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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

#1 of 50 things to do in Newport Features Animals
750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Lighthouse, seals, whales !

The lighthouse is pretty, but the big attraction is the rocky beach full of seals and seabirds. THe... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David R
Sugar Land, Texas
Go For The Views, Sea Life and Lighthouse

I really enjoyed this spot. Gotta love the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Down on the beach area... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edmonton, Canada
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Reviewed yesterday

The lighthouse is pretty, but the big attraction is the rocky beach full of seals and seabirds. THe highlight was a mother and baby grey whale just a few hundred feet offshore.

Thank David R
Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed this spot. Gotta love the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Down on the beach area it is full of sea life. Sat and watched the seals swimming and bathing near by in the water. Tonnes of tide pools to get up close and...More

Thank P M
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the many still working lighthouses along the Oregon coast, this is a lighthouse you will want to visit.

Thank Eryn M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth it the visit. The lighthouse and the landscape are beautiful. Also when it's foggy. Recommended

Thank Cafe_flore
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took a drive and ended up at the lighthouse. We wanted to walk down to the beach, but it was a long haul and difficult for bad knees. However, the view from the top was amazing. The parking was easy. Many picnic spots.

Thank Toni P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We parked down by the restroom building and took the stairway down to the beach. The beach was wide and stunning with gorgeous dunes and a terrific view. The wind on the day we visited was almost unmanageable, so we weren't able to spend very...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are able take the short hike to the top and many vistas afford a spectacular view. The flowers were beautiful too. Many animals can be spotted from all the vistas. We saw a whale , a seal andy many differnet birds

Thank galonthego60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit. If the majestic views aren't enough then maybe a view of the whales might make your day. Or just a view of the lighthouse.

Thank dkrug10042
Reviewed 1 week ago

This stop is not just for the light house! The light house is lovely and the view is spectacular but for me I love the tidal pool and cobble stone beach just under the light house. The pools are full of sea life and often...More

Thank Rebecca E
Reviewed 1 week ago

The central coast was blanketed in fog the day we visited this area, to the point where we could barely see the lighthouse that was just 250 steps away. But down on Cobble Beach we could see plenty and it was so enjoyable. Smooth black...More

Thank Leilehua
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20 June 2017|
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
19 July 2016|
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Response from YaquinaHeadStaff | Property representative |
There is a $7/vehicle fee to enter the Park unless you already have a federal park pass. Tours of the lighthouse are offered that allow you to climb to the top. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis by... More