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To take advantage of all the places and events that Astoria has to offer, the visitor should consider the weather factor and schedule the stays around the fact that it will certainly rain. It is the Northwest coast, so rain marks the pace of locals and visitors. In fact, rain can be a perfect deciding element to plan your trip.
If it rains, you can visit the museums: Astoria Maritime Museum where you can spend some hours admiring the evolution of maritime transportation over the centuries, Flavel House Museum, Astorga Heritage Museum or Firefighters Museum. For younger visitors there is also a Children's Museum, Jirah Christian Center has roller skating, Astoria Aquatic Center, and only indoor play area is Subway. You can walk downtown and mix some art gallery viewing with a nice coffee at one of the laid back cafes on Main street or you can go back to your bed and breakfast lodging and watch the rain while you read the book that you bought at one of the well-packed new or used bookstores in downtown.
If it is not raining, you can stroll along the waterfront promenade and admire the metallic sea, watch the vessels and fishiing boats arriving in the docks, climb the Astoria column and have a wonderful view of the city and the Columbia river. You can also walk through the city and take a look at the Victorian Houses or drive across Astoria bridge and visit the two lighthouses on the bare shore. There are also crabbing excursions available, and two wonderful parks. The largest being Tapiola Park which has a Skate Park for the teens, and the park, which was designed by local children with help of a conceptual artist (very unique as it has minatures of local landmarks).
If you are into nature, take the opportunity to hike or bike in the forests. Or you can visit Fort Stevens State Park (in Warrenton) where you will admire the magnificient shoreline and have a taste of history as you see the wreck of the ship "Peter Iredale"or visit the museum that spans 100 years of history since its opening in 1863. The Fort is of historical importance as it was the only military base on American continental soil that was fired in World War II. Within the park, besides Battery Russell and loads of bike/walking trails, are a bird sactuary, and the south jetty lookout.