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Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and Programs

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

  • The information window at Devil’s Churn and Kyleen (the little food/drink kiosk) have reopened, and host couples will be staffing Devil’s Churn seven days per week. Devil’s Churn is on the west side of Hwy 101, at Milepost 166.5, about a half-mile north of Cape Perpetua Visitors Center.
  • Cape Perpetua Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice; however, the Visitor Center parking lot and restrooms have reopened. The Center will not be doing any
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  • 2400 US 101
    Yachats, OR 97498
    3 mi S of downtown Yachats

History of Oregon Bridges

The Waldport Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center is located at the base of the bridge in Waldport and is a marvelous center for learning about Oregon bridges. Small children may construct a wooden toy bridge here while adults and older youth view historic photos and other related exhibits.

  • Waldport Chamber of Commerce &
    Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center
    320 NW Hwy 101, Waldport OR 97394
    8 mi N of Yachats

Lincoln County Historical Society – Pacific Maritime Heritage Museum

This museum 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 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free.

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

North Fork of the Yachats River Covered Bridge

From town, take a 9-mile scenic drive up the Yachats River Road to visit the historic North Fork of the Yachats River Covered Bridge. Seven miles up Yachats River Rd., you will cross a small cement bridge over the N Fork of the Yachats River – turn left here onto a well-maintained gravel road and continue for the final two miles. (Cars will do fine on this road, but the road will not accommodate RVs … 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, and includes exhibits on Sandy Shores, Rocky Shores, Coastal Waters, Secrets of Shipwrecks, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Giant Pacific Octopus, Seabird Aviary, Turkey Vultures, Orford Reef, Halibut Flats, Open Sea, Aquarium Grounds, and Big Bites.

Plan to stay a couple of hours and enjoy.

  • 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. 

If you are a group of 10 or more, please call to make reservations. Please check the web site linked below for additional information, current hours, and admission fees.

A History Walking Tour is also available. 

  • 278 Maple St, Florence, Oregon 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. 

Yachats Library

  • Temporarily closed to the public due to Covid-19.
  • New Service and Hours:
  • Tuesday – Available for phone calls, 10am to noon
  • Wednesday – Open for reservation pickups, 1pm to 3pm

Features a large fiction selection and a children’s library. Offers internet connection with WiFi. Sit outside on one of the benches and enjoy access to the internet at your leisure. Come inside during library hours – Mon: 12-4pm; Tues: 12-5pm; Wed: 12-6pm; Thurs: 12-5pm, Fri: … Read more

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

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing.

The lighthouse has an interesting history – it was built in 1871, decommissioned in 1874, and officially restored as a privately maintained aid to navigation on December 7, 1996.  It is is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • 24 miles N of Yachats
    Please see the web site linked below for a map and directions.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Outstanding Natural Area

The 100-acre site includes the lighthouse, an interpretive center, wildlife viewing – including whales, seals, tidepools, and seabirds – as well as short trails and incredible views.

This is Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at 93 feet. It was first lit on August 20, 1873 and has been guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast ever since. The lighthouse is located on a narrow point at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Please see the link below for information … Read more

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