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Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics Travelin' Grandma Oregon Coast with Travelin' Grandma

Oregon Coast with Travelin' Grandma

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Travelin' Grandma
...on the road with Myrna Oakley

    Traveling with my grandkids to the Oregon Coast is always a fun trip. Here are my 10 favorite places to take the kids on the Oregon Coast.

South Coast

    1. Hike the easy Redwood Grove Nature Trail–take the Loeb State Park exit from Highway 101 at Brookings, on the south coast, and drive about 8.5 miles inland to the trailhead. You and the kids will pass some 14 numbered stations and identify tall trees, shrubs, ferns, and colorful native flowers. The giant redwoods range between 300 and 800 years in age and may reach heights of 350 feet and girths of 25 feet. Note: you can also see more redwood groves just over the border in northern California; get information from the Brookings-Harbor Visitors Information Center, 16330 Lower Harbor Road, P.O. Box 940, Brookings, OR 97415; (541-469-3181).

     2. Take one of the Rogue River Mailboat Trips–passengers and mail are transported in open and safe hydrojet-powered boats about 32 miles upriver from Gold Beach to Agness. The good-natured pilots point out wildlife and geological features along the way, often re-counting lively tales of early river life. Information about the mailboat trips and over-night options can be obtained from the Gold Beach-Wedderburn Visitors Information Center, 29279 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR 97444; (541-247-7526).

    3. Stop in Bandon to see the cheese-making process at Bandon’s Cheese Company located on Highway 101 (541-347-2456). In the gift shop sample an assortment of cheeses, from medium and aged sharp cheddar to a zingy jalapeno Jack. Visit Old Town Bandon with its shops and cafes close to the waterfront marina. Take Beach Loop Drive along the ocean and park at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint; take the stairway down to the beach and enjoy a walk with seagulls and shore birds and amongst the tall sea stacks.

    4. From Coos Bay and North Bend head west to the ocean and visit Charleston Boat Basin, Sunset Bay Beach, Cape Arago, and Shore Acres Gardens. If time allows pick up picnic supplies in Coos Bay and have your picnic lunch at Sunset Bay beach. This is a safe beach for children to play in the sand and in the shallow water at shoreline. For tent or RV camping at Sunset Bay State Park  call the state campground reservations number, 800-452-5687.

Central Coast

    5. At Florence, drive out to the South Jetty and walk out on the large wooden pier to watch folks lower their bait-filled crab rings into the churning waters. Check at the Florence Area Visitors Center (541-997-3128) about dune buggy rides out into the sand dunes. For tasty clam chowder and fish and chips take the kids to Mo's overlooking the Siuslaw River at the east end of Bay Street in Florence's Old Town.

    6. If you’re into horseback riding check with C & M Stables located 8 miles north of Florence to reserve gentle steeds for beach and sunset rides and dune trail rides (541-997-7540).

     7. Stop in Newport to visit two wonderful lighthouses–Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Yaquina Bay State Park (541-265-5679) and Yaquina Head Lighthouse located three miles north of town (541-574-3100). The kids will also love visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium (541-867-3474) to see scores of sealife and where Keiko the Orca whale lived for two years before being returned to his home waters off the coast of Iceland.

North Coast

    8. Stop at Pacific City, north of Lincoln City and Neskowin, to see the flat-bottomed Dory boats, one of the coast’s most un-usual fishing fleets. Let the kids run on the sandy beach and climb part way up Cape Kiwanda, a sandstone headland at the north end of the beach. Check out Grateful Bread Bakery in Pacific City for scrumptious baked goods and great breads (503-965-7337).

    9. At Tillamook check out the Tillamook Naval Air Station Museum. The building, more than twenty stories high and 1/5 mile long, was once the site of a World War II blimp hangar. Airplane buffs are restoring a number of vintage aircraft on display there. Find it just off Highway 101 at 6030 Hangar Road (503-842-1130).

    10. Pull off Highway 101 at Seaside to let the kids play on the wide sandy beach while you walk the Historic Seaside Promenade, a 2-mile walkway that skirts the beach. Then head north toward Astoria to visit historic Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804 to 1806. From June to September the kids can see park rangers dressed in buckskin and enjoy demonstrations of live musket firing, boat carving, tanning, and map making. For kid-friendly places to bed down for the night check with the Seaside Visitors Center (503-738-3097) and with the Astoria Visitors Center (503-325-6311).


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