On those rainy or stormy days when you’re looking for indoor activities, start with a little storm watching. You can actually see the fronts come it. For the more active, you can hone your golf strokes at Chinook Winds Golf Resort’s Indoor Driving Range or the Putt N Bat or teach your children the lost art of the strike at Delake Bowl, located at 316 SE Highway 101 (they have billiards, too!). If you’ve had a busy day and want to be entertained, sit back and see a play at Theatre West, or take in your favorite movie at the Lincoln City Cinemas 6-Plex or Bijou Theatre. For the history buff, check out the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.
For other ideas check out these itineraries.
A great place to start is the Lincoln City Community Center, on NE 22nd Street (behind Oceanlake Elks). Call the lifeguards at the heated indoor pool 541-994-2131 or click here for the schedule of recreational swims with a waterslide, laps and classes. The facility also houses a fitness center, and a state-of-the-art basketball court, walking track and rock climbing wall. For more information on the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department, click here.
The Culinary Center in Lincoln City focuses on the abundant foods of the Pacific Northwest. It features locally grown and raised foods…from organic vegetables to grass-fed natural meats, prairie-raised chickens, and of course, our vast array of fresh seafood and shellfish. The Culinary Center offers a wide array of classes to fit a variety of comfort levels, many just three hours long. In demonstration classes it’s your job to sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonderful food and wine while you learn from a pro. Or dive right in to a hands-on class.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers classes in art, dance, music, literature, and theater. The Cultural Center also sponsors play writing contests, fund raisers, and activities to encourage artists of all ages.
Driftwood Public Library
Another popular gathering place is the Driftwood Public Library, located in the second floor of the Lincoln Square building at 801 SW Hwy 101, next to Price N Pride. It’s one of the finest in Oregon.
Jennifer L. Sears Glass Art Studio
SW 48th and Hwy 101 • 541-996-2569 • www.oregoncoast.org • www.jennifersearsglassart.com
At this glassblowing studio your group will have the opportunity not only to see glassblowing in progress, but also to experience the art. The studio opened in February 2005 and offers glassblowing demonstrations free to the public, 7-days-per-week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., exclusive of a few major holidays. For a modest fee, the artists at the studio will also teach anyone in your group who wishes how to blow their own glass float or make their own paperweight. Those in your group who seek out the artist within and blow a float are photographed with their creation, which is ready for them to take home at noon the following day. Photography and questions are allowed and encouraged, and the artists make every effort to educate guests about the various techniques of glass art. Retail sales of glass art are not available on premises. Groups of 45 can be accommodated. Public restrooms and visitor information about the area are available, and a deli across the parking lot at the IGA makes an inexpensive lunch readily available. You can even eat lunch while you watch glass art being created. If a number of people in your group plan on blowing their own float or making their own paperweight, it is best to call ahead for reservations. Recommended time allotment for your stay is 45-60 minutes plus 20-25 minutes for every person in the group who wishes to blow a float or make a paperweight.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort
A popular indoor spot in Lincoln City is Chinook Winds Casino Resort, on the north end of town. The casino boasts a 247-room full service hotel, six restaurants, a video game arcade, live evening entertainment, child care, and of course, a few games for adults. For more information on featured entertainment and amenities please visit the Chinook Winds Casino Resort website.
Featuring the finest bowling lanes on the west coast, DeLake Bowl offers child bumpers, fresh food, pool tables and even an arcade. Groups and parties welcome, click here for more info.
For more than a decade Lincoln City has been the place to go on the Coast if you are interested in antiques and collectibles. Antique shops and used book stores abound in Lincoln City. “Country Home Magazine” has named Lincoln City one of the great undiscovered places to antique in the United States. To celebrate the quality of “antiquing”, every February Lincoln City hosts Antique Week, a ten-day long event. Check out our Antiquing page!
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
To exercise your mind, visit the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, 4907 SW Highway 101 in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City. Learn how community developed and how the Native Americans and white settlers lived many years ago. The archive houses an exhibit dedicated to the city’s eponymous President Abraham Lincoln, as well as a rotation of special showings dedicated to other eras in the region’s history. The museum was recently remodeled and opened new exhibits, it even has a play area for the kids!.
Movies and Live Theater
Take in a movie at the historic Bijou Theatre, 1624 NE Highway 101 541-994-8255. It’s an old-time movie house with first run flicks and classic matinees. For a more modern environment, visit the Lincoln City Cinemas 6 movie theater, 3755 SE High School Drive 541-994-7469, for other recent movie releases, and 3D films.
If live theater is your ticket, Theatre West presents Lincoln City’s local talent at their best, 3536 SE Highway 101 www.theatrewest.com