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Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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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  • Love this lighthouse! $7 to get in, and they steer you to the first parking lot, with the visitor center. There is a second lot, down below, closer to the lighthouse. It could fill up, but there...  more »
  • It was closed because of covid, but would have loved to explored the inside, and climbed the tower too.  more »
  • The lighthouse is beautiful especially with the rennovations and the waves crashing on the rocks below.  more »
  • The views around the light house are breath taking and the tour is not too bad either. The real star is the scenery which is just amazing...a full 360 view that is pretty unobstructed. You can see miles down the shoreline both north and south as well as seeing the beautiful ocean in all its green-bluish hues, pine tree and beach grass covered cliffs. A truly enjoyable natural wonders abound in this area. Well worth the time and visit!
  • Beautiful views up and down the coast! Tours available inside the lighthouse although we arrived too late. Last tour is 4:00 p.m. Picturesque lighthouse. Rocks filled with birds nearby. Hiking trails. But the best part is the grey whales swimming just offshore.
  • This is one of our favorite places. We purchased an annual pass (very reasonable). High tide and the soothing “rock ‘n roll” of the cobblestones are such a unique beach experience. Low tide tide pool viewing is spectacular. The lighthouse and views of Agate Beach and Yaquina Bay Bridge to the south and Otter Rock to the north are very picturesque. Viewing seals and abundant bird life with the occasional treat of a Gray Whale blow spout is what makes all of this among our favorites. If visiting, please be cognizant of the wildlife and considerate of this being their home.
  • Amazing place to take the whole family. We saw 3 grey whales less than 100 feet from shore. The tide pools are some of the best I have ever seen. The tide was coming in when we came so we did not get the full effect but still well worth it. The welcome center had tons of activities for the kids and fun exhibit as well. We were in a bit of a rush so we did not get to take it all in but definitely on our list to visit again.
  • Beautiful! And a lot to see and discover and learn! Go ahead and take the tour, it is definitely worth it. We didn't get to see any seals but if you're lucky you will

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