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Seaside

& Gearhart

Its 1.5-mile oceanfront promenade and classic automobile turnaround at the beach dating from the 1920s are among Oregon's most recognizable landmarks. Seaside has been a popular coastal destination since the 1880s offering abundant activities for families, sightseers and outdoor recreation lovers. Walk or bike the promenade for views of the Pacific. The Prom offers access to the beach and long time attractions including the Seaside Aquarium, where generations of visitors have come to feed the seals. Strolling along Broadway, visitors will encounter dozens of shops and restaurants, the Oregon Coast's largest arcade, bumper cars and a shopping mall with an old fashioned indoor carousel. Factory outlet shopping can be found just north of downtown. The rainforest covered Tillamook Head offers hiking trails, including a six-mile trek over the headland to Ecola State Park. The Necanicum River offers kayaking and paddleboat touring. To the north of Seaside, Gearhart, offers more shopping, restaurants and is home to the 18-hole Gearhart Golf Links, Oregon's oldest golf course.

Seaside Area
Attractions and Recreation:

  • Seaside Carousel Mall

    Seaside Carousel Mall

    More than 20 great stores all under one roof. Ride the carousel, have an old-time photo taken, get your portrait drawn by a local artist or play in the Mall’s arcade. Open 7 days a... more info

  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

    Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

    De-commissioned lighthouse offshore from Tillamook Head. Can be seen from Cannon Beach and Seaside.

  • Oregon Coast Portraits

    Oregon Coast Portraits

    Since 1986, artist David Poole has offered portrait sketches to people in colored pencil and chalk pastel. He works from live sittings or photos. Group graduation sketches are popular. Walk-ins are always welcome or call for an appointment.

  • Seaside Naturally

    Seaside Naturally

    Comprehensive guide to the area’s exciting eco-tourism ­opportunities. Birding with full species lists and sites. Hiking, ­Biking, Kayaking with downloadable GPX trail and route coordinates. Beginner and family to challenging expert adventure options, associated resources.

  • Promenade & Turnaround

    Promenade & Turnaround

    Famous landmarks since the 1920s. more info

  • Seaside Aquarium

    Seaside Aquarium

    See live exhibits featuring regional ­marine life including the Pacific ­Octopus, Wolf Eel and giant Sunflower Starfish! See the 35-foot Gray Whale skeleton and learn more about Northwest sea life in the hands-on discovery center. more info

  • Seaside Helicopters

    Seaside Helicopters

    Enjoy a flight and views of Seaside you will always remember. Amazing beach, ocean, town and mountain vistas. Flights in summer, most good weather days and winter most good weather weekends. Next to Seaside Family... more info

  • Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District

    Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District

    Indoor public swimming pool, ­spa pool, 20x40-foot warm water pool, youth center, fitness room and drop-in classes, community and senior center, playground equipment, basketball courts, award-winning skate park, child enrichment classes, special events, facility rentals... more info

  • Funland Entertainment Center

    Funland Entertainment Center

    Experience the Coast’s largest arcade! Hundreds of arcade & redemption games: Fascination, Skee Ball, Air Hockey, Bumper Cars, Pinball, Dance, Dance Revolution, Derby Owners Club, racing games & much more. Come join us for some... more info

  • Seaside Family Fun Park

    Seaside Family Fun Park

    Family fun with Go-Carts and Miniature Golf. Airplane, Helicopter and Kiddy Roto rides! Located 1/4 mile south of Seaside, next to Seaside Helicopters. Springbreak through Labor Day Weekend, Open at 10:00am. Off season weekends weather... more info

  • Seaside Shark Exhibit

    Seaside Shark Exhibit

    Come take your picture with a Great White Shark! You can find us at the Turnaround on the corner of Broadway and the Promenade. Stop by to receive a complimentary SHARK TOOTH! Open Daily at... more info

  • Gearhart Golf Links

    Gearhart Golf Links

    Oregon’s oldest golf course established in 1892 is open to the public and playable year-round. Features an 18-hole course, pro shop and restaurant. A PGA golf professional is available for lessons. more info

  • Bumper Cars, Miniature Golf & Downtown Fun

    Bumper Cars, Miniature Golf & Downtown Fun

    Bumper cars, miniature golf, downtown fun. Tilt-a-Whirl and Pronto Pup stand has meant generations of family fun. In the heart of historic Seaside for 60 years. Summer hours 11:30am to 10:30pm 7 days per week. more info