20 miles south of Lincoln City, this working waterfront has a number of popular attractions, shopping districts and is the science and research hub of the Oregon Coast. Newport is home to NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) west coast operations, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Spanned by it’s iconic bridge, Yaquina Bay provides commercial and recreational fishing opportunities as well as other charter excursions. Explore a wide variety of shops along the bayfront or at Historic Nye Beach.

AttractionsVisit the Oregon Coast Aquarium, just south of Lincoln City, OR

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. Exhibits range from those you can touch and hear to those you can see and explore. Visitors experience the ethereal magic of jellyfish and the magnificent colors of the many varieties of fish. Enjoy watching sea otters, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Learn about the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Exhibits feature live marine animals and interactive exhibits that demonstrate current marine science research. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore and discover the wonders of our marine world. Learn about the Hatfield Marine Science Center

Mariner SquareVisit Newport's Historic Bayfront, just south of Lincoln City, OR

Home of Oregon Undersea Gardens, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and The Wax Works. Set on the bustling causeway lining Newport’s historic bayfront – Mariner Square has long been a favorite vacation destination for travelers from near and far. Learn about Mariner Square

Historic Bayfront

A hub for shopping, dining and family attractions. Browse one of the many shops or galleries for antiques, fine art, gifts, or even sweet treats. Enjoy fresh seafood and other fare at a variety of restaurants. Explore one of a few attractions along the Bayfront, such as Mariner Square and don’t forget to say hello to the sea lions lounging on the docks. Purchase the catch of the day right off the fishing boats or at the markets. The more adventurous can charter an ocean fishing or whale-watching trip.Visit the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, just south of Lincoln City, OR

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. 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. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Learn about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Recommended Restaurants

Local Ocean Seafoods – 213 SE Bay Blvd, Newport • 541-574-7959 • Website
Georgie’s Beachside Grill – 744 SW Elizabeth St, Newport • 541-265-9800 • Website
Rogue Ales Brewery – 2320 SE Marine Science Dr • 541-867-3660 • Website

 
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