The Florence Experience
There’s just too much to do in one day! Come discover why the Florence area is known as Oregon’s Coastal Playground. Sand. Ocean. Lakes. River. Forests. And all those amazing places come together in the most unique way just minutes from our front door.
This is the one place where in one day you can choose from all this: play 18 holes on a world-class links course, tour the mystical towering dunes in a thrilling high-speed sand rail, ride a sandboard (similar to snowboarding but easier, warmer, dryer, and more fun), visit sea lions in their natural environment, kayak from a coastal lake to the beach and back, ride in a biplane, ride horses on the beach or in the forested mountains, build a sandcastle, fly a kite, comb a beach, visit a colorful tide pool burgeoning with life, or stroll uncrowded beaches at sunset.
Oh, and did we mention the quaint-but-not-commercial shopping, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and night spots?
Just don’t try to do it all in one day. That’s why we’re here—to give you that comfortable hideaway to rest and recharge for the next day’s memory-making adventures.
Bring the family, that special someone, your golf buddies, your bargain-crazed shopping friends, your poker group, your classic car or motorcycle group, your book club, a civic organization, a church group… or just come alone for a memorable retreat.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Ten minutes north of Florence is Heceta Head Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. A short walk from the beach at Devils Elbow State Park takes you to the lighthouse where park hosts give seasonal tours and let you climb to the top. The views are spectacular.
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Ten minutes from River House Inn are some of the best beaches in Oregon. Find magnificent, uncrowded ocean beaches where you can walk, explore the tidal pools and play to your heart’s content. Beachcombers are often rewarded. Area hiking trails are among the most beautiful and best maintained in the world. The magnificent sunsets are always free.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes! Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access – the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all. While famous for its Off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding opportunities, the Oregon Dunes also offers many areas for those who are not OHV enthusiasts.
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Siuslaw River Bridge
The Siuslaw River Bridge is one of only 46 bridges mentioned in Judith Dupre’s book, ‘A History of the World’s Most Famous and Important Spans’. Within minutes of the bridge are nearly 20 freshwater lakes and streams. Boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and other water sports remain a popular draw for visitors year after year.
Three Rivers Casino
About five minutes from River House Inn, you’ll find a wide selection of casino games at Three Rivers Casino. With over 700 of the newest slots and video games; table games including roulette, craps, blackjack, let it ride, pai gow poker, no limit Texas hold ‘em, and more; and casino favorites like keno and bingo. The casino also holds many events and concerts by famous-name entertainers.
Florence Experience Blogs
While whale watching in Oregon is a year-round activity, the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day are truly one of the two best times to see these animals in their natural habitat. Gray whales are the most...
Live music in Florence? Of course! Great culture and concerts in Florence? Believe it! Yes, Florence attracts world-class performers and has a fantastic venue to do it. Top performances here in Florence on the Central...
As you drive along the scenic Oregon coastline, the stress of your busy life is washed away with waves crashing along wind-swept shorelines. Near the halfway mark along Highway 101, you’ll find Florence, Oregon, with...