Cannon Beach is one of the most beloved and recognized beach towns in Oregon. Offering endless outdoor recreation opportunities…from scenic shorelines with stunning views of famous Haystack Rock, to great restaurants and shops, to surfing and state parks, it is easy to see why travelers love Cannon Beach! Your Oregon Beach Vacations rental will be the perfect home base to explore everything this charming town has to offer.
Ready to book an unforgettable summer getaway? Here are some local favorite things to do, eat and see as you explore Cannon Beach.
Here’s Our Top Things to Do in Cannon Beach:
Rise and Shine at Sleepy Monk
Wake up with a strong cup of coffee and freshly baked goods from this local favorite coastal café… it is a favorite place to start the day for locals and visitors alike!
Visit Haystack Rock
Any time of day will reward visitors with the iconic view of this impressive rock formation rising out from the sea – perfect for that family pic! Search for sea anemones, shells, and barnacles when the tide is out, and keep an eye out for the beloved resident Puffins who call Haystack Rock home.
Enjoy the Catch of the Day at Nearby Seafood Restaurants Near the Beach
Mo’s Seafood & Chowder
No trip to Cannon Beach is complete without sampling some fresh seafood! A bowl of piping hot clam chowder at Mo’s Seafood and Chowder is always necessary!
Ecola Restaurant & Market Seafoods
Everything on their menu is outstanding, especially their crab melt sandwich – two slices of garlic bread served open faced, topped with Dungeness crab, melted cheddar cheese, and their secret sauce!
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is 2.9 miles away from Cannon Beach, just 10 minutes away via Ecola State Park Rd, and no list of “things to do in Cannon Beach” would be complete without it. It’s is a great place to explore the Oregon coast. The park has a variety of hiking trails, and it is also home to a number of different plant and animal species, like the Great Blue Heron and the Bald Eagle. The park is a great place to camp, and it offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Oswald West State Park
Oswald West State Park is 6.6 miles away from Cannon Beach, just 9 minutes via US 101 South. Oswald West State Park is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting 2,484 acres of land and miles of hiking trails. The Oregon Coast Trail – a 13-mile journey that starts in Arch Cape and ends in Manzanita–runs through the park, making it easy for hikers to explore all Oswald West has to offer.
Explore Cannon Beach (The Actual Beach)
This is an obvious one, but you have to explore the beach. You can go beachcombing or check out the tidepools near Haystack Rock.
Shop Hemlock Street
Looking for a gift for someone special, or to bring home a piece of the coast with you? Sesame and Lilies offers thoughtfully curated furniture, home accessories, and artwork. Check out all the various places to shop in Cannon Beach!
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
Learn all about Cannon Beach’s history at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum!
Explore the many programs and resources for historical study, get the stamp of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, and learn how you can become a member or support the Museum.
Enjoy a sweet treat at Bruce’s Candy Kitchen
Bruce’s Candy Kitchen has been serving sweets and confections to locals and visitors since 1963. This beloved candy shop offers homemade chocolates, sweet and savory corn, gummies and sours, peanut brittle, and their famous saltwater taffy in more than 35 flavors!
Dinner with an ocean view at the Wayfarer
Take in that coastal golden hour at the Wayfarer. This beachfront favorite has something for everyone – craft cocktails, delicious food, and stunning views. We love their Dungeness crab mac & cheese, and beer-battered fish and chips. Make sure and leave room for their decadent desserts.
Cannon Beach truly has something for everyone! Ready to explore everything this beloved coastal town has to offer? Oregon Beach Vacations has an excellent selection of Cannon Beach vacation rentals waiting for you!
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