If you are traveling with kids and the weather turns to oregon sunshine(rain) take some time and walk under some sharks learn alot and have a blast ! Getting to go places in the world where you kids will have fun and be safe and learn something. with great food!
one chilly coast
The Oregon Coast requires layers. It can be quite breezy and with the wind coming off that 50 F degree ocean, it can be nippy. It is especially cool in the morning and after the sun does down. Hiking boots are best for tackling trails to waterfalls but sandals can come in handy for the beach. A wide angle lens for those atmospheric beach shots and a zoom for sea lions and birds. A tent will greatly reduce the cost of your trip and with so many great campgrounds on the Oregon Coast, why not take advantage? Bring a warm sleeping bag for chilly nights and a mat for your best comfort. If camping, you will likely even need a warm hat for the breakfast shift. Oh, this is in summer. In winter, I guess it's more stormy and time for a B & B. D was at her best on this most relaxed part of our six month trip. Give her some ice cream and she's one happy camper. :)
Get a tide table & find a time...
Get a tide table & find a time when the tide has gone out, go find a place along the beach with lots of tidepools & see all sorts of natural treasures. Starfish, crabs, shells, amnemities, jellyfish, this really is fun & doesn't cost anything. Bring a camera to document your findings!
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
The Lighthouse operated for only three years from 1871 to 1874 before being replaced by the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, farther north and better located.
It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 40-foot tower with decorative light rises from a Cape Cod style house, one of the few Pacific Coast lighthouses built with the light keeper’s quarters in the same building as the tower. Open as a museum daily from 11 am to 5 pm May to September and on weekends noon to 4 the rest of the year.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse along the Oregon Coast. It is also one of the most scenic, sitting atop the Headlands at Yaquina Head. It is also one of the more accessible lighthouses in Oregon. It is part of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, which is run by the BLM. The scenic road takes you practically to the doorsteps of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse itself can be climbed during certain hours. When we were there it was open from noon to 4pm. But the hours vary by season. It's a steep climb up a spiral staircase, but well worth the effort. At the top, you can stick your head up into the beacon housing. There is a great view up and down the Oregon Coast from here.
The lighthouse was built at Yaquina Head in 1873. It's been in operation ever since, although it's been automated since 1966.
Be sure and visit the Yaquina Head Interpretive Center while you are here. It has an excellent museum that tells the story of Yaquina Head Lighthouse.