Seaside and Newport, both located on the beautiful Oregon Coast, offer wonderful fall getaways with their scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and charming coastal towns.
Here are some autumn activities for both destinations that the whole family will enjoy:
Fall Activities in Seaside, Oregon
Seaside’s long sandy beaches are perfect for beachcombing. Look for agates, seashells, and other unique treasures the fall season can bring to the shore.
Promenade and Turnaround
Stroll along the Seaside Promenade and visit the historic Turnaround, a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors. Enjoy the stunning ocean views and snap a pic of the iconic “End of the Lewis and Clark Trail” sign. Visitors can learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition at nearby historical sites Fort Clatsop and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.
Visit the Seaside Aquarium to see local marine life, including seals, sea lions, and various fish species. It’s a fun, interactive and educational experience for all ages.
Explore the area on two wheels by renting bicycles and cruising along the promenade or on scenic trails. Check out the fun fleet of Surreys and cruisers at Wheel Fun Rentals.
Savor fresh seafood delicacies at local restaurants like briny oysters, Dungeness crab and smoked salmon.
Check for any local fall festivals or events, such as Oktoberfest celebrations, arts and crafts fairs, and food festivals.
Fall Activities in Newport, Oregon
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport is home to the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium, which features impressive exhibits showcasing marine life from the region, including sea otters and sharks.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area & Yaquina Bay Bridge
Explore the iconic Yaquina Head Lighthouse and hike the trails along the headland. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching and whale watching.
Marvel at the stunning Yaquina Bay Bridge, which is beautifully illuminated at night. Take a walk along the bridge’s pedestrian walkway for picturesque views.
Take a whale-watching tour or a scenic boat tour from Newport’s harbor. Fall is an excellent time for spotting migrating gray whales.
Historic Nye Beach
Stroll through the historic Nye Beach neighborhood, known for its charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It’s a great place to pick up unique gifts and souvenirs.
The beaches around Newport are known for agate hunting. Spend time exploring the coastline for colorful agates and other semi-precious stones.
Try your hand at fishing from the shore, or book a fishing charter to catch salmon, halibut, or crab.
Newport boasts numerous seafood restaurants where you can enjoy the catch of the day, including fresh Dungeness crab, razor clams, and oysters.
As fall progresses, the Oregon Coast experiences dramatic storms. Watch the waves crash against the rugged coastline from safe vantage points, or from your cozy vacation rental.
Are you Ready to Fall in Love with the Oregon Coast?
Both Seaside and Newport offer a wide range of activities that celebrate the natural beauty and coastal culture of Oregon. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures, wildlife encounters, or simply relaxing by the sea, these coastal destinations provide memorable fall travel experiences. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect vacation rental at Oregon Beach Vacations!