Fun Things to Do in Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, Oregon, one of the oldest tourist destinations in the Pacific Northwest, is a fun place for families or for the young at heart. Located on the Oregon Coast, Seaside is about a 1.5-hour drive from Portland. Seaside attractions include a huge sandy beach, lots of opportunities for play, and tasty treats of all kinds. Here are my recommendations for fun things to do in the Oregon Coast town of Seaside.

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The Seaside Promenade

Seaside promenade
apbutterfield/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Stroll, jog, bike, or skate along the 1.8 miles of Seaside's paved oceanfront Promenade. Along the way, you'll enjoy great people-watching and fabulous beach and ocean views. The landmark automobile turnaround includes a statue of Lewis and Clark, commemorating the end of their long journey. The historic Promenade is dog, stroller, and wheelchair friendly.

02 of 07

Get Outdoors and Play

Beach and outcropping
M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

The beach and waters in and around Seaside provide abundant opportunity for outdoor fun:

  • Bike or skate the Promenade
  • Fly a kite on the beach
  • Paddle the Necanicum River
  • Golf at Seaside Golf Club or Gearhart Golf Links
  • Learn how to surf
  • Hike Tillamook Head
03 of 07

Arcade Fun and Games

Seaside Carousel Mall
201 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
+1 503-738-7361

There are a number of fun arcades located both in Seaside's central shopping district and around the town. Skeeball, bumper cars, a carousel, pinball and video games, air hockey, miniature golf, and ​go-karts are among the available activities. Seaside arcades include:

  • Funland Entertainment Center
    201 Broadway
  • Bumper Cars, Miniature Golf & Downtown Fun
    110 Broadway
  • Family Fun Center Arcade in the Seaside Carousel Mall
    300 Broadway
  • Seaside Family Fun Park
    85911 U.S. 101
04 of 07


Oregon Gallery
217 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138-5805, USA
+1 503-738-5402

Seaside offers visitors the opportunity for some shopping fun. As you browse the shops you'll find everything from local crafts to fun beachwear to fresh candy. Here are our top picks for Seaside shopping:

  • Phillips Candy Kitchen
    217 Broadway
    Watch them pull and wrap fresh taffy and other homemade candies. There is a huge selection of fresh and packaged candy, including old-time favorites.
  • Above It All Kites
    19 Broadway
    Find flags, banners, windsocks, and kites of all kinds.
  • Oregon Gallery
    15 Broadway
    Discover art photography and gift items.
  • Under the Big Top
    300 Broadway
    Toys, games, puzzles, and novelties make great gifts.
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05 of 07

Seaside Aquarium

Family at aquarium touch tank
Seaside Aquarium
200 N Prom, Seaside, OR 97138-5945, USA
+1 503-738-6211

Located on the Promenade, this privately-owned aquarium occupies a former natatorium. The lively seals, most born at the aquarium, are a highlight. It's fun to watch their antics at feeding time; children will enjoy giving the seals some between-meal, fishy treats, which are available to purchase. Kids will also like the aquarium's touch tanks, where they can touch such creatures as sea anemones, sea stars, and sea urchins. Live and preserved marine specimens are among the other exhibits inside this modest aquarium.

06 of 07

Seaside Historical Society Museum and Butterfield Cottage

Town Model at the Seaside Historical Society Museum in Seaside Oregon © Angela M. Brown (2010)
Seaside Historical Society Museum
570 Necanicum Dr, Seaside, OR 97138-6040, USA
+1 503-738-7065

Seaside has some interesting local history. It's part of the region the Clatsop people call home and was where Lewis and Clark expedition members established a salt-making camp during the winter of 1805. Seaside was one of the Northwest's first resort towns. The Seaside Historical Society Museum offers interesting exhibits, artifacts, and photographs on these topics and more. Tour the adjacent Butterfield Cottage, an early rooming house for summer visitors.

07 of 07

Special Event and Festivals

Relay run in Oregon
Hood to Coast Relay

Seaside, Oregon, hosts a number of special events and festivals throughout the year. Here are some annual favorites:

  • Oregon Dixieland Jubilee (Feb)
  • Seaside Muscle 'n' Chrome (June)
  • Independence Day Parade and Fireworks (Jul)
  • Seaside Beach Run (Jul)
  • Beach Volleyball Tournament (Aug)
  • Hood to Coast Relay (Aug)
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Fun Things to Do in Seaside, Oregon