Located 16 miles south of Astoria and 80 miles west of Portland, the city of Seaside is Oregon's oldest vacation seashore resort. The city is a popular destination for families with kids, sports enthusiasts, as well as for individuals who just want to relax and enjoy life. There is such a significant amount to do here. This article can just touch the most superficial layer! You will spend the entire day on the shoreline, playing beach volleyball, biking, flying kites, building sand castles, or watching for wildlife.
Scenic waterways are the best avenues to explore using your kayak, canoe, or boat. The Necanicum River is an ideal place to launch your boat. You can spend some fun times at the Neawanna River dock at the beautiful Broadway Park.
Every year toward the end of summer there is a tremendous novice volleyball competition, the greatest on the planet! Another remarkable fascination is the Promenade which is an incredible spot to visit. Stroll, jog or bike along 1.5-mile oceanfront Promenade and look at the sea. Take a picture of famous Turnaround with the statue of Lewis and Clark.
For the children, there are Arcade Indoor Playground, Seaside Aquarium, and Family Fun Park. You can locate an awesome inn, a rental house with a perspective of both the ocean and the promenade or a few blocks away along U.S. 101 for a reasonable price. A great option is hotels along the Necanicum River.
You can wander into the downtown locale to encounter the best shopping and stimulation anyplace. The merry-go-round, which serves as the point of convergence of Seaside Carousel Mall, incorporates twenty unique shops. The shopping center’s stores offer craftsmanship pieces and unique gifts. There is a 1950’s burger joint with an arcade set up, also.
Region: North Oregon Coast • USA
Population (2015): 6,540
Area: 4.14 mile2 (10.72 km2)
Elevation: 45 ft (13.7 м)
GPS Coordinates: 45.993, -123.9245
Zip Code: 97138
Average Winter T°: 45.1°F (7.3°C)
Average Summer T° 58.64°F (14.8°C)
The city was named after a historic resort Seaside House built by Ben Holladay in 1870's. Before then, Native Americans, utilizing the scenic waterways as a source of livelihood, inhabited the area. They lived in peaceful isolation until 1700’s when explorers came to seek of the legendary “Northwest Passage” or the “Great River of the West” to locate a water route across the continent.
Things to Do and See
Promenade and Turnaround
Built in 1920, the oceanfront Promenade is a popular place where visitors enjoy strolling leisurely or jogging, biking, and surrey riding. The 1.5-mile path offers the stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, 1000-foot-high Tillamook Head, and sandy beachfront with playgrounds.
Midway of the Promenade at the junction of the Promenade and Broadway Street is the historical landmark Turnaround. The Turnaround with the statue of Lewis and Clark is the most photographed spot in Seaside.
Seaside Historical Society Museum
Butterfield Cottage is the beach cottage museum that offers a great learning experience. The museum offers exhibits featured a local history, artifacts dating 700 B.C., the diorama of the city in 1899, and research library. Hours: Monday - Saturday from noon to 3 pm.
570 Necanicum Drive
Founded in 1937, this is one of the oldest aquariums on the Pacific Coast. There are 100 species of marine life including sea star, crabs, octopuses, and much more.
200 North Prom.
A pedestrian-friendly Broadway Street runs east from historic automobile Turnaround on the Prom through the historical downtown, west of the Necanicum River, touristic attractions, restaurants, and bars. The restored historic Gilbert District, just east of the Necanicum River, is a home of the city's oldest buildings, boutiques, and Fairweather House & Gallery (612 Broadway St).
Lewis and Clark Salt Works
Lewis and Clark Salt Work, located near the south end of the Promenade, is a part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, where the expedition made salt for meat preservation during winter 1805-1806.
Tillamook Head Trail
The 7.5-mile trail is the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1806 Clark and other members of the Corps hiked over to purchase fresh whale meat and blubber oil. Later, Clark described in his journal his first impression of the ocean and its shore.
The moderate difficulty trail over Tillamook Head Coastal Cliff, gaining 1400 feet elevation, begins at the south end of Seaside at Tillamook Head Trailhead, runs through the fern-shrouded forest of Ecola State Park, and ends at Indian Beach or Ecola State Park (the north end of Cannon Beach). The 15-mile round-trip may be challenging. So, you can arrange the Arrow Taxi in Seaside or ask your friend to pick you up at the Ecola State Park's picnic area.
Lewis & Clark Mainline Biking Trail
Lewis & Clark Mainline is one of the popular easy biking trails. It follows the Lewis & Clark River crosses a number of bridges and passes a fish ladder and small dam where you can pause for some pictures. Seaside has a rich railroading past, which is evident on the Mainline. There are remains of the old rail bed as well as a single-lane steel Bridge along the magnificent South Fork Gorge.
Seaside Factory Outlet Center
More than 20 discounted shops, including Nike Factory store, Pendleton Outlet, and Helly Hansen. Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm (to 6 pm on Sunday).
1111 N Roosevelt Dr.
Seaside Carousel Mall
Playful shops and the old-fashioned carousel.
300 Broadway Suite 22
Features all sorts of arcade videos and redemption games.
201 Broadway St.