Central Oregon Coast Attractions

With a vast array of attractions, it’s impossible to be bored on the Central Oregon Coast. Head to Lincoln City, Oregon, attractions to blow your own art glass, shop ‘til you drop at the town’s large outlet mall and get in a little gambling or take in a show at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Whale watching is a must-see Depoe Bay, Oregon, attraction, and the nearby Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is a favorite place to spot the deep sea creatures. Another popular Central Oregon Coast attraction is the Devil’s Punchbowl off of U.S. Highway 101, near Otter Rock. This impressive sandstone cauldron serves up a frothy oceanic brew when surf’s up and is one of Oregon’s seven protected intertidal areas. Among Newport, Oregon, attractions you’ll find Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and several museums. On your way to play on the towering sand mounds of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence, Oregon, attractions, check out the Sea Lions Cave – a great place to explore and experience the wildlife on the Central Oregon Coast. These are just a few examples of the many Central Oregon Coast attractions. Use this page as a road map to these and many others, including the Waldport, Oregon, attractions.

Fewer Crowds at Central Oregon Coast Attractions

One of the many desirable qualities of the Central Oregon Coast is that it tends to be less crowded along miles of dynamic coastline than other Pacific Northwest areas. This makes all of its sometimes silly, sometimes scenic and always stellar seaside fascinations easily accessible. Fun seaside attractions, glorious geographical formations, abundant wildlife, historic lighthouses, family-friendly festivals, beach-town charm, postcard-perfect views and majestic state parks are just a few of the attractions you’ll find on the Central Oregon Coast. From quirky to classy, Central Oregon Coast attractions offer something for everyone. Explore this page so you can easily discover what makes the Central Coast one of the most attractive places around. 

Central Oregon Coast Attractions by Area

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

Central Oregon Coast Attractions by Category

Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
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

Gerdemann Botanic Preserve

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
2222 U.S. Highway 101 North, 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 Attractions
92072 Highway 101 South, 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

Newport's Historic Bayfront

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
250-300 Southwest 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

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport
(541) 867-3474

At the Oregon Coast Aquarium you can choose to view the world-class displays of both fish and fowl or truly immerse yourself within the displays themselves. Available experiences include the Behind the Scenes tour, where you will see how the aquarium’s roughly 15,000 creatures, including sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and sharks, are cared for. You'll also learn about what is being done to protect... read more

At the Oregon Coast Aquarium you can choose to view the world-class displays of both... read more

Rogue Ales & Spirits – Brewer's on the Bay

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
2320 S.E. Marine Science Drive, Newport
(541) 819-0202

Most beer lovers in the Pacific Northwest can recognize him in an instant – the oddly charming skeleton that has become the mascot of Rogue Ales & Spirits. He started his career on labels of the award-winning Dead Guy Ale, which most recently snagged a gold medal at the 2018 New York International Beer Competition. This is just one claim to fame that has helped expand the Newport-based... read more

Most beer lovers in the Pacific Northwest can recognize him in an instant – the oddly charming... read more

Sea Lion Caves

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
91560 U.S. Highway 101, Florence
(541) 547-3111

With their blunt muzzles, long whiskers and round curious eyes, it’s easy to make the comparison to dogs when the face of a seal or sea lion pokes up from a body of water. The comparison gets a little less on the nose when the aquatic creatures are in their natural habitat, though, as they can get quite elusive. The Sea Lion Caves offers two... read more

With their blunt muzzles, long whiskers and round curious eyes, it’s easy to make the... read more

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Central Oregon Coast Attractions
750 Northwest Lighthouse Drive, Newport
(541) 574-3100
Advanced reservations
(877) 444-6777

Newport, OR, has the distinct privilege of housing both the only wooden lighthouse still standing, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and the State’s tallest lighthouse at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is iconic on the Oregon Coast, with a 93-foot tall tower that's one of Oregon's most photographed man-made structures. It can be toured when staff are available. Miss the chance... read more

Newport, OR, has the distinct privilege of housing both the only wooden lighthouse still standing,... read more