FUN THINGS TO DO
Come fill your days with excitement only found in Florence, Oregon—Oregon’s Coastal Playground.
To our south you’ll find Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the largest coastal sand dunes in North America—40 coastal miles of them—rising as high as 500 feet above the ocean along this coastal getaway. Hire a professional driver from one of the local attractions to take you out on a high speed and informational tour, or rent ATVs or sandboards and explore on your own. Interspersed are some large and beautiful lakes for fishing or boating.
To the north you’ll find numerous beach access points, awesome vistas, and places to explore. Roughly 20 distractingly scenic miles north (stop often and take it all in) you will find the spectacular Cape Perpetua which has everything from tide pools to ancient forest to towering twenty-mile views.
In and around town you’ll find quaint shops, surprising galleries, and great food and drink in Historic Old Town. There’s a burgeoning antique district a few blocks away, a historic museum and a military heritage museum in town too. And it’s just a short drive to some amazing golf or the middle of mile after mile of uncrowded beaches.
At the end of a fun-filled day of exploring everything our area has to offer, head back to your cozy getaway at River House Inn, plan your next day (or two) of fun, and contemplate your many choices for evening dining and entertainment. You’ll be making memories to last a lifetime, no matter what you choose to do.
Come explore Oregon’s Coastal Playground—Florence! With more than 20 miles of uncrowded coastline, there’s definitely more than you can do in just one day.! You’ll fill your days with excitement only found in the Florence area. At our southern border, you’ll find Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the largest coastal sand dune in North America, rising as high as 500 feet above the ocean along this coastal getaway.
Our northern border reaches all the way up to the spectacular Cape Perpetua which encompasses everything from tide pools to ancient forest to towering twenty-mile views. At the end of a fun-filled day of exploring everything our area has to offer, head back to your cozy getaway at River House Inn and contemplate your many choices for evening excitement and entertainment. You’ll recall your day of adventure with a smile no matter what you choose.
Winter Folk Festival – mid January
Home & Garden Show – First weekend in March
Rhododendron Festival – Third weekend in May
Independence Day Celebration – July 4th
Wings & Wheels – First weekend in July
Rods ‘N Rhodies- Second weekend in September
City Wide Garage Sale –Second weekend in September
Florence Wine and Chowder Trail – First weekend in October
Oktoberfest – Second weekend in October
Veterans Day Parade – November 11th
Holiday Festival – Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival in Old Town – December
For more information call 541-997-3128 or visit FlorenceChamber.com
AeroLegends Bi-Plane Rides
Flying on the Oregon coast is a magical experience, with all the beautiful scenery and of course the breathtaking sunsets. So come fly with me and enjoy the seldom seen beauty of the cliffs, beaches and lighthouses from a different perspective – between 500 and 1,000 feet above the ground! Scenic tours in an open-cockpit biplane; the 1944 Stearman “Kaydet” circa 1944 during WWII. It was the primary trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy before and during the war. Several scenic packages available including the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Heceta Head Lighthouse Packages.
AeroLegends Bi-Plane Rides
2001 Airport Way, Florence Municipal Airport, Florence, OR 97439
To schedule a flight call 541-991-6139 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
People who love horses and horseback riding go to C&M Stables for a worry-free experience of relaxation and rejuvenation. They are located just 8 miles north of Florence, Oregon. C&M Stables offers a variety of horseback riding experiences. A typical ride takes 25 to 35 minutes through the scenic dunes and coastal pines to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, you are on the beach for a breathtaking ride along the Oregon Coastline.
90241 Hwy 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
To book your scenic trail and beach ride adventure, call 541-997-7540 or visit OregonHorsebackRiding.com
Fishing on the Siuslaw River and Area Lakes
Fishing on the Siuslaw River draws expert anglers from around the world. Come in September when the salmon are running! About a dozen lakes within a dozen miles of us provide lots of adventure—and are full of steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as largemouth bass and perch.Area lakes are full of steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as large mouth bass and perch.
Florence Antique District
Florence has a growing and dynamic Antique District! With nearly a dozen different stores featuring more than 50 dealers, your treasure hunt will be a fun and fulfilling adventure.
For more information contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce at 541-997-3128 or visit FlorenceChamber.com
Big name entertainment? Yeah, we’ve got that here too! The Florence Events Center regularly hosts world-class music, dance, and drama. This 21,000 square foot facility annually hosts events ranging from ballet to blues and everything in between. The Events Center is home to the Last Resort Players theatre company and the SEAcoast Entertainment Association’s annual concert series. The FEC also hosts three outstanding annual events: the Florence Festival of Books in September; the Celebrate Arts juried art show in November; and the Winter Folk Festival in January.
715 Quince Street, Florence, OR 97439
For more information call 541-997-1994 or 888-968-4086, or visit EventCenter.org
Florence Golf Links
A five minute drive from River House Inn takes you to Florence Golf Links. Nestled amidst graceful sand dunes and towering pines, Florence Golf Links is a breathtaking location for coastal golf. The Rees Jones-designed course was honored as the “Best New Public Course in America” in 1993. As one of the premier courses in the Northwest, Florence Golf Links received a 4½ star rating from Golf Digest’s list of “Places to Play in the USA,” and has received numerous awards and recognition ever since. Enjoy lakeside dining and fresh, local cuisine at Tavolo Restaurant and Lounge with its breathtaking views of the golf course.
1201 35th St, Florence, OR 97439
For tee times and more information call 541-997-1940 or 800-917-GOLF (4653), or visit FlorenceGolfLinks.com
Miller Park in Florence is host to one of Oregon’s newest skate parks. Boards, in-line skates, scooters, and bikes are all welcome; and the locals are friendly and supportive.
Ten minutes from River House Inn are 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.
Ocean Dunes Golf Course
About 10 minutes from River House Inn Inn is Ocean Dunes Golf Links. This course is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. With a unique course layout, breathtaking scenery, and a few unexpected turns here and there, visitors will enjoy a challenging and exhilarating golf experience. Complete with a clubhouse with snack bar, 18 fun and exciting holes, carts available for rental, surrounding dunes, mountains, and forests, your experience at Ocean Dunes Golf Links will be unlike any other.
33345 Munsel Lake Rd., Florence, OR 97439
For tee times call 541-997-3232
Old Town Florence
You don’t want to miss historic Old Town Florence! Nestled against the Siuslaw River is are dozens of unique shops and restaurants with everything you need for a Central Oregon Coast experience—from kites to clothing and accessories, from fishing and crabbing gear to “only in Oregon” products—you’ll find colorful and creative art galleries, rich history up and down local streets, and delicious dining in charming settings. Many restaurants have river views and feature local “farm-to-table” meats and produce, as well as locally-caught seafood. (And remember, our rooms have refrigerators and microwaves so you can enjoy your leftovers as a late-night snack!)
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 OHV riding opportunities, the Oregon Dunes also offers many areas for those who are not OHV enthusiasts.
For more information visit: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Rhododendron Festival is held in Florence each year on the third weekend of May and is celebrated with parades, a carnival, live music, and classic car show, shine and cruises. Each spring, wild rhododendrons bloom in the hills and fields of Florence as they have been doing for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. The white-pink flowers represent the end of winter and the imminent arrival of our glorious summers.
Sandland Adventures invites you to join us for a day of fun at the Oregon Dunes. View an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands, a variety of wildlife, and the spectacular Siuslaw River. Choose an exhilarating dune ride on their sand rails or a more relaxing tour on their giant dune buggies. Professional drivers will show you a great time while you travel across miles of dunes. After your dune ride, you can have fun bumping and splashing on their bumper boats, race on their grand prix style go-kart track, play their miniature golf course, or take a ride on the Cloverline Railroad.
85366 U.S. 101, Florence, OR 97439 (1 mile south of Florence)
Hours vary by season. For more information call 541-997-8087 or visit Sandland.com
Sand Dunes Frontier
Some of the world’s largest and most beautiful dunes are located here on the Central Oregon Coast. Glistening valleys, vast hills of shifting sand, and desert atmosphere make the dunes truly a must see!
When it comes to fun and excitement, they can accommodate just about everyone’s needs. From an exciting guided sand rail tour or a professionally guided interpretive scenic tour on one of their famous big purple buggies driven by skilled drivers.
83960 Hwy 101 S., Florence Oregon 97439 (4 miles south of Florence)
Hours vary by season. For more information call 541-997-3544 or visit SandDunesFrontier.com
Sand Master Park, three miles north, is the world’s first sandboard park and host to international competitions that have been featured on ESPN. Learn sandboarding, rent gear to take to other dunes, take dune buggy tours.
Sea Lion Caves
Ten minutes north of Florence are the Sea Lion Caves, the largest natural sea caves in the world and year-round home to hundreds of barking, frolicking Steller sea lions and harbor seals. Ride the elevator six stories down through solid rock to this amazing natural wonder. A fun and educational stop for the whole family. The views of the ocean and coastline are inspiring. For more information visit: www.sealioncaves.com
The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum is the home of authentic and historic displays, pictures, and other information about the Siuslaw River area pioneers and the City of Florence. In the early days the Siuslaw River was the primary and nearly exclusive means of travel for area loggers and fishermen. The museum also offers an audio-visual presentation, information on early shipwrecks, a research library, and a self-guided historic walking tour that begins at the museum and takes you by 21 different buildings and locations in Old Town Florence.
278 Maple St., Florence, OR 97439
For seasonal hours, prices, or more information call 541-997-7884 or visit SiuslawPioneerMuseum.com
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 over 40 freshwater lakes and streams. Boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and other popular 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.
5647 Highway 126, Florence, Oregon, 97439
For more information: 877-3-RIVERS or ThreeRiversCasino.com