10 Destinations Your Kids Will Love on the Oregon Coast

Vacations aren’t always as fun for the kids if they don’t have anything special to do! Don’t let that happen on your next trip down to the Oregon coast! Check out these ten kid friendly destinations to make sure you and your family have your best vacation yet!

1) Check out Game Over in Lincoln City! This arcade has everything for kids, including food and drinks! The kid in you will also enjoy their wide variety of arcade games! Make sure to come during the day, as Game Over is open for adults only at night.

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Game Over in Lincoln City, Oregon

2) Whale Watching in Depoe Bay is a great way to introduce your kids to the ocean safely and learn about marine life at the same time! There are plenty of tour guide services to choose from, including Dockside Charters, Inc and Whale Research ExoExcursion, LLC. Book your tour today!

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Whale Watching in Depoe Bay, Oregon

3) Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is located in Newport. This museum is fun for the whole family. You’ll be able to see several curiousities from across the globe represented here. Come learn more about the world in ways you never even imagined!

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Newport, Oregon

4) The Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio lets you blow your own glass object right alongside the professionals! Choose your piece, your colors, and get started. The professional glass blowers will be with you every step of the way. Book early as they tend to be very busy during the summer months!

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Glass blowing at Jennifer Sears in Lincoln City, Oregon

5) The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is the perfect place to bring your sealife loving kids! With interactive exhibits and live animals around every corner, you and your family will want to make this a regular part of your Oregon coast vacations for years to come!

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Watching the sea life at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon

6) Up in Seaside, check out the Seaside Carousel Mall! With over 20 great stores, including a candy shop, this mall is perfect for the kids on a rainy day! Collect some souvenirs to take home to your friends and family, or just to remember your vacation on the Oregon coast!

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Riding the carrousel at Seaside Carousel Mall in Seaside, Oregon

7) Vacationing on the Oregon coast means you’ll have your fair share of rainy days. Why not catch a movie during one of these times? The Seaside Cinema in Seaside is the perfect place for the family to watch a flick you’ve been meaning to see anyway!

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Seaside Cinema in Seaside, Oregon

8) Arcades never get boring, no matter your age! Check out the Finland Arcade up in Seaside! Food, games, and more await! After the rain clears, you can go spend some quality time searching the beach for random treasures!

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Funland Arcade in Seaside, Oregon

9) Every year, from mid October to late May, Lincoln City hides hundreds of glass floats on the beach for you to find! Why not take a long walk during this annual event and try your hand at finding a free glass float to keep? It’s fun for the whole family!

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Finders Keepers in Lincoln City, Oregon

10) If you’re looking to make some memories exploring the Oregon coast, why not travel to Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi? You can fish and crab to your hearts desire, or even ride the Oregon Coast Explorer antique train during the summer! There are plenty of places to hike in the nearby area as well!

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Oregon Coast Explorer in Garibaldi, Oregon

Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, or something to do on those typical rainy Oregon coast days, you’re sure to find the perfect activity for your family’s needs! We’ll see you on the coast!

Beachcombing on the Oregon Coast

Beachcombing

Beachcombing is a favorite activity here on the Oregon coast. With the storms and often rainy weather, lots of different things make its way onto the coastline and beaches of Oregon. Unfortunately, unless you use driftwood to make furniture or other items, you won’t find much just strolling the beaches without the proper equipment.

Here’s how to get the most out of your beachcombing adventure.

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Get the right foot wear! Beachcombing involves both exploring the beach and the water, so grab some felt bottomed scuba shoes for protection against the rocks and avoiding slippery situations.

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Grab some containers! A plastic bag and a canvas bag work great. Use the canvas bag for holding any goodies you find, and help keep Oregon clean by picking up any trash you find and placing it in your plastic bag. A healthy beach is a happy beach!

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Sunscreen is a must, even on the mostly cloudy Oregon coast! Cover up your arms and legs and apply sunscreen, especially if you plan to explore the beaches for long periods of time. Cloudy days often cause sun rays to be magnified, therefore causing a more severe burn.

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Bring your camera, and capture some beautiful shots of the Oregon coast, your treasure, or anything else you might like to remember forever!

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Metal detectors can often help you find things hidden beneath the sand. Don’t let a little sand cause you an “out of sight, out of mind” missed opportunity.

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Remember to leave the wild life alone. Beachcombing involves find hidden treasures that are not living or housing living animals. This includes starfish, crabs, turtles, and even shells housing hermit crabs. If it’s dead, it’s alright to take. Capture everything with your camera that you’re unable to physically bring back home with you! It’s the next best thing!

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Always watch out for sneaker waves while exploring the Oregon coast. Never turn your back on the water, especially on stormy days. Too many people have been dragged out to sea due to sneaker waves. Stay safe and keep children and animals close to you at all times.

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The best times for beachcombing are during the winter, early AM, at low or receding tide when you have access to more areas of the beach, and right after a storm. Since storms occur frequently on the Oregon coast, you’ll always have a great chance of finding something interesting on your beachcombing trip.

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Every year, Lincoln City places glass floats on their beaches, free to anyone who finds one, or several, if you’re lucky! This event runs from mid October to late May. The floats are placed randomly across Lincoln City’s beaches during this time period, weather permitting.

On your next visit to the Oregon coast, or if you’re already a permanent resident, come try your luck at beachcombing! The water is calling!

5 Couple’s Retreats – Oregon Coast

Searching for a beautiful home this fall just for the two of you? Planning an anniversary to the Oregon coast but don’t need all that extra space that most vacation rentals offer? Check out these 5 gorgeous homes with room for 2 to 4 guests! A few are even pet friendly, and perfect for bringing the pups on your getaway to the coast this fall! Have your best couple’s getaway yet with Oregon Beach Vacations!

1. Agate Beach Cottage at Meritage – This beautiful townhouse in Newport with an ocean view has one bedroom and two baths and can accommodate up to four guests. If you’re looking for a couple’s retreat, this home is perfect for you! This stylish and classy vacation home has the most beautiful view of the Oregon Coast! You’ll want to come back again and again! Book today!

 

Agate Beach Cottage at Meritage in Newport, Oregon
Agate Beach Cottage at Meritage in Newport, Oregon

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4 Places to Fall in Love with in Newport

Devil's Punch Bowl
Devil’s Punch Bowl

If you’re vacationing in Newport this fall, there are four places that you have to check out. Bonus? They’re all inexpensive or free! If you and your family love spending time outdoors and exploring what the natural Oregon coast has to offer, come check out the following attractions: The Hatfield Marine Science Center, Donald A. Davis Park, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park. All of these places are within minutes of your vacation rental in Newport, South Beach, and even fairly close to Depoe Bay.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is the perfect place for young scientists to explore and learn about the natural life surrounding the ocean and the animals that inhabit it’s deep watery recesses. The people at the Hatfield Marine Science Center will help you learn all about sustainable fishing, tidal pools, erosion, and much more. Outside of the center, look for whales and other marine animals, or watch the sunset as it settles over the Pacific. Located at 2030 SE Marine Science Dr in Newport, Oregon, you can walk down to the beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge and take amazing photos of the waterfront or get food and drinks at Rogue Ale’s Brewery while you’re waiting for your group to exit the center.

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Panoramas – Oregon Coast

Incoming storms on the beach - Lincoln City
Incoming storms on the beach – Lincoln City

Are you and your family traveling to the Oregon coast in the near future? Maybe you’ve thought about it but just haven’t been convinced on whether or not it’s the right place for you? Maybe you’re just not sure what part of the coast is the best place to explore? Perhaps these beautiful panoramas can help make up your mind! With so many places to explore and see, the Oregon coast has something for everyone.

We at Oregon Beach Vacations have homes from Gearhart all the way down to Yachats. With hundreds of things to see and do along scenic Hwy 101, you and your family will find a new adventure awaiting you every day. Come check out the Rogue Brewery in Newport, or fish in the Yaquina Bay. Explore miles of coastline, or go surfing in Beverly Beach. Hike the Knoll in Roads End, or head out to Otis and hike Cascade Head.

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