close to Eugene. Quiet.
Rain, Rain, Rain
Pick your time, pack your raincoat, and enjoy this beautiful area of the U.S.
We booked our activity through Sand Dunes Frontier. They have experienced tour guides and drivers. We love our driver because he knows which part to stop in the sand dunes and he was very sensitive to the customers.When we were on the sand dune truck, a kid started crying and he tried to tell the parents what to do and he also tried to avoid the...more
We were a little leery of coming here, as it is a pretty garish tourist site, but we wanted to see some sea lions close up and decided to brave the scene...Glad we did!!! The lookout has views of over 200 sea lions (with a telephoto lens they show up very well!) and we also saw some rare birds nesting up in the upper reaches of the caves---there is...more
Just 60 miles West of Eugene, Florence offers one of a kind attractions, outdoor activities, unique festivals, exciting events and spectacular sceneryExperience the serenity of the Oregon Coast with a scenic tour by air and view the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse and the miles of coastal dunes and trails, ideal for hiking, dune buggy riding and...more
170 Highway 101, Florence, Oregon, United States
Good for: Solo
We had been so focused on eating that we didn't book a hotel room. After we were fully sated we...more
Since the last review, this hotel has changed ownership for the better. The hotel is remodeled; I...more
Spot is a lovely, romantic looking, cosy cafe. Not sure about its name, if I got it right, it neighbors or belongs to Wood Wizzard Gallery? However, at the cafe one can choose from a huge varity of coffee and hot chocolate to drink there or to go. Cafe provids internet access. Much parking space.more
After our wonderful dinner we headed into a local bar for a drink before retiring to our hotel. The Old Town was dead, spare the Beachcomber Tavern. The drinks were cheap, college football played on the televisions and locals were quite a site. It's the kind of place where the bartender knows everyone and the kitchen serves up fried bar food. Definitely off the beaten path and an amusing experience. The people watching alone makes it worth while!
Dress Code: Super casual, anything goes.
The Historic Old Town Florence is the perfect place to spend time exploring art galleries, antique stores, gift and specialty shops, wine tasting and restaurants serving regional foods and wines. The Old Town features activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stroll along while enjoying ice cream or espresso and watch artists at work. After a busy day of shopping, golfing or exploring the area's many attractions, you may enjoy a dinner and a movie or dance to live music in Historic Old Town Florence. Florence has many live music places, many friendly smiling bikers showing up with their Harleys and Choppers. Amazing the way all of the ppl there, are relaxing and enjoying themselves, the sun and the many of outdoor coffee places.
Whether it is an evening at the theater, or a conference for 400, an elegant wedding, a weekend of Chowder, Blues and Brews, or Storybook Theater's presentation of Oliver or Wizard of Oz, there is something for everyone at the Florence Events Center. Some of the events that are hosted include the Oregon Police Chiefs Association Convention, Coast...more
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According to our dune buggy driver, there were some accidents in the dunes involving ATV's. Both drivers were brought to the hospital. The dunes have mounds and drivers can't see on the other side of the mound. When both drivers are not looking out for other ATV's, accidents happen.more
When there is a strong wind, the shapes and heights of the sand dunes change that even the professional drivers have difficulty in finding their ways back to the exit of the sand dunes. It is better to have a driver rather than driving the ATV's or sand rails by yourself.more
Because Florence is so close to the ocean and located at the mouth of the Suislaw River, it is vulnerable to tsunamis and has a three siren warning system in place. The siren is tested on the last Saturday of the month at 11am. If you hear it at that time it is a test and you do not call 9-1-1! If at any other time you hear a wailing sound that...more
On a busy weekend in the summer, things get quite hectic on this part of US 101, people scurrying across the highway from the overflow parking lot to the Gift Shop/Ticket Office building perched high above the Pacific Ocean on Sea Lion Cape. Far below is the World's largest sea cave and the only mainland sea lion rookery in the United States. There is a paved short walk from the Ticket Office down to an elevator which takes you down a couple hundred feet to a windowed viewing area of the cave and the 200 Stellar sea lions that call this home. In the spring and summer, the sea lions, for the most part stay outside the cave, but in the fall and winter, they fill the rocks inside. No flash photography is allowed - use fast film. The cost is $7.50 for the elevator ride down.
Unique Suggestions: The view is quite worth the cost ... out of the summer season; when the crowds of sea lions are there and the people are not, giving you time to enjoy the view of the marine mammals in their environment at length.
Fun Alternatives: If you don't take the elevator down, then at least wander over to the cliffside viewpoints where you can watch the sea lions cavorting in the crashing waves, two hundred feet below.
91560 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, OR 97439
Jackets, long sleeves, slippers, flip-flops are the best attire here. This will protect you from the sand when the wind blows or if you are riding the buggy or ATV. When the sand brushes your skin, it hurts! And, make sure to wear sun glasses so the sand will not get into your eyes!more
Raincoats---you may need them, we did! Not exactly equipment, but If you are going here with a plan to do some photography, I would suggest you investigate what the best time of the year would be. We were here the first week in April and had flat, dull, gray skies the complete time.more
It can get windy in the afternoon, so take a sweater or sweatshirt with you. Also wear long pants. Fall is the best season because it isn't windy and it is sunny. Always wear sunscreen even though it is windy, you can get burned very bad. Your camera is a must. Bring lots of film. Bring any extra batteries if not a popular size. No camera shops...more
The Annual Invitational Rods ‘n Rhodies Car Show, 1972 and older. It’s going to be a weekend of fun. Florence’s historic Old Town comes alive with the sights and sounds of some of America’s best rods and custom cruisers. What better place to celebrate the end of the rodding season in the Northwest.more
Harbor Vista Park offers tent and recreational vehicle camping on a year round basis. It is one of the few campgrounds on the Oregon coast with an ocean view, perched above the North Jetty of the Siuslaw River. Harbor Vista is located 3 miles north of Florence on North Jetty Road.more
If you thrive on adrenaline then you'll really enjoy playing in the dunes. You can always pay to ride in a guided dune buggy, which I imagine would be exhilerating, because they reach speeds of up to 60 mph, but it can be just as fun if you have your own vehicle to drive. I mean a vehicle that is equipped for this type of fun.
Caution should be taken. Not everyone looks where they are going so you have to constantly be aware of your surroundings. When you are at the top of a hill, stay far enough way from the edge so riders coming up will not run into you, or nearest the edge so you can be seen.
Equipment: DECIBEL LIMIT for Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is 93decibels.
A $10 OHV permit is required in Oregon. Then another fee is charged to access the sand dunes. I believe those with trailers are also charged a small parking fee.
RED or ORANGE FLAGS (8”x 12”) must be displayed 9 feet above the ground on all vehicles when riding at the Oregon Dunes.
LIGHTS must be used in limited visibility (before sunrise, after sunset, or when you cannot see clearly ahead for 100 feet).
WORKING BRAKES are required on all vehicles.
WINDSHIELD WIPERS are required to operate on any vehicle equipped with a windshield.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, SEATS, AND SEAT BELTS FOR ALL PASSENGERS must be available in dune buggies and full-size vehicles.
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Make sure to go to the bathroom before you head to the sand dunes! You will be miserable there because your option will be to turn back your ATV to the rental place because there are no bathrooms on the Sand Dunes!If you are a traveling parent with children, make sure to bring them to the bathroom first!more
Make sure that you prepare your children psychologically when riding the sandrail. The driver takes you to about 400 feet of sand dunes and go down and it feels like your ride will tumble down.It is a little bit scary for children. When we were there the second time around, there was this child who was about 3-4 years old and he cried the whole...more
Look at the ocean, look at the dunes, and visit Sea Lion Cave!!!! Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area lies along the Pacific Ocean, and stretches 47 miles from Florence to Coos Bay. This recreation area offers both a wonderful beach and sand dunes. Here you can hike, stroll along a beach, or drive dune buggies or off road vehicles on the dunes....more