10 Ways to Explore the “Great Indoors”
Last week, we revealed that it’s not uncommon to experience a “secret miniature summer” featuring surprisingly beautiful and balmy days of sunshine during the winter months along the Oregon Coast. When the outdoors beckon, it’s time to embark on a beach stroll, a hike through the woods or along the Oregon Dunes or one of our beautiful state parks. Perhaps you’ll want to go for a drive along the The Cape Arago Beach Loop, go winter fishing, crabbing, clamming, biking, ANYTHING to get you outside!
But as you know, winter weather on Oregon’s Adventure Coast can change at the drop of a hat. So what does one do on those days when the outdoors don’t seem quite as appealing? Here are ten ways to have a great time while staying out of the cold:
#1- Catch a Movie at The Egyptian Theatre
The beautifully restored and historic Egyptian features classic movies and live entertainment throughout the year. Located in the heart of downtown Coos Bay, this destination is fun for the whole family. egyptiantheatreoregon.com
#2- Strike it Rich at The Mill Casino
The Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area is home to The Mill Casino, where non-stop casino action is waiting for you. With over 700 slots, Vegas-style table games, and two lounges, there’s something going on 24 hours a day. Not up for gambling? That’s ok! Guests can enjoy top notch entertainment in the form of music and comedy throughout the month and dine at one of The Mill Casino’s many restaurants and bars.
#3- Become Inspired at The Coos Art Museum
Established in 1950, the Coos art Museum is the third oldest Art museum in Oregon. The museum features rotating exhibits and the Steve Prefontaine Memorial Gallery. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, seniors, free to Members of CAM. Be sure to catch these winter exhibits at the Coos Art Museum before they’re gone!
#4- Throw a Strike at North Bend Lanes
When the weather’s cold you can’t go wrong with bowling! With a choice of paying by the hour ($15.00 per hour for a 6 person lane) or per game ($3.00 per game) you can find the price that’s best for you at North Bend Lanes. We recommend you reserve a lane ahead of time to guarantee a spot! When you’re done bowling head over to the Back Alley Pub and Grill for a quick bite and a drink.
#5-Unwind at the Liberty Pub
In the mood for a beer and some tunes in a laid back atmosphere? That’s what Liberty Pub offers. This North Bend favorite’s an ideal spot to relax after work, enjoy some live music, or watch the game.
#6-Get Lost in Another World at Books By the Bay
The cold weather is the perfect opportunity to kick back with a good book and a warm cup of a coffee! Books By the Bay offers plenty of room to relax, read, listen to author readings, and get personal recommendations on what to read; it also contains a coffee shop filled with delicious snacks, making it the place to go for an afternoon of literary adventure!
#7- Learn Something New At The Coos History Museum
Spend an afternoon at the Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection and explore their over 50,000 objects and 250,000 images. See artifacts and archival material from Coos regional history and learn more about our fascinating region.
#8- Experience UO’s NEW Charleston Marine Life Center
The 6,000-square-foot Charleston Marine Life Center is the one of the newest destination on Oregon’s South Coast. The new museum features five different exhibits that include an aquarium gallery filled with aquatic life from the surrounding area, an open-air deck where visitors can look and see fishing vessels coming and going from the harbor, interactive display panels and a Marine Mammal Gallery. Admission is just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children and students of the University of Oregon.
#9- Get Your Game On at Joey’s Arcade & Soda Bar
Get out of the cold and get your classic gaming fix at Joey’s Arcade & Soda Bar! With 15 arcade games, ten pinball machines, two big screen TVs with console games, a large soda bar offering premium locally roasted coffee, 30 different sodas, and a large selection of candy, you’ll have no trouble embracing your inner child at Joey’s.
#10-Sample Goodies at Cranberry Sweets
Satisfy that sweet tooth with a trip to Cranberry Sweets, a candy manufacturer/retailer with stores in Bandon and Coos Bay, Oregon. It’s a favorite among locals and visitors. Visitors to their store are often rewarded with a variety of irresistible in store samples. cranberrysweets.com
There’s no shortage of fun to be had in Oregon’s Adventure Coast this winter! Be sure to visit our Activities page for more ideas of cold day outings.