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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
Phone Number: +1 541-574-3100
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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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During the warm months, this is a beautiful scene but the birds can offer a pungent view. The lighthouse offers some magnificent photos at sweet light moments. Bring a fish eye... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

During the warm months, this is a beautiful scene but the birds can offer a pungent view. The lighthouse offers some magnificent photos at sweet light moments. Bring a fish eye inside the lighthouse to harness the beauty of the fresnel prism. Hiking is great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure why this is "outstanding" but it's truly a great experience. We spent some time wandering about the grounds. Short Hike to the top of the hill for the overlook. Great to listen to the rocks collide on pebble beach. And the cliffs and lighthouse are scenic, not to mention the mesmerizing violent waves.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very lovely location and light house. Well maintained with a very informative tour. Gives you a feel for what it would have been like to live here as a family..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a rare no wind warm morning at the Yaquina Head, but a storm was just off the shore that wave-watching was excellent. The workers around the park were very friendly. At the right season, we could watch thousands of shore birds coming to nest here. Right after the Thanksgiving weekend was quiet and one could be lost in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lighthouse is not the big draw-- it's the whales! They come in so close, one almost beached itself on the black pebble beach below the lookout points. There are sea lions on the rocks off shore and the views are gorgeous. The visitor's center had nice exhibits. If you are here to see the coast, be sure to include... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed touring this gem of a lighthouse. So much more than just information on the lighthouse. A real 'must-see' when visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide was the bomb. This guy knew his stuff and he delivered it in character and with finesse. We ranged in age from 68 to 49 to 12 on this tour and we ALL enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have visited several times with kids at various ages, and this is a wonderful place to explore. Love the tidal pools at low tide and seeing seals swim! In the summer volunteers will talk with you about the critters and natural history. We loved seeing peregrine falcons near the visitor center on a couple of occasions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been visiting Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Park for 20+ years. It's a great family place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always enjoy visiting the Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Interpretive Center. We go to the center before going to the lighthouse. The center tells the history of the lighthouse in a very interesting way. The beach at the lighthouse is a great to watch the ocean waves. We have gone on the Lighthouse tour & enjoyed that.

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