Sand, surf and scenery have always been the main attractions, but a visit to Seaside is more than just a day at the beach. Come for the great shopping, to savor regional cuisine, create family memories or celebrate life with a relaxing getaway.
Feed the Seals
Located on Seaside's promenade since 1937, generations of visitors have come to feed the famous seals at the Seaside Aquarium. The aquarium offers live displays of Northwest marine life and a hands-on discovery center for kids, and outside you can view the 35-foot skeleton of a Gray Whale. Visit the aquarium's gift shop for great coastal souvenirs!
Enjoy Fun and Games
With the largest arcade on the Oregon coast and classic beach attractions including carnival rides and miniature golf, Seaside is just plain fun. Play Skee-Ball, video games or air hockey. Take a crash course in bumper cars, ride the indoor Tilt-a-Whirl or take a spin on the old-fashioned carousel.
Fly a Kite
With dependable coastal breezes and miles of open beach, Seaside is perfect for the kite enthusiast. Local kite stores offer all the equipment and supplies you will need.
From bike and surrey rentals to beach cycles and scooters, Seaside offers plenty of opportunities to have some wheel fun around Seaside. Bring your own or rent from a local merchant.
Go on a Shopping Spree
A walk through downtown Seaside will tempt you with dozens of specialty shops, galleries and boutiques. At the center of downtown is the Seaside Carousel Mall with shops surrounding an old fashioned carousel. East of the Necanicum River, the historic Gilbert District is home to upscale shopping and a large antique mall. On Highway 101, just north of downtown is the Seaside Factory Outlet Center. With no sales tax, your visit to Seaside is the perfect opportunity to make that purchase you've been waiting for.
Paddle for Pleasure
Seaside's riverways 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.
Hit the Trail
Lace on your hiking boots and head for the Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail. This trail follows the western edge of Tillamook Head, passing through thick coastal forest to Ecola State Park overlooking Cannon Beach. The trail is six miles long and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
Get Wet and Wild
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.
Tee It Up
If golfing is your game, you'll find several golf courses in the Seaside area. The Seaside Golf Club is located along the Necanicum River in south Seaside. Just north of Seaside is Gearhart Golf Links, the oldest course in Oregon and The Highlands at Gearhart, an executive-style course that's sculpted out of a hillside overlooking the beach.
Catch Your Dinner
Dig for razor clams on Seaside beaches, drop your crab ring from the 12th Avenue bridge or bring your fishing gear and catch dinner. Fall and winter runs of salmon and steelhead draw anglers from around the world. Nearby, guides and charters also offer ocean, bay and river fishing for salmon and sturgeon. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (503) 867-4741 for information on seasons, licenses and limits.
Experience the Wild Side
Between beach, estuary and forest, the natural areas of Seaside reveal abundant ecological wonders. Bring your binoculars or camera and spot a bald eagle on the Necanicum River or spy a herd of elk at Circle Creek. The Pacific coast offers some of the world's best bird watching year-round. The Necanicum estuary, features more than 20 acres of public green space and serves as an entry point to some of Oregon's rich birding experiences. Many varieties of migrating shorebirds and sea birds are regular visitors to area estuaries.
Attend a Special Event
Catch a classic car show, participate in a beach run, watch a beach volleyball tournament, or attend a downtown wine walk. See the calendar on page 14. Something is always happening here in Seaside!
Relax or Indulge
Rejuvenate yourself with a massage, yoga class or spa treatment. Local day spas and a wellness center offer pampering, beauty treatments and therapies.
Fly Like a Bird
Fly over the Pacific, skirt the top of the forest and take in the spectacular view from above. Seaside offers scenic helicopter and plane rides.
Admire the Blooms
Seaside displays beautiful pocket gardens and hanging baskets along the main shopping district of Broadway. Pocket gardens are everchanging with something of interest year-round. Plant lovers may notice that plantings are sometimes related to adjacent businesses.
Kick It at the Park
Skateboarders can carve, ollie, kickflip and grind in the state-of-the-art facility at the Seaside Skate and Ride in Broadway Park, next to Sunset Pool. The park is open from dawn to 10pm without fee or age limit. Allowable wheels are skateboards, inline skates, scooters, wheelchairs and BMX without pegs. Helmets are required.
Explore the visual arts at Seaside's art galleries or take part in the First Saturday Art Walk each month. Live music is featured at several local venues.
Walk the Prom
Seaside's 1.5-mile oceanfront promenade and its famous automobile turnaround at the beach are among Oregon's most famous landmarks. Dating from the 1920s, the Prom is the place for a morning jog, a casual walk or a bicycle ride. Enjoy the spectacular view as you stroll past oceanfront homes and resorts. Trace the footsteps of explorers Lewis and Clark with a visit to their reconstructed salt-making camp or enjoy Seaside's best people watching. The Prom and Turnaround offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean framed by windswept dunes and beachgrass with Tillamook Head as a backdrop. Both the Turnaround and the Prom offer convenient oceanfront access for wheelchairs and strollers.
Watch a Sunset or a Storm
Enjoy vibrant colors as the sun sets on the Pacific or take in the drama of a winter storm with majestic Tillamook Head as a backdrop. Watch the spectacle from your room, the Prom or the beach.
Taste the Bounty
From seafood to saltwater taffy,
Seaside offers the opportunity to sample Pacific bounty. Find the best clam chowder in the world, savor the many sweet, locally made confections, taste homemade ice cream or discover great Northwest microbrews and wines.
Seaside features several attractions and landmarks related to America's most famous explorers, Lewis and Clark, who visited the area over 200 years ago. The Lewis and Clark statue at the center of Seaside's automobile turnaround commemorates their historic journey and the Salt Works, located on Lewis and Clark Way between Beach Drive and the Prom, marks the believed location of the explorers' salt-making camp from 1806. Hike the Tillamook Head trail to retrace the route the explorers took to find a beached whale. For more on the expedition, visit the Seaside Museum or make a day trip to the Fort Clatsop Interpretive Center, the site of the expedition's 1806 winter camp.
For information about these and other activities, stop by the Seaside Visitors Bureau on the corner of Broadway and Roosevelt Drive (Highway 101) or call (888) 306-2326.
- Published in: Seaside Visitor Guide Winter 2010
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