For our last hoorah of the summer we took a journey to the Northern Oregon Coast for an extended Labor Day weekend. We travelled down from Washington State on a Wednesday evening and then headed into Portland for a wedding on Sunday. We spent three full days exploring the Northern Oregon Coast and the kids loved every minute of it!
We stayed at the Hi Tide Hotel in Seaside; it had everything we needed and was right on the beach for easy access to the beach. The rooms were spacious, full kitchenette’s and balcony’s to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset. We loved that breakfast was included, the swimming pool was almost empty every time we went and that you could checkout movies for free in the lobby for family movie night before bed.
1. Take a Morning Stroll and Search for Beach Treasures - Seaside
Head our in the morning for a beautiful and fun walk on the Oregon Beaches. We spent a couple hours exploring, walking and finding sand dollars, crabs and other creatures. The kids got such a kick out of the large waves and watching the tide come in.
2. Build a sand castle - Seaside
We had hours of fun building sand castles with walls and moats with our sand toys. We named our first castle turtle bay; the group worked together to build structures, walls and a moat. So much hard work and love went into Turtle Bay. The best part was watching the kids get in the middle as the tide overtook the fort.
3. Feed the Seals on the Seaside Prominde - Seaside
The Seaside Aquarium is pretty small, but it provides a solid half hour of enjoyment for the kids. You can pay an extra $2 to actually feed the seals. The other exibits include lots of variety of fish, a pretty awesome Pacific Octopus and the kids favorite activity touch and feel tanks with star fish, sea anemone and other sea life.
4. Rent a Family Bicycle and Check Out the Lewis and Clark Salt Works - Seaside
In Seaside you can rent family Bicycles for an hour (an hour is enough, your legs will tell you that). Stroll around the turnaround on the Seaside Prominade and then head all the way to the end of the prominade for a little Lewis in Clark history. The Salt Works in where Lewis and Clark boiled salt water and the end of their journey to get much needed salt; check it out for yourself!
5. Explore Downtown Seaside
Downtown Seaside has lots of fun activities and great places to eat. We enjoyed the bumper cars, the carousel, arcade and grabbing a treat at Schwieterts.
6. Stretch Your Legs at Ecola State Park - Cannon Beach
On our way down south to Cannon Beach from Seaside we stopped into Ecola State Park. The views are in real and it is a fun area for the kids to explore. You get great views of haystack rock and “terrible Tilly” lighthouse off in the distance. If you are a little more ambitious and have more time Ecola has great hiking options.
7. Explore the Tide Pools at Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach
One of our favorite activities was exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock. We got there just in time before the tide started coming in. We saw star fish, sea anenomes and Mussels. We parked nexts to Mo’s restaurant and walked down the beach to get to Haystack rock.
8. Grab a cup of Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder - Cannon Beach
Mo’s has a great selection of Seafood options and a great kids menu that hit the mark with my picky kiddos. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy a nice meal and beverage after your walk to Haystack rock.
I am sad our long weekend is over, but will cherish our memories from our adventure. Hope you enjoy your next trip to the Oregon Coast!