Central Oregon Coast Attractions

Low-Cost Travel Along Oregon Beaches: Newport, Lincoln City

It’s easy to explore the Oregon Coast while traveling on a budget with these fun and interesting sites and events, much of which is free or low cost.

Traveling to the Oregon Coast can be an exciting adventure, visiting the beach and exploring the area. Enjoy low cost or even free entertainment and amusement included with these Oregon Coast attractions and activities.

Glass Blowing

Watch Glass Blowing at one of the many glass studios along the Oregon Coast. Newport alone boasts more than three of the finest glass blowing studios on the coast. Watch artists turn glass into brilliant works of art. Examine the technique used to heat and reheat, and expand the glass. Watch as glass pieces turn from yellow, to orange to purple and finish with amazing color and detail. For a moderate price, guests can even create their own glass art. Contact the glass studio to reserve your seat.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Originally developed as a marine laboratory for Oregon State University, the Hatfield Marine Science Center is now a place of learning and research for the public. At the center, visitors can learn about coastal and marine habitats, exploring them hands-on. Tide pools and coastal habitats are displayed, letting visitors touch sea urchins and sea stars. Visitors are able to watch the feedings of the resident octopus and wolf eels, daily. The Henning Auditorium plays over 100 natural science videos where guests can learn about anything from the Earth’s tides to gray whale migration along the Oregon Coast. The Science Center is a popular place for tours and field trips for school-aged children. People of any age can learn and research with marine science exhibits, which examine at the microscopic level or let visitors see issues from a global view.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

Explore tide pools during Tide Pool Discovery Days with the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. During the summer months, naturalists from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center help visitors to identify tide pool creatures and discuss the tide pool environment. The events are held at the beach across the highway from the visitor center, just a few miles south of Yachats. The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is also open daily for visitors with free admission, holding weekly events and discussion topics. Visitors can learn about the native forests, coastal animals, and Native American history and culture. View whales from the center’s deck that overlooks the ocean, at the base of Cape Perpetua.

Lincoln City Kite Festivals

Watch kites fly at one of the Lincoln City Kite Festivals. The annual summer and fall festivals are held on the beach in Lincoln City. The festivals include kite-flying competitions, displays, Japanese-style kite battles, demonstrations on kite building, and flying lessons. If you enjoy kite flying, try attending the Indoor Kite Festival in the spring. For minimal admission, guests are amazed as they watch kites fly indoors, without wind or fans. Kite flying professionals from all over the world accomplish intricate performances at the festival.

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