Rugged beauty, fascinating marine life, and historic lighthouses are a few of the wonders that attract visitors to Newport, Oregon. Spend a day on a deep-sea charter or a whale-watching cruise before lounging by the fire in your cozy oceanfront room. Or tour a world-class aquarium, stroll through local art galleries, and enjoy a meal of fresh-caught seafood and fine wines. Whether you're planning a romantic weekend, a family vacation, or a coastal adventure, Newport provides year-round opportunity for an exhilarating getaway.
Local Attractions in Newport Oregon
Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium allows you to view local sea life in both indoor and outdoor settings. The inside galleries allow you to peer through viewing windows to observe jellyfish, salmon, and sturgeon in their natural habitats. The Passages of the Deep exhibit permits you to walk through a clear underwater tunnel, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the creatures occupying three aquarium tanks. Tunnel sights include sharks swimming overhead and underfoot, and a sunken ship. Observe the antics of otters, seals, and sea lions as you wander through the aquarium's outdoor facilities, which also include nature trails, a seabird aviary, a playground, and a picnic area.
More Fun Things to Do in Newport Oregon
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Learn about the geology of the ocean floor or the technology used to track whales at this Oregon State University coastal research center. The visitor facilities give you a taste of the work and knowledge of the more than 300 marine scientists who work at the Science Center. Budding marine biologists will delight in the fascinating exhibits, including a "touch" tank where children of all ages can get hands-on familiarity with tidal creatures, including an octopus.
Oregon Coast History Center
Discover the stories of Newport and Lincoln County's past with a visit to the Oregon Coast History Center. Located in Burrows House, originally constructed in 1895, the Center offers exhibits and a research library. Their web site also provides the information for an auto tour of the area's historic sites.
Newport Performing Arts Center
Enjoy music, film, plays, and lectures at Newport's 23,000-square-foot facility. The performance schedule features both local and visiting artists.
Outdoor Recreation in Newport Oregon
Marine Discovery Tours
Take an ocean and bay cruise aboard the "Discovery", a 65-foot excursion boat. An experienced naturalist provides the narration as you tour the bay, estuary, and open ocean environments. Depending on the season, you will have a chance to observe sea lions, otters, harbor porpoise, pelicans, and eagles - even gray whales. The "Discovery" is wheelchair-accessible and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Located on a basalt promontory north of Newport, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's tallest continually active lighthouse, in operation since 1873. The Yaquina Head rocks and beaches have been designated as an "Outstanding Natural Area" for their abundance of marine life, including harbor seals, nesting sea birds, and gray whales. A network of trails takes you to tide pools, scenic cliffs, and panoramic viewpoints. Informative exhibits, a ship's wheelhouse, video presentations, and a gift shop are housed in the interpretive center.
Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site
Camping, fishing, picnicking, and beaches are some of the fun things you can enjoy at Yaquina Bay State Park. An historic lighthouse, the park's highlight, is open to the public.
Fishing & Whale Watching Charters in Newport Oregon
Private and scheduled charters and cruises are available to take you on an ocean excursion. Whether you are interested in deep-sea fishing or a naturalist-guided whale watching expedition, your desires can be fulfilled in Newport:
Hotels & Lodging in Newport Oregon
Newport offers a wide selection of visitor lodgings, from budget motels to cozy B&Bs to unique getaways.
Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast
For an unusual getaway, stay in a private room aboard a 97-foot sternwheeler moored in Newport Marina. This sternwheeler riverboat was designed and constructed specifically to serve as a B&B inn.
Inn at Yaquina Bay
Located close to many Newport attractions, these comfortable lodgings come with such amenities as jacuzzis and bay views. With a microwave and mini-fridge in every room, the Inn at Yaquina Bay is a good choice for families.
Sylvia Beach Hotel
This Newport hotel advertises itself as a haven for book lovers. Sylvia Beach is a quiet, restful place, with no telephones or televisions in the rooms. Each of its 20 guest rooms is named for a different author, such as Mark Twain or Emily Dickinson. Family-style, shared meals are provided in the hotel dining room.
With electricity and lockable doors, yurts have become a popular campsite choice in Oregon State Parks. Newport-area parks that offer yurts include South Beach, Beachside, and Beverly Beach.
How to Get to Newport Oregon
Newport, Oregon is located on the central Oregon Coast, 130 miles from the Portland International Airport.
There are a number of scenic driving routes to Newport. The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101, runs along the Oregon Coast and through Newport. The closest major north-south highway is Interstate 5 - heading west on Highway 20 (exit 233) provides the most direct access to Newport from the Interstate. Consult a detailed map to determine the best route for your individual itinerary.