Exploring the Beauty of Oregon Coast During Spring Break
March 23, 2023
Categories: Oregon Coast
Spring Break is a fantastic time to pack up the family and head to the Oregon Coast for a vacation! Whether you’re looking for an adventure, or a peaceful and secluded retreat (or perhaps a combination of both), you can find your perfect destination at Beachcombers NW.
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Coastal Activities to Unwind & Recharge
Play on the Sand Dunes
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a 40-mile stretch of towering sand dunes from Florence to Coos Bay, offering fun and excitement for the whole family. Whether you prefer to explore by foot, or by off-highway vehicle (OHV) in one of the many designated day-use areas, there are many beautiful sights to see.
Visit an Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is one of the largest aquariums in the Pacific Northwest and is home to over 15,000 animals from more than 200 species. Visitors can explore the aquarium's exhibits, which include sea otters, seals, and sea lions, as well as a variety of fish and invertebrates.
The Seaside Aquarium is a small, family-friendly aquarium that features a touch tank, where visitors can interact with various marine creatures, including sea stars and anemones. The aquarium also has a display of local marine life, including Pacific octopus, wolf eels, and rockfish.
Photo: Seaside Aquarium Facebook
Check out the Tillamook Creamery
Tillamook is a must-visit destination for foodies and cheese lovers on the Oregon Coast. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Tillamook Creamery to learn about the cheese-making process, from milk to finished product. The tour includes an interactive exhibit, a viewing area where you can see cheese being made, and a sample station where you can try various types of cheese and other dairy products.
Beachcombing & Tidepooling
Springtime is a great time for rock hunting, as the winter storms bring up beautiful finds deep from the ocean. Aim to scour the beach right after a high tide goes out for the freshest finds! There are many incredible spots along the Oregon's beaches to scope out tide-pools! Make sure to check the tide charts before you head out, follow local safety guidelines, and be respectful of any sea life you find.
Enjoy Local Brews & Pub Food
Oregon Coast is home to many excellent breweries that offer visitors a chance to enjoy locally crafted beer and delicious food while taking in the stunning coastal scenery. Many offer kids menus as well! These brewpubs feature a wide range of beer styles, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, and often use locally sourced ingredients to create their menus.
Some of the most popular brewpubs on the Oregon Coast include Pelican Brewing Company in Pacific City, Rogue Ales & Spirits in Newport, and Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria. Visiting a brewpub is a great way to experience the region's vibrant culinary and craft beer scene while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
Try the Local Seafood
The Oregon Coast is a great destination for seafood lovers, as it is home to a diverse range of seafood including salmon, crab, oysters, clams, and other shellfish. The region is known for its many restaurants and seafood markets that source their products locally. Some popular seafood dishes on the include clam chowder, crab cakes, grilled salmon, and fish and chips. Many restaurants also offer unique preparations of seafood, such as smoked salmon, Dungeness crab melts, and oyster shooters.
When planning a trip to the Oregon Coast, it's important to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip:
- Check the weather forecast - The coast is known for its unpredictable weather. Pack appropriate clothing for the conditions and be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
- Know your limits - Whether you're hiking, kayaking, or exploring the coastline, it's important to know your physical limits. Be sure to choose activities that are appropriate for your fitness level and experience.
- Pack plenty of water and snacks - It's important to stay hydrated and nourished during your trip.
- Stay on designated trails - The Oregon Coast is home to many beautiful natural areas. It's important to stay on designated trails to avoid damaging fragile ecosystems.
- Be aware of wildlife - The coastline is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea lions, whales, and sea birds. Be sure to keep a safe distance from these animals and never feed them.
The Oregon Coast is a perfect spring break destination for those looking to unwind and recharge. With its stunning natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and a wide range of outdoor activities, the Oregon's beaches offer something for everyone. From exploring the picturesque towns and enjoying the local cuisine to hiking along the trails and relaxing on the beaches, there are countless ways to enjoy the beauty of this area.
Whether you're looking for adventure or simply want to disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in nature, the beach is the perfect place to do so. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to create some memories during your Oregon Coast spring break, or any time of year!
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