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Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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  • Shelley M
    Oro-Medonte, Canada45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to go. Stunning scenery. Parking limited so could be busy in summer. The interactive centre was excellent. Highly recommend the trip!
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • EG970035
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The aquarium is still undergoing renovations, but is a nice visit for a couple of hours. Don’t expect a large aquarium but it is still fun for kids.
    Written April 25, 2024
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  • Gretchen M
    Saint Cloud92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute light house. Great gift store! You can walk down to the coast which was beautiful!! Have to pay admission fee but really it could be a quick stop.
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • Fred S
    Kent, Washington, Usa81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved visiting the Hatfield Visitor Center! They have so many wonderful exhibits, for both adults and children. They have great touch pools. Octopus feedings, many hands on exhibits, again for for children and adults. We all (two adults and a 9 & 10 year old) enjoyed it a lot.
    Written September 9, 2023
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  • James c
    Oklahoma City, OK378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my many stops on oregon coast drive. The formation is alot bigger than the photos displayed. Its about 40 ft across and you cannot keep looking down at the hole...mesmerizing
    Written September 30, 2023
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  • Expedition55265
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nye Beach is a small neighborhood of Newport and the most charming part of town. By itself - it almost feels like it’s own small beach town. The beach is awesome for walking and the area has lots of great eats. Highly recommend Stefanies Cafe for breakfast and Nanas or Sorrellas for dinner.
    Written November 12, 2023
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  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, AZ1,914 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • 2rollon
    California758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This bridge is as very nice to see we drove in the the park and got a good side view of bridge. 3 days later we drove across it to head home.
    Written June 20, 2023
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  • KhmerloveTravels
    Siem Reap, Cambodia83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chose this place for our first yurt experience. It did not disappoint! It is the way to go when you have young kids. The yurt was exactly like the pictures I saw online. It even had electricity which was great because I could charge my phone.

    The location is perfect. Not too far from Portland, and a short walk to the beach. We did bring our stroller on the walk and while it was good for a while, it got too sandy and we had to ditch the stroller.

    The beach was quiet. We had it pretty much to ourselves! Our dog loved it too!

    We were able to buy a lighter and firewood when we got there.
    Written August 24, 2023
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  • LaurieB980
    Portland, OR648 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took Otter Crest Loop which is a smaller ocean side road off 101 which in itself is an adventure with some pretty great views, and stopped off at Cape Foulweather and found the little building that is a lookout which we'd never been to before. The National Park woman who works there did a great job telling us about the whales that come by this area from the cold waters of Alaska to have their babies down south in warmer waters before swimming back again. It was rather amazing, she said, that on both the these journeys both down and back, the whales have eaten enough that they don't eat at all on the trips! She also told us about some younger whales who stay in the area around the Lookout until they are large enough to make those trips, and they are often spotted eating small sea life from the kelp that floats around in the water right there. We would have loved to see some whales, but it's a little past the time. She told us that April/May will be a good time to return.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Carson P
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food but Bread bowl is WAY too small for price. I got about 6 spoonfuls of chowder for 15 dollars. Great food.//////
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • pnwthomas
    165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite areas for beachcombing for agates, fishing, clamming and watching a beautiful sunset. If you go to the Wayside, you can park a RV and walk under the tunnel to the beach. Some of the other areas are not easy to get your rigs in and out. The one off Ocean View is smaller and I don't recommend trying. If you can drive down, it's worth it to watch the most beautiful sunset on a cloudyless or semi cloudy day.
    Written June 15, 2023
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