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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
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Activities: Hiking
Description: From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest...
From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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Great tidal pools

Great place to visit at low tide. Would have been better but the day was cold and foggy. Good visitors center!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit at low tide. Would have been better but the day was cold and foggy. Good visitors center!

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This lighthouse is the more popular lighthouse in the area. Beautiful drive up, but, I like the other lighthouse in Newport better because it was less commercialized.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting lighthouse and exhibit. Great tide pools with marine animals in Quarry beach. Beautiful seascape.

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The Dalles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

You can go up in the lighthouse and it is really cool, if windy you can feel it move, so if its to bad they won't let you in

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Highland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Love to sight see, this was beautiful The wind blew very hard at one point that was one experience, we went back again and the weather was great. Different views each visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The interpretive center had so much interesting information. We also took the tour (free) which was very fun and interesting. Spectacular views and history.

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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This was ok. The lighthouse was neat and we enjoyed the tidepools. This was great for kids, but we did not like it as much as I expected.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

There is a $7 fee to enter this area. It is good for 3 consecutive days. There is a tour inside the lighthouse that you can sign up for at the Interpretive Center. The tour guide was dressed in period uniform and gave the tour as if it was in the 1800s. Telling you about the lighthouse and how it... More 

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Montana City, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this spot! The lighthouse is beautiful but the most exciting thing was seeing whales in August. Then, a short walk down to the rocky beach and we saw seals playing in the water. It is a wonderful place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest on the Oregon Coast and is beautiful! Adjacent to the lighthouse parking lot is an awesome cobble beach and tide pools. The round rocks on the beach make a sound like a "rain stick" when the tide goes in and out. One of the wonders of the Oregon coast!

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YaquinaHeadStaff, staff at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the Park and leaving your review. We love hearing all of the different descriptions of what the cobbles sound like at high tide (applause, singing) and now a "rain stick!" :) We will add it to the collection. Hope to see you back soon. More 

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