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  • Wayne H
    Coos Bay, OR23 contributions
    Beautiful sunny day at the beach on July 4th. 75 degrees, sunny, beautiful clean beach. Many families bowing and enjoying the beach
    Written July 5, 2022
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  • Alan H
    Rexburg, ID143 contributions
    The Charleston Marine Life Center is kind of a mini-aquarium/marine hands-on educational center. This educational center is part of the University of Oregon's marine biological station, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, which is located directly across the street from this attraction.

    The marine life center has several marine tanks on the first floor as well as a touch tank, all of which feature local species. There is also an exhibit that focuses on local fisheries - a nice display since the marine life center is sited directly next to the Bandon Pacific fish processing facility, and from the marine life center you can see fishing boats coming, off loading their catch and going all day long. The vaulted ceiling over the entrance has a fully mounted and suspended skeleton of a small gray whale, a killer whale and a sea turtle.

    The second floor has many other mounted skeletons of other marine mammals, including various dolphin species, sea otter, seal and sea lion. There is also a window from which you can look directly down onto the Bandon Pacific facility and see how that facility handles off-loaded catches. There is also an excellent video display describing local fisheries, catch methods, etc.

    The other wing of the second floor has microscopes and various items visitors can handle and examine.

    This small center is well worth a drive off of the beaten track to see. Make sure that you check hours and days they are open so you don't get there on a day when it's not open.

    Here's a hint - when you enter, ask the docent behind the desk for a magnifying glass clip that fits over your cell phone camera lens and this makes it so you can take good close-up photos of things that are attached directly to the glass of the tanks.

    Don't miss this stop if you are in the area. I'd say that this stop would work well for everyone from ages 8 and up.
    Written June 10, 2019
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  • Wayne H
    Coos Bay, OR23 contributions
    Charleston has a lot to offer from fishing to crabbing to eating, shopping, sight seeing or the beach. Chuck’s sea food market is a must stop. The smoked salmon sticks are so good. The fresh fish is amazing. Don’t miss a photo op with Charlie tuna at the bridge. Sorry Charlie, only good tasting tuna gets to be starkist. There are several nice gift shops look across the street from chuck’s. Nautical and fish themed gifts.
    Written July 5, 2022
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  • 2013TravelinFool
    Mesquite, NV2,685 contributions
    Went two times to get a picture because it was a foggy day. Still with the fog it was terrific. Next day was better just wish I could have gotten closer.
    Written August 26, 2020
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  • Leonard H
    Roseburg, OR1,141 contributions
    We took our annual trip to view the blooming Skunk Cabbage. It's 2 hour loop hike, 2.5 miles, on the Hidden Creek Trail to the Tunnel Trail out to the Railroad Pilings, then back on the Railroad Trail to the paved road. Then up the paved road to the Hidden Creek Trail back to the trailhead.
    The Skunk Cabbage (also called swamp lanterns) are growing alongside the Hidden Creek Boardwalk. We even saw a newt crawling though the mud. The Interpretive Center was closed today, but the restrooms were open.
    Written March 10, 2022
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  • Colin Archibald
    Kingston, TN4,465 contributions
    Incredible Experience. We visited the Tasting Room in Florence and April, the girl doing the tasting for us was fabulous. She explained the various flavors , What went into them and how they were made. We left with one of the most unique rums we have seen (Walnut-Fig), Delicious. April made the experience a fun one.
    Written June 7, 2020
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  • pastorvbc
    Bend, OR1 contribution
    Curt and crew did an excellent job of putting us on the fish and limits for our group of 14! We highly recommend Betty Kay for your next fishing trip!
    Written June 29, 2022
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  • Gary M
    Springville, UT10 contributions
    Unique souvenirs, but the antique section is where the shop really shines! Great variety of old books and cards, boat parts, doilies and handkerchiefs. The prices felt reasonable and the service was incredibly friendly and helpful.
    Written December 10, 2018
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  • Kent R
    Waukesha, WI2 contributions
    Fished with Capt. Curt and Doug last August and had such a good time I’m bring my family out to Charleston this September to go out 3 more trips. Really great people and experience!
    Written June 26, 2020
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