Visiting the Oregon Coast With Kids + Video
Visiting the Oregon Coast with kids? Here’s a list of family-friendly activities you’ll love!
Visiting the Oregon Coast was one of our favorite family vacations! Not only is Oregon beautiful, but because there are so many outdoor activities, visiting Oregon was also very affordable! We can’t wait to get back up there and explore more of the coastline and forests and charming towns.
But until then, here’s a list of some of the highlights that we know you’ll love, too!
Places You Must See in Oregon
Ok, so Multnomah Falls isn’t technically on the coast, but if you’re driving near the Portland area, it’s totally worth a stop. You can park right at the base of the falls and enjoy the gorgeous view with only a few steps from your car. But, if you have the time, it’s worth hiking to the top of the falls.
There are a lot of switchbacks and the hike is steep, but we completed this hike with two little toddlers. We were slow, but it’s doable. The view is incredible.
Lincoln City is a great place for kite-flying. The beach is huge, sand is soft, and if you’re lucky, you’ll go at a time that it’s not overly crowded. When we were there at the end of May, we nearly had the beach to ourselves. Grab a kite from the nearby store and enjoy endless hours of fun playing on the beach.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse was one of our first stops outside of Newport and it did not disappoint! You can take a lighthouse tour and climb all the way to the top! The views of the coast are amazing. And if that isn’t enough already, you can explore the tide pools at low tide just below the lighthouse.
Short Sand Beach
Don’t forget to add Short Sand Beach to your list of things to see. As you are driving north on the highway, you’ll come to a parking lot for Short Sand Beach. From there, you’ll take a walk less than a mile through beautiful forest and end up looking at this:
If that’s not gorgeous, I don’t know what is. This little hike was a hidden gem. Most guides don’t talk about this, but don’t miss it if you have kids. The hike is short and easy.
Plan in time to play at the beach and the shallow river that ends at the ocean. This was one of our favorite places!
Here’s a video of some of the highlights: