Family Fun

Beach at the mouth of the River, Yachats Oregon

The Yachats area offers families a natural playground of parks, uncrowded beaches, tidepools and trails for all ages and ablilities. It also offers wonderful places to eat, friendly shops, a lively events calendar, and local attractions that are fun for the entire family. A selection of some of the area's family favorite attractions and activities are listed below:

PARKS & BEACH! As well as a community park with a children's playground, ballfield and wetland boardwalk trail, there are 3 oceanside day use parks in Yachats (map), an oceanfront trail that hugs the village coastline, the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area just south of town, and additional day use parks south and north of town. There are lots of opportunities here for tidepooling and exploring nature, flying a kite, building a sandcastle, organizing a ball game or a hide-and-seek treasure hunt with a GPS device - up for geocaching anyone?

Just remember to play safe, respect the beach and know beach hazards. Beach Safety Tips for Kids

Cape Perpetua Visitors Center offers special programs year round and guided walks (during in season) to old-growth forest and tidepools, natural and cultural history exhibits, a roving interpreter, an interactive children's corner, and a theater with nature films. The exhibits and theater make this a very good rainy day stop, too.

For a great day on the trails, go on a family quest! Discovery Loop QUEST (Approximate round trip time - 1.5 hours).

Oreo Cow, Yachats River Rd Take a morning or evening drive up the Yachats River Rd for a possible view of belted bovines grazing, sometimes alongside elk. These black cattle with their signature cream-colored stripe are affectionately called "oreo cows" by local children. The valley is also home to herds of bleeting goats, sheep, and the more silent horses and llamas.

Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center is located in Waldport at the base of the bridge and is a marvelous center for learning about Oregon bridges. There is a model wooden toy bridge here to occupy small children while adults and older kids enjoy the historic photographs and other exhibits.

From late June thru Labor Day Weekend, a park interpreter leads Clamming, Crabbing, Fishing & Shrimp Pump demonstrations on weekends as posted. Equipment is provided. First come, first serve. FMI Contact Ranger Clameron, 541-270-8480. (8 mi. N of Yachats.)

Kayaking on the Alsea Slough Waldport Kayak Shack offers summertime kayak rentals and tours of the Lint Slough, Alsea Bay and surrounding area. Summertime kayak tours are also provided on the gentle Beaver Creek (14 miles north of Yachats). From the docks on the Alsea River (8 mi. N of Yachats), you may also go fishing or crabbing or rent a boat. Waldport's Eckman Lake is another great fishing spot for kids.

Alsea River Water Trail - printable guide. - download trails descriptions/maps to mobile device.

Waldport Skate Park - Crestline Drive, Waldport (map)

Within an easy drive south or north of Yachats:

Sea Lions diving into ocean at Sea Lion Caves Sea Lion Caves
Home of the world's largest sea cave & hundreds of barking sea lions.

Heceta Lightstation
Lighthouse Tours are provided daily in-season, 11 am to 5 pm, and Lightkeeper's House tours are available Memorial Day-Labor Day, Th-Mon, 11 am to 4 pm. (Hours may vary depending upon the availability of volunteers.)

Trail to Heceta LighthouseHorse Back Riding
Guided beach or dunes rides.

Sand Dune Buggy Rides, Go-Karts,
Bumper Boats, Mini-Train, Miniature Golf

Oregon Dunes, Florence area Sandboarding (541) 997-6006
Like snow boarding but on enormous sand dunes.

OR Dunes National Recreation Area

Discovery Tours boat Sea Life Cruises
Ocean going cruises for watching whales and other sea life.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Great interactive exhibits, theater, touching pool, walking trails. Admission by donation.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
One of the nation's top 10 aquariums. Plan at least 2 hours. Stroller and wheelchair rentals available on site.

Yaquina Bay Light Station  &  Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Natural Area
Guided lighthouse tours and self-guided trails walks.

State Parks Resources:
Beware of Sneaker Waves
Beach Safety Tips for Kids
Tidepools are Alive!
Guidelines for Pets in Parks

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While in Yachats, stop by the Yachats Visitors Center for additional information about things to do and see while here. We are located at 241 Hwy. 101 (downtown between W 2nd & W 3rd), 547-3530, 800-929-0477.

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Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 728, Yachats,OR 97498
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