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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Twin Falls, Idaho
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152 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

We made an attempt of tide piling after low tide and we were still pleasantly surprised. We saw an assortment of things including sea stars, snails, and urchins. There were tons of sea birds and seals. The black rock beach was so unique and beautiful. We are more adventure-y and less museum-y, but still enjoyed the lighthouse tour - it was interesting! We had a great time surrounded by the beauty at Yaquina.

Visited August 2013
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Good spot for families”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Beautiful area - great views of seabirds, harbor seals, and sea lions. Stairs down to the tide pool areas are a little long, but worth the walk. Area from stairs to tide pools is covered in cobblestones. It's not easy to walk, but the tide pools have some great features. Lighthouse is interesting and offers some great views.

Visited August 2013
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Newport, Oregon
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“Urchins, peregrines and seals!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Awesome views, staff & tidepools. Check for low tide before arriving. $7 for the vehicle. Short walks with many ocean view, but no real hikes.

Visited July 2013
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Oregon crabber
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68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“What a view!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great lighthouse on a headland which juts out a half mile affording superb views. There are offshore rocks teeming with seabirds and seals. You can climb up the lighthouse during limited hours and take several nature walks. The place is very windy and because of its location it gets cold. If you go at low tide there is a long staircase allowing you to get down to tide pools. If you're dressed for the wind you can have a great visit with nature.
I only gave it 4 stars because parking at the lighthouse is limited although you can park at the visitor center and take a bit of a hike to get to the lighthouse.

Visited July 2013
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Newport OR
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39 reviews
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“A Visit back in History”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A visit to the yaquina head lighthouse is like walking into a time machine...1873 to be exact. A climb to the light area on top provides a great view of the surrounding area. Be sure and dress for cool weather as the wind is usually blowing a fair amount at the site. There are other attractions to visit in the area so don't miss them.

Visited August 2012
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