Twelve Oregon Coast Adventures You Should Have in 2017

Posted by TravelCoosBay on January 10, 2017

Get Ready to Make 2017 Your Year of Adventure!

So much to do, so little time! There are so many events and attractions for travelers and adventure seekers to enjoy on Oregon’s South Coast this year, we simply cannot name them all!

There’s no place like the Oregon Coast to bring out your adventurous side! We hope you’ll make the most of 2017 by discovering new experiences here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. As an all seasons destination, there is something for everyone here any time of the year.

We asked our Facebook followers what adventure they recommend doing in 2017, and here are a few ideas they shared:

Go up to Golden and Silver Falls, and walk to the top!- Lynn

Pick up a trial map at Shore Acres of all the trails at Cape Arago…..MUST DO for those able to hike. Most of the trails are easy to moderate. – Cherie

Visit the rose gardens, so beautiful! A must see! (Shore Acres)- Marlene

Here is a list of some of our favorite adventures you can find in our area.

Hike the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and it is like no place on earth. It’s also one of our favorite attractions on the Southern Oregon Coast because they give visitors plenty of opportunities to find relaxation and adventure. For maps go to: www.fs.fed.us.

Go kayak fishing.

Sunset Bay State Park is a haven for kayakers, both beginners and advanced. This adventure was recently featured in Travel Oregon: “Kayak fishing in Oregon is enjoying a surge in popularity. Beginners and families can find a friendly learning curve with a slow troll for trout or casting for bass on one of Oregon’s scenic lakes. Others follow salmon runs or sturgeon migrations along Oregon’s rivers…A growing number of adept kayak anglers head offshore into the ocean in search of cabezon, lingcod and the highly prized halibut.” Click here to read more.

Go Winter storm watching.

Fall and winter is the best time to watch dramatic waves reaching up to 120 feet high resulting from winter storms on the Pacific during the months of November through March. Click here for tips on how to have the best winter storm watching experience. IMPORTANT: Watch for dangerous sneaker waves! NEVER turn your back to the ocean and don’t climb on beach logs.

Explore Shore Acres State Park.

Shore Acres State Park, the crown jewel of Oregon’s South Coast, will not disappoint. Take a scenic stroll along the breathtaking cliffs with majestic ocean views. Be sure to visit the Japanese-style gardens and gardens for a closer look at their stunning blooms. If you are visiting over the holidays, a trip to see their annual Holiday Lights display is a MUST.

Watch for whales.

Whale spotting is common year round, but it’s always a treat to be here during Spring Whale Watching Week, March 25th through March 31st 2017. Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at Shore Acres State Park from 10am to 1pm (or one of the 26 locations on the Oregon Coast) to learn more about migrating Gray whales.

Go camping at a local state park.

Depending on your setup, happy campers can find plenty of affordable and comfortable camping options at State Parks like Sunset Bay State Park. If spending the day at the beach is more to your liking then you’ll be happy to know that Sunset Bay State Park offers easy beach access.  The park has 29 full hookup, 34 electrical, 66 individual tent sites and two group tent areas, as well as 8 rustic yurts.

Visit Mingus Park

What more can we say about Mingus Park? Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the lush Japanese garden with waterfalls, wooden boardwalks, an arch bridge, nature trails, and a playground for children. It’s the perfect way to spend a beautiful day without spending a dime!

Explore the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (South Slough NERR) is one of our greatest local treasures. The 5,000 acre natural area encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. Many of their educational and outdoor programs are free or offered at a low cost to cover materials. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4:30 pm (Closed on State holidays). Trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday. South Slough NERR is located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. www.oregon.gov

Spend the day on the beach.

It won’t cost you a dime to enjoy the best part of our region- our beaches. Whether you want to fly a kite, swim, walk, surf, paddle board or just sit watch the tide; Oregon’s Adventure Coast is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! Visitors come to watch the seals and hope to catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Check out our many beaches and choose your own experience!

Go fishing, crabbing or clamming!

Hands down, one of our favorite adventures that can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Tip>: Before you head out on your fishing adventure, contact our local bait and tackle shops and ask for tips! It could save you time and money! Click here for more info.

Go to one of our year-round festivals or events.

Buckle up for a year packed full of music, food, and activities in the shape of our many festivals!

Charleston Crab Feed, February
South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival, March
Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed, April
Tall Ship Days, May
BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay, May
Coos Bay Farmer’s Market, May through October
Clamboree and Glass Arts Festival, June
Independence Day Celebrations, July
North Bend July Jubilee
Oregon Coast Music Festival, July
Coos County Fair, July
Charleston Seafood Festival, August
Blackberry Arts Festival, August
Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, September
Bay Area Fun Festival, September
Prefontaine Run, September
Bandon Cranberry Festival, September
Tree Lighting Ceremonies and other holiday fun, November through New Years Eve

Please check our Events Page to see the latest schedule and listings and book your hotel and vacation today! Oregon’s Adventure Coast has so much just waiting for you to explore!