A piece of Oregon history sits atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River. It is the Historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871. It is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport. It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. www.yaquinalights.org
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun and interesting way to learn about Oregons coastal ecosystem. The Aquarium is dedicated to teaching marine wildlife and ocean preservation through responsible management and exhibition of marine life.
Open every day except December 25
Winter Hours: After Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend 10 a.m.5 p.m. daily
Summer Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend 9 a.m.6 p.m. daily.
HMSC is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Oregon on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. HMSC plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for students. 2030 Marine Science Drive Newport, OR 97365 541) 867-0212 or fax (541) 867-0138 hmsc.oregonstate.edu
If you like cheese, then a visit to the home of Tillamook Cheese is a must. Over one million folks tour their Visitor's Center each year to watch the cheesemakers and packagers at work and to enjoy the rich, delicious Tillamook goodies available at the ice cream dipping counters, fudge counter and cafe. You can also learn a lot. There are educational videos, historical and natural resource displays and interactive kiosks. You'll also find a gift store filled with hundreds of unique items and a wide variety of cheese and ice cream for you to eat on the spot or take home with you. And don't forget the sampling counter where you can taste for yourself our internationally award-winning cheeses. www.tillamookcheese.com.
Located 10 miles west of Tillamook on the north end of the Three Capes Scenic Loop. The park is open daily, throughout the year, from 7 am to dusk with no day use admission charged. Features within the park include: Cape Meares Lighthouse, an informational kiosk, interesting viewpoints where the visitor can view the off-shore rocks for native birds and the annual whale migration, the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, nature trails, and the famous Octopus Tree. A picnic area, which can accommodate small groups, is located adjacent to the parking lot. For more information, visit their website at www.capemeareslighthouse.org.
Visit their new 121,000 square foot facility in McMinnville, Oregon, featuring the famous Hughes Flying Boat ("Spruce Goose"). The new building ilocated one mile east of McMinnville on Highway 18. The museum is open for visitation daily from 9 AM to 5 PM except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. For more information, see their website at www.sprucegoose.org .
See one of America's finest collection of over 30 War Birds at the Tillamook Air Museum, including the P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Climb into a jet simulator! Have lunch at the 40/50's Café. Enjoy shopping in the aviation gift shop. All housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar...the largest wooden structure in the world!