Explore Newport Oregon

Get Out & Do More In Newport!

First time guests to the coast are always asking us about activities for there travels. Besides the natural beauty, there are many activities for adults and children, up and down the coast. We thought we would break it down by different areas to simplify your search. It’s time to explore Newport.

Shopping

Newport has some of the best shopping around, you will find handcrafted items from local artisans such as hand bags all the way to decorative blown glass floats. The Historic Nye Beach, Historic Bay Front and South Beach areas have a many shops to choose from.

Food

When you are looking for something to fuel your day seafood and more can be found in Newport

Historic Bayfront

Here you will find many shops and local eateries plus these

Oregon Coast Aquarium

  • Opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium ranks among the top 10 aquariums in the nation. Experience their newest exhibit “Passages of the Deep”, where you’ll experience the mysteries of the open ocean through a submerged acrylic tunnel. Indoor exhibits feature marine life found in wetlands, sandy and rocky shores and the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor exhibits are home to sea otters, seals, sea lions and a giant Pacific octopus. The Aquarium has one of the largest walk-through seabird aviaries in North America.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

  • Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center creates a unique, dynamic environment for lifelong exploration and discovery. The Visitor Center encourages adults and children to enjoy marine science as they learn more about the natural world. Our exhibits, programs and classes demonstrate how scientific research enhances our ability to interpret the natural patterns and forces that shape our world, and equips us to better appreciate, manage and sustain coastal and marine resources.

Mariner Square

Perfect stop any day to see some a great collection of interesting things, local marine life and of course wax mannequins.

Visual Arts Center

Excellent space to see changing exhibits and take an educational class.

Preforming Arts Center

Home to a resident company and a stop for visiting performances, there is new a wrong time to see a show!

YoHo Bounce House

Need to run the energy out of the kiddos, then look no further. Great for younger children to burn off some energy.

Escape Rooms Newport

Perfect for groups of friends/families and or work retreats looking for a team building exercise.

Fishing Charters

Newport has some amazing fishing. Let the pros put you on the right spot!

Bike Newport

Its always fun to get out and bike. Didn’t have room to pack the bike, Bike Newport can get you a rental and point you in the right direction for trails.

Pacific Maritime Heritage Center & Burrows House

Learn about some of the colorful history of Newport and the Oregon Central Coast.

Spring Whale Watching Season Quick Guide

Photo Credit: Whale Spoken Here

Spring Whale Watching Season Quick Guide

Spring is just around the corner and with spring comes the whale migration. During this annual migration about 18,000 gray whales pass just off the coast of Oregon. Yes, you read that right, 18,000! While there are some resident gray whales that stay year round just off the coast, this is the one of the best time to see them. During this time mother grays heading north tend to stay closer to shore with their young, which makes land based spotting much easier.

While the majority of cetaceans(marine mammal) involved in the spring migration the Oregon Coastline are gray whales, there are plenty of other species to watch out for any time you are on the coast.

Orcas– While they are spotted year round, spring tends to be the best time of year to spot Orcas.  This is when you will see them hunting along the coastline. Orcas tend to be spotted more in the area from Newport to Depoe Bay. From time to time they do venture into the bays especially Yaquina Bay in Newport.

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Minke– Reaching about 35 feet in length and feeding in the same areas as gray whales, the way to tell the difference is their white underside.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue– The mighty blue stays far offshore, 10 miles or more and are rarely seen closer to shore.

Humpback– Generally seen to 5 to 15 miles out at sea.

Dall’s Porpoise– Living only in the North Pacific this black and white porpoise can swim up to 35 miles per hour.

Harbor Porpoise– This small cetacean tends to stay close to shore and is a little timid.

 

Great Places To Spot Cetaceans On The Central Coast

  • The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay Sea Wall
  • Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Cape Foulweather
  • Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
  • Don Davis City Park
  • Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
  • Cook’s Chasm Turnout
  • Sea Lion Caves Turnout – at the turnout south of the tunnel

 

Keep your eyes on the horizon and be on the lookout for the spray. Happy watching!