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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Nice area with plenty of things to do

This is a very nice area with plenty of interesting things to do, aim to spend a couple of hours... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Pretoria, South Africa

Nice little history event. Worth the stop for the family. Not too time consuming but other fun... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Wenatchee, Washington
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is a very nice area with plenty of interesting things to do, aim to spend a couple of hours, even with bad weather

Thank libica
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Nice little history event. Worth the stop for the family. Not too time consuming but other fun things to do in the area.

Thank Slamb752016
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Since this was the top rated thing to do, we had to check it out and sure am glad we did. Although the weather was nasty and the lighthouse was closed for inside viewing the experience and views was still amazing! We are in hopes...More

Thank rollingwheel
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Lucky to be here on a sunny day and at the end of low tide (so the kids could look at the tide pools). Spent some time at the beach, explanations available on what to find in the tide pools, staff present. Then we we...More

1  Thank 1andTwins
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We went here expecting to spend a couple hours and stayed all day. There's so much to see and do, wildlife, the interpretive center, the lighthouse, and when the tide is out, the tide pools! Definitely recommend.

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Nice area for viewing wildlife and coastal environments. The Black Rock beach was interesting, easy access with stairs and railings.

Thank Joe G
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The tide pools are a awesome experience! Get in early to schedule a lighthouse tour it fills fast. Plenty of trails for the beginning hikers or just those who like to walk.

Thank Norman B
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Unfortunately we didn't arrive until around 3:30 and the lighthouse closed at 4 with the tourist center closing around 5. So we just went down to the beach at high tide and did some hiking around the hills until the park closed. The day was...More

Thank EAustin0923
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting the park and the museam learned a lot about the lighthouses although it was late in the evening to go up in the lighthouse but still enjoyed the views they were breath taking and its definately worth going there.

Thank Ajay P
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

A great place to visit for nature hikes and light house tours including whale watching. Bird colonies and tide pools are easily accessed

Thank Sabina S
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
20 July 2016|
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Response from YaquinaHeadStaff | Property representative |
There is a $7/vehicle fee to enter the Park unless you already have a federal park pass. Tours of the lighthouse are offered that allow you to climb to the top. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis by... More