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The Top Family Attractions in Seaside Oregon
Published: 02/13/2014
 
Families easily step aboard pedal boats and cruise the river from downtown Seaside at Quatat Marine Park.
Families easily step aboard pedal boats and cruise the river from downtown Seaside at Quatat Marine Park.
Photo by Don Frank

From the beach, to downtown attractions and activities all around town, you will find unforgettable fun the entire family will love in Seaside, Oregon.

Feed the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, play arcade games for prizes at Funland or pedal the downtown streets in a surrey. Choose your favorites from a seemingly endless variety of flavors of salt water taffy or grab an elephant ear or Pronto Pup to nibble as you stroll Broadway. Younger explorers can mount an elegant steed and ride the carousel; and the whole family will love a paddle boat tour on the river. Whether your family includes toddlers, teens or all in between, Seaside is sure to offer fun for all.

Seaside Aquarium
The seals at the aquarium compete for your attention in hopes you'll toss them a treat, a Seaside tradition for over 75 years. Stare in the face of a lurking wolf eel, watch the mysterious octopus, then touch a sea star and learn about life in the tidepools.

Amusements
There are always shrieks of delight and smiling faces at Seaside's indoor bumper cars. Take a spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl or nibble on a fresh Pronto Pup. Just south of downtown is the Family Fun Park with go- carts, kiddie rides, miniature golf and scenic helicopter rides right next-door.

Carousel Mall
Ride a traditional pony or choose the whimsical rabbit or other creatures on this old-fashioned indoor carousel. Create a treasured memory at Flash from the Past Old Time Photos with historical backgrounds, costumes and fun props. Try on crazy hats at Mostly Hats or shop for toys and treasures. Create your own ice cream soda drink from hundreds of sodas and dozens of flavors of ice cream or immortalize yourself with an original portrait by artist David Poole who has been sketching portraits here for almost 30 years.

Arcade
Test your skill at the latest video games or compete with others in the classic game of Fascination at Funland, the Oregon Coast's largest arcade. Collect tickets as your winnings, then redeem them for the prizes of your choice.

Pedal Around
Rent a pedal-powered surrey for your own tour of town or climb aboard a paddle boat for a river cruise and a new perspective on Oregon's favorite family destination.

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