Less than 20 miles down the Northern Oregon Coast from Astoria, Seaside, Oregon, is the quintessential family vacation destination. The state’s oldest coastal resort town, Seaside is unapologetically touristy and commercial yet still charming and safe, loved by kids, teens and the young at heart for its variety of fun activities and events and beautiful beaches.
Those looking for all the trappings of a busy beach town will find them in Seaside, Oregon. There are seals to feed at the Seaside Aquarium and bumper cars to crash at Funland Arcade. There is an old-fashioned carousel to ride, a promenade to stroll and a trolley to hop on when you’re tired. There are souvenirs and saltwater taffy to buy, restaurants and shops to explore along busy Broadway and swan boats to pedal on the Necanicum River.
Those looking to get away from the crowds can find quieter stretches of beach north of The Prom. They can kayak or SUP on the river, hike to stunning Tillamook Rock Lighthouse or watch the surfers and explore tide pools at The Cove.
Festivals in Seaside, Oregon
Seaside has the range of accommodations, restaurants and facilities to support some of the Oregon Coast’s biggest events. In August, Seaside, Oregon hosts the World’s Largest Beach Volleyball Tournament with more than 800 teams on 100 courts. There are also music festivals, a sandcastle competition, the Miss Oregon Pageant, markets, art walks, food and drink festivals and so much more.
On this site you’ll find everything you need to enjoy your vacation in Seaside, Oregon. You’ll find information about all of the restaurants, shops, activities, festivals and accommodations.
Three miles north of Seaside is quaint and quiet Gearhart, Oregon, a beach town so quiet it doesn’t even need a traffic light. Gearhart does have a beautiful stretch of unspoiled beach, along with wide streets for riding bikes, a sweet town center with shops, galleries, restaurants and boutique lodgings. The town is home to only about 1,500 residents, but they welcome visitors to explore their beautiful town. In this section of Oregon This Week, you’ll find all of the things to do, restaurants, shops and places to stay in Gearhart, Oregon.
Golf in Gearhart and Seaside
Gearhart is known as the home of Gearhart Golf Links, the oldest golf course in the Pacific Northwest. The public course has been updated, of course, to welcome modern golfers. Other golf courses in the area include the Seaside Golf Club along the Necanicum River and the Highlands at Gearhart, an executive course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Our site offers the information you’ll need to enjoy golf and other activities in Seaside and Gearhart.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far is it from Astoria to Seaside, Oregon?
It is 17 miles down U.S. Highway 101 from Astoria to Seaside.
When should I visit Seaside and Gearhart?
Seaside and Gearhart are year-round destinations. Summer is the most popular season. Temperatures range from the 60s and 70s during the day to the 50s at night, though the ocean is always too cold for swimming unless you're especially hardy or have a wetsuit. Spring and fall are cooler and rainier than summer, though both seasons are still delightful in this area. Winter is not terribly cold, ranging from the 40s and 50s in the day to the mid-30s at night. Many of the attractions are still open in winter.
Are there public beaches in Seaside and Gearhart?
All of the beaches in Oregon are public beaches! Thanks to the passage of the Oregon Beach Bill in 1967, all 363 miles of coast within 16 vertical feet of low tide is public beach! Still, be sure to access the beach at public accesses, not over dunes or via private property.
Can I have a fire on the beach?
Yes, but certain rules apply. You can burn small pieces of wood, but large log fires are not allowed. The fire must be west of the vegetation line and must be extinguished with water (not buried).
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Yes, but most towns require them to be on a leash. Check the beach access signage for regulations. Always clean up after your pet!