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“Beautiful ocean views”

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Beautiful ocean views, tidepools and harbor seal watching in private cove. Most enjoyable in April without crowds.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Great interpretive center with friendly people. We took the tour of the lighthouse - sign up at the interpretive center. Area is great for families with kids! Tidepools, seals, birds, hiking tails, interesting geography.

Thank Adrienne C
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Some of the most captivating pictures can be taken on the gentle hike up to the lighthouse from the parking area. Breathtaking views of the inlet and the payoff for your walk is a beautiful and well maintained lighthouse.

If you have time, sign up for the tour, or on a time limit, the signs still give somewhat of the personal history. Well worth the effort to view this national treasure.

Thank MunchenM3
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Nice visitors center for this historic site. Lighthouse itself was not open the day we visited, but it was still a lovely spot and the adjacent tide pools were interesting.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Excellent viewing for common murre breeding colony April through June. These birds live out at sea (pelagic) so it is a treat to see them the only time they come to land..to have their chicks on the rock islands just offshore. Often see a pair of peregrine falcons as well.

Thank OregonBliss
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