things to do on the Oregon Coast

Fun Things to Do On The Oregon Coast

Looking for fun things to do on the Oregon Coast? Come fill your days with excitement only found in Florence, Oregon—Oregon’s Coastal Playground.

To our south, discover the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the largest coastal sand dunes in North America that rise as high as 500 feet above the ocean. Hire a professional driver to take you out on a thrilling high-speed and informational tour or rent ATVs or sandboards and explore on your own. You’ll also find 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 and spouting horns to the ancient forest and towering 20-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 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 The 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.

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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.

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439


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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Old Town Florence –
Our Neighborhood

You don’t want to miss historic Old Town Florence and how could you if you stay with us? We are one of the many businesses that make up this amazing, historic part of Florence, nestled against the Siuslaw River. Old Town offers up dozens of unique shops and restaurants with everything you need for a Central Oregon Coast experience. You will find so many wonderful products—from kites to clothing and accessories, fishing and crabbing gear to “only in Oregon” products. Plus, you’ll find colorful and creative art galleries, rich history, 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!)

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.

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For more information contact the
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce


Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

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.

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278 Maple St, Florence, OR 97439

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Oregon Coast Military Museum

The Oregon Coast Military Museum honors the many Florence-area resident Veterans. The museum is packed full of life-sized dioramas, artifacts, mementos, and experiences. The museum’s mission is “To Honor our Veterans by Educating Our Public.” Admission is only $5. Check out this highly rated and beloved attraction in Florence!

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2145 Kingwood St, Florence, OR 97439


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