The many things to do in Newport coupled with other attractions nearby on the coast make it an ideal location for a one- or two-week vacation. You won't have any problems finding fun things to do for yourself or for the kids. Kids love Newport.
Newport has great beaches. Take your pick or do them all!
Now your main reason for going to Newport is the ocean and the beaches. You won't be disappointed. Beach activities include beachcombing, agate hunting, surfing, fossil hunting, kite flying, whale watching, surfcasting, rock fishing, kayak tours, and observing sea life in the tidepools. Plus clamming, scuba diving, crabbing and windsurfing.
Agate Beach--you guessed it! Good for finding your own agates. Also good for surfing, clamming, and fishing. It is just one mile north of town and it has rest rooms and picnic tables. You park on the east side of the highway and walk through a tunnel to the beach. This beach has a good view of Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Beverly Beach north of town runs from Yaquina Head to Otter Rock. Surfers like the northern part of the beach. If you want to hunt for fossils, go to the southern end of the beach. Take a picnic and enjoy the day. Don't forget to take kites for the kids.
Cobble Beach is located below Yaquina Head Lighthouse. There is a long stairway that leads down to the beach but it is broken up with several landings that have benches for resting.
The whole family will enjoy exploring the tide pools for fascinating sea life on this beach.
Nye Beach is easily accessible for those with mobility problems. It is a wide sandy beach. Perfect for building sand castles. There is a parking lot right next to the beach. This is an old part of Newport with lots of places to eat, shop, and sleep.
South Beach in South Beach State Park has walking trails, is popular for surfing, and whale watching. You can sign up at the Hospitality Center in the park for kayaking tours which actually take place on Ona Beach which is south of Newport. Equipment is provided. There is a walking trail that takes you to the south jetty. There is beach access at the jetty if you have horses and want to ride on the beach. There is a road into this area where you can park your horse trailer. Take SW 26th Street west off Highway 101 right after you cross the Newport Bridge.
You can spend hours here where Oregon's largest fishing fleet makes its home. You can explore unique shops, have a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, enjoy samples of smoked salmon, visit art galleries, and buy a supply of salt water taffy. It is also great fun to watch the antics of the seals sunning themselves on the docks.
Don't leave out one of the most fun things to do in Newport. Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay Lighthouses are a must visit when you are in Newport. See Yaquina Lighthouses for how to get there and what you can see and do.
This is one of the fun things to do in Newport that is fun for the whole family. The Kite Company is the largest kite store on the Pacific Coast. If they don't have what you want, they'll get it for you. The store is staffed with five very knowledgeable kite flyers that can help you choose the right kite for you. Newport's beaches are the perfect place to try it out. The store is located at 407 SW Coast Highway, Newport.
At Oregon Oyster Farms you can buy fresh oysters in the Shell, oyster meat, oyster cocktails, smoked oysters, and steamer clams. The store is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is located on Yaquina Bay Road six miles east of the Embarcadero.
Pacific Shrimp is where you can buy fresh shrimp, Whiting, groundfish, crab, salmon, Herring, Tuna, and Swordfish. You can also buy whole cooked crab. The store is located at 213 SW Bay Blvd, Newport.
The Burrows House Museum can fill you in on the area's history. The house itself was built in 1895. Today you can see a typical Victorian parlor, a replica of a lawyer's office, old photo's, and artifacts collected by the Lincoln County Historical Society. It is located at 545 SW Ninth Street, Newport, Oregon.
Another one of the fun things to do in Newport is to go fishing. You can charter a fishing boat and go crabbing, fish for bottom fish, Halibut, Salmon, or Tuna. Crabbing and bottom fishing can be done all year round. The season for Chinook Salmon us usually April through October. For Coho Salmon it is usually in July. The season for Tuna is July through October or when the warm water moves in. Halibut dates can vary. You can also hire a charter boat to go whale watching. When you are down at the beach, clamming is also great fun and when you are back at your lodging you can cook them for dinner.
Fishing Charters in Newport:
Mo's Clam Chowder is the best known chowder in the Pacific Northwest. I have known Oregonians that wouldn't even drive through Newport on their way to somewhere else without stopping for a bowl. I know a man who drove 60 miles roundtrip just for a bowl of Mo's Clam Chowder. In Oregon when you say clam chowder, you mean Mo's.
Sadly, Mo has passed on but her legacy still lives. The original Mo's is at 622 SW Bay Blvd., Newport. You can get your chowder by the bowl, cup, or order it family style. There is a complete lunch and dinner menu if you aren't in the mood for soup. Mo's Annex is located across the street. Here you can watch the activity on the bay.
All of these fun things to do in Newport are on the south side of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and are close together.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of the top ten aquariums in the country. If you only have time for seeing one thing in Newport, this is the one you should choose.
You can walk through four different acrylic tunnels for fantastic views of the fish including sharks. At the Jelly Exhibit you will see jelly fish from all over the world. This is a mezmerizing exhibit with the jellies swimming around the tank. The aquarium has outside walking trails where you can see coastal birds up close. Look for puffins, pigeon guillemots, and rhinoscerus auklet
The Hatfield Marine Science Center has exhibits of sea life that are touchable and interactive. When you enter the building you are greeted by an octopus. The whole tank is open so you can reach in and touch it. When we visited the center, the octopus on reception duty was trying to climb out of its tank. It was about half way out and with just a little more effort it would have fallen on the floor. The woman at the reception counter walked over and pushed it back in the water. You can watch the octopus being fed on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1:00 pm.
There are lots of other exhibits to see. The Visitor Center showcases marine research by Oregon State University scientists.
From here you can access the Yaquina Bay Nature Trail. The trail provides year round access to the estuary. There is an observation shelter about half way. It is handicapped accessible.
You can see it done every day at Pyromania Glass Studio and Galleries. The studio is located on Highway 101 next to Gracie's Sea Hag Restaurant. You can drop in between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm and watch them work. They have glass floats, vases, paperweights, bowls, and goblets. If you like, they will blow a float for you as you watch and then you can take it home.
Another of the fun things to do in Newport is take a tour of the Rogue Brewery and see how they make their award winning ale. Tours are given every day at 3:00 pm. All you need to do is check in with the bartender at the bar inside the brewery. If you have a large group, they would like you to phone ahead of time at 541-867-3664. Located at 2320 OSU Drive Newport.
You can also visit Rogue Ales Public House across the bay at 748 SW Bay Blvd. Kids are welcome and there is a children's menu. They have a huge menu including appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, fish, dinner entrees, and pizza. You can also buy Rogue Creamery Cheese to take home. They have two apartments upstairs for rent by the night that are fully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need. Now if that isn't enough for you, they have a casino with video poker machines and blackjack tables. Dinner is served from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.
You can easily see almost everything in Newport and leave your car parked at your hotel. The Newport City Loop Bus runs from north Newport to south Newport past the aquarium seven days a week except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Bus fare is only $1.00.
You have a full choice of lodging from vacation rentals, bed and breakfast, motels, and hotels including luxury hotels. The nearby state parks offer exceptional camping facilities for both RV's and tents. Yurts are also available. There are several private RV parks as well.