Central Oregon Coast Things To Do

The Central Oregon Coast offers rugged beauty and hometown hospitality for a 100-plus mile stretch along U.S. Highway 101. It hugs the mighty Pacific and is framed by massive headlands, charming seaside villages, quaint marinas and an array of activities to keep any schedule full of fun. Visitors marvel at the Central Coast’s pristine sandy beachfront, dramatic sea cliffs, impressive haystack rocks, delicious seafood, historic lighthouses, stunning state parks and adventure beyond compare. Prepare to be outdoors because the Central Oregon Coast is a nature lover’s playground. Rain or shine, Central Oregon Coast things to do have you gearing up to go hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding on the beach, sightseeing, fishing, kite flying, whale watching and more. Central Oregon Coast things to do also include shopping, dining, concerts, music, festivals, farmers markets, art galleries and cultural events to experience as well. On this page you’ll discover endless memories to be made for all age groups, interests and budgets when you the abundance of things to do along the Central Oregon Coast including Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats and Florence.

Open Air Central Oregon Coast Things to Do

Spend a day on the Central Coast sand dunes, learn how to surf, meander through village shops or delight in our many seaside attractions with Central Oregon Coast things to do. Charter a deep-sea fishing cruise, throw your own crab pot, pitch a tent, rent a bike, take a hike, saddle up a horse or paddle a kayak through our endless waterways. Starting at the Central Coast’s northern edge, Lincoln City is known as the Kite Flying Capital of the World, while Depoe Bay lays claim to the Whale Watching Capital of the World. Newport is home to Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and year-round surfing. Farther south in Waldport, you’ll find the Alsea River nurturing some of the region’s premiere salmon and steelhead runs. Nestled next to Waldport you’ll discover Yachats, the smallest of the Central Coast communities but big on relaxation and rejuvenation.

Central Oregon Coast Things To Do by Area

Lincoln City | Depoe Bay | Newport & Toledo | Waldport & Yachats | Florence

Central Oregon Coast Things To Do by Category

Chinook Winds Casino Resort

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
1777 NW 44th Street, Lincoln City
(888) 244-6665
Chinook Winds Golf Resort
(541) 994-8442
Logan Road RV Park
(877) 564-2678

The Chinook Winds Casino Resort is a family friendly vacation destination within a broader vacation destination. Located at Lincoln City’s north end, the Chinook Winds offers a complete casino with a non-smoking section, a major convention center with monthly headline entertainment, outdoor and indoor events (including boxing, national pool tournaments, art shows, etc.), multiple restaurants, a live DJ and dancing, oceanfront rooms, fireplace suites, a... read more

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Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
119 U.S. Highway 101, Depoe Bay
(541) 765-3304
Information
(800) 551-6949

Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is a place to go for year-round whale watching on the Oregon Coast. At their peak migration times, gray whales swim by the thousands as they make their way between Alaska and Mexico, and you can view their journey from the Whale Watching Center. Although gray whales are the most common to see from Depoe Bay, you might also get... read more

Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center is a place to go for year-round whale watching on... read more

Driftwood Public Library

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
801 SW U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City
(541) 996-2277

Driftwood Public Library not only has books galore, it’s a hub of activities including speakers, Tech Tuesdays, kids programming, Adult Science Night, special events and more. In the Fall, check out the Dark and Stormy Night Author series, as well as the Winter Solstice Celebration in December and the Coastal Encounters program in May to learn all about coastal living (think clamming and crabbing and... read more

Driftwood Public Library not only has books galore, it’s a hub of activities including speakers,... read more

Explore Lincoln City

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
801 SW Highway 101, Suite 401, Lincoln City
(541) 996-1274

When it comes to finding fun and building memories on the Central Oregon Coast, Explore Lincoln City has you covered. As the marketing arm of the City of Lincoln City, this  team works to highlight the huge range of restaurants, shops, hotels and things to do throughout town. With seven and a half miles of sandy beach, tide pools galore and a 680-acre lake, lovers of... read more

When it comes to finding fun and building memories on the Central Oregon Coast, Explore... read more

Game Over Arcade

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
2821 NW U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City
(541) 614-1150

Rev up your inner Pinball Wizard and check out Game Over Arcade in Lincoln City’s Wecoma Beach neighborhood. They have more than 100 new and classic arcade games including a wide array of pinball machines, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Terminator Salvation and Big Buck HD. There’s also a grill and sports bar with numerous HDTVs (including a huge 70-inch screen), Pac-12 Network, NFL Sunday Ticket... read more

Rev up your inner Pinball Wizard and check out Game Over Arcade in Lincoln City’s... read more

Gerdemann Botanic Preserve

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
2222 N. U.S. Highway 101, Located behind Earthworks Gallery, Yachats
(503) 442-1247

What started in the early 1980s as a test garden for plant hardiness has since blossomed into a preserve of rare and unusual plants from all over the world. The Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, named after founders Jim and Janice Gerdemann, is now open to the public by appointment and contains a variety of exotic plants, from Southern Hemisphere shrubs and trees to wildly eclectic collections... read more

What started in the early 1980s as a test garden for plant hardiness has since... read more

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
92072 S. U.S. Highway 101, Yachats
(866) 547-3696

Heceta Head Lighthouse, built in 1894, is a working lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy a view of the Pacific and even stay the night in the Lightkeeper’s cottages. Every morning, guests are treated to a seven-course breakfast. The lighthouse perches 205 feet above the ocean, and the light from its lens reaches about 21 miles off shore. In the... read more

Heceta Head Lighthouse, built in 1894, is a working lighthouse on the National Register of... read more

Lincoln City Cultural Center

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
540 NE U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City
(541) 994-9994

Located in the historic DeLake School building (built in the 1920s), the Lincoln City Cultural Center has been bringing locals and visitors alike together to enjoy, share and experience visual and performing arts and culture for more than 25 years. Concerts and community events, the PJ Chessman Gallery, art classes for all ages and skill levels, various yoga classes, a gift shop, facility rentals and... read more

Located in the historic DeLake School building (built in the 1920s), the Lincoln City Cultural... read more

Lincoln City Glass Center

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
4821 SW U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City
(541) 996-2569

Glass blowing is a big deal in Lincoln City, and Lincoln City Glass Center has everything you need to experience the longtime local tradition. Located in the Taft District, the Center is a place where you can learn how to craft your own glass float, paperweight, fluted bowl, heart and more. Give them a call and schedule an appointment for a glass art creation session.... read more

Glass blowing is a big deal in Lincoln City, and Lincoln City Glass Center has... read more

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
2150 NE Oar Place, Lincoln City
(541) 994-2131

The Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department (LCPRD) is a one-stop destination for everything fun, interesting and welcoming both indoors and out. The Department’s community center, parks, trails, open space and beach access points are open to the public and year round featuring quality programs, facilities and events for all ages. For example, the Aquatic Center has a 25-meter swimming pool with an enclosed water... read more

The Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department (LCPRD) is a one-stop destination for everything fun,... read more

Newport's Historic Bayfront

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
250-300 SW Bay Boulevard, Newport

Newport Historic Bayfront is a district known for its restaurants and gift shops along the water, where visitors can also view sea lions sprawling out by the boat docks. You can find everything from locally made candles and jewelry to Newport-themed T-shirts and hats in the gift shops, as well as crafts and artwork in local galleries. The bayfront is also home to several attractions,... read more

Newport Historic Bayfront is a district known for its restaurants and gift shops along the... read more

Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen

Central Oregon Coast Thing to Do
316 SW U.S. Highway 101, Lincoln City
(541) 614-1650

Bowling is making a comeback, and good food never left! For the complete retro-cool experience with authentic decor and paired with some tasty creative comfort food, check out Olde Line Lanes & Kitchen. This historic bowling alley that has been a community staple since the late 1930s. The bar serves up a wide variety of cocktails, wines and beer. They also offer events like bingo... read more

Bowling is making a comeback, and good food never left! For the complete retro-cool experience... read more