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Wet, Wild & Active in Seaside
Published: 01/19/2011
 

Between beach, estuary and forest, the natural areas of Seaside reveal abundant ecological wonders and outdoor recreation. Bring your binoculars or camera and spot a Bald Eagle on the Necanicum River or spy a herd of elk in the meadow. For an online guide to Seaside's eco-tourism opportunities, including trails and bird visits, visit SeasideNaturally.com

Here are a few ideas for getting wet, wild and active in Seaside:

Watch for Wildlife
Go birdwatching, photograph a herd of elk or watch migrating Gray Whales. The Pacific Coast offers great wildlife watching year round. Many varieties of migrating shorebirds and sea birds are regular visitors. Watch for eagles on the ­Necanicum estuary, where more than 20 acres of green space just north of downtown Seaside offer public access and great birdwatching.

Paddle for Pleasure
Seaside's waterways provide scenic avenues for ­kayaks, canoes and paddle boats to explore Seaside from a unique ­perspective. Rent a boat, or launch your own at the Necanicum River dock near the convention center for a memorable river experience. Guided trips are also available. Inquire at the Seaside Visitors Center for details.

Tour on Two Wheels
Bike the local trails or tour the scenic coast. The region offers bike trails for everyone from the leisurely sightseer to the serious biker. Ride along the 1.5-mile Seaside Prom or bike the many area trails including a 42-mile loop offering a strenuous and challenging ride. Bicycle lanes on Highway 101 make it easy to tour the coast by bike. Bring your own bike or rent one from a local merchant.

Hit the Trail
Hikers can explore the lush Northwest rainforest just minutes from Seaside. The Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail follows the western edge of the headland, through thick coastal forest to Ecola State Park. The region offers other world class hikes nearby, including the Fort to Sea Trail from Fort Clatsop, Saddle Mountain in the Coast Range and Oswald West State Park south of Seaside.

Ride the Wild Surf
Seaside offers some of the Northwest's best surfing conditions. Local surf shops provide lessons, gear rentals and sales for anyone interested in surfing, skim boarding or kite boarding, as well as advice on the best spots for your skill level.

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