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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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Way worth the $7 per car :-)

Awesome tour by "historic" keeper, beautiful and easily accessible coastal vistas. Saw baby harbor... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jack F
Almost missed it!

Do not make our same mistake. Take the time to take in the view, visit with the sea lions and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maryellen F
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From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Awesome tour by "historic" keeper, beautiful and easily accessible coastal vistas. Saw baby harbor seals, sea stars, peregrine falcons and even whales! What a treat.

Thank Jack F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not make our same mistake. Take the time to take in the view, visit with the sea lions and observe the aviary on the rocks. Definitely a must see on the Oregon coast.

Thank Maryellen F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop by the visitor's center for information about the area, then drive out to see the lighthouse. If you're lucky, you might see whales close by .

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The interpretative ranger who led the tour was very knowledgeable. Her tour of the lighthouse was educational and entertaining. She did an excellent job of bringing history to life and creating meaningful connections with the subject material.

Thank BKern07
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour the light house, watch the seals, scan for whales, listen to the agate rocks rattle with the wave action. Then wait for low tide to check out the tide pools. Watch for eagles falcons and hawks!!

Thank maypearl1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to check out, family friendly. Check out the lighthouse then wander down to the tidepools. Lots to see, hands on learning for everyone.

Thank Katie H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started at the excellent interpretive center, and then rushed to the lighthouse to catch the next tour on the hour. The docent was clad in authentic assistant lighthouse keeper costume from the 1800's, and kept his narrative in period, which added to the fun....More

Thank Kathleen H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the lighthouse early in the morning. So beautiful. Entrance Fee was covered by my National Parks Pass. Watched birds (Brandt's Cormorant), Seals, even saw a whale in the distance. Missed the interpretive center and possibly getting one of the Lighthouse tour tickets because we...More

Thank Piper-AZ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps my favorite coast adventure was hiking around this park. Despite the rainy days, the views off the cliffs were amazing. Pack warmly with rainy proof clothes. There is probably a lot more to look at than what I had the chance to. At the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing natural area with beach access to tidal pools, wildlife, views and the amazing lighthouse. Be prepared to spend a few hours basking in nature and history/

Thank Kitty B
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gsaljeff
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Response from 89kathy | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have plenty of parking even for your van
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Response from YaquinaHeadStaff | Property representative |
There is a $7/vehicle fee to enter the Park unless you already have a federal park pass. Tours of the lighthouse are offered that allow you to climb to the top. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis by... More
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