7 Top Things to Do in Bandon, Oregon

Bandon Beach at Sunset, Bandon, Oregon

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Bandon, one of the southern Oregon Coast's many popular destinations, is located where the winding Coquille River empties into the Pacific Ocean. The small, charming city is known for its historic lighthouse and the highly-acclaimed golf courses at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Many of the sites and activities that make the Oregon Coast so attractive can be found in Bandon, including scenic beaches, and unique shops and galleries, most of which are within walking distance of the Old Town. The coastline, river, and forest provide various opportunities for outdoor activities, from viewing beautiful rock formations to hiking to wildlife watching. When the weather may be blustery, this town is a great place to watch the storms roll in and marvel at the high waves. There is always something to do in Bandon, and visitors arrive in the city all year long.

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Indulge Yourself at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

15th Hole on the Bandon Dunes Golf Course

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57744 Round Lake Rd, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
+1 877-652-2122

Considered one of the top golf resorts in the nation, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort features multiple courses with magnificent ocean views. Golfers will also enjoy the practice facility and clubhouses.

Trails allow you to experience the region's unique sand dunes while taking in the beach and golf course vistas. Various types of accommodations are offered—from lodge rooms to cottages—and guests can enjoy the massage center, as well as fine and casual dining restaurants, pubs, and lounges. It's easy to enjoy a getaway without having to leave the resort.

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Catch Some Views on Beach Loop Drive

Face Rock viewed from viewpoint above the beach in Face Rock State Park in Bandon Oregon on the southern Oregon coast

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Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
+1 800-551-6949

Running along the coastline south of town, Beach Loop Drive—accessible from Highway 101 and many downtown roads—has some very photogenic viewpoints, including a series of offshore rocks like Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint. Combined with blue water, white-tipped waves, and broad sand beaches, these rocks are stunning. Enjoy the views while hiking the trail to the beach where you can explore rocks and tide pools. As you drive the route of a few miles, you'll come across shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities.

Another place to wander is Bandon State Natural Area, where you'll find beaches for picnics and beautiful rock formations.

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Visit Old Town Shops and Restaurants

Old Town in Bandon as seen from the boardwalk near the marina

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Coastal getaways traditionally include wandering through local boutiques and art galleries along with eating locally made sweet treats and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Bandon's Old Town district, located by the town's small marina off Highway 101 South, is the place to pick up the latest beachwear, local art, and Oregon Coast souvenirs. You can also find nice spots for dining on seafood and vegetarian options, topped off with an Oregon wine or beer.

Art lovers will enjoy the public art displays, including unique wood sculptures. Stroll down Old Town's boardwalk from late May through early September to see the Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show, a fun way to check out art with different themes each year.

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Stroll Around Coquille River Lighthouse

Coquille River Light House

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56487 Bullards Beach Rd, Bandon, OR 97411-7402, USA
+1 541-347-2209

Also known as Bandon Light or Coquille River Light, the Coquille River Lighthouse is the local icon. Situated on a rocky point at the south end of Bullards Beach State Park north of the town of Bandon, this decommissioned lighthouse is the smallest of the many Oregon Coast lighthouses; it was operating from 1896 to 1939. When open, visitors can check out the "fog room," which features interpretive exhibits and a small gift shop with homemade jam and other goods.

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Bike and Camp at Bullards Beach State Park

Bullards Beach State Park, Oregon, USA

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Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
+1 800-551-6949

This family-friendly state park open all year is located along several miles of beach on the north side of the Coquille River, two miles from Bandon. Day visitors can enjoy exploring the beach on foot, horse, or mountain bike. Also, a boat ramp and picnic area are available.

Bullards Beach State Park has a large campground amidst the pine trees with spaces for RV and tent campers. The park also offers yurts—circular domed tents, some of which are pet-friendly—and a yurt meeting hall, along with a horse camp with beach and dune access.

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See Falcons and Herons at a Wildlife Refuge

Western Sandpipers and Dunlin, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, OR

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Bandon, OR 97411, USA

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, which opened in 1983, is located where the Coquille River merges with the Pacific Ocean and protects one of the last salt marshes within the Coquille River estuary. The lower Coquille River estuary provides a needed habitat for some fish species such as Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout.

While visiting the refuge, you might see sandpipers and plovers by the thousands as well as waterfowl, herons, cormorants, and falcons. Visitors enjoy the great vistas from the Bandon Marsh Observation Deck, located at the south edge of the refuge, which includes an accessible viewing platform and stairs leading to the mudflats. It is recommended to call before visiting to ensure the observation deck construction has finished.

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Have Fun at Bandon Cranberry Festival

Bandon Cranberry Festival

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With miles and miles of cranberry bogs, Bandon is often called the "Cranberry Capital of Oregon." The tart red berry has been celebrated annually for decades by both residents and visitors during the second weekend in September. Bandon Cranberry Festival's three days of events include a bounty of fun activities which of course include a cranberry eating contest. The attendees can also participate in a fun run, watch live music from country to rock and roll, dine at food booths, shop at the Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, view classic cars, and watch the Coronation of the Cranberry Court, among numerous other festivities. The event takes place at various venues in town.

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Fun Things to Do Along the Southern Coast in Bandon, Oregon