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Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts offering recreational opportunities on both land and sea, from the dunes to the ocean, bay and rivers. Near Charleston, on the Cape Arago Highway, there are three spectacular state parks, a lighthouse and a nine-hole golf course. Fishing, crabbing, clamming and whale watching are popular activities here. The largest indoor shopping mall on the coast is the Pony Village Mall in North Bend with over 60 retail stores, and nearby is The Mill Casino. Cultural pursuits include the Coos Art Museum and events at the recently restored Egyptian Theatre. There is live entertainment at the casino and at the Pony Village Cinema there are 12 screens showing first run movies. Coos Bay is the largest city on the Oregon coast.

Top Sights & Recreation:

  • Shore Acres State Park

    Shore Acres State Park

    High on rugged sandstone cliffs, landscaped gardens feature plants and flowers from all over the world. A trail leads to a secluded ocean cove. A fully enclosed building offers ocean views without the weather. Most of the garden is wheelchair accessible. Assistance animals only and a small fee is charged. more info

  • Cape Arago State Park

    Cape Arago State Park

    From the scenic headland, the south cove trail leads to a sandy beach and tidepools. The north cove trail provides access to the beach and views of the offshore colonies of seal and sea lions at Shell Island, a designated National Wildlife Refuge. This is a year-round day use park with no fee. There are restrooms and a group shelter. more info

  • Sunset Bay State Park

    Sunset Bay State Park

    Day use park includes picnic facilities along the bay and easy access to the beach. Hiking trails take you to rugged cliffs with spectacular ocean vistas, including views of the Cape Arago Lighthouse. Tent, RV and yurt camping. more info

  • Charleston to Bandon Tour Route

    Charleston to Bandon Tour Route

    A side trip off the Coast Highway between North Bend/Coos Bay and Bandon leads travelers to three beautiful State Parks on Cape Arago: Sunset Bay, Shore Acres and Cape Arago, all connected by hiking trails with views of cliff side, coves and the Cape Arago Lighthouse.

Other Attractions:

  • North Bend Boardwalk

    North Bend Boardwalk

    The North Bend Boardwalk is a waterfront walkway that connects Virginia Avenue and California Avenue in historic downtown North Bend, Oregon. This urban waterfront walkway provides pedestrians the ability to view Coos Bay and the adjacent hills and natural areas from raised viewing areas.

  • Coos Art Museum

    Coos Art Museum

    Oregon's third oldest art museum housed in the art deco former post office is home to over 540 works of art. The museum's permanent collection is focused on contemporary fine art prints and original works in all media by Pacific Northwest artists.

  • Mill Casino

    Mill Casino

    Mill Casino overlooks Coos Bay and has over 200 waterfront rooms. It features over 700 slot machines and Vegas-style gaming tables. Dining includes a restaurant, buffet, lounge, sports bar, cafe and bakery.

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