Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

4.6
#1 of 17 in Historic Sites in Oregon Coast
Built in 1871, Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's only wooden lighthouse that's still standing and fully operational. Although it initially was in service for only three years, it was re-lit in 1996. Today its lights are visible from a distance of nearly 10 km (6 mi). Take a self-guided or organized tour of the lighthouse to see it from the inside, including the watch room and basement, where you can view an informative video. A store offers educational items about lighthouses and coastal habitats. Guided tours must be reserved at the interpretive center, and space is limited. Plan a Newport trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Great park and great views. Plenty of parking for cars. Limited parking for RV's. Nice visitors center with park rangers to answer questions and provide guidance. Nice walk to the lighthouse and beach...  more »
  • Watch out for the haunted lighthouse. Come and learn the history and pay respect to the fishermen memorial.  more »
  • Great national park and the staff were super fun and educational. We have a opportunity to view the gray whales close to the lighthouse !  more »
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  • His lighthouse is beautiful. The tour is worth it. The information center is fun, engaging, and worth the trip. The lighthouse is connected to cobble beach which made the day longer and more exciting with more to do. This is a perfect day trip. Be careful on cobble beach, as it gets slippery. This is probably not the best trip for elderly, disabled, or little kids as there are a ton of stairs and a long way to walk. Take so many pictures! Hints: sunsets and sunrises look beautiful here! Take the hike up the mountain near the lighthouse for some beautiful pictures!
  • Beautiful place and lighthouse. Not kid friendly on lighthouse tour. Our child made one little coo (not upset just excited to see the things in the lighthouse) and the tour guide made us to leave. It's too bad that such a great area can't find better people to run the tours. If they don't want children then just state it instead of some silly height restriction. All the other sights were great. Probably won't return since there are lots of other beautiful sights that are cheaper and much more kid friendly.
  • Absolutely loved this lighthouse and surrounding beach, gift shop, and information center. The staff were super friendly and well informed. The tour was interesting and our guide was great will a good sense of humor. So much difference between this lighthouse area and east coast lighthouses. Highly recommend!
  • Interesting and informational interpretive center. Education about the area and its history as well as the light house. Make sure you sign up for the tour of the light house or you will miss alot of historical information. You will need to be able to climb 114 stairs tho so be prepared. Great way to spend a few hours. Take a moment to appreciate the ocean views as well.
  • What a beautiful stop! $5 parking fee or buy the pass for $10. So worth it for all the locations on the list. We went to the light house one day and spent time walking the little trail from visitor center, taking pics, self guided info, little kid spots inside the visitor center too. Easy walk (I did it 7 months prego). The next day we came back right at low tide (8am for us) and the tide pool was awesome!! However. Extremely slippery. The black cobble rocks were downhill and the green plants were slippery. Be careful. Park rangers around too. Well worth it. We saw seals up by the actual light house and looking down by the rocks on the right.
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