Newport's Historic Bayfront

Newport's Historic Bayfront

Newport's Historic Bayfront
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  • mehoe2000
    Meridian, Idaho140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist Fun
    I know it is a “tourist trap,” but the Historic Bayfront in Newport is just fun. It is a working port where you can watch the fishing boats come it and the seals beg for fish scraps. A people watcher will definitely see a variety of individuals. There are restaurants and pubs as well as tourist attractions like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not that compete for your attention. While we were there this last June a high school metal drum band played a great concert in front of Ripley’s. We walked the length of the Bayfront, ate at Mo’s, shopped a little, took pictures of the bay bridge and just had fun. The Bayfront is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in or around Newport.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Fred S
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - Fun for all ages
    This is a really fun area for people of all ages. There are many restaurants to choose from, a lot of interesting little shops, a nice pier where you overlook the resident Sea Lions and more. Very fun for all.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very NIce
    We stopped at the bay front on our way into Newport. It's a busy area but there's lots of parking. Much of the harbor is commercial with many fishing boats coming in and out (a few sell their catch). There's also quite a few restaurants and some shopping. We found the area very pretty and nice. It was a good place to walk around on a very nice day.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • TravelNKA
    Wildwood, Missouri12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Very cool experience. Nce to see a fishing harbor in action. Fishing boats coming in and unloading the daily catch. Some to local restaurants, some to a packing plant located right at the docks, even saw locals stopping there to buy fresh fish. The sea lions put on quite a show as well. A must see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Elephant Love
    Lincoln City, Oregon15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Newport is NEW!!
    Love that sea lions are allowed to congregate and socialize one with another on the rocks in the bay! Love all the seabirds too. Just love walking around there, have for 20 years and it's always wonderful ~
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona2,000 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, it's touristy - do it anyway
    Great area where you can park and walk around to see the sea lions, shops, restaurants, fishing boats, and just enjoy the weather (if it is good). We had a great time with the kids going into toy and candy shops, adults in arts and trinket shops, and even stopped for a coffee. I am sure the prices are tourist level, but go and have some fun and just embrace it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, Indiana3,646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area to walk, shop , and eat.
    We headed into Newport after seeing Yaquina Lighthouse for lunch lunch and some shopping. Parking was a bit of a trick, as it was a Sunday in August, but we managed. We hit every shop that looked interesting, ate at Mo's (awesome chowder), and checked out the sea lions! We all had a great time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2024
  • Travel lover
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gotta go at least once!
    Great place to take kids for a couple hours. Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum is cool for the kids! It's $30 a kid for the whole experience without games at the end. Takes about an hour and some change to see most everything. There's a boardwalk for a couple blocks filled with lots of souvenir shops with saltwater taffy, candy, t-shirts, hippy stuff, candles, kites, pet stuff, Mo's, other seafood joints, and a few bars. It's a pleasant place to spend time in Newport by the bay.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2024
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Portland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A trip to Newport would not be complete without a visit to the Historic Bayfront area. Aside from walking up and down this quaint and lively business area, my favorite parts include viewing the fishing boats docked at Bayfront and walking down the dock to see the sea lions. There are always tons of them and I could stand watching them for an hour as they vie for space on the lower docks, bark at one another, and look up at us with the cutest faces. A trip to Newport is also not complete for us without a visit to Local Ocean Seafood Restaurant at Historic Bayfront. Always fresh and delicious... so glad we were able to visit again this time! Delicious!
Written January 7, 2020
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ARBY1229
Bend, OR28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
the Clearwater restaurant was delightful. Great coffee shop and sea lions are always fun. Fun to watch boats come and go, fisherman working on the docks gulls keeping track of everyone.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,930 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I've always found this bustling, working seaport with a variety of shops and restaurants to be a perfect way to spend most of a day in Newport. it's still the heart of Newport's fishing industry and always offers interesting insight to that way of life and business.
At the same time there is a wide variety of other options for tourists - art galleries, gift shops, Ripley's museum, candy stores and restaurants from inexpensive to high end offering a wide choice of meals.
If you're interested in deep sea fishing, or whale watching, this is the place on the Newport Coast to fulfill that desire.
There is a neat row of benches from which to view the fishing boats and and plenty of other attractions to make a nice day's stop.
Written November 6, 2020
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Nancy S
Portland, OR81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a bustling, working seaport. There are fishing boats, big and small. You can buy fish right from the boats if it is in season. There are sea lions lazing on the docks waiting for fish parts to eat. There is a bustling seafood processing plants and the restaurants serve fresh fish. Fishermen hang out at the bars. So you really are in the heart of Newport life in that sense.
On the other hand, there is a lot of touristy things - art galleries, kitschy sea themed gift shops, a wax museum, and restaurants from inexpensive to high end trying to cater to the tourist crowd.
If you would like to go deep sea fishing, or on a whale watching boat ride, this is the place on the coast to do that also.
So all in all, I would recommend this place as a very interesting stop on the coast. While in Newport, you might also like to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium if you have kids, or go down to Nye beach if you want to boutique shop, eat in some very nice restaurants, or take a walk on the beach.
Written October 18, 2020
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mehoe2000
Meridian, ID140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I know it is a “tourist trap,” but the Historic Bayfront in Newport is just fun. It is a working port where you can watch the fishing boats come it and the seals beg for fish scraps. A people watcher will definitely see a variety of individuals. There are restaurants and pubs as well as tourist attractions like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not that compete for your attention. While we were there this last June a high school metal drum band played a great concert in front of Ripley’s. We walked the length of the Bayfront, ate at Mo’s, shopped a little, took pictures of the bay bridge and just had fun. The Bayfront is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in or around Newport.
Written September 1, 2023
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Happy Playmore
Salem, OR23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We stay at Embarcadero, which has saunas, hot tub, pool, crab pots, sinks and ice all included. We usually walk toward the stores and restaurants and stop by to listen to the sea lions. The food is always great and the service is even better. Whether we stop in at the Barge Inn, Rogue Brewery, or Local Ocean, the service is always the very best and the food just as equaling.
Written March 10, 2023
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Connie W
Ellettsville, IN173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A number of good restaurants and shops in the area to enjoy while watching the activities at the harbor. Lots of areas to stop and rest while enjoying the views. Watched the sea lions jockey for positions on the docks and entertain the visitors.
Written September 6, 2022
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tessOregon
Albany, OR152 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We have been visiting Newport Oregon for almost 50 years and have always enjoyed the historic bay front. We ate there, spent money in the shops and enjoyed the sea lions. Today when we arrived we were met with “pay-to-park.” Had there been parking meters, where we just put our money in and gone on our way, we would have been fine, but the idea of finding a pay station and following the instructions as what to do did not seem like fun. With that said, we drove to Nye Beach and Depoe Bay and spent our money there.
Written June 5, 2024
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ2,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great area where you can park and walk around to see the sea lions, shops, restaurants, fishing boats, and just enjoy the weather (if it is good). We had a great time with the kids going into toy and candy shops, adults in arts and trinket shops, and even stopped for a coffee. I am sure the prices are tourist level, but go and have some fun and just embrace it.
Written March 19, 2024
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Rehsinup19
Kent, WA1,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We enjoyed the time we spent here. There are some great restaurants and shops. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and the Wax Works are really fun. Viewing the Sea Lions from the docks was a great experience. This is a great area in Newport.
Written August 29, 2022
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