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Beachcombing for Agates
Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101, Yachats
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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.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, Exhibits, Programs, Guided Walks
2400 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498
3 miles south of downtown Yachats

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 interconnected hiking trails through coastal mature and old growth rainforest, to breathtaking vistas, tidepools, and the beach. Trails range in length from a fraction of a mile to 10 miles, and from easy to difficult. The scenic area’s viewpoints and trails are open to the public year round. Some of the trails are wheelchair accessible, and one 6-mile loop trail is open for mountain biking. 

Fees: $5/vehicle/day use fee or valid recreation pass or Oregon Coast Passport
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

541.547.3289
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5229
23 miles N of Yachats
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The center is filled with great interactive exhibits for all ages, an 8-armed greeter, a theater, tidepool touch tanks, and walking trails outdoors. Admission by donation.

541.867.0226
History of Oregon Bridges
Waldport Chamber of Commerce &
Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center
320 NW Hwy 101, Waldport OR 97394
8 mi N of Yachats
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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.

541.563.2133
Lincoln County Historical Society – Burrow’s House Museum
545 SW 9th Street, Newport, OR 97365
24 miles N of Yachats

This Queen-Anne Victorian building holds a long and colorful history – from home, to boarding house, to funeral parlor, to museum. 

Hours: 11am to 4pm, Thursday thru Sunday

Admission: $5 for adults, kids under 12 get in free. 

Please check the web site below for additional information.

541.265.7509
Lincoln County Historical Society – Pacific Maritime Heritage Museum
333 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365
25 miles N of Yachats

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.

541.265.7509
328 3rd St., PO Box 712, Yachats, OR 97498

Features displays of local historical interest and works by local artists. Open daily Noon to 3 p.m. (closed Thursdays).

541.547.3976
North Fork of the Yachats River Covered Bridge
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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 before the bridge and walk across. The N Fork Yachats Covered Bridge was built in 1938 with a Queenpost truss, one of the few of this type remaining in Oregon. It was faithfully restored in 1989, and in 2014. Look up the hillside above the bridge for a view of a giant old-growth Spruce tree that is 350 years old. If you make this trip in the early morning or evening, watch for elk grazing in pastureland shared by goats, sheep, horses and belted black cattle, affectionately referred to by local children as the oreo cows. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365
23 miles N of Yachats
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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.

541.867.3474
Sea Lion Caves
91560 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, OR 97439
15 miles S of Yachats | 12 miles N of Florence

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 not a zoo, and sea lions are wild animals, so these protected animals come and go as they please. In winter months, hundreds of sea lions are usually found in the Cave, but when spring arrives, breeding and birthing time, the sea lions will move from the Cave to the rookery areas (the rock ledges out in front of the Cave) and remain there through summer. Please check the web site, linked below, for current admission prices and hours.

541.547.3111
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum
278 Maple St, Florence, Oregon 97439
26 miles S of Yachats (about a 40 minute drive)

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. 

541.997.7884
The Oreo Cows
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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. 

Waldport Heritage Museum |  Alsi Historical & Genealogical Society
320 Grant St., PO Box 822, Waldport 97394
8 miles N of Yachats

Come on in and browse the exhibits, Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Thursday/Friday/Sunday 12Noon – 4:00pm. Admission is free.

541.563.9092
550 W 7th St.,PO Box 817, Yachats, OR 97498
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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 Friends of Yachats Library. Your donation to help defer costs is appreciated! Closed Sundays.

541.547.3741
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
24 miles N of Yachats
Please see the web site linked below for a map and directions.

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 Day – Sept: 11:00am – 4:00pm

October – Memorial Day: 12:00 Noon – 4:00pm

Note: November through February the lighthouse is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Entrance is free by donation.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Outstanding Natural Area
750 NW Lighthouse Drive, Newport, Oregon 97365
3.5 miles N of Newport

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 about guided tours of the lighthouse.

Yaquina Head Interpretive Center & Interpretive Store Hours:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Park Hours:  8:oo am – Sunset  

541.574.3100

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