Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Newport Events Show How to Eat from the Beaches, Explore Oregon Coast Tidepools

Published 03/23/23 at 6:40 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Newport Events Show How to Eat from the Beaches and Oregon Coast Tidepools

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

(Newport, Oregon) – Ever looked down at some of the beach goo that lies around Oregon coast tidepools and thought, “hmmmm.....that looks delicious?” (Above: tidepools at Yachats. All photos copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Chances are... probably not. Who wants to eat off the beach floor?

It turns out making dinner from seaweed and other beach bits is a thing – and can be a gourmet thing.

So in that spirit, the Newport Recreation Center turns its attention outward, to some of the area's coolest beaches for a foodie lesson. Their popular Low Tide Learning events and really popular Seaweed Foraging Classes add some tidepool excursions in April, allowing to not just see the fun 'n funky sea life and denizens of the intertidal zones but maybe even chomp on various seaweeds (no, you won't be taking stuff out of tidepools).

Newport Events Show How to Eat from the Beaches at Oregon Coast Tidepools
Oregon Coast Beach Connection

There are a surprising amount of things on beaches and rocky areas that are edible.

Low Tide Learning this seasons takes you to Seal Rock State Park, where you'll spend about two hours exploring and tasting.

“Seal Rock has a wide variety of seaweeds so it’s a great spot for this class,” says Jenni Remillard, Recreation Program Specialist. “We will have the opportunity to taste seaweeds right out of the tidepools, but don’t worry, I’ll have mints if you need a palate cleanse.”

Barnacle - Oregon Coast Beach Connection

Also on the potential menu are mussels and barnacles, along with other edible critters nearby. These will be further delved into by the class.

During COVID, these much beloved classes were forced to take a break, and this is their first time back in three years. To kick off a new season of learning (and noshing), the Rec Center adds a new activity: a tidepool excursion to Neptune State Park down by Yachats. This unique and almost-labyrinth-like beach is about 40 miles south of Newport and has abundant tidepools. It lies just over the Lane County line.

On that day – May 13 – you'll get to encounter one of the biggest low tides of the year at -2 feet.

Seal Rock

“I wanted to take people to Neptune because besides it being a beautiful place, it’s pretty accessible,” said Remillard. “There are a few rocks at the end of the trail to the beach, but most of the tidepool viewing is possible from the sand so we avoid walking over a lot of slippery rocks.”

Both Low Tide Learning and the Neptune Tidepool Excursion will have a shuttle available for those who don’t want to hassle with parking or driving.

Low Tide Learning

April 12, 11am – 1pm

May 10, 9:30am – 11:30am

May 13, 1pm – 3pm

Tidepool Excursion to Neptune State Park

June 7th, 8:45am – 11:15am (meet at Rec Center at 7:45, shuttle leaves at 8)

For more information, contact Remillard at or at 541 265 4859 or register on the Rec Center website under Special Events – Outdoor/Nature

Hotels in Newport - Where to eat - Newport Maps and Virtual Tours


Neptune Beach

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

Coastal Spotlight

Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Fest This Coming Weekend: N. Oregon Coast Favorite Re...
Saturday, June 10 for more celebratory creations. Cannon Beach events
For International Travelers to U.S., South Oregon Coast Provides Bold, Rugged...
The wild outdoors awaits in Coos and Curry counties. Coos Bay, Bandon, Langlois, Gold Beach, Brookings
Where Were the '20 Miracle Miles?' Quirky to Cool Central Oregon Coast History
A stretch from Otis, Lincoln City to Depoe Bay, sort of
Not THAT South Beach: Newport's South Beach Mix of Oregon Coast Whimsical to ...
What if there was a lot more to the place. Travel tips
Majority of Central Oregon Coast Back Open to Razor Clamming
Reopened from Florence's Siuslaw River to Seal Rock
Garibaldi on the Water's Edge: Sights and Sites on Oregon Coast's Tillamook Bay
Numerous marvel-filled lookouts, crabbing, clamming and adventure
Oregon Coast By Numbers: List of Every Lincoln City Beach Access Along Its Dr...
All beach accesses in the central Oregon coast town
Why the Moon is Bigger Right Now on Oregon Coast / Washington Coast - and Con...
Full moon that's coming up is called the Strawberry Moon. Sciences

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on Oregon Coast Beach Connection
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted