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Looking for a day trip along the Oregon Coast?
Well luckily for you, there are hundreds of different things you could go do!
I have lived in Oregon my whole life (minus about six months) and still have yet to do everything you can along the coast line. Out of what I have seen though, Newport is one of my favorite day trip spots.
A day trip to Newport is perfect because there is so much to do in the town!
From whale watching, to sipping tasters of beer at Rogue, to exploring the sea life inside of the Oregon Coast Aquarium- you could easily spend sun up to sun down in the city and end up not even making it down to the beach.
Funny story, that is actually what happened during this last day trip to Newport.
We drove all the way to the beach, and didn’t end up going on the sand at all! I was actually pretty bummed about it because there are some great spots along the Newport beach.
This last trip we took to Newport was actually our first trip as a family of four.
I was so excited for the twins to experience their first beach day! But as we all know, days with kids never go as planned. We ended up heading out to Newport later than expected, hit some traffic, and didn’t even get out there until about 2pm.
Our main reason for a trip to Newport was to check out Rogue’s brewery tour and taste a few of their new seasonal beers. The tour itself was awesome but we’ll get into that in a bit) but it did take a lot longer than we expected it to. At this point, it was about 4:30 and the twins needed a nap. So we decided to drive around a bit, run through the Taco Bell drive thru and drive some more. We ended up driving around Newport and ended up stopping at a few beach view spots but the twins just weren’t having it.
We got out and played at one of the beach view stops right outside of Newport.
I figured playing in the grass with two cranky babies was better than hiking them down along a beach just to hike them back up while they were throwing tantrums. But at the little viewpoint park we were able to hang out for a bit while they played and ate.
By this point it was after six and we made the decision to make the beach portion of the trip at a later date.
Our day trip to Newport turned out to be a day trip of mostly driving and some walking around Rogue and a viewpoint. But even just that was fun and we all had a great time! Especially my husband because Rogue is one of his favorite places in Oregon.
Though our day didn’t turn out as planned, I still want to share with you guys the awesome list of day trip activities in Newport, Oregon.
They are all totally doable, however, don’t get too ambitious like myself and plan to hit everywhere without leaving time for the beach!
Let’s dive in.
Ideas for your day trip to Newport!
You could start off like us, at Rogue’s headquarters.
They have an awesome tour that takes you through the ins and outs of their real time production facilities. Plus the tour is free! Or $5 and you get two beer tastings and a Rogue glass out of it. Totally worth it in my opinion. And kids are absolutely welcome!
I would keep your toddlers close because the facilities are all in production as the tour goes on, but it is really fun to see and learn about the process and history of Rogue. They also have a bar and dining hall that have some awesome food. Their cheese curds? 10/10 recommend!
Check out their site here for tour times and information!
Okay now across the way from Rogue is the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
If you have never been- it is a MUST! My favorite part of the aquarium is that you are able to walk through a ‘sea’ room that is all glass. You can see the sea life swim all around you. It is an amazing experience. It is however, not super cheap. Ticket prices are pretty up there. I do think it is worth every penny though. But if you go on your birthday, and have proof, you can get FREE admission!
Check out their site here for more information.
Another place to check out would be the Yaquina Bay and Lighthouse.
This would be a great stop before or after Rogue or the aquarium, because they are all right next to each other! The lighthouse is well known in the area, and a very significant landmark. Plus the bay is nice!
Check out more information about the pair here.
If you are looking for a one stop shop, I would suggest heading over to Mariner Square, where you can visit the historic bay front, Undersea Gardens, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Wax Works Museum.
So much fun is packed into Mariner Square. You can even purchase one ticket that will get you into all three exhibits, then you can wander the historic bay front and watch the sea lions play in the bay. In the area you will also find various boating tours for whale watching, sea lion watching and more.
One of my favorite places to eat in Newport is Mo’s. They are best known for their clam chowder, however, nothing has ever disappointed me there. Mo’s is for sure a must.
Okay now for Newport beaches.
There are plenty of beach spots to hit inside of Newport, but my top two are Agate Beach Park and Devil’s Punchbowl.
Agate Beach Park is great for hanging out and spending the day on the Oregon Coast. It is nice and open, you can view the lighthouse from it, and it would set the mood for a great beach day.
Devil’s Punchbowl, however, is a must see kind of thing. Maybe not a spend the whole day adventure, but the views alone there are killer. The punchbowl is a must see along the Oregon Coast.
I hope I gave you some great ideas for your day trip to Newport!
Have any other ‘musts’ I should add to the list? Please share in the comments! I would love to check them out!
Happy day tripping, guys!
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