With its ideal location in the middle of the magnificently rugged Oregon Coast, the entire city of Newport is a prime destination that offers a number of fun and educational activities for the whole family. The town of approximately 10,000 encompasses both the beach and lovely Yaquina Bay.

Enjoy combing the beach for shells and agates, maybe spotting whales offshore. Drive south across the bridge to the Oregon Coast Aquarium where you can see a variety of marine life and walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by sharks. South Beach is also home to the western headquarters of NOAA, the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (open to the public), and the world famous Rogue Ale brewery!

South Beach also has a multi use state park, where climbing over sand dunes leads to the long open beach, and strolling on the south jetty provides great views of the town. Equestrians, campers, hikers and bicyclists all utilize this open area.

Newport has not one, but two lighthouses. The one to the north of town, called Yaquina Head, is the tallest on the Oregon Coast and is open for tours. There are also nearby tide pools to explore.  Sightseeing boat tours on Yaquina Bay are a good way to see the bay area from a different perspective, or you may choose to go whale watching out in the open ocean.

Historic Nye Beach is a compact neighbourhood of eclectic shops, restaurants and galleries on the west side of town. The Nye Beach Turnaround is a convenient place to park to stroll the long, uncrowded beach.

The old "bayfront" is a true working bayfront  (mind the fish-laden forklifts chugging along!) that also has restaurants and shops.  Don't miss seeing the sea lions 'up close' near Port Dock 1 or perhaps rent crab rings to try your luck at crabbing. If you want to sample the famous Yaquina Bay oysters, drive a few miles east on the scenic bay road.

For history buffs, stop in to the Oregon Coast History Museum at the Burrows House, or the 'new-in-2013' Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. There is also an interesting interpretive center at Yaquina Head, in the old rock quarry.

Enjoy your time in beautiful Newport :-)