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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

#1 of 50 things to do in Newport Features Animals
750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR 97365-1347
+1 541-574-3100
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another beautiful lighthouse

Enjoy driving along the coast and visiting all the Lighthouses. Yaquina is another great stop to... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Louisville, Kentucky
Lovely view

It costs $7 to get in but is very worth paying it. It poured rain the whole time we were there so... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Tonasket, Washington
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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
+1 541-574-3100
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Enjoy driving along the coast and visiting all the Lighthouses. Yaquina is another great stop to view a lighthouse.

Thank SaraD81956
Reviewed 26 October 2016

It costs $7 to get in but is very worth paying it. It poured rain the whole time we were there so views were obscured somewhat but it still is spectacular. Tour of the lighthouse takes about 45 minutes and is very educational. Our guide...More

Thank steve19002014
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This Lighthouse is located on BLM land. This means it is in a Federal Park. You need either a park permit or have to pay a fee to enter the park. To get into the lighthouse, you must sign up at the massive Interpretive Center...More

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Be ready to pay $7. But it goes to a good cause so do it. We did not take the tour since we had been there before. We returned at low tide for the tide pool and got soaked by a sneaker wave. The park...More

Thank lecuru
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had been planning a stop at the Lighthouse on our travel through Newport southbound down the Oregon Coast. HOWEVER, on the say of the visit, we got hit with torrential rains and winds. Unfortunately this limited our visit to a view from the car....More

Thank LW1203
Reviewed 22 October 2016

A repeat visit for us. We took the 45 minute tour climaxing in a trip to the top of the lighthouse. The tour guide did an excellent job and helped fill in a sense of a lightkeepers life. We have also visited the tidepools in...More

Thank CO_Traveller62
YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Program Coordinator at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Thanks so much for your review and a repeat visit! Glad you got to enjoy a trip up Oregon's tallest lighthouse. Hope to see you back soon :)

Reviewed 21 October 2016

A beautiful location with lots of neat mariner history. The tide pools are fascinating and they offer a lot of information for the kiddos in your party.

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Reviewed 21 October 2016

Built in 1873, the 92' tower is the second tallest light house still in use! The original polished mirrors and mechanism was built in France and transported here by sea. The area is well manned with volunteers and staff giving tours of the light house,...More

Thank 1olddude
YaquinaHeadStaff, Education Program Coordinator at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Wow! Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a nice, detailed review. Sounds like you experienced it all! Thanks again and hope you can make it back again soon :)

Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

There's a lot to do here. Go in the lighthouse, hike many trails, see the harbor seals in Quarry Cove, visit the interpetive center. Always good, no matter how many times you visit.

Thank Missjanik
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A must stop on the Oregon coast. The first stop after you enter the park is the main parking lot. From here you can get a map of the hiking trails and you'll find a restroom. You can either walk or drive less than a...More

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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