180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Coast Aquarium Dives Into Spring Break with Activities, Programs
|Young girl plays with an anenome
- Spring break means loads of fun activities at the coast's most high
profile tourist attraction: the Oregon Coast Aquarium. There, plenty of
educational activities will take place for all ages during spring break
and the entire month of March.“This is a wonderful opportunity for
kids to enjoy themselves at the beach while learning about marine science
and having fun with other children,” said Aquarium Public Relations
Manager Cindy Hanson. “Our gifted educators are highly committed
to helping kids connect with nature.”
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Octopus Encounter, March 3, 10 a.m.
Learn what’s involved in caring for one of the ocean’s most
intelligent creatures as you come hand-to-sucker with a giant Pacific
octopus. Under the supervision and guidance of an Aquarist, you’ll
have an opportunity to handle an octopus and watch it eat a special treat
prepared by you. (Registration required.) $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
Call (541) 867-3474, ext. 5319
Home School Week, March 5 - 9, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. This is our second year to team up with the Hatfield
Marine Science Center, South Beach State Park and Yaquina Head Outstanding
Natural Area to offer a full week of home school programming. Discounted
admission is offered for home schooled students and their families. Call
541-867-3474 ext. 5301
Otter Encounter, March 25, 10 a.m. Learn about the sea otter’s
many adaptations and the challenges these adaptations pose for their caretakers.
Prepare fishy treats and meet a mammalogist to learn about animal care
and feeding as you watch sea otters up close. (Registration required.)
$30 members, $35 nonmembers. Call (541) 867-3474, ext. 5319
Sleepover, March 25, 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Great fun and educational
activities designed for families with children ages 6–12. Includes
an Aquarium scavenger hunt, a snack, a shark presentation and a movie.
Wake to a light breakfast and a behind-the-scenes tour. Registration required.
$40 per member (youth or adult), $50 per nonmember (youth or adult) Call
(541) 867-3474, ext. 5319
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low
bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area;
one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers,
Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Sea Squirts: Home is Where Your Shell
Is - March 27, 10 a.m. Two and three-year-olds and an accompanying
adult will join one of our marine educators as we search the ocean to
discover where these sea creatures make their homes. Build a craft, learn
a new song, participate in story time and meet some of the aquariums coolest
critters! Register by March 22nd. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. To register
call (541) 867-3474, ext. 5301
Oceans of Fun: Super Sharks - March 27,
2 p.m. Four-and five-year-olds and an accompanying adult will learn
what makes a shark different from all other fish. Join us as we visit
with some of the most misunderstood and magical creatures of the deep.
Make a craft, meet an aquarist and sing a shark song. Register by March
22nd. $25 members, $30 nonmembers. To register call (541) 867-3474, ext.
Lion Encounter, March 28, 1 p.m. Discuss the natural history of
sea lions with Aquarium staff, prepare a sea lion snack, learn about their
basic needs and receive a fishy kiss from Lea, one of the Aquarium’s
friendlier pinnipeds and a photo of your experience. (Registration required.)
$40 members, $45 nonmembers. Call (541) 867-3474, ext. 5319
Spring Break Overnight Camp, March 29 - 30, 2 p.m.
to 9 a.m. Children 8-12 years old can become
marine biologists during this special camp. This opportunity includes
fun educational activities, a behind the scenes experience and a chance
to sleep with the sharks in Passages of the Deep (Register by March 22).
$70 members, $85 nonmembers. To register call (541) 867-3474, ext. 5319.
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on
a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen,
double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many
as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings,
some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites.
Some rooms are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in the penthouse restaurant and bar - for a casual meal or a candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Hotel include wi-fi, spa, saunas,
exercise room and a year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love
the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting
rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127
or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport
- and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish
Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly
staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140
NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside
visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
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