People who are looking for an exciting coastal experience, often head to Newport - Oregon Coast. A popular tourist destination, the city of Newport is home to the historic Bayfront, two lighthouses, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and Yaquina Bay Bridge. Bayfront hosts the West Coast’s largest and most productive commercial fishing fleets that fish year round for halibut, salmon, flounder, rockfish, lingcod, sardines, tuna, herring, and crabs. Newport proudly holds the title of the “Dungeness Crab Capital of the World”. Charter boats offer trips for recreational deep sea fishing.
Owing to its location, Newport has long been an important center for marine research. The Hatfield Marine Science Center conducts marine studies and educational programs. In 2011, an American scientific agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), moved its base from Seattle to Newport. NOAA focuses on the conditions of the oceans and atmosphere.
Oregon Coast Aquarium which opened in 1992 is among the top 10 in the country. While visiting, you will see everything from sharks to seabirds. If you are enthusiastic about marine life, Marine Discovery Tours should be top of your list, especially in spring when you have the rare opportunity to see the Great Gray Whales on their legendary northward migration.
The largest town on the Central Oregon Coast and the county seat, Newport has an abundance of history and continues to be committed to keeping its past alive. It is a city that constantly expands and makes changes to improve lifestyles for tourists and residents.
Region: Central Oregon Coast, U.S.
Population (2015): 10,268
Area: 10.59 mile2 (27.43 km2)
Elevation: 134 ft (41м)
GPS Coordinates: 44.636, -124.054
Zip Code: 97365-97366
Average Winter T°: 45°F (7.2°C)
Average Summer T° 57.2°F (14°C)
Newport is the largest city on the Central Oregon Coast with its remarkable history and rich cultural heritage.
Newport was originally inhabited by the Yacona Indians who had lived in the region for at least three thousand years before the arrival of the first Euro-American settlers.
Things to Do & See in Newport - Oregon Coast
Opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of the city’s most famous attractions. Located along Yaquina Bay, just across the Newport Bridge, the aquarium has a range of aqua-life such as exotic fishes and sharks. Get the most out of your aquarium experience by attending plenty of interactive activities for adults and kids! Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Town Bayfront District is a popular tourist destination and a large working commercial port. Besides chowder houses, restaurants, galleries, shops, and a variety of family attractions, there are fish-processing plants and canneries. You can enjoy sports fishing and sea lion colony watching on crabbing piers.
Mariner Square in Newport is a home of Undersea Gardens, Ripley's Believe or Not, and the Wax Works. Open every day: Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wax Works in the Bayfront is an amazing attraction for anyone that has an appreciation for art. Take a peek at exhibits showcasing talent with wax, with all artworks being hand-made; this is a true amazement to behold.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is also located on the Bayfront and is quite a fun, light-hearted attraction. Have a look at the amazing tasks the human race is capable of accomplishing, and learn a ton of incredible “did you know” facts.
Undersea Gardens, located in Newport's Historic Bayfront, are the largest collection of a local underwater world. See the World-famous marine species of the Pacific Northwest through the windows onto the bay bottom. A Live Dive Show with actions and special effects is available regularly.
Oregon's tallest, oldest active lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the most striking attraction in Newport. A 93-foot tall structure in Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA) is positioned 162 feet above sea level. Outstanding Natural Area has stunning 360-degree views of land and sea. Views can be seen from inside or out of the lighthouse, as well as along the hike at the top of Salal Hill. It is easy to understand why they called this region “outstanding” when you behold the natural surroundings. The park has accessible trails leading to hidden natural gems like the undisturbed tide pools rich in marine life. This promises to be a truly magnificent and unforgettable experience. Open every day from 12 to 4 p.m.
This is a piece of history and the second-oldest standing lighthouse. The tower in 42 feet above ground level and 161 feet above sea level.
Located in Yaquina Bay State Park. Open Memorial Day weekend to the end of September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October to Memorial Day from 12-4 p.m., November through February the lighthouse is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Otter Rock & Devil’s Punchbowl
Otter Rock and Devil’s Punchbowl are natural features located between Depoe Bay and Newport which can be accessed by Otter Crest Scenic Loop Drive. Stop at a viewpoint of Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. You will find out a punch bowl, a rounded hollow sandstone formation created by the collapse of the roofs over two see caves. The Devils Punchbowl park has some of Newport’s famous tide pools just up the 101 where your family can play as you take marvelous photos. The area has plenty of bright sea stars, anemones, and scuttling crabs to hold you in awe.
OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Located near Yaquina Bay, Hatfield Marine Science Center conducts marine and coastal research. Operated by Oregon State University in collaboration with state and federal agencies, the educational center focuses on the marine environment of the Pacific Ocean, marine species and research.
Nye Beach has been a popular attraction for visitors since time immemorial who come to explore its raw beauty. The beach and surrounding areas earn their name from John Nye who claimed rights to it in 1866.
One of the famous hotels in the area includes Sylvia Beach hotel that was opened in the late 1800s and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a hub for tourists with its eateries, bookstores, and shopping locations. Artistic individuals will enjoy spending some time at the Newport Performing and Visual Arts Museum.
- The Beach at Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area - the northwest of Yaquina Bay.
- South Beach State Park - 2 miles south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
- Agate Beach - nearby Yaquina Head
- Moolack Beach - two miles north of Yaquina Head
- Beverly Beach - 3.5 miles north of Yaquina Head
Entertainment and Events
From seafood to steak and Chinese, this city has an abundance of some of the best dishes around. Whether you are in search of simplistic food such as a traditional fish and chips meal, or something rather extravagant, there are many dining entities to choose from. For all with a sweet tooth, indulge in some of the best pastries and cakes in cute and comfy cafes in the area.
Newport is an intimate city that boasts an assortment of attractions, amenities and dining options for the perfect getaway experience. Be a part of the cultured, flavored and wholesome city over your next vacation.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival takes place in the end of February.
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