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Things to Do in Lincoln City and on the beautiful Oregon Coast

There is ALWAYS something to do in Lincoln City.  Just scroll down the page for some great ideas and follow the links to more...

The Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau has a phenomenal site with a current calendar of events as well as other resources. 

The Oregon Coast Today newspaper is Lincoln City's weekly Arts & Entertainment newspaper that provides you with fun and interesting information about what to do when you're in town. 

If you geo-cache, there are over 300 geo-caching sites in and around Lincoln City.  Grab your gps and let the hunt begin!

Now, on to the fun stuff!

In the Surf
Crabbing, mussels, and clamming---you can obtain a license and rent the needed equipment at Eleanor's Undertow in the south part of Lincoln City on SW 51st. They will also know the "hot" spots. 541-996-3800

Fishing on Devils Lake at Blue Heron Landing, just south of Hwy 101 at West Devils Lake Road. 541-994-4708. They rent boats, supply bait and other equipment.

Canoes, kayaks, motor boats, pontoon, hydrobikes and jet skiing at Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, just south of Hwy 101 at West Devils Lake Road. 541-994-4708.

Kayaking in Siletz Bay or the Siletz River. Kayaks can be rented from the Oregon Surf Shop at 541-996-3957; SW 50th and Hwy 101, just a block from the Bay or Siletz Moorage, just one mile south of Lincoln City on the Siletz River.

Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing: About 200 gray whales live in the area year-round. You can see them without binoculars, from beach access areas or oceanfront hotel rooms. Or you can go on a boat trip for that purpose.  For fishing or whale watching contact Tradewinds Charters, (541) 765-2345.  This is generally an hour-long trip, if it is just whale watching. The best thing to do is call ahead, after the 8 a.m. trip has returned. Then they know where the whales are and how much activity there is. Both companies are located in Depoe Bay, just 8 miles south of Lincoln City.

Recreation abounds on Devils Lake; swim, dive explore and more. www.dlwid.org

On the Turf
Bird Watching: Consult the Lincoln City Bird Watching guide for the best locations. The Oregon Parks Department sometimes leads bird watching kayak tours on Devils Lake. Contact them at 541-994-2002 to arrange it.

Seals: On SW 51st, near Mo's there are viewing stations which allow you to experience brown pelicans in the bay or seals on the spit "up close".

Horseback riding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides.  Lessons also available. 

New Experiences
Glass Demonstrations/Classes:
Alder House III, March 15-November 30, from 10am to 5pm - 611 Immonen Rd., Lincoln City. Watch vases, bowls, floats and other art objects blown from 2000 degree glass.

Blow your own Glass Float at the Jennifer L. Sears Glass Art Studio at SW 48th and Hwy 101. Appointments are best. 541-996-2569. This activity takes about 1 hour plus driving time. The cost is $75 per float. 14 years of age and older.

Learning to forage the beach and forests for edibles. Lee Gray will lead a group tour to do this and then show you how to cook what you collect. You can find your dinner and then eat it too. If you are interested in this, it must be arranged in advance. Call Lee at 541-992-3798.

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City focuses on the abundant foods and culinary heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The Culinary Center is committed to teaching time-tested methods and skills, with special attention to strengthening the connections among farmers, fisherman, other producers and the consumer. Click on Class Schedule to see what's cookin'.

Guided by age...Things to do Indoors:
For Children

Swimming at the Lincoln City Community Center 541-994-2131: a variety of passes are available at reasonable fees.

Horseback riding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides. Lessons also available.

For Young Adults
Swimming, basketball, fitness at the Lincoln City Community Center 541-994-2131: a variety of passes are available at a reasonable fee.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort has a very fine fitness center with raquetball courts, located at the golf course.

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City focuses on the abundant foods and culinary heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The Culinary Center is committed to teaching time-tested methods and skills, with special attention to strengthening the connections among farmers, fisherman, other producers and the consumer. Click on Class Schedule to see what's cookin'.

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Located in the old DeLake School Building at 540 NE Hwy 101.

Horseback riding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides. 

For Adults and Seniors
Swimming, basketball, aerobics, fitness training at the Lincoln City Community Center, 541-994-2131: a variety of passes are available at a reasonable fee.

Bowling, arcade, foosball and pool at Delake Bowl, 541-994-9595, 316 SE Hwy 101.

Canoes, kayaks, motor boats, group pontoon, hydrobikes and jet skiing at Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, just south of Hwy 101 at West Devils Lake Road. 541-994-4708.

Horsebackriding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Boarding that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides. 

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City focuses on the abundant foods and culinary heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The Culinary Center is committed to teaching time-tested methods and skills, with special attention to strengthening the connections among farmers, fisherman, other producers and the consumer. Click on Class Schedule to see what's cookin'. 


Lincoln City Cultural Center, Located in the old DeLake School Building at 540 NE Hwy 101

Guided by age...Things to do outdoors:

For Children
Skateboarding at the Kirtsis Park (one block east of Hwy 101 on NE 22nd Street: state-of-the-art bowl with 100 lines and one of only four "cradles" in the world.

Regatta Park: Swimming in Devils Lake, fishing, or playing on the "Castle" play equipment. Bumper boats and hydrobikes. Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, just south of Hwy 101 at West Devils Lake Road. 541-994-4708: Ask them to show you the Chinese Grass Carp. For more information on Devils Lake, contact Paul Robertson at the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, or visit their website- http://www.dlwid.org.

Horseback riding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides.  Lessons also available.

Young Adults

And if your passion runs to golf, check out Chinook Winds Casino Resort's beautiful course.  A state of the art fitness center is located at the golf course, too.

Also, golf on the meandering course at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

Skateboarding at the Kirtsis Park (one block east of Hwy 101 on NE 22nd Street: state-of-the-art bowl with 100 lines and one of only four "cradles" in the world.

Canoes, kayaks, motor boats, pontoon, hydrobikes and jet skiing at Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, just south of Hwy 101 at West Devils Lake Road. 541-994-4708.

Horsebackriding is another favorite past time here on the Oregon Coast.  Check out Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides that offers a variety of trail riding as well as beach rides.  They also offer boarding for vacationers at their Horse Hotel and arena rides. 

Tennis - public - behind the Dorchester House at 2701 NW Hwy 101 and indoor courts available at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

For Adults and Seniors
Connie Hansen Garden: Featured in Sunset Magazine and Fine Gardening and has something to show all year. Open to the public at all times and hosted on Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 1931 NW 33rd Street. FMI 541-994-6338. There is limited handicap access, and the paths are grass. So it is best not to take someone unsteady or unable to walk into the garden. Nevertheless, there are great viewing areas from a distance. If you wish, you can arrange a tour of the garden for your group.
And if your passion runs to golf, check out Chinook Winds Casino Resort's beautiful course.  A state of the art fitness center is located at the golf course, too. Golf, also, on the meandering course at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.


Tennis courts--behind the Dorchester House at 2701 NW Hwy 101. Free.

Other area attractions...

The great Indoors:
North Lincoln County Historical Museum at Hwy 101 and SW 49th. Open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free thanks to a grant from the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Bijou Theatre: First run and re-run movies. 541-994-8255 at NE 17th and Hwy 101.

Coming Attractions Theatre: First run and re-run movies. 541-994-7469, at SE 37th & Hwy 101.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center in the old DeLake School Building at 540 NE Hwy 101

Tanger Outlet Center: 65 name brand stores. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except Sunday to 6:00 p.m.; 1500 SE Devils Lake Rd. FMI 541-996-5000.

Lighthouse Square Shopping Center, Oceanlake District, D-Lake Shopping District, Nelscott District, Taft District: shops of all kinds to suit everyone's needs and desires. Most shops open 5-7 days per week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with individual shops for hours.

The great Outdoors:
Picnic and swimming and fishing at Regatta Park on the Lake about 1 mile east of Hwy 101 on NE 14th.  For a listing of all Lincoln City parks click here.

Drift Creek Covered Bridge: Laura and Kerry Sweitz rescued it from destruction in 1997. Investing their own time, money and muscle, the couple took the dismantled bridge and rebuilt it on their own property. Open and free to the public from dawn to dusk every day. 1111 N. Bear Creek Road, about 8 miles east of Lincoln City. FMI 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274. Great place for a picnic

Hiking: a variety of trails are available, from easy to difficult. See the Lincoln City hiking guide.

Kite Flying: You can do this anywhere on the beach. One popular spot is the D-River Wayside in the center of town at Hwy 101 and SW 1st, where the ocean and the highway come together. Just across the street are two kite shops.

Full-Day or Half-Day Excursions:
Newport: About 30-35 minutes to get there. Go south to Newport on Highway 101 to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium . Adults $19.95, Young Adults 13-17 $17.95, Children 3-12 $12.95, Seniors 65+ $17.95, 0-2 free.

Right next door is the Hatfield Marine Science Center with excellent scientific displays.  Donations only. No formal admission charge.

Marine Discovery Tours at the harbor can take you on a one-hour adventure on the Rocket---a very fast and fun tour. $35 adults, $20 youth 8-16). 1-800-903-BOAT

Along the historic bayfront are the Undersea Gardens, Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the Wax Works museum.

Make it a day for lighthouses at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and in Yaquina Bay, see the visitors' center, nature and tidepool walk. After visiting the ghost in the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, drive east to the Coast Guard Station to see all of the rescue craft.  For a brochure on all of the Oregon Coast Lighthouses click here.