questions and help you spot gray whales. The Center is a perfect spot for you watch whales as they blow, dive, spyhop and breach. Whale watching takes place almost yearround on the Oregon Coast. The whales migrate past on their way to and from the waters off Alaska and Mexico. Watch whales in the winter from mid-December through January. In March spring watching begins with the peak near the end of the month and finishes in June with mothers and babies traveling north. Summer brings whales that feed along our coast from July to mid-November. The Center is home to the “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteer program, which sponsors the winter and spring break Whale Watching Weeks.

For more information, call (541) 765-3304 or (541) 765-3307.

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# 28 Spend the Day at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area

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Apr 272017
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Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is located just north of Depoe Bay and has been a favorite rest stop for several years. There are two paths on either side of the creek that lead under the highway to a small ocean cove. In the center of the cove is a rock formation commonly called Rabbit Rock. Walkers on the beach may enjoy seeing harbor seals resting on the rock. This formation provides spouting horns and may even be climbed at low tide. The park is carved from spruce, hemlock, pine and alder and is a great place for bird watching. Some of the species that have been spotted throughout the year include winter wren, song sparrow, dark-eyed junco, spotted towhee and hairy woodpecker. Migrant species include a number of warblers, such as the Wilson’s and the hermit. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 29 Check Out the World’s Shortest River

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Apr 262017

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The D River is the world’s shortest river. It begins in sparkling Devil’s Lake and flows a mere 120 feet before dumping into the powerful Pacific Ocean. It is best viewed from a boat in Devil’s Lake. The D River is so small that it is contained entirely within the Lincoln City limits. The ocean tides can dramatically affect the length of this tiny river. The D River State Recreation Park provides a popular beach and excellent fishing opportunities. The D River flows under Hwy 101 and visitors love to brag about following the entire length of the river from the source to the Pacific Ocean. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 30 Set Sail with Dockside Charters

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Apr 252017


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Schedule your fishing or whale watching adventure with Dockside Charters, located in the harbor in Depoe Bay. You will have a great time on Dockside’s clean, comfortable boats. The Captains and their crew will always treat you with respect and courtesy. All Dockside skippers take pride in what they do and will provide you with the best possible service. At Dockside you can park right out in front of the office and walk right to your boat without any stairs to climb. All vessels are easily boarded through doors. Both the Samson and Endeavor are wheel chair accessible. Dockside has a wide range of boats for your needs with four 6-pack vessels, one zodiac style whale watch boat, and two large 50 foot vessels. Group trips can be customized to suit your needs. Whether you’re deep sea fishing or on a whale watching excursion, Dockside Charters always has your enjoyment and safety in mind. Fillet services and commercial vacuum packing are available on site. To schedule your trip, call (541) 765-2545.

WHERE:  270 Coast Guard Dr – Depoe Bay

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# 31 Take a Dive at the Undersea Gardens

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Apr 242017

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Visit the amazing Oregon Undersea Gardens and take a dive in the exclusive Undersea Theatre at the bottom of the sea. Descend into the magic submarine world of the Oregon coast – home of the largest collection of local marine life to be found anywhere. You’ll come face to face with the beauty, wonder, excitement and mystery of the underwater world. Beneath the surface, all manner of fish swim in their natural habitat. You’ll see the ghostly gardens of white and crimson anemones, where the ferocious looking wolf eel lurks and the largest species of octopus in the world glides the reef. The sea gives up its secrets in this unique underwater theatre. Continuous dive shows are filled with action, special effects and surprises. These tours are expertly narrated by knowledgeable tour guides and scuba divers equipped with underwater communications. You can get to know the underwater stars of this interesting and unique submarine drama. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.

WHERE:  250 Bay Blvd – Newport, Oregon

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# 32 Learn About Marine Life

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Apr 232017

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport provides a unique opportunity to have fun while learning about marine life, with many interactive exhibits. The center describes itself as “part aquarium and part laboratory.” An enormous Pacific octopus greets visitors at the entrance. The center’s goal is to showcase scientific discovery through exhibits that display four different viewpoints: global, birds-eye, eye-level and microscopic. Check out the Tidepool Touch Tanks. Roll up your sleeves and reach into tidepool tanks and gently stroke fish skates and sea stars. The center offers a variety of different opportunities for all levels of education, from young children to graduate students. Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-0226.


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# 33 Visit The Wax Works

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Apr 222017

JohnnyDeppOrnate figurines and elaborate sets are a feast for the eyes at Newport’s Wax Works located at Mariner Square. Hundreds of sculptures, each elaborately molded and detailed, delight visitors from around the world. Where else can you see Hollywood legends and sci-fi creatures just by turning around? Each figure is created with incredible attention to detail. Sculptures can take months to build and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Meet the crew of M.A.S.H., Marilyn Monroe, hobbits, gangters and even Frankenstein, just to name a few. To make a wax figure, a mold is made around a clay base that has been meticulously measured and sculpted. A combination of wax and fiberglass floods the mold creating the bare form of a new figure. After a delicate paint job, custom tools, like hair threaders, are used to bring the figure to life. Come see for yourself the sculptors’ artistry and fantasy. See if you can tell which one is real…The Wax Works is located at 250 SW Bay Blvd in Newport’s Historic Bayfront area. Call (541) 265-2206 for more information.

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# 34 Be Amazed by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

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Apr 212017

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Mariner Square offers a chance to enter the world of the strange and the wonderful at the world’s last great sideshow – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Since Robert Ripley’s first cartoon strip in 1918, Ripley’s has been collecting oddities from around the world. Ripley’s has been featured in books, fairs and Ripley’s famous “Odditoriums”. Anyone with a taste for the odd, creepy or just plain weird should definitely check out Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. You can experience all the wonder of the world’s most bizarre sights right here in Newport. Their “Odditorium” displays fascinating exhibits of the unbelievable, paranormal and shocking spectacles, from the “live” stage shows to shrunken heads to the magic harp. Be careful not to step over the edge of the universe in the deep space hall of mirrors. Visit the Odditorium and see if you believe it, or not! Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is located at Mariner Square in Newport’s historic Bayfront district, at 250 SW Bay Blvd. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.

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# 35 Experience the Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Apr 202017


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No visit to Newport is complete without a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay just south of the city’s iconic bridge. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and fun, and plays an active role in conservation, education and animal rehabilitation efforts. The Aquarium’s world-class indoor and outdoor exhibits have earned the facility consistent recognition as one of the top ten aquariums in the country.

Guests can discover the mysterious world of underwater archaeology in the special exhibit, “Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery.” A wander through 1.32-million gallons of seawater in Passages of the Deep immerses visitors into the world of local marine life – including over 100 sharks. The series of tunnels feature 360 degree views of three different kinds of landscapes an underwater explorer might find off the Oregon Coast.

For fans of fuzz, the Aquarium’s sea otters’ and their playful antics provide endless entertainment. Keep an eye out for pups Nuka and Oswald, the most recent additions to this all-male raft of rescued otters from California and Alaska coasts. Guests can view their training progress during three daily public feedings.

Meet the Aquarium’s seals and sea lions through the submerged and above water viewing windows that let visitors peer into their world. Daily feeding presentations are a favorite of guests who delight in viewing the California sea lions’ athleticism at work. For an unforgettable behind the scenes experience, book a whiskery kiss delivered by one of the Aquarium’s seals or sea lions!

The Aquarium also boasts the largest walk-through outdoor seabird aviary in the United States. Tufted and horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers all call the craggy cliffs and clear water home. Daily feedings at 2:30 p.m. delight visitors of all ages as each bird larks about to eat the fishes of their choice. In addition to the Seabird Aviary, the Aquarium is also home to two turkey vultures. Guests are often surprised by the size of the brother and sister pair, Ichabod and Olive, who busy themselves with toys and other enrichment items, and sometimes leave their exhibit to meet visitors on a keeper’s glove.

A nearby underwater cave is inhabited by a Giant Pacific Octopus. Viewers sometimes need to stretch their powers of observation to spot the creature, which can camouflage with its environment and squeeze its soft body into dark crags. Researchers now believe that octopuses are as smart as house cats, capable of navigating mazes, using simple tools and recognizing individuals. Guests may schedule an octopus encounter to feed and shake suckers with one of these intelligent, seemingly alien animals.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium opened its doors in 1992 to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Built on an abandoned industrial site, the Aquarium did a lot of work to transform the grounds into an expansive naturescape for guests to explore. The north end of the property is dedicated to a nature trail that skirts an estuary – a unique feature for an aquarium. This wild exhibit features over one hundred native plant species, many of them labeled to continue the Aquarium’s education program for guests.

The Aquarium is open daily in the summertime (beginning May 28), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org. Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.


To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.


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# 36 Visit the Alsea Interpretive Center

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Apr 192017

The Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center in Waldport is operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department with help from the Waldport Chamber of Commerce. The center was created as part of the bridge replacement project in the 1990s. A park naturalist leads daily bridge tours at 2pm during the summer which cover the story of the bridge replacement. Inside the Interpretive Center, there are interactive displays and models of the reconstruction and timeline of the historic bridge. You’ll also find interesting brochures in the Center along with friendly rangers to guide you to activities in the Waldport area. Learn how to go clamming and crabbing when you attend a demonstration led by guides from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Look for a schedule posted in the Interpretive Center during the visitor season. Locations and times vary with the tides.
For more information, call (541) 563-2002.


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# 37 Spend Some Time at Beachside State Park

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Apr 182017

A few miles south of Waldport and north of Yachats on the central coast, this small, exquisite destination campground is right alongside miles of broad, sandy beach that makes the park perfect for kite flying and whale watching. Every campsite is mere seconds from the beach, which makes the park perfect for watching storms and sunsets.

Beachside is an excellent mid-point stop as you take a jaunt on the coast. Within 30 miles in either direction, you’ll find visitor centers, tide pools, hiking and driving tours, three lighthouses, crabbing, clamming, fishing, aquarium and science centers.

This is a seasonal park and campground that is open from March 15 – November 1, weather dependent.

Please call the South Beach office for more information during the off-season: 541-867-7451.


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# 38 See Seals & Sea Lions at Seal Rock

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Apr 172017

The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is a small but beautiful strip of coast that offers a variety of fun and relaxing activities. Seal Rock is part of a fascinating habitat for seals, sea lions, birds and other marine life. Seals and sea lions in particular love this large basalt rock formation – the younger mammals play and frolic on and around the rocks, while the adults simply sunbathe. The area is excellent for tide pooling or clamming. Some of the best littleneck clams in the area are harvested from this area. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area and many shady picnic areas. The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is located 10 miles south of Newport, directly adjacent to Hwy. 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 39 Meet the Pack at White Wolf Sanctuary

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Apr 162017

Discover wildlife at the White Wolf Sanctuary, where rare arctic wolves roam in 50 acres of enclosures. Observe these beautiful snow-white animals as they interact, and learn more about the history, ecology and preservation of these intelligent pack hunters. Join in a joyous howling chorus with the wolves, and learn how you can raise your voice in support of wolves in the wild. The sanctuary’s mission is rescuing and caring for arctic wolves which have been abused or abandoned; these animals were born in captivity and cannot be released into the wild. Visitors will hear the wolves’ individual stories, and learn more about the perils and mistreatment that can result from humans keeping wild animals as pets. The sanctuary also seeks to educate the public about the place of wolves in the ecosystem, and to work toward long-term recovery of wolves in the wild.

The sanctuary is located in Tidewater, about 10 miles east of Waldport and inside the beautiful Siuslaw National Forest. Call for an appointment to tour the sanctuary and meet the resident wolves, or inquire about volunteer opportunities, educational presentations and seminars: (541) 528-3588.


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# 40 See Seascape Views & Hike in a Rainforest

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Apr 152017

The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest. This forest is actually a temperate rainforest that has more dense vegetation than the Amazon jungle. A good place to start is to take the steep road up to the Cape Perpetua Visitor and Interpretative Center, located two miles south of Yachats off Hwy 101. There are many guided hikes and educational programs available, or set out on your own. Hiking trails lead through the forest and allow for encounters with spotted owls, marbled murrelets, deer and elk. Follow the Giant Spruce Trail, which leads past trees as large as 10 feet in diameter, and at low tide, check out the marine garden. Visitors who take the Overlook Road to the West Shelter, just north of the Visitor Center, will be rewarded with arguably the most stunning view along the Oregon coast. For more information, call (541) 547-3289.


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# 41 Cross a Covered Bridge

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Apr 142017

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Enjoy a beautiful drive off the beaten path to the North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. The covered bridge was built in 1938. It was the last covered bridge constructed by veteran bridge builder, Otis Hamer. The Yachats Covered
Bridge is one of the shortest in Oregon, measuring only 42 feet in length. It was rebuilt and rededicated in December of 1989. Though the bridge is open to vehicles, it is closed to large RVs and trucks. The weight limit is 15 tons.


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# 42 Go Camping at Cummins Creek

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Apr 132017

Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is a 9,100-acre spot that features the only remaining old-growth Sitka spruce forest on the Oregon coast. While heavily forested, the area still offers stunning views, scenery and wildlife. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area ranges in elevation from 100 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The dramatic elevation changes allow the area to show off many different kinds of vegetation and animal life. Camping allows for longer stays and more exploration. The 6.5 mile long Cummins Ridge Trail bisects the Wilderness, and is the only trail in the wilderness area. It passes through magnificent stands of western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir. In the spring and summer, the wilderness area springs forth with the color of rhododendron, elderberry, salmonberry, salal and thousands of wildflowers. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is located in the Siuslaw National Forest just north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information, call (541) 750-7000.


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# 43 Discover the Little Log Church Museum

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Apr 122017

Over the years, the cross-shaped Little Log Church and Museum has become a source of pride for the residents. It was built from local timber and was dedicated for church use in 1930. The building now houses a museum and exhibits items of historical interest as well as traveling art exhibits. There is a framed map that shows the State of Oregon and the Washington Territory, which was printed around 1880. The museum also houses a 48-star flag that was used at the church before Alaska and Hawaii became states. There are also many other interesting items, such as books and artworks donated by local residents, which commemorate Yachats and the surrounding area. Anyone who is intrigued by history and heritage should definitely visit the Little Log Church and Museum at 328 West 3rd Street in Yachats. For more information, call (541) 547-3976.


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# 44 Take a Ride in an Open Cockpit Biplane

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Apr 112017

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There are few places in the world that can match the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast. You can drive the coast from Brookings to Astoria and never cease to be amazed at the beauty around each corner. But if you would like to see that scenery from the next level, you can’t imagine the beauty when seeing it from an open cockpit biplane in the air. Cruise low along the beach, wave to the hikers and smell the surf. View the sea lions in the ocean and see them entering the famous Sea Lions Caves from over the ocean. Cruise past the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse as only the sailors of old have seen it. Smell the fragrant, fresh Oregon pines as you descend into a pristine valley and soar over one of Oregon’s serene lakes. View the historic Siuslaw River and see the relics of past fishing and logging industries and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge. Soar over the vast Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and wave to the dune buggies below. And do all of this in a meticulously restored 1944 Stearman open cockpit biplane. The classic Stearman was first designed in the 1930’s and was such a reliable and sturdy design that it was chosen to train their pilots for duties overseas in World War 2. Nearly 10,000 total aircraft were built – with thousands having been restored and still flying today. Your highly experienced pilots come from impressive US Air Force careers followed by airline and flight test experience – and they will entertain you with interesting historical facts and land you safely and softly in the grass at the airport – the way Wilbur and Orville would have wanted it! There are several ride profiles available that will fit any budget – or just tell them where you want to fly. Come Fly With Us!

Aerolegends is located at the Florence Municipal Airport.

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For more details, contact Winette and Terry Tomeny at 541-991-3579


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# 45 Hike the Trail to Sweet Creek Falls

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Apr 102017

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Only a few miles inland from Florence, you can find the Sweet Creek Trail, which follows the scenic cascading waters of Sweet Creek. You will encounter 11 waterfalls in all as you hike along the trail under a canopy of Douglas-
Fir, Alder and Big Leaf Maple. Homestead Trailhead, about 10 miles east of Highway 126 on Sweet Creek Road, is where you will begin your approximately 3 mile hike. You can make this hike year round, but making the trip in April or May might allow you to see woodland wildflowers, including big white trilliums and a rare breed of pink fawn lilies. You’ll also see columbines and wild woodland iris among the rocks in the sides of the trail. Ferns and mosses of various shades of green cover rocks, trees and downed logs. Metal catwalks have been built into the trail, making it an easy hike. For more information about Sweet Creek Falls, call (541) 750-7000.


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# 46 Get Creative at Waterlily Studio

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Apr 092017

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Waterlily Studio is the premier jewelry and beading resource on the Oregon coast and is located on Highway 101 in Florence. It is a custom jewelry design studio staffed by some of Florence’s top boutique and gallery jewelry artists working in a fun, family-friendly environment. For the beading novice, the staff can often help you create an “instant necklace’ from your beach-combing treasures, as well as assist the experienced beader and jewelry designer looking for unusual beads, focals and findings. Their custom design services can help you to design your own one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, repair or update an old necklace, or restore a beloved family heirloom.

Waterlily Studio has beads and jewelry from around the world, nationally recognized artisans and fine regional and local bead artists as well as a fantastic staff. Due to the inclusive philosophy of Waterlily Studio, all staff are buyers for the store. This insures that they have a particularly diverse selection of beads and findings, reflecting the very different styles of each designer and the one-of-a-kind jewelry each make to have available for purchase as well as inspiration. There is also a large selection of authentic Puerto Rican sea glass and many sea life themed charms and pendants. Regularly scheduled stringing and wirework classes are offered, as well as seed bead classes, showcasing an ever-growing line of Toho seed beads and 2-holed Czech beads. They will be adding Delica seed beads this year. Waterlily Studio has also added card-making supplies to fill a community need.

Waterlily carries several lines of gifts, items for the home, and specimen seashells, fossils and minerals.

Every artist at Waterlily Studio recognizes how deeply the creative spirit runs in each individual. The staff hopes to utilize beading and other so-called craft as an art form accessible to everyone as a means of expressing each person’s unique creative spirit. They believe that to be human is to possess the need to create. All of this becomes possible in a beautiful environment with plenty of table space and access to tools so you can work on your special projects right there in the studio.

Popular Natural History gift boxes combine driftwood, shells, sea glass, pods, mosses and other natural elements that celebrate this truly beautiful and unique region…where the forest meets the sea.

For more information about classes, parties and retreats, call (541) 997-7339 during business hours, or leave a message at (541) 999-6308. Visit us on Facebook or on their new website www.waterlilystudioflorence.com.

WHERE: 1901 Hwy 101 – Florence, Oregon

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# 47 Take a Walk on the Beach

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Apr 082017

Find a treasure on the beach in Florence. Search for shells, glass floats, driftwood and agates. Access the beach via the South Jetty, North Jetty, Sutton Creek, Heceta Beach, or Siltcoos Dunes. Investigate tidepools during a minus tide. Enjoy the numerous sea birds that inhabit the beach. Watch for pelicans gliding in formation over the surf. Bring a kite and let the fresh, coastal air take it high in the sky.
For more information, contact (541) 997-3128.


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# 48 Take the Elevator to Visit the Sea Lions

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Apr 072017

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Anyone interested in seeing an amazing one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon should take a trip to Sea Lion Caves, featuring the world’s largest sea cave. The cave was formed almost 25 million years ago and is now home to about 200 Steller sea lions. There is elevator access 208 feet down into the enormous cave. The cave is about 12 stories high and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter months this amazing cave may be filled with fun-loving sea lions. The rock ledge below the lookout located just outside the cave is the sea lions’ home during the spring and summer, and is where they breed and bear their young. Great care is taken to maintain the cave as a natural habitat for the sea lions. Flash photography is not allowed in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is located 11 miles north of Florence.

WHERE:  91560 Hwy 101 North

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CALL:  (541) 547-3111


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# 49 Enjoy the Siuslaw Bridge Interpretive Center & Veteran’s Memorial Park

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Apr 062017


Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center: Located in the heart of Old Town on Bay Street in Florence is the Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center. Owned and operated by the City of Florence the interpretive center provides unobstructed views of the Siuslaw River Bridge, picnic tables, and a chance to sit and soak in the beauty of the Siuslaw River. More than a decade in the making, the interpretive center opened on June 28, 2013 as a collaborative effort combining federal, state, and local funds. Contributions were made by the Federal Highway Administration Scenic Byways Program, Florence Urban Renewal Agency, and the City of Florence.

Veterans Park: Overlooking the southern dunes of the Siuslaw River lies the City of Florence Veterans Memorial Park. Located at the intersection of Bay and Kingwood Streets, this 0.38 acre park includes a memorial wall, presentation area, parking, and beautiful views of the Siuslaw River. Be sure to check it out on Flag Day, Memorial Day, D-Day, and Veterans Day for annual veterans observances.

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# 50 See Carnivorous Plants at a Botanical Park

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Apr 052017

The Darlingtonia State Natural Site provides visitors with a very rare opportunity to see the Cobra Lily, a carnivorous plant. Though the Cobra Lily appears beautiful to humans, it is a treacherous predator for insects. The Cobra Lily’s magnificent reddish purple top leaves and sweet smelling nectar attract the bugs, but once inside the plant, life ends. The plant traps the insects, which slide down and get digested and absorbed by the plant. The 18-acre Botanical Park has a very nice boardwalk trail leading to the plants. It is also home to other lush vegetation and wildlife, and has a picnic area. It is free to use and located just five miles north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information about the Darlingtonia State Natural Site and the carnivorous Cobra Lily, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 51 Go Sandboarding on Oregon’s Coastal Dunes

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Apr 042017

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No snow? No problem. You won’t need winter weather to break out your board at Oregon’s famous coastal sand dunes. Sand Master Park in Florence — the world’s first sandboard park — boasts beginner to advanced slopes, bowls, a 40-foot ramp, jumps and rail slides centered on 40 acres of private sand dunes and surrounded by 200 acres of public dunes and forest land. The annual Sand Master Jam event is held the third full weekend of June, along with the popular Battle of the Bands series of free concerts throughout the summer months. Groups and parties are welcome to take a lesson from a world sandboard champion, and the pro shop offers board rentals and all of the necessary gear, including sandboards, sand sleds, boogie boards and skim boards. Sand Master Park is located on Hwy 101 at the north end of Florence. For more information, call (541) 997-6006.

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# 52 Experience an Art House

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Apr 032017


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Located in mid-town Florence on the east side of HWY 101, City Lights Cinemas is the Central Coast’s premiere destination for the best in film entertainment and great concessions. A friendly, welcoming gathering place, City Lights offers a wealth of big city entertainment from the best of Hollywood’s biggest hits to the finest art house fare— always something to please every member of the family!

Keep an eye on their schedule, which is frequently filled with special events like Performing Arts in HD from Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Globe on Screen, and more. Weekly Film Series include True Story Tuesdays, featuring award-winning documentaries. City Lights also presents live music and theatre on the Chaplin Stage.

Beer. Wine. Bison hand pies. In addition to the finest popcorn this side of the Mississippi—with real Umpqua-brand butter and a flavor station featuring do-it yourself toppings –City Lights offers Oregon craft beers, wine, and unique food options, like Vine to Table hand pies. City Lights is also home to Florence BoxLunch, a food cart serving an array of delicious from-scratch breakfast, lunch and dinner options. All BoxLunch meals can be enjoyed in the lobby or in the theatres – remember to get your drink from the concession stand inside.

Whether staying for a day or a week, add City Light Cinemas to your Florence area must-see list. No time for a movie? Stop by and peruse their photo gallery featuring Milton Greene’s iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood greats, courtesy of The Archive, LLC. Great film, a cozy lobby and plenty of seating make City Lights a special destination and a perfect compliment to any coastal visit.

WHERE:  1930 Hwy 101 – Florence

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# 53 Go Treasure Hunting in the Antique District

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Apr 022017


Antiques and antique stores abound on the Oregon Coast, and shopping for antiques in Florence is like taking a trip into the past, while you add to your collection. Whether you’re a casual collector, or a passionate lifetime antique enthusiast, there’s something for everyone, just waiting to be discovered in any of the fine dealers located in and around the Florence area. Start your hunt for that certain time piece, period furniture, jewelry or apparel that you’ve always wanted, but could never find. Talk to the friendly staff at any of the dealers about your quest, and if they don’t have it or can’t get it, they will lead you to another source.
Please visit these fine dealers in the Florence Antique District: Cindy Wobbe Estate Sales, Purple Pelican Antique Mall, Resto-Arts, Thrifty Threads, Treasures by The Dunes. *
For dealer locations, see the Florence Antique District Map above.

* Bold type refers to Florence Area Chamber of Commerce members.

#1 Cindy Wobbe Estate Sales – 498 Hwy 101 – 541-999-0126 – www.cindywobbeestates.com
#2 Purple Pelican Antique Mall – 478 Hwy 101 – 541-997-2220 – antiques@peak.org
#3 Resto-Arts – 1255 Bay Street – 541-991-3322 – www.restoarts.com
#4 Thrifty Threads – 168 Maple Street – 541-991-6196
#5 Treasures by the Dunes – 84755 Hwy 101 – 541-999-7609 – info@TreasuresbytheDunes.com

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# 54 Visit Old Town Florence

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Apr 012017


Welcome to historic Old Town Florence, where a relaxing stroll gives the feeling of stepping back into a more simple time. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely day, a respite from the busy pace we all know. There is a bit of something for everyone – an eclectic variety of shops of all sorts, art galleries, dining options offering both local as well as international cuisine, and the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum to complete your journey back in time.

Surrounded by Victorian buildings, Historic Old Town Florence is one of the most beautiful and charming of the Oregon Coast communities. It has been a logging community and fishing village and active Port for over 150 years and retains much of its old-time charm today. Stroll down the Boardwalk, enjoy watching the river flow by from Gazebo Park, or enjoy the view of our 1936 art deco Conde McCullough bridge from the newly completed Siuslaw Interpretive Center. You’ll enjoy a relaxing experience while feeling like your’re stepping back into a more simple time to an all-American, small town.

You’re likely to find something going on whenever you visit. There are celebrations going on year round such as  4th of July with fireworks reflecting over the river, May’s Rhody Days with Vendor Fair and parades, September’s Rods n’ Rhodies Car Show where we line the streets with high-end hot rods, Festival and Wine Walk, and of course Florence Holiday Festival at Christmas where we light the Christmas tree and welcome Santa’s arrival.

Enjoy an uncurbed adventure back in time – Come See What We See!  Call 541-997-3128 for more information.


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# 55 See the Brightest Light on the Oregon Coast

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Mar 312017

The Heceta Head Lighthouse is as quaint and beautiful as it is powerful. The 56-foot tall lighthouse is rated as the brightest light of any of the lighthouses on the Oregon coast—its “first order” Fresnel lens is visible some 21 miles out to sea. The views from the lighthouse are amazing. Since it sits 205 feet above the sea on a jagged and rugged cliff line, its sightline is unobstructed. The Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House has been restored to its original splendor. By day the first floor serves as an Interpretive Center, and the home is a bed and breakfast at night, welcoming guests year-round. Guests are encouraged to visit the lighthouse after dark, a rare experience. A
seven-course gourmet breakfast is served each morning, and is included in the price of the room. For further information, contact the Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, (866) 547-3696. During the summer months occasional night tours of the lighthouse start at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint at 9 p.m. and include a walk to the lighthouse to learn about the history of the area and how the lens works. Special Christmas tours are given on two weekends before Christmas. The area surrounding the lighthouse is well-known as an outstanding wildlife area. Common murres lay their eggs on the bare rocks, and can be seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans commonly fly by, as do bald eagles. May is an especially good time to look down on migrating gray whales as the mothers and their calves travel close to shore. Other natural attractions are natural caves, tidepools, and a very attractive sandy beach. In addition, there are plenty of hiking and picnicking areas. This is one trip that will definitely be fun for everyone. The park is located off of Hwy 101 just 13 miles north of Florence. For more information, call (541) 547-3416.


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# 56 Have Fun at Woahink Lake

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Mar 302017

Woahink Lake is a lovely place offering visitors a perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and have a lot of fun. The lake, just three miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and just south of Florence on Hwy 101, provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and other outdoor activities. The area is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, so named because of the fantastic dunes that line the lake. Boats and a variety of watercraft are available for rent. The fishing is spectacular in Woahink Lake, and includes warm-water species such as yellow perch and largemouth bass, as well as cold-water species such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and kokanee. There is a large public swimming area. For the hiker, explore any of the trails in the bordering 522- acre Jesse M. Honeyman State Park. The shaded picnic areas adjacent to the lake are especially pleasant. For more information about any of the activities on Woahink Lake, call (541) 997-3338.


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# 57 Rent an ATV or Buggy and Play on the Dunes

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Mar 292017

Visitors are sure to find exciting things to do at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Over the years, winds have carved out the sand to form dunes of up to 500 feet above sea level. Located just south of Florence off Hwy 101, the dunes cover a 40-mile stretch of coast making it the largest coastal dune area in North America. Off-roading is allowed in three designated areas for ATVs and dune buggies. Visitors can take a self-guided tour by renting an ATV from Torex ATV Rentals (541) 997-5363, or by bringing their own. There are several companies in the area that offer tours, lead by experienced and knowledgeable guides, such as Sand Dunes Frontier at (541) 997-3544.  Hiking trails and camping areas abound in the area as well. Those looking for a change should check out sand camping in dispersed sand camping sites. Vehicles accessing campsites should be capable of off-highway travel over soft sand in a dune environment. For more information, call Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (541) 271-3611.

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# 58 Have a Sandland Adventure

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Mar 282017

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Visit Sandland Adventures for a day of fun at the Oregon Dunes. View an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands, various wildlife and the spectacular Siuslaw River. Choose an exhilarating dune ride on their Sandrails or a more relaxing tour on one of their Giant Dune Buggies. Professional drivers will show you a great time while you travel across miles of dunes. The one hour dune tour also includes traveling down the Pacific Ocean beach. Large or small groups can be accommodated on either tour. After your dune ride, you can have fun bumping and splashing on the Bumper Boats, race on the Grand Prix style Go-Kart track, play the Miniature Golf Course or take a ride on the Cloverline Railroad. Sandland Aventures is located less than 1 mile south of Florence on the central Oregon Coast. Look for the sign on thewest side of Hwy 101. See ad on the inside front cover of this issue. For more information, call (541) 997-8087.

WHERE:  85366 Hwy 101 – 1 mile south of Florence on Hwy 101

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# 59 Enjoy the Arts – Live Theatre or Visual Arts

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Mar 272017

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If live theater is what you’re looking for, why not take in a show at the Florence Events Center, Florence’s own state of the art 457 seat, professional theater. Interested in art? Visit the year round art galleries located on the premises, featuring many local artists’ work. Something’s always happening at the Florence Events Center. Call (541) 997-1994 or (888) 968-4086 for more information.

715 Quince Street  – Florence

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# 60 Take a Good Look at Some Elk

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Mar 262017

Bring your camera! As you approach Reedsport from the east on Highway 38, on the edge of town is the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. This 1,040 acre preserve is home to a large herd of Roosevelt elk and other wildlife. This area is an important part of the state’s elk management program and provides plenty of opportunities to photograph and observe these beautiful animals. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to take some beautiful shots of some of the most majestic and interesting animals in Oregon. The herd of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk roams freely in the protected pasture, woodland and wetland areas which are provided by the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with public viewing and education in mind. The viewing area has a large parking lot as well as restroom facilities and handicap access.

For more information, visit www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info.php?siteid=31

# 61 Stroll Through an Art Gallery

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Mar 252017

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You’ll have plenty to see when you walk through the doors of Mindpower Gallery. The gallery is one of the largest on the Coast with room after room of a wide variety of art, a frame shop, rustic gift area, retail wine section and more. There are many rooms, each containing another segment of beautiful art created by local and regional artists. You’ll find fine art in the form of paintings, sculpture, blown glass, custom furniture, jewelry, and much more. Mindpower Gallery hosts many art related events throughout the year. There are some 26 Unpqua Wineries nestled in the umpqua valleys inland from Elkton to southern areas of Roseburg and Winston. It seems fitting that where the Umpqua meets the sea there would be an outlet for the Umpqua Valley wines. Mindpower Gallery now hosts many wine tasting events throughout the year. Pairing Umpqua Valley Wine tasting events with select area specialty foods while showcasing local and regional artists works are a fantastic way to experience what the region has to offer! The gallery is a also a very popular coastal framing shop known for it’s innovative custom framing design and great prices.
Stop by or call (541) 271-2485 for wine tasting event schedule.

WHERE: 417 Fir Avenue – Reedsport

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CALL: 541-271-2485

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# 62 Visit the Umpqua Discovery Center

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Mar 242017

Located on the Umpqua River, the Umpqua Discovery Center houses numerous award-winning exhibits. This interactive educational and cultural center provides fun for people of all ages and interests as its interactive exhibits and programs illustrate how land, water and people have shaped each other over time in this part of coastal Oregon. Travel back in time in the award-winning cultural history exhibit “Tidewaters & Time”. Listen as a woman from the Kuuich Indian tribe tells stories to the children. Learn about the early explorers, canneries and logging of the early days. Visit life in a tidewater town of the 1900s and hear stories from the past in “I Remember, I Remember”. Hike the “Pathways to Discovery” on an indoor trail through the natural history of the area. Slide into the bear cave where you will find the bears hibernating, then travel up the trail to the weather station and listen to storm stories. The Subterranean Education Room provides video viewing on Seashore, Weather, Animal Homes & Skeletons. The trail ends at summer sunset on the dunes. The wonderful murals throughout the Center were painted by artist Peggy O’Neal of WOW Arts & Exhibits. Find the unique and unusual in the Book and Gift Ship.

WHERE:  409 Riverfront Way – Reedsport

CALL:  (541) 271-4810


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# 63 Climb the Umpqua River Lighthouse

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Mar 232017

The beautiful 65-foot-tall Umpqua River Lighthouse guards the entrance to Winchester Bay and offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area. The current building was completed in 1894, and the lens remains in operation with its distinctive two-white, one-red pattern. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and leased to Douglas County. Guided tours are available from May through October. A small museum in the Coast Guard building adjacent to the lighthouse features historical displays. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is located 6 miles south of Reedsport off Hwy 101. For more information about the lighthouse tours and museum, call (541) 271-4631. Camping is available in the nearby Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park. The park offers overnight camping for RVs and tents as well as a variety of one-room cabins and rustic yurts. For more information, call (541) 271-4118.


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# 64 Rent a Boat at Ringo’s

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Mar 222017


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Whether you’re the captain of your own boat, or have never had a boating experience, the folks at Ringo’s Lakeside Marina can make sure that your day at beautiful Tenmile Lakes is fun, relaxing and safe! Tenmile Lakes is located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101 in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and is known throughout the Pacific northwest as one of the best recreational lakes in the region. Excellent fishing, great water for swimming and boating, and mile of uninhabited shore line make it a perfect choice for a vacation or family getaway. If  you love to go fishing, Tenmile Lakes is known for the big hauls of Bass, Trout, Steelhead, Catfish, and buckets of Perch, Bluegill and Crappie.

Treat the family to some fun on the water, and rent a boat by the hour or by the day! Ringo’s has everything you need for a safe and fun family excursion, even if you don’t have boating experience. Before every boat leaves their dock, the driver is thoroughly trained in safe boat operation.  If you need more help, the folks at Ringo’s will take you out on the water and show you how.

Before taking the family out on the water, make sure to pick up your supplies for the day. Ringo’s has everything you need; from fishing licenses and life vests, to fishing tackle and bait, hats and other apparel, and snacks like pretzels, chips, coffee, beer and wine, and candy and ice cream.

WHERE: 325 S. 8th Street – Lakeside

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CALL: 541-759-3312


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# 65 Swim, Boat & Camp at Tenmile Lakes

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Mar 212017

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Tenmile Lakes—actually two natural lakes connected by a man-made channel—are the perfect place for swimming, sailing, fishing, water skiing, boating or anything having to do with water.  The 2,000-acre Tenmile Lakes are one of Oregon’s most popular water spots, with superb year-round fishing for large mouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The lakes are unique because they drain almost directly into the ocean via Tenmile Creek, which provides great steelhead runs in the spring and fall. Make a picnic lunch and go down to one of the many tables or shelters. There are areas for swimming and wading. One day might not be enough to enjoy everything these lakes have to offer, so park the RV or pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds, such as Osprey Point RV Resort where you’ll find full hook-ups, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities.  Osprey Point RV Resort also has boat rentals and a general store.  The lakes are located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101.

For more information, call Osprey Point RV Resort at 541-759-2801 or Lakeside Visitor Center (541) 759-3981.

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# 66 Go Fishing at William M. Tugman State Park

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Mar 202017

Despite its close proximity to Hwy 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Located only about one mile from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, this quaint and rustic area provides everything needed for a relaxing getaway. There is a picnic area that may be reserved, a public access boat ramp and a public fishing dock. The park boasts beautiful campsites tucked away in a strand of mature shore pine, and 16 yurts for lodging available by reservation. The park is located on scenic Eel Lake, excellent for boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and sailing. The bushy shores provide areas for bass fishing and the lake is full of rainbow trout, steelhead, crappie and Coho salmon as well. You can also hike a great trail that follows the southern side of the lake and traces the many unique coves and inlets that shape the lake.
For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 67 Got Rocks?

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Mar 192017

Spend the afternoon in an Oregon lapidary treasure trove. This is a great educational and entertaining spot for families. Bill and Doris Usrey are rock hounds who are in it for life. They run their unique specialty rock and bead shop, Usrey’s Rock Bin, in Lakeside and have drawn in hobbyists from all over the country as they travel up and down the Oregon Coast. They have “lots and lots of rocks,” according to Doris. There are millions of beads along with cut and polished stones and even more rough rocks for people who want to cut their own. They have a bit of everything mineral, from magnetic jewelry to amethyst geodes. They have a large selection of rocks native to Oregon including sunstone, opals, agates, jasper, gemstones, thundereggs and of course, gold. Don’t just see something, make something. The Usreys offer lessons on bead stringing and wire wrapping, along with hand tools, grit for rock tumblers and other lapidary equipment for the experienced hound. Usrey’s Rock Bin is next to Tugman State Park.

WHERE: 72445 Hwy 101 – Lakeside

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CALL: (541) 759-2321


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# 68 Enjoy Lakeside’s New Wulfy Beach

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Mar 182017

IMG_2010.WEBThe Community of Lakeside has just completed Wulfy Beach on the shores of South Tenmile Lake. Located within the Tenmile Lakes Coos County Park, Wulfy Beach gives both residents and visitors a new opportunity to enjoy the beautiful freshwater lakes. Featuring over 400 feet of newly sanded shoreline, Wulfy Beach now also has a roped swimming area, a swim dock, as well as an area for visiting boaters to park their boats and jet skis to have a picnic, play volleyball, swim, or simply relax on beautiful South Tenmile Lake!

Over 80 Palm Trees give Wulfy Beach a unique tropical feel. Visitors can also utilize the event grass area and beach volleyball courts as well as enjoy many of the 2015 summer events in Lakeside and Wulfy Beach! Upcoming Lakeside events include: Lakeside Crawdad Festival (Mothers Day Weekend), Jet Ski Races (Memorial Day Weekend), Lakeside Brewfest (Fathers Day Weekend), Fourth of July Fireworks (July 4), Lakeside Cardboard Boat Races (2nd Sat in August), and the event season ends with the Drag Boat Races on September 12th.

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# 69 Learn About Coos County History

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Mar 172017

Pioneers first settled in Coos Bay in 1853. Less than 40 years later in 1891, the Coos County Historical Society was founded. The society operates the museum, where you can learn about Coos County and its industries of logging, shipping and mining. At the entrance of the museum is a “steam donkey,” which was used to haul logs cut down for industrial use. Inside the museum, you will find many artifacts from native tribes and a variety of displays showing how early white settlers lived. The Coos County Historical Society Museum is located at 1210 Front Street. For more information, call (541) 756-6320.


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# 70 Enjoy Golden & Silver Falls State Natural Area

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Mar 162017


Regardless of size, waterfalls are wonderful attractions. Golden Falls and Silver Falls are no exception. Located northeast of Coos Bay, these two hidden wonders cascade 100 feet into crystal clear pools. The water crashes down onto moss covered rocks and numerous kinds of wildlife roam around in the heart of nature. There is a path that allows hikers to reach the top of Golden Falls for a view of the forest. Fishing is allowed. Have a picnic in the shade of maple, alder and Oregon myrtle trees. Then take a hike through scenic canyons filled with old-growth myrtle and Douglas fir until reaching the falls. The Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be difficult to find, but it is well worth the 24-mile journey northeast of Coos Bay. To get to the park, follow Hwy 241 east from Coos Bay, through Allegheny to the park. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 71 Make the Oregon Connection

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Mar 152017

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One of the oldest continuously working myrtlewood factories on the Southern Oregon Coast, The Oregon Connection welcomes you to browse the many unique and interesting gifts available. Their items are made to the highest quality standards, each one-of-a-kind piece hand turned by skilled craftsmen, assuring a product of incredible beauty that is sure to grace your home for many years to come. While you’re there try their Wooden Touch Putters on the inside green, and check out the other golf accessories. If your sweet tooth kicks in, take home some of their wonderful homemade fudge, order ice cream, have coffee and browse other Oregon foods.

WHERE:  1125 South First Street – Coos Bay

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# 72 Ride on the Dunes at North Bend

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Mar 142017

According to local residents, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the place to go ATVing or dune buggy riding. The Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay and North Bend. The dunes vary in size, some even as high as 500 feet above sea level, and because of the wind, the dunes change from day to day to create some of the most amazing terrain. However, the Recreation Area is not just dunes. There are also forested trails and over 10 miles of exquisite beach that all can be accessed with an ATV. Your adventure can begin at Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rentals, located at 67045 Spinreel Road in North Bend, (541) 759-3313.

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# 73 Spend the Day at Charleston Marine Life Center

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Mar 132017

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Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston, OR, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC) is an exciting place for discovery. All ages can explore the remarkable diversity of marine life off Oregon — from the coast to the deep sea. Walk in under real gray and killer whale skeletons, and find yourself surrounded by aquaria. Watch chitons and sand dollars move along, search for nudibranchs (shell-less snails) among sponges, and find different rockfish in the kelp tank. Roll up your sleeves to carefully explore the tidepool touch tank, and watch baby salmon in a giant 1200-gallon tank. In the off-shore gallery, get face-to-face with strange looking specimens from the deep sea and watch underwater video of deep reefs and undersea vents and volcanoes. From the CMLC’s windows and open-air fisheries exhibit, take in the stunning view and look out over the harbor as fi shing boats unload their catch. Learn about ongoing marine science research, check out a working ROV (remotely operated vehicle), and challenge your family and friends at the marine mammal sound station.

For more information on hours and programs, call (541) 888-2581.

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# 74 Visit an Estuarine Research Reserve

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Mar 122017

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1974 to better understand what affects the health and productivity of the various habitats of the Coos estuary, and to determine a way to restore and prevent further habitat destruction.  The Reserve contains over 4,700 acres of freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, eelgrass meadows, open water habitats and forested uplands.  Visitors will see animals such as black-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, beavers, seals and bald eagles.  There are also many varieties of plants, many of which are only found in this area.

Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center before heading out on the trails.  Major activities at the reserve include K-12 and adult education, ecological research and monitoring and wetland restoration.  The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day and is located about four miles south of Charleston on Cape Arago Highway.  For more information, call 541-888-5558.




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# 75 Take a Walk at Shore Acres State Park

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Mar 112017

Take Cape Arago Hwy south and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the paradox that is Shore Acres State Park. Here a rugged and pristine seashore contrasts with the cultivated beauty of carefully tended gardens. The dramatic and wild seascape is complimented by the orderly Victorian gardens. Stroll down the trail to Simpson Cove, a secluded inlet where turbulent waves crash into weathered rocks, or skirt the cliffs on the trail above and stop at the overlook to watch sea lions cavort. In season, the overlook also provides an observation point for migrating whales. Friends of Shore Acres sponsors a half dozen botanical events annually, from mid-April through late September. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve the gardens are ablaze in holiday lights. A fully enclosed observation building with excellent views of the sea offers a comfortable vantage point. Shore Acres State Park is near the end of Cape Arago Hwy, 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay, (541) 888-2472.

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# 76 Catch a Charter Fishing Trip

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Mar 102017


When it comes to fishing on the Oregon Coast, Charleston has a number of charter fishing companies, offering seasonal excursions that leave from the harbor.

On a typical charter excursion from Charleston harbor, you can fish for a wide variety of bottom fish, like Blue, Black, Tiger Rock Fish; Cabazone, Yellow Tail, Vermilion and Ling Cod are abundant as well. Most charters in Charleston also offer seasonal excursions for Salmon, Tuna and Halibut, which are found in the deeper coastline waters.

Whether your entire family likes to fish, or just take in the magnificent ocean scenery and wildlife, chartering an excursion out of Charleston will give you a perspective of the Oregon coastline that can only be experienced from the sea. Depending on the time of year, you can see ocean mammals that migrate through, or make their home in the local waters, such as seals, sea lions, otter, whales and more!

One of the long-time charter mainstays in Charleston is Betty Kay Charters. Their priority is your safety and making your charter trip a memory that lasts a lifetime. They also offer nature eco tours. There is a minimum of 6 passengers to book a nature cruise. This cruise includes Charleston harbor, the Cape Arago Lighthouse, the beautiful Charleston bay and the coastline. You’ll learn about and view the maritime industry at work, as well as birds and mammals of the Pacific Ocean coastline.

WHERE: 90389 Albacore Lane – Charleston

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# 77 Check Out Cape Arago State Park & Lighthouse

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Mar 092017

Cape Arago State Park may be at the end of the Cape Arago Hwy, about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, but it can be the beginning of your experience exploring this very scenic part of the Oregon Coast. The Cape itself is one of the most scenic headlands to be found on this section of the Oregon coast, and was first sighted by European explorers in the late 1500s, by Sir Francis Drake’s expedition. However, even in the early 1500s the site had long been used by Native Americans.The South Cove Trail will take you down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools where you can see many intertidal plants and animals—but please enjoy them with your eyes only. The North Cove Trail provides access to favorite fishing, beachcombing and viewing sites for offshore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island. The trail is closed March 1 to June 30 to protect seal pups. The park also offers picnic tables, gazebos and restrooms. The park is free and open year-round. The Cape Arago Light is found on Cape Arago Hwy, at the entrance to Coos Bay. If you would like more information about the lighthouse, call the U.S. Coast Guard at (541) 756-9669. For more information about Cape Arago State Park, call (800) 551-6949.


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# 78 Visit Bullard’s Beach & Coquille River Lighthouse

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Mar 082017

In 1896, the Coquille River Lighthouse was built at the mouth of the Coquille River. The lighthouse with its fourth order Fresnel lens was decommissioned in 1939, then was vandalized and fell into disrepair. However, through community involvement, the Oregon State Parks and Army Corps of Engineers have restored the lighthouse to its former glory and original beauty. Today, there is a highly informative guided tour of the lighthouse from May through October. Access to the lighthouse is through Bullard’s Beach State Park, just two miles north of Bandon on Hwy 101. The park is endowed with grassy fields, lowland forests, bike paths, over four miles of beach, and is a popular place for horseback riding. There are campgrounds as well. For more information, call (541) 347-2209.


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# 79 Go Fishing in Old Town Bandon

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Mar 072017

The Old Town Dock offers crabbing and fishing opportunities, considered to be some of the best on the coast. Bait and tackle needs are met at Port of Call, Bandon Bait & Tackle, or Prowler Charters (where reservations for fishing can also be made). A number of area restaurants will serve up your catch, and offer robust menus to tide you over if the fish aren’t biting. Charter boats are available in Bandon to carry sport fishermen out onto the water, or catch Dungeness crab right off the pier. In these waters you’ll also find steelhead, salmon, halibut and sturgeon. Surf fishermen can cast their lines for Perch right on the beach. For more information on angling opportunities,
lodging and activities in Bandon, contact the Visitor Center at (541) 347-9616.

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# 80 Taste Local Cranberries

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Mar 062017

Get to know the surprising cranberry in Bandon. Cranberries may be linked in the public mind to the flinty shores of New England and the bogs of Wisconsin, but they also love Bandon, Oregon, where they thrive in the sandy soil and mild climate. Bandon loves its favorite fruit, honoring it annually with an Annual Cranberry Festival that’s been going on since 1947. The festivities begin in early September and are just a warm-up to the main event, the October-long harvest. If you’re a fan of these tart little not-really-berries, Bandon is the place to go. Bandon’s Cranberry Festival takes place on the second weekend in September. The event features a blessing of the harvest, crafts, food, music, a street fair in Old Town Bandon, the Queen’s Coronation, Grand Parade, Lions BBQ, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Golf Challenge and the Cranberry Bowl Football game. For more information on Oregon “crans,” visit


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# 81 Walk Through Old Town Bandon

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Mar 052017

In 1936, a devastating fire spread throughout the small town of Bandon and only a few buildings survived. These 19th century buildings can be found in the recently renovated Old Town District. A brick chimney on the site of the old bakery stands as a memorial just off Hwy 101. The Sprague Theatre is the venue for live-theater productions. A visitors information center is located at the entrance to Old Town near the welcome arches. This district is a haven for local artists, galleries and quaint gift shops. There are numerous places to grab a bite to eat, from restaurants to coffee shops. The city park is a venue for many varied activities throughout the year. Down by the water you will encounter windsurfers, fishermen and crabbers, and there is ample access to picturesque beaches. For more information, call the Visitors Center at (541) 347-9616, located at 300 Second St, Old Town Bandon.


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# 82 Experience the Breathtaking Beaches of Bandon

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Mar 042017

If you’re driving along the Oregon coast, you’ll want to make a point of spending at least one day in Bandon to take in the full beauty of the beach. Walk along the beach or take a leisurely drive along Beach Loop Drive and you’ll be amazed at the unique and stunning views. Bandon beaches include some of the most gorgeous and spectacular rock formations. Keep your camera handy for shots of these most interesting craggy sea stacks. Look for Table Rock, the Garden of the Gods, Elephant Rock and Cat & Kittens Rock. The most famous and stunning formation is known as Face Rock. Local legend says that Face Rock is the face of an Indian maiden that was frozen into stone by an evil spirit. Legend also says that Cat & Kittens Rock had been her animals who were thrown into the sea and turned to stone by the same evil spirit. Bandon is likely one of the most beautiful beaches along the Oregon coast and shouldn’t be missed.


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# 83 Bird Watch at a National Wildlife Refuge

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Mar 032017

For bird watchers, the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is a “must do.” The refuge sits at the mouth of the Coquille River, located just north of Bandon on Riverside Drive off Hwy 101. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge protects the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. This 712-acre refuge is an oasis for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl and endangered birds. This may be the premium shorebird site on the Oregon Coast. Thousands of shorebirds of numerous species are routinely found here, and peak counts have reached 60,000. An observation deck allows viewing of species such as sandpipers, whimbrel, dunlin, California brown pelican and bald eagle. Stairs lead down to the mudflats. The observation areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. For more information, call (541) 347-1470.


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# 84 Explore the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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Mar 022017

The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge provides sanctuary for 1.2 million nesting seabirds on 1,853 picturesque rocks, reefs and islands along the Oregon coast. From nearly every viewpoint on the Oregon coast, colossal rocks can be seen jutting out of the Pacific Ocean creating postcard images. Each of these rocks is protected as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. A wide variety of birds and mammals including puffins, oyster catchers, seals and sea lions, which use the areas for breeding, can be observed. A spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals, as well as explore the beach, is Coquille Point, a mainland unit of the Refuge. The point overlooks
offshore rocks that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Full and Brandt’s Cormorant, as well as harbor seals and intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail makes its way over the headlands and features interpretive panels that provide insight about the area’s wildlife and its rich Native American history. Stairs on opposite sides of the headland allow visitors to make a loop on the beach (tides permitting). Coquille Point can be accessed by taking Hwy 101 and turning west on 11th St. in Bandon, but other parts of the refuge can be seen from all along the highway. For more information and directions to the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, call 541-867-4550.


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# 85 Let Your Imagination Take Flight

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Mar 012017

While in the McMinnville area, be sure to visit the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which proudly displays a large number of military and civilian aircraft and spacecraft, including the famous Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose.” The museum first began with a small collection of vintage aircraft on display in a hangar located at the headquarters and was called the Evergreen Museum. There are now two main large exhibit centers open to the public, consisting of aviation, where the Spruce Goose acts to anchor the other exhibits, and space flight, in another new large building. The current center of the space flight exhibit building is occupied by the SR-71 ‘Blackbird,’ which originally rested under one wing of the Spruce Goose. An IMAX theater opened in 2007, and a second exhibit hall focusing on the Titan II ICBM and space technology opened in 2008. Flight simulators for landing the space shuttle, as well as for Gemini capsule docking and the Lunar Excursion Module moon landing, are available for use by visitors now.

500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way (Off Hwy 18) – McMinnville

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# 86 Jet Down a Waterslide!

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Feb 282017

Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark is an educational waterpark that includes ten waterslides, a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching students about the power of water. Consisting of classic Evergreen Museum building design, the space features nearly 70,000 square feet of educational fun, topped by a massive Evergreen International Aviation B747-100 aircraft on the top of the building. Throughout the structure, Waterpark visitors will learn about the power of water and its effects on society through dozens of interactive exhibits and learning tools. Both the Museum and the Waterpark aim to serve an important community education role and further distinguish McMinnville as a premier location for teaching students of all ages about the wonder of science.

WHERE:  500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way (Off Hwy 18)  McMinnville, Oregon 

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CALL:  503-434-4185



# 87 Up, Up & Away! Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Feb 272017

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Imagine floating over Yamhill County’s beautiful wine country in one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime. Between April 1 and October 1, you can see Oregon from a wonderful and unique perspective! Your adventure will begin one-half hour before dawn at Sportsman Airpark in Newberg, Oregon. You’ll have the opportunity to be involved in the inflation process of the balloons or just relax and watch as the huge lengths of rainbow colored nylon are unrolled. Watch as the crew holds the balloon tight while industrial sized fans breathe life into the fabric. Finally the propane jets are ignited and the balloons rise ten stories into the morning sky. Then you’ll take to the sky to enjoy the view as you fly over the beautiful countryside. Conclude your adventure with the balloonist’s traditional full catered breakfast and complimentary flight souvenir.

For more information, or to book your adventure, contact Vista Balloon Adventures at 503-625-7385 or 800-622-3309.

# 88 Taste Wines from Oregon’s Oldest Producing Winery

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Feb 262017

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In 1933, Honeywood winery was founded by Ron Honeyman and John Wood. It was originally called Columbia Distilleries and produced fruit brandies, cordials and liqueurs. They eventually settled on making premium wines. A winery must be close to its source of ingredients. Honeywood Winery is located in Salem, in the heart of Oregon’s great and fertile Willamette Valley, minutes away from some of the world’s finest vineyards, cane berry fields and fruit orchards. The winery produces a full line of premium vinifera wines and the most extensive listing of premium fruit and specialty wines.

WHERE: 1350 Hines Street – Salem

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CALL: 503-362-4111


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# 89 Go for a Ride on a Carousel

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Feb 252017

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Ride the exquisite handcrafted carousel!

Shop the unique Gift Gallery

Party year round at any of the signature events or an occasion of your own in the Prancing Pony event room

Celebrate where community & culture, education & outreach, and family & fun all come together along the Willamette River in vibrant downtown Salem Oregon!

WHERE: 101 Front St. SE – Salem

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CALL: 503-540-0374


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# 90 Walk Around a Wildlife Refuge

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Feb 242017

The William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is a spectacular area dedicated to preserving and maintaining natural habitats.  The refuge boasts beautiful wetlands, white oak savannas, lazy creeks, natural prairie land and a lowland ash forest that is home to a herd of elk.  As the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi river, its primary goal serves as a wintering habitat for dusky subspecies of Canada geese.  Portions of the refuge are closed to the public while the geese are wintering, but you can check it out any other time of the year and see bald eagles, Oregon chub, Bradshaw’s desert parsley and the endangered peregrine falcons that call the refuge home.  The refuge is 10 miles south of Corvallis on Hwy 99 West and is a “must see” for every wildlife and nature enthusiast.  For more information, call 541 757-7236.

WHERE:  26208 Finley Refuge Road – Corvallis

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# 91 Visit a Sausage Company & See Sausage Made

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Feb 232017

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Make a trip to Mt. Angel Sausage Company and watch and learn how authentic handmade artisan sausage is made. Then be sure to ENJOY one…or two! Mt. Angel Sausage Company is a family-wowned business where Jim Hoke and his son James make all the natural products.

WHERE: 105 South Garfield – Mount Angel, Oregon 

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CALL: 503-845-2322


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# 92 Enjoy the Peavy Arboretum

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Feb 222017

The Peavy Arboretum, which is part of the McDonald Forest, is a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors. The arboretum is maintained by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Established in 1924, the arboretum was built to be an outdoor laboratory and is a nice place to have a picnic. There are extensive hiking trails that were built by the College Forest staff. A short walk from the parking lot leads to peaceful Cronemiller Lake. Also close at hand is the George Brown Sports Arena, which is home to the OSU Logging Sports team. The Arboretum provides a fantastic location for relaxation and hiking. It is locate about half a mile off Hwy 99 on Arboretum Road. For more information, call (541) 737-6702.

WHERE: NW Peavey Arboretum Road – Corvallis

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# 93 Discover Art from Around the Globe

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Feb 212017

Visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene for cultural exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art from around the world in a variety of media. The museum recently underwent a major renovation and expansion project and the facility has nearly doubled in size. Visitors can visit galleries featuring American, European, Korean, Chinese and Japanese art, and can take a break in the Campbell Memorial Courtyard. Private and public tours of the permanent and traveling exhibits are available. Have lunch at the Marche Museum Café and drop in the gift shop to take home a souvenir. The museum is located on the western side of the University of Oregon’s campus next to the Knight Library. For more information, call (541) 346-3027.

WHERE: 1430 Johnson Lane – Eugene

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# 94 Drift the McKenzie River

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Feb 202017

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The famous McKenzie River is truly one of the most beautiful and easy-to-enjoy rivers in the world. This partially spring-fed river originates high in the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range at Collier Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in North America, and is located on the western slope of the Middle Sister, in the remote Three Sisters Wilderness. The McKenzie begins its decent, rumbling and tumbling its way westward through the lush green foothills of the Cascade Mountains and picturesque Willamette National Forest. Cutting its way through heavily-forested canyons, the river slows briefly as if to enjoy the beauty it helped to create at Clear lake. The crystal clear, blue McKenzie continues its journey westward, cascading through pure stands of Douglas fir and western red cedar, mixed in with white alder and big leaf maple along the banks. This is where the “Wild & Scenic” section begins, near Olallie Campground. This section is ideal for fly fishing and can be accessed at many points along the McKenzie River Highway (SR-126). Fly fishing from a McKenzie style drift boat allows the angler to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the river whilst casting a fly to hungry trout. Wild osprey fly overhead looking for fish as you float past charming cottages, nestled in a lush forest setting with colorful wildflowers in full bloom. A number of local rafting outfitters are available to make your trip along the McKenzie both safe and fun.

For more information, call The Caddis Fly Angling Shop at (541) 342-7005.

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# 95 Plan to Take a Dive & See Exotic Aquatic Life

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Feb 192017

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What better way to see the wonderful Oregon coast than to dive below the welcoming Pacific Ocean to see all the unique and curious aquatic life that the Oregon coast offers than to go scuba diving with Eugene Skin Divers Supply? Since the 1956, they have been the best way to experience Oregon diving. When planning a dive trip let Eugene Skin Divers Supply help you with the dive plan, gear and all your other needs. If you are looking for even a greater sense of excitement let the professionally trained dive guides assist you in an unforgettable underwater adventure. Dive the Oregon Coast Aquarium with hundreds of sharks, fish & more while diving in the exhibits.

CALL:  541-342-2351

WHERE: 1090 West 6th Ave – Eugene

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# 96 Stroll Through Hendricks Park

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Feb 182017

In the heart of bustling Eugene sits the beauty of the country at Hendricks Park. This 78-acre park has several different sections, including a world-renowned rhododendron garden. Over 5,000 rhododendrons can be found blooming during their peak months of April and May. There is also a mature forest with trails winding through, leading past white oaks and Douglas fir that are more than 200 years old. There is a native plant garden offering a chance to see the beauty of the distant Southern Willamette Valley. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. A free guided tour of the premises can be reserved in advance. Hendricks Park is located on Summit Avenue off Fairmont Blvd. in Eugene. For more information, call (541) 682-4800.


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# 97 Shop for Local Handcrafted Goods

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Feb 172017

Each Saturday, April through mid-November, Lane County’s favorite artisans, chefs and musicians bring their creations to Saturday Market, Eugene’s weekly open-air marketplace, creating a vibrant event that nurtures local commerce and community. Founded in May of 1970, Eugene’s Saturday Market is Oregon’s original Saturday Market, and the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States. Wander among the nearly 200 booths filled with fine handcrafts, sold by the artisans themselves. Jewelers, potters, seamstresses, candle makers, glass workers and many more bring their arts to sell. The International Food Court features 18 food booths serving a wide array of meals prepared fresh on site, including burritos, pad thai, pizza and cheesecake. The Market Stage showcases local and regional musicians playing everything from original folk to jazz, Celtic music to rock-and-roll all day long. The Lane County Farmers Market is just across the street each Saturday. Two nearby parking structures provide plenty of free parking, and the area is fully wheelchair accessible. The Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through mid-November, on the Park Blocks at the corner of 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene. For more information, call (541) 686-8885.

WHERE: 126 East 8th – Eugene

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# 98 Spend the Day at Fifth Street Public Market

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Feb 162017

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Fifth Street Public Market has been identified by Travel Lane County as a premier tourist attraction in Eugene. Unique, lively, diverse, entertaining, special, vibrant, memorable are terms used by the community to describe the essence of the Market and its business.

Situated in the heart of downtown Eugene, the Fifth Street Public Market is the area’s premier shopping destination. This locally owned property is the cornerstone of the 5th Avenue Historic Market District, an area that boasts interesting and unique shops, fine restaurants and a boutique hotel making it the hub of Eugene’s retail shopping area in the downtown core.

You will enjoy a colorful collection of unique and enchanting stores and locally owned restaurants and cafés that offer everything from boutique fashion, jewelry and décor to specialty products, beauty treatments, and delicious food and drink.
Flower baskets and landscape abound, providing a feel of paradise!

Known as the place to go for great food and coffee, the Market is home to a multitude of international food cafes and restaurants. Tempting scents of exotic food are everywhere. Patio style tables and chairs invite friends and family to sit down and relax in the courtyard or on one of the many balconies overlooking the iconic brick fountain and rooster mascot.

The Fifth Street Public is more than a shopping trip. It is the real flavor and fun of Eugene. Locals come to eat and shop daily and bring their visitors to see a cross section of what Eugene is all about.

CALL: 541-484-0383

WHERE: 296 East 5th Street – Eugene

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# 99 Get Nose to Beak with Some Amazing Predators

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Feb 152017

lanker lorax lean smallNestled on a wooded hillside in southeast Eugene, the Cascade Raptor Center has one of the most extensive displays of native birds of prey in the Northwest. Take a walk on the wild side and view nearly 50 birds, from pygmy owls to eagles, all housed in spacious outdoor aviaries. The Cascade Raptor Center is a non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital specializing in birds of prey. Visitors can learn about the rich natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Self-guided tours of the nature center allow visitors to see up-close both the common and hard to find raptors of Oregon. Educational displays guide visitors throughout the center, including details on each species on display. Open Tuesday – Sunday year round. Call (541) 485-1320 for more information.

WHERE: 32275 Fox Hollow Rd – Eugene

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# 100 Visit a Museum of Natural & Cultural History

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Feb 142017

Find out what the world was like thousands of years ago at the Natural and Cultural History Museum at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The museum holds one of Oregon’s most significant collections of Native American cultural and archaeological artifacts, spanning 15,000 years. Exhibits include a display of Oregon’s geological past with an interactive hands-on laboratory. There is also a fascinating exhibit dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The displays are not all about Oregon—there are artifacts from Africa, Asia, Europe and many other places. Altogether, these collections comprise more than half a million objects. The Natural and Cultural History Museum is located at 1680 E 15th Ave; for information and directions, call (541) 346-3024.


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# 101 Take a Drive-Through Safari

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Feb 132017

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Ready for a REAL Safari Adventure? Wildlife Safari is a true adventure destination where you can drive-thru “Safari Style” and view over 550 animals roaming freely in a natural habitat, just as they do in the wild! This unique setting puts you up close and personal with animals large and small from Asia, Africa and the Americas – all without leaving your own vehicle! Need to get even MORE up close & personal? The Safari has many up-close animal encounter opportunities. Have your photo taken with a cheetah, give an elephant a bath, try a “hippo kiss” painting encounter, get up close to the whole lion pride or take in the sight of our mesmerizing Sumatran Tiger Sisters. Need an adventure break? You can ride a camel or catch the train, see an animal show in the Safari Dome, then stop and have lunch at the White Rhino Cafe’. Don’t miss the petting zoo as you stroll through the Safari Village where you’ll have a chance to see hundreds of small animals and reptiles. What’s NEW at Wildlife Safari? You won’t want to miss the Elephant “Splash” Waterhole exhibit featuring an “Indiana Jones” style underground tunnel, cave and waterfall. Once in the cave you will find yourself awed and amazed at the site of one of the five elephants basking under the waterfall or splashing in the waterhole. Care about conservation? Wildlife Safari has a long history of helping endangered animals in the wild. $1.00 from every encounter ticket sold at the park will be used to support conservation efforts both locally globally. In addition, Wildlife Safari is proud to be the most successful cheetah-breeding park in the Western Hemisphere, and number two on Earth! Wildlife selects breeding pairs that enhance the captive population genetically, which ensures the survival of the species, even if wild numbers dwindle.

Wildlife Safari, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization relying solely on ticket sales and donations from animal lovers and adventurists like you. Wildlife Safari is located only five minutes off I-5, Exit 119 in Winston. From the coast, take highway 42 towards Winston.

Wildlife Safari is located only five minutes off I-5, Exit 119 in Winston. From the coast, take highway 42 towards Winston.  For more information, call (541) 679-6761.

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