Blue skies and warmer temperatures signal that summer is on the way. Grab your kites, sand bucket and shovel, binoculars, and your sense of adventure for a Memorial Day weekend to remember. Ready to plan an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend? Use this list of family-friendly outdoor activities on the Oregon coast to make the best of your trip. Meredith Lodging has an amazing collection of Coastal vacation rentals to choose from.
Here are some of our favorite family-friendly outdoor activities on the Oregon Coast:
Check out the “Hole in the Rock” at Thor’s Well in Yachats
Stop by Thor’s Well where you can observe the incredible force of the ocean as rolling waves are pulled into a 20-foot-deep-well, and then explode back out of the top of the cave. This is a truly thrilling visual display of a natural wonder.
Learn about marine life at the Oregon Coast Aquarium or the Seaside Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is one of the nation’s top aquariums offering a variety of educational programs and displays highlighting marine mammals, fish, and birds primarily native to the coastal area. And although this is a list for outdoor activities on the Oregon Coast, aquariums are educational so that going outdoors can be better appreciated.
The Seaside Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast. Kids of all ages will enjoy feeding the resident seals, observing the live displays of native marine life, and exploring the hands-on discovery center.
Take a lap at Captain Kid Amusement Park’s go kart track
The whole family can get in on the fun at this Seaside fun center. Rev your engines at the go kart track, play mini golf, ride a rollercoaster, climb a 26-foot rock climbing wall, and experience weightlessness like an astronaut on a GyroXtreme Rotate and Tumble.
Enjoy picturesque views on horseback with Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides
Located in Pacific City, Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides provides experienced horses for riders of all skill levels. Enjoy a one-hour ride that will take you directly onto the beach, into Bob Straub Park, up onto the sand dunes and ends back down at the water’s edge.
Spend a day canoeing, kayaking, or on your SUP at Devils Lake
Lincoln City’s beloved Devils Lake boasts calm waters and protection from coastal winds, making it the perfect spot to take the boat out, or dip a paddle from your kayak, or stand-up paddle board (SUP). The friendly and knowledgeable crew at Lincoln City Surf Shop and Safari Town Surf Shop can get you outfitted for a fun-filled day out on the water.
Explore, hike, and birdwatch at scenic Nehalem Bay State Park
This picturesque park offers miles of trails, wildlife and bird spotting, and sand dunes for playing and jumping. The majestic Pacific Ocean is to the west of the park, and Nehalem Bay to the east, making this the perfect spot to capture some family photos. Leashed pups are welcome, too!
Fly a kite at Rockaway Beach
Every August, the largest kite flying contest in the Northwest happens at Rockaway Beach. Drop by Flamingo Jim’s Gifts and Clothing, to pick up a kite (and other fun beach-themed souvenirs) and hit the beach for some kite flying fun!
Put out your crab pots in Nehalem Bay
Kelly’s Brighton Marina is the perfect spot to try crabbing. Toss your trap right off their dock or book a guided crab catching adventure out on the bay. The friendly and helpful crew will even show you how to clean and cook your catch of the day!
Try a whale watching charter in Depoe Bay
People from all over the world come to Depoe Bay for a chance to spot a gray whale. During the summer, there are 40-50 resident gray whales that hang out close to the shore to feed. One of the best places to spot these majestic mammals is from the large viewing deck at The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. Prefer to get up close and personal? Book a charter with Tradewinds Charters or Dockside Charters.
Take an ocean view drive on the scenic Otter Crest Loop
Oregon’s rustic and picturesque coastline will take your breath away at every turn. Enjoy stunning views and endless photo ops at Ben Jones Bridge, Devils’ Punchbowl, and Cape Foul Weather.
Hike the dune at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City
No trip to the Oregon Coast is complete without hiking some sand dunes. A climb to the top of Cape Kiwanda Dune is fun, yet challenging, but your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views. After you have caught your breath, explored, and captured a family picture from the top, it is time to bound or scoot (on your backside) back down the dune!
Explore Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
This impressive rock formation rises out of the sea, making Haystack Rock one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks. The whole family will enjoy playing on the beach, and exploring and searching for shells, sea anemones, and barnacles when the tide is out. Do not forget to keep an eye out for Haystack Rock’s beloved resident puffins!
That’s our list of family-friendly outdoor activities on the Oregon coast this Memorial Day weekend! We hope it helps you make the best of your trip!
Ready to plan an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend getaway? Meredith Lodging has you covered with an impressive collection of Coastal vacation rentals by Meredith Lodging of all sizes to help you plan the perfect family getaway. You can view our complete collection online, or call our Reservations Team at 877.778.9055 to book your stay. We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, follow us on social and tag those vacay posts #STAYWITHMEREDITH.