Seaside Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Homanded
  • Things to Do
    by Homanded
  • Things to Do
    by Homanded

Most Recent Things to Do in Seaside

  • glabah's Profile Photo

    The Promenade

    by glabah Updated Mar 5, 2014
    Promenade is Vacant only with Heavy Rain and Wind
    1 more image

    The concrete walkway along the beach in Seaside has been a prominent feature here for several generations. It was built in 1920, at a time when such walkways were an expected feature of beach front communities, but alas no other community in Oregon developed such a walkway. It is extremely popular, and can be crowded at any time of year if the weather is even somewhat towards the tamer side of uncomfortable - yes, even in January you can find it pretty crowded here if the rain isn't too strong.

    The walkway is 8,000 feet (2,500 meters) in length, and is accessible from dozens of streets along its length.

    Public restrooms are available in several places along the length of the promenade. In almost all cases these take the form of a concrete structure dropped below the level of the promenade, as seen in photo 2.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • glabah's Profile Photo

    The Beach

    by glabah Written Mar 5, 2014
    Tillamook Head in Background along Beach
    2 more images

    After all, the reason which most people travel all the way to Seaside is to get to the Ocean Beach.

    The beach is fairly wide here, and nice and flat. Unlike a number of the other beaches along the Oregon and Washington coast, people do not drive on this beach so you are safe from high speed vehicle traffic on the beach here. You can see the headlights of vehicles further north as Gearhart has vehicle access points, but Seaside does not.

    As you can see from the photos, there are a few volley ball nets that have been set up on the beach, and there are also several swing sets on the beach. However, these swing sets are from the old days of Seaside being a beach resort town, and so the swing sets in their current state are not that usable.

    Public restrooms are located in several concrete buildings along the Seaside Promenade.

    The further north or south you go from Broadway the less crowded the beach will become. However, the north end of the beach is small bay where the Necanicum River enters the Ocean. This isn't a place to try to cross on foot. It looks shallow to start with but in reality it should not be crossed on foot.

    As you can see in photo 3, there is some remaining beach grass along the beach in places. This helps prevent erosion and preserve the beach, so it is best to not wander through it except on the obvious trails that are scattered through the area.

    The wind is usually reasonably strong on the Oregon coast, and therefore it isn't unusual to see people flying complex kites of all types, especially when the wind is good.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • glabah's Profile Photo

    Seaside Aquarium

    by glabah Written Mar 4, 2014
    Entrance to Aquarium on Seaside Promenade
    1 more image

    It used to be that seemingly half the communities along the Oregon coast had some tiny aquarium or other with a few touch tanks and a few other things to keep kids entertained for a half hour or so.

    When the big aquarium in Newport was built, some of those ceased to exist as they could not compete with a true destination educational institution.

    The aquarium in Seaside was not one of the ones that closed. This aquarium has been an attraction on the seaside walkway since the 1930s, and they have adjusted to changing economic times over the decades, and continue to do so. For example, new touch tanks were added in 2013. In 1988 a Gray Whale washed ashore at Fort Stevens State Park, and its skeleton is now on display here.

    The structure which houses the Seaside Aquarium was built in 1924 as a bath house - such as was popular in beach resort towns of the time. In the 1930s this facility closed, and reopened as an aquarium in 1937, and has been a place to come ever since to observe sea life up close.

    One of their primary hooks is the feeding of the sea lions.

    Note that the Gray Whale skeleton is visible from the street and may be of interest should you not have time to visit the aquarium proper or you happen to come at a time when they are closed.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Horseback Riding

    by MandyHelseth Written Mar 29, 2012

    I was taking 3 17-year-young ladies to Seaside for spring break in late March of 2012. One of the things they most wanted to do was ride horses on the beach. There are a few trail riding companies on the northern oregon coast. We found OregonBeachRides.com on the web. Then, luckily and quite by accident, we found a flyer for Mountain Pass Ranch (MountainPassRanch.com) in a bakey in Astoria.

    We called about 11 AM and were able to schedule a private ride for the girls the same afternoon. Teresa, our wrangler, asked questions about each of our girls so she could match them to the appropriate steed. Because one of our girls had never been on a horse before, Teresa brought another wrangler to help. If you have experience, you can rent the horses without a wrangler.

    We sent the girls on a two-hour ride. They loved it. The horses were not the dispirited animals that trail rides typically offer. Also, the rates were much lower than other outfitters. Teresa at Mountain Pass Ranch will rent horses to experienced riders without requiring a guide. Mountain Pass Ranch delivers the horses to where you want to ride. Our girls were given the opportunity to groom the horses after the ride which they also enjoyed very much.

    We never met Teresa before this adventure but we will definitely be calling her again whenever we want to ride.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Horse Riding
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Homanded's Profile Photo

    Memorable sunset at Canon Beach

    by Homanded Updated Jul 11, 2011
    3 more images

    One of the most photographed scenic places in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and rightfully so.
    Canon beach, a quaint town itself has some of the most scenic beaches in all of Oregon.
    When one thinks: "Oregon", they're probably looking at Canon Beach.

    Get there early as photographers line up about 1 hour early for sunset.
    Your hotel or visitor's center will be able to provide you with predicted low tide schedules for best photo ops.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Segolily's Profile Photo

    The Salt Works

    by Segolily Written Mar 30, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    reconstructed salt furnace

    This is one of the 12 sites associated with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Even though it is now nestled among houses I was glad it had been preserved and rebuilt in its original location. The site was determined by Jenny Michele. She was a Clatsop Native American born in 1816- eleven years after the expedition had left the area. However her mother had seen the corpsmen distilling salt and pointed out the site to her daughter. Prior to her death in 1905 Jenny passed on the information to the Oregon Historical Society who established it as a historical site based on a stack of fire-blackened rocks and Jenny's recollection.
    Today there is a reconstruction of the original furnace which was used to boil down the ocean water to collect the salt residue. In the time it was used 3 1/2 bushels of salt were produced which enabled the men to preserve and season their meat for the return journey.

    A couple times during summer weekends men will return to a more open location further down the beach and reenact the process. Burning driftwood over a stone furnace they will produce salt just like the corpsmen did. That would be fun to see.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    Seaside is a sweet city

    by kaloz Written Nov 27, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Salt Water Taffy
    4 more images

    As you walk along Broadway you will pass by many candy shops. Known for their salt water taffy, Seaside also caters to the tastes of everyone with a sweet tooth. It is probably a good idea to have a dentist appointment scheduled after your return home to check for cavities.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    Play Bridge

    by kaloz Updated Nov 27, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ken Carpenter
    1 more image

    I had this time scheduled off from work but no plans, so I consulted the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) and saw a tournament in Seaside Oregon. I had not been to Oregon before, and this is a good excuse to travel and meet like minded people.

    The local club meets weekly at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, behind the new library. Here I got to meet a former Cleveland Brown (American Football) number one draft pick, Ken Carpenter, a running back who never fumbled the ball during his career.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    Visit the New Library

    by kaloz Written Nov 27, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Reading Area with Fireplace
    1 more image

    Seaside opened the doors for the new library in September 2008. Not quite complete, the new library is open and is very nice. It may change your perception of what a library is, not just a book warehouse. Here in Kodiak Alaska, we are trying to get a new library, so this held a lot of importance for me. If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of Seaside, the library provides a comfortable area to sit, relax and enjoy a book.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    Seaside Signage

    by kaloz Written Nov 27, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Date Sign
    1 more image

    Lewis and Clark arrived in Seaside Oregon in 1806 and wintered here before returning east to make their report. The first sign pictured shows those dates.

    The second picture is to show current happenings in the Seaside area.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    Walk the Prom

    by kaloz Written Nov 27, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Walking the Prom

    There are always people out and about walking the Prom (Promenade) which is a wide walkway adjacent to the beach. It is a quiet and relaxing stroll from one end of town to the other. I walked to the north end and then up to the movie theater for a side trip to Astoria. Across from the movie house there is an outlet mall. So feel free to get off the beaten path and explore Seaside's neighborhoods.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • kaloz's Profile Photo

    The Beach

    by kaloz Written Nov 27, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Oregon Coast
    3 more images

    Seaside Oregon is exactly that with a large beach to enjoy. Even this late in the year there were people enjoying walks on the beach, flying kites, taking their dogs for a walk, and at night there were beach fires. I was surprised at the last, not because people would have a fire on the beach, but that the local police did not attend. There are no fire pits or designated areas, and sometimes the police just don't like people having fun, but no, these parties went un molested.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • jasperdo's Profile Photo

    Lewis and Clark Salt Works

    by jasperdo Updated Oct 25, 2006

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lewis and Clark Salt Works
    3 more images

    Merriwether Lewis loved salt. Especially when you're crossing the wilderness for months on end, and eating the same bland food day after day. So, when the Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific Ocean in late 1805, one of his top priorities was obtaining a fresh supply of salt for the return journey. Immediately after setting up winter quarters at Fort Clatsop, Lewis dispatched a group of men to find a suitable site to make salt out of the ocean water. The site they found was in present day Seaside, just off the Promenade.

    William Clark thought the salt making camp was not necessary. In his journal he wrote that he was indifferent to salt, stating that "Salt water I view as an evil in as much as it is not healthy". But Lewis and the rest of the men craved the salt, so they spent the next two months carefully extracting it from the Pacific Ocean at Seaside.

    Today, you can visit the site of the salt works. It is located in a small park on Lewis and Clark Way, south of downtown, just off the Prom. There is a replica of the stone cairn they used to boil the water to remove the salt.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • jasperdo's Profile Photo

    Strolling Broadway

    by jasperdo Written Oct 22, 2006
    Broadway
    4 more images

    Aside from the Promenade, the other unique feature of Seaside is Broadway. It is chock full of all the tacky sights you expect from a sea side town. There are bumper cars, skee ball, a carousel, miniature golf. There are tea shirt shops, pirate shops, candy shops, art galleries. There are numerous restaurants and even a miniature train ride. All in the space of 5 short blocks, between the river and the ocean. If you visit Seaside, you will find youself strolling Broadway numerous times.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • jasperdo's Profile Photo

    The Turnaround

    by jasperdo Updated Oct 22, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Seaside Turnaround
    4 more images

    The most interesting feature in Seaside has to be the Turnaround. It is part of the Promenade, and is located at the end of Broadway. It's basically a Cul de Sac turnaround for cars that extends out over the beach. In the middle of the Turnaround, is a statue of Lewis and Clark. They keep a dilligent eye out, and if anyone parks in the Turnaround, they send their dog, Seaman, after them.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Beaches
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Seaside

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

83 travelers online now

Comments

Seaside Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Seaside things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Seaside sightseeing.

View all Seaside hotels