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Cape Arago State Park

Coos Bay, OR
800-551-6949
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Coos Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Be sure to stop at the Simpson Wildlife Viewing area, especially if it's sunny, and bring binoculars. You can see the seals and sea lions hanging out on nearby rocks. Then, go out to the viewing area at the end of the Cape. We saw a whale from here. You can also hike down to a viewpoint to the north... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a beautiful park with some hiking trails, there are a lot of sea lions out there and one trail is closed during pupping season.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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367 reviews 367 reviews
103 attraction reviews
438 helpful votes 438 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It was a bit foggy so the view of the coastline wasn't vast but it was awesome. The water was clear, shaggy rocky coastline and lots of sea life barking in the distance. They have flush toilets, old but a great convenience. A nice picnic pavilion with parking is located by the restrooms. We enjoyed the fresh air and the... More

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Burnaby
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Tn, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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