Rainy Day

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
Exhibits, Theater, and Gift Shop

Cape Perpetua Visitors Center Sign, 3 miles S of downtown Yachats, OR

  • Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is temporarily closed due to Covid-19.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center includes a panoramic ocean view, a deck with viewing scopes, natural and cultural history exhibits, a theater with nature films, and a gift shop. Interpretive programs are also offered here, such as the Saturday Speakers Series in winter (online in 2021), and Spring, Winter, and Summer Whale Watch weeks.

Fees: $5/vehicle/day use fee or valid recreation pass or Oregon Read more

  • 2400 US 101
    Yachats, OR 97498
    3 mi S of downtown Yachats
    (MP 166)

Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center

This public visitors center is filled with wonderful exhibits for all ages, an 8-armed greeter, tide pool touch tanks, and endless learning opportunities. When in full operation, it also offers a theater, lectures, … Read more

  • 2030 SE Marine Science Dr.Newport, OR 97365-5229
    23 miles N of Yachats

Lincoln County Historical Society
Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is housed in an impressive former home on Newport’s historic bayfront.

The exhibits and programming are dedicated to telling the stories of those who have shared a desire to live and work where the sea meets land, and along its rivers and estuaries.

Hours: 11am-4pm, Thursday through Sunday
Admission: $5; Free for kids 12 and under

  • 333 SE Bay Blvd. 
    Newport, OR 97365
    25 miles N of Yachats

Little Log Church Museum

  • The museum is temporarily closed due to Covid-19.

The Little Log Church Museum houses old photographs of the area, settler exhibits, and works by former resident artists and authors. It is staffed by community volunteers.

Hours: 12 Noon to 3pm, closed Thursdays 
Admission: By donation

The church was built in the late 1920s by community volunteers using local timber hauled down the Yachats River. It was completed and dedicated in 1930. When the congregation outgrew … Read more

  • 328 W Third St
    Yachats, OR 97498

North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge

From town, you can take a 9-mile scenic drive up the Yachats River Road to visit the historic North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. Seven miles up this road, you will cross a small cement bridge over the North Fork of the Yachats River – turn left here onto a well-maintained gravel road and continue for the final two miles. This gravel road will accommodate cars but not large trucks or recreational vehicles (RVs).

The bridge … Read more

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium - Passages of the Deep
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. It includes exhibits on Sandy Shores, Rocky Shores, Coastal Waters, Secrets of Shipwrecks, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Giant Pacific Octopus, a Seabird Aviary, Turkey Vultures, Orford Reef, Halibut Flats, Open Sea, Aquarium Grounds, and Big Bites (sharks).

  • 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365
    23 miles N of Yachats

Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves Gift Shop Exterior, Yachats, Florence, OR

Sea Lion Caves is proud to be part of the Oregon/Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve helping to protect the local marine animals and marine environment.

Sea Lion Caves, America’s largest sea cave,  is a privately owned (since 1932) wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary located between Yachats and Florence. It is the year-round home of the Steller sea lion, but sea lions are not always in the Cave. This is not a zoo, and sea lions are wild … Read more

Sea Lion Caves, Yachats, Florence, OR
  • 91560 Hwy 101 N
    Florence, OR 97439
    15 mi S of Yachats
    11 mi N of Florence

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

Historic displays feature the pioneers, whose occupations were primarily as loggers and fishermen, and whose primary means of transportation was the Siuslaw River. 

Hours: 12noon to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Admission: $5; Free for kids 13 and under accompanied by an adult.

If you are a group of 10 or more, please call to make reservations. 

A self-guided History Walking Tour of Old Town Florence is also available. 

  • 278 Maple St.
    Florence, OR 97439
    26 miles S of Yachats
    (about a 40 minute drive)

The Oreo Cows

Oreo Cows

Take a drive on Yachats River Road for a possible view of grazing belted bovines – and sometimes also a majestic herd of elk. These black cattle with their signature cream-colored stripe are known affectionately by local children as “the oreo cows.”  The river valley is also home to herds of bleating goats, sheep, and less vocal horses and llamas, as well as ducks, peacocks, and other wonderful beings. 

Waldport Heritage Museum
Alsi Historical & Genealogical Society

Waldport Heritage Museum displays artifacts and objects that illustrate the history of South Lincoln County. The Alsi Historical & Genealogical Society collects and preserves materials of genealogical and local historic value, including but not restricted to land records, school records, photographs, newspapers, letters, books, articles and maps.

Noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
If these hours are not convenient, please call for an appointment.

  • 320 Grant St.
    (relocating soon)
    PO Box 822
    Waldport 97394
    8 miles N of Yachats

Yachats Library

The Yachats Library houses a broad collection of books, including a large fiction selection, a children’s library, large print books, audiobooks, newspapers and other periodicals, and movies. Visit the website for current hours and a look at what’s new in the library’s collection.

The library also has internet connection with WiFi. Sit outside on one of the benches and enjoy access to the internet at your leisure.

Yachats Library, Yachats, OR
  • 550 W 7th St.
    PO Box 817
    Yachats, OR 97498

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
& Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site

  • Park Hours:
    The Yaquina Bay Recreation Site, including trails and picnic areas, is open with reduced services. Public restrooms are open 9am to 6pm.
  • The lighthouse is temporarily closed and tours suspended due to Covid-19.

This site is located on a forested bluff on the north side of Yaquina Bay with views of the bay, the Yaquina Bridge, and the North Jetty. Trails lead to the beach from the west side of the park, which … Read more

  • 24 miles N of Yachats
    Please see "Learn More" linked below for a map and directions.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
& Outstanding Natural Area

  • Park Hours:
    Trails, beaches, and restrooms are open
    8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
    8am to sunset, Saturday-Sunday
  • The lighthouse and interpretive center are temporarily closed and tours suspended due to Covid-19.

This beautiful  100-acre site includes the lighthouse; an interpretive center; wildlife viewing of whales, seals, tide pools, and seabirds; short trails; and panoramic views.

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon’s tallest at 93 feet, is located on a narrow point in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural … Read more

  • 750 NW Lighthouse Drive
    Newport, Oregon 97365
    3.5 miles N of Newport