Oregon Coast Aquarium
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A private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun and interesting way to learn about Oregon’s unique coastal ecosystem.
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Wonderful aquarium with thoughtful, beautiful, educational exhibits and healthy animals. About a 2 hr drive south to Newport. Perfect for a rainy day adventure.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a delightful treat and never gets old. A drive to Newport, Oregon is about 2 hours north of Lakeside and a great day trip.
Only a 50 minute drive, great seafood, fun bay front area, agate collecting at the beach and of course the aquarium.
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“A more scientific, educational focused, less crowded and less expensive alternative to the Oregon Coast Aquarium right down the street. Entry is donation requested. Our kids prefer the aquarium but adults often enjoy the science center more. Or check them both out!”
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“Historic site. Guided Tours: "Tours of Yaquina Head Lighthouse are currently being offered only as staffing allows. Daily tour times will be posted in the Interpretive Center which opens at 10:00 am. Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Places on the tour are reserved in person, on the day of the tour, at the interpretive center. A small amount of tours are available during the summer months for prior reservation at www.recreation.gov. Visitors must sign up and get a tour pass at the interpretive center prior to arriving at the lighthouse – we suggest signing up early in the day."”
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“ Yaquina Bay Map Clam, Crab, Fish, Mussels Largest Fishing Port in Oregon, 115 Million Lbs. of Fish and Shellfish in 2017. Called The Dungeness Crab Capital of The World. Numerous Accessible Clamming Beds with Many Oregon Species Available. Boat Rentals, Public Piers and Docks With Easy Access. Fishing & Shell-fishing From Piers, Docks, Boats, Jetty, River, Bay, Deep Sea. Lots of Attractions, Places to Stay, Eat, Play and Shop. Click Here For Yaquina Bay Tides Yaquina Bay Newport Yaquina Bay, Newport Bay Yaquina Bay is one of the three deep draft coastal ports in Oregon along with the Port of Coos Bay and the Port of Astoria. Its not just a commercial and recreational fisherman’s hot spot but a popular tourist location too. For instance, it offers the Newport Aquarium, Nye Beach, Agate Beach, Newport’s Historic Bay Front, Multiple Marinas, RV Resort, Deep Sea Charters, many excellent Restaurants and Hotels to choose from. Here visitors while shopping and eating also stop and watch the loading and unloading of fish processing plants located along the water front. There is something for everyone in Newport! Yaquina Bay Clamming Yaquina Bay Clam Under Yaquina Bridge (shown at -1.5 Tide) This is an excellent place to go clamming. All you have to do is find the Rouge Ale Brewery on the south side of the bridge and your in the right spot. The one thing about clamming under the bridge is you will need a low tide of -1.0 or better. Cockles are easy to rake right under the bridge and gapers are about 100 yards west of there. There is even a public cleaning station set up for you to clean you fish, crabs and clams. There is another large clam bed east of there. Just follow SE 35th Street out to the bay. It is muddier here but there is a good population of cockle and gaper clams. Don’t take the most western entrance because its a long muddy hike. Follow 35th Street down further until a few hundred yards before the point (here you will see a camper and RV site). Still a muddy hike (a few hundred yards) out on the bay for the best clamming. There are many other areas, some require a boat, others are not as accessible. You can even find very private and accessible spots but much further inland. Nephew Grant and Niece Audra. Rented Boat, September 2019 Yaquina Bay Crabbing You have many options for crabbing but I recommend renting a boat if you can. I’ve crabbed here a lot and have had good results anytime of year when using a boat. I prefer summer and fall because I’m a fair weather crabber and lower rainfall helps keep the bay salty and crabs happy. You can rent boats in two locations; 1) Newport Marina Store & Charter; 2) Embarcadero Hotel. Shore and Pier Crabbing With your crab max, ring, or crab pot you have public access right on the Bay Front at Bay Street Pier and Abbey Street Pier. Many people tie there pot to the pier and go and have lunch. I like the the ever popular Rogue Brewery Pier which extends a few hundred yards out into the bay. Dungeness crab are particularly abundant here during summer and fall months, with red rock crab available the rest of the year. Bay and Deep Sea Fishing I have only done charter fishing out of Yaquina bay. However, there is much information on the web about all kinds of fish and locations in the area. All of the piers listed on the map offer fishing as well as the marinas offering charter fishing. I’ve used Newport Marina Store and Tradewinds Charter services and like them both a lot. I also use Depot Bay often because these are all close to where I live. Every time I call one of these charter companies they have been very honest about how the fishing is, which is usually pretty good. Many times I have planned a trip and because of weather they have cancelled or I’ve cancelled because I don’t enjoy rough sea fishing. Unfortunately, two halibut trips and one tuna trip just this year.”
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“A nice selection of wine and beer. For food and supplies, Ray's is convenient but expensive. If you are stocking up for a week, it's definitely worth it to go up to Fred Myers or Safeway in Newport. ”
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