Sixteen Oregon Coast Adventures You Should Have in 2018!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on January 23, 2018

Get Ready to Make 2018 the Year of Exploration and Adventure!

So much to do, so little time! Oregon’s South Coast offers so many events and attractions for travelers and adventure seekers to enjoy 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 2018 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.

Here is a list of some of our favorite local activities, in no particular order, that you can enjoy in our area.

Take in the local arts & cultural scene.

Our unique setting on Oregon’s South Coast has been a source of inspiration to artists and performers from all over the world. Not only are we home to the Coos Art Museum, a cultural haven since 1966, the towns of Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston are home to renowned festivals, events, and spaces that celebrate the arts, theatre, and music. The Clambake Music Festival, March 9-11, brings together the best in jazz, swing, doo-wop, blues, big band and Zydeco! Click here to see more.

The Thrill of 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. Rent ATVs or go hiking, but don’t forget your camera!  For guides, rentals and more, click here!

Go antiquing.

Our area has a rich and unique history, making this region an antique lovers playground. In fact, a treasure trove of beautiful antiques and collectibles are waiting to be discovered on Oregon’s South Coast. Click here to see more.

Explore Golden and Silver Falls.

For adventure lovers, Golden and Silver Falls (about half an hour off Highway 101, on Highway 241) does not disappoint! This is a perfect place to enjoy nature and solitude as you hike through scenic canyons and lush coastal forests to two magnificent waterfalls. Click here for our tips and more info.

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 the South Coast. “Kayaking fishing 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

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems in North Bend Oregon.

Did you know North Bend is home to beautiful beaches, eclectic stores, antique shops, music, theatre, friendly locals, nightlife, restaurants, majestic sand dunes, the historic McCullough Memorial Bridge and much much more? You do now! Click here for a sample itinerary.

Go Winter storm watching.

Fall and winter is the best time to watch dramatic waves 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 the gardens at 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 their renowned 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.

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 hookups, 34 electrical, 66 individual tent sites and two group tent areas, as well as 8 rustic yurts. Click here for more camping ideas.

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 every day. 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 and 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 any time of the year. Local 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.

Spend a day exploring Charleston, Oregon

Charleston is known for its charming marina, fishing, friendly merchants, beautiful beaches and a distinctly charismatic local community. Click here for some of our favorite recommendations we have for visitors to our area.

Dig into a hot bowl of Oregon Coast clam chowder.

A heaping bowl of hot clam chowder is the perfect way to cap off a day of exploring Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Here are the local places that our Facebook fans claim to serve up “the best clam chowder in town.” Click here for some recommendations from local experts.

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
Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed, April
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!