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Cape Arago State Park

Coos Bay, OR
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Coos Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is beautiful. Be sure to bring your binoculars and stop at view point Simpson Reef where all the seals are on the rocks on Shell Island. It will be good to go when the day is clear as you will be able to get a better view of the many seals and sea lions on the rocks!!! An... More

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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful coastal drive from Coos Bay out to the parks. Plenty of hiking opportunities exist or stop along all the turnouts available, but do stop and check out the coastline with its unique rock formations. The botanical garden at Shore Acres was stunning with its huge array of roses and other non native flowers.While you are there go to the... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you like tide pool exploring, this is the place to go. Bit of a steep hike but worth the effort. I like the hike (past the restrooms) on the N side of the park best. Don't forget your camera, the views can be spectacular at the top of the park.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We did Cape Arago as a day trip from where we were staying in Florence, and we had time to stop at the dunes near Florence also. I've seen most of the Oregon coast, and Cape Arago is one of the most dramatic sections, I think. There are helpful volunteers in the park who will help identify the animals you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Perfect place to explore Oregon coast. Anyone can look at a beach anywhere, but this coastline is FANTASTIC.

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Portland, OR
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44 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway, this state park is easily reached from the Bandon or Coos Bay areas. Sunset Bay and Shore Acres are all very close and can be visited in a combined trip. There is a pull out to the right of the road where one can see a large number of seals and sea... More

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

When we visited Simpson Reef in August there were some folks from an organization (I think they’re volunteers) with high-powered telescopes that we could use, allowing to see the seals and sea lions. It’s hard to imagine how many there were, all piled together.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Best tide pools ever! We love walking down to the rocky pools but very steep trail. Lots to see, just make sure you catch the pools at low tide.

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Love going here and just watch the waves crash on the rocks. Great open ocean views, very relaxing. The park is hardly ever crowded and there are several trails to choose from with benches along the way at view points. Don't forget to stop at the pullout to view the Sea Lions, well worth a few minutes of your time!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We decided to take this little detour from Hwy 101 on our pacific coast road trip and were glad we did. Once you get through town, the drive by the marina and into the park is a scenic little drive. There is a pullout into the park where the sea lions, seals, etc. sit out on the rocks and swim... More

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