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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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Beautiful location. Well cared for. View of ocean birds good. Walking trails. Historical information at visitor's center.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful location. Well cared for. View of ocean birds good. Walking trails. Historical information at visitor's center.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We took the tour and went up to the top! The views were breathtaking, and the educational value of the tour was excellent! So cool, and our tour guide was awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We didn't realise we had to pay to get in, but it wasn't too bad. I think it was $7 for less than 9 people in your car, so quite cheap really. Views were beautiful and we saw lots of sea lions sitting on the rocks sun baking!

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Newport, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Second time visiting here and I just love taking my grandchildren. The museum is well done, has a few hands on exhibits to keep the kids happy and the volunteers are ALWAYS friendly and outstanding. Cobblestone beach is wonderful, though hazardous for walking at times :) The wind blows strong on the little outcropping of land the lighthouse sits on... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Worth the walk, the and stair climb to the top. An icon of the Coast that will never die. Great for all ages. Little ones all the way up to seniors

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Eatonville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The lighthouse was worth seeing.....stately and classic. Down a few stairs is a cool black rock beach.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The tidal pools with small marine life were great. The harbor seals were also interesting, but you need binoculars to see them well.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Really a nice place to go and the scenery is awesome. I think this is the one that is haunted. Go bacjk in time with this one

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Saskatoon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We joined a tour of the lighthouse where a guide in period costume led us up the steep staircase. The view from the top was well worth the exertion and the guide provided many details both of the life of a lighthouse keeper and family as well as the construction & function of the lighthouse. The tours are limited to... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice drive and tour of lighthouse. Well done. Lady presenter did a awesome job. Beware.....about 140 steps to the top for the tour......but you were not required to go to the top as part of the tour. Bad or weak knees ..beware. great views all around and supra singly educational. Cost 7 bucks for a 3 day pass to the... More 

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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Oregon Coast  >  Newport

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