Astoria, Oregon, Attractions

Including Warrenton Attractions

The main Astoria, Oregon, attraction has always been the Columbia River, ever since Lewis and Clark first stepped foot onto the north shore of the river in what is now called the Astoria region. The historic city was built along the banks of the Columbia in 1811 and has the distinction of being the first settlement west of the Rockies. Astoria’s many Victorian homes dotting the hillside along the Columbia are chief Astoria, Oregon, attractions as is the historic Astoria Bridge spanning the river. Astoria, Oregon, attractions also include the Astoria Riverwalk, a 6-mile paved path along the river from West to East Astoria where locals and visitors enjoy walking, jogging or biking. Astoria is also known for its natural beauty, and from the heights of the iconic Astoria Column, one of the key Astoria attractions, you can enjoy panoramic vistas of the Coast Range and Youngs Bay and see where the Columbia River meets the ocean. Astoria attractions also include Fort Clatsop National Monument in the Lewis and Clark region and Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton where history, nature and outdoor lovers will find loads of things to do.

Astoria, Oregon, Attractions Revisit Area’s History

Astoria is renowned for its historic shops, riverfront, buildings and Victorian houses. The past comes alive when you visit Astoria, Oregon, attractions beginning with the time of Lewis and Clark through World War II to the present day at area museums focusing on heritage, maritime and military history. Those who want to delve further into the past can visit Fort Clatsop to learn about Lewis and Clark, Battery Russell to learn about World War II and the region’s military history or go to a cannery museum to learn more about the canning industry, which once dominated the waterfront scene. A Victorian Queen Anne-style house is also open for tours. Astoria is famous for pageants and plays such as the Civil War Re-enactment in September and Shanghaied in Astoria that runs through the summer months.

Astoria Column

1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2963

Some 400,000 visitors come annually for Astoria’s Astor Column’s stellar views, park-like setting and historic significance. The Column is 125’ tall, sports 164 interior steps and sits an impressive 600’ above sea level, affording a 365-degree view that encompasses Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean at a distance. Commissioned by Ralph Budd, a president of the Great Northern Railroad,... read more

Some 400,000 visitors come annually for Astoria’s Astor Column’s stellar views, park-like setting and historic... read more

Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2323

Explore the heritage of the Columbia River at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Learn about the history of fishing, packing and other maritime industries dependent on the river as the icon itself makes a backdrop for the experience. 

The museum houses the largest collection of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the country with more than 30,000 objects, 20,000 photographs and a 10,000-volume research library in... read more

Explore the heritage of the Columbia River at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Learn about... read more

Flavel House Museum

Clatsop County Historical Society
Astoria Attractions
441 8th Street, Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2203

Take a step back in time and live the elegance of the late Victorian era by visiting the Flavel House Museum at the corner of 8th and Duane Streets in Astoria. Operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society, Captain George Flavel and his family called this historic landmark called home in the late 1800s. Flavel was a Columbia River bar pilot and one the area’s first... read more

Take a step back in time and live the elegance of the late Victorian era... read more

Heritage Museum

Clatsop County Historical Society
Astoria Attractions
1618 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR
(503) 338-4849

What was once Astoria’s Old City Hall is now home to the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Heritage Museum at the corner of Exchange and 16th Streets. The neoclassical structure was designed in 1904 by prominent Portland architect, Emil Schacht.  When you walk through its doors, prepare to step back in time. You’ll find a 1,000-year old hunting artifact, superbly crafted 19th century Chinook and Clatsop Indian... read more

What was once Astoria’s Old City Hall is now home to the Clatsop County... read more

Oregon Film Museum

Clatsop County Historical Society
Astoria Attractions
732 Duane St., Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2203

Astoria’s Oregon Film Museum (OFM) is all about Oregon films and film-making. Operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society, it’s in the old county jail which was the real thing from 1914 to 1976. You’ll learn what films were made in the state and get fun, fascinating details about their production. You’ll even get a chance to make your own film!

The first... read more

Astoria’s Oregon Film Museum (OFM) is all about Oregon films and film-making. Operated by the... read more

Uppertown Firefighters Museum

Clatsop County Historical Society
Astoria Attractions
2968 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2203

A smokin' collection of Clatsop County firefighting equipment can be found at the Uppertown Firefighters Museum on the corner of 30th Street and Marine Drive in Astoria. Operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society, the museum’s exhibits include a horse-drawn ladder wagon, hose carts, a 1912 American LaFrance fire truck, a Stutz fire engine and a 1946 Mack fire truck. This blast from the past... read more

A smokin' collection of Clatsop County firefighting equipment can be found at the Uppertown Firefighters... read more