Rainy Day

Beachcombing for Agates

Would you like some great tips from our local Agate Club? Stop by the Yachats Visitors Center and pick up the club’s Beachcombing in Lincoln County brochure (also linked below).

Note: Low tide after a big storm in winter is the best time to search for agates. Be prepared for changeable weather (bring rain gear!) and know beach safety.

  • Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101, Yachats

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Exhibits, Programs, Guided Walks

The 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. Summer Ranger Forest to Sea Programs, Marine Reserve Education and Activities, and Guided Walks are scheduled here, as is a Saturday Speakers Series in winter and other seasonal programs, such as Spring and Winter Whale Watch.

The U.S. Forest Service maintains the Cape’s 26 miles of … Read more

  • 2400 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498
    3 miles south of downtown Yachats

History of Oregon Bridges

The Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center, located at the base of the bridge in Waldport, 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

Housed in an impressive former home on Newport’s historic bayfront, the museum’s exhibits and programming are dedicated to telling the stories of those who share a desire to live and work where 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 – turn left here onto the N Fork Yachats River Rd – a well-maintained gravel road – for the final two miles. (Street cars are fine, but the road will not accommodate RVs). Park in the small turn-out … Read more

Oregon Coast Aquarium

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 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 just 15 miles south of Yachats and 11 miles north of Florence. It is the year-round home of the Steller sea lion, but sea lions are not always in the Cave. This is … Read more

  • 91560 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, OR 97439
    15 miles S of Yachats | 12 miles 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

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 bleeting goats, sheep, and less vocal horses and llamas, as well as ducks, peacocks, and other wonderful beings. 

Yachats Library

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: 12-4pm, Sat: 10am-4pm – and connect at the front seating area or go to the back work table for a quieter setting. WiFi has been provided by funding from the … Read more

  • 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.

Hours

Memorial … Read more

  • 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