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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Newport
(4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Built in 1871, Yaquina Bay 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. Put Yaquina Bay Lighthouse into our Newport trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This lighthouse has self guided tours, and is a fun quick activity. The lighthouse is beautiful, and they have good educational material. 
  • Even though this lighthouse was only in use for a few years, it still offers a peek into what life was like in the mid-1800's and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed ...  more »
  • The lighthouse is so beautiful. The area around the lighthouse makes a perfect place to watch for whale. Peering out over the cobble beach to the south, you should find seal sunning themselves and sea...  more »
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  • Decided to go here on a rainy day with my two kids (1 and 4). We all had a great time, my 4yo really learned a lot and my 1yo had fun running around the exhibits. They also had a kids dress up area and coloring. Really an unexpected great time. Looking forward to getting to climb the actual lighthouse 😊
  • I visited Yaquina Head Lighthouse last week. We were given a tour of the lighthouse. The guide was very knowledgeable, gave us a history of the lighthouse, which was fascinating. He engaged tour members, especially the children, and made us feel like we were back in history. Making the 160-stair climb was well worth the effort. I highly recommend this tour.
  • The lighthouse is beautiful and definitely worth checking out. It was the first time I have ever been up close and personal with a lighthouse, and the overview of the ocean is marvelous. You have to pay $7 for parking and the parking pass is good for 3 days. They also offer tours in the lighthouse every house for an additional charge, but we did not make it in time so we viewed the ouside of it. I suggest to bring thick layers of clothing when coming here because it is very windy!!!! Also you can bring $0.50 cents to use the telescope that overlooks the ocean. Its so cool because if youre staying at a hotel in Newport, you can see the lighthouse from a distance at night.!!
  • This photo is actually of Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport near the Bay. Yaquina Head, with its directions is a few miles north of Newport up a long hill. Both are great to see but the Bay Lighthouse is limited. Yaquina Head has tours so you can climb up inside of it and the tidepools below are fun.
  • First part of the day we came and it was really nice, it was high tide and we got to see a bunch of ALIVE swimming seals, it was really cool. Came again at low tide and there were signs saying we could only go in the designated areas, which sucked but whatever, rules are rules. Then as we're walking down the beach there is a dead headless seal, not only am I heartbroken because it was so sad to see this deseased animal without a head, but when we go to tell the park officials who are watching us making sure we don't break any rules, they tell us that they know this dead headless seal is there, and it has been there since Sunday (today is Wednesday). I'm not an environmentalist or an animal rights activist or anything like that and I understand that this probably happens in a lot of places, things die I get that, but when I pay 7$ for parking I get really frustrated and upset when I see an animal carcus on the beach. The 7$ I spent is supposed to go to preserving the facilities and keeping this area nice, yet there was a dead animal on the beach for 4 days? And nobody did anything about it. I am disgusted and quite sad. I will sadly not be returning to this beautiful place because the glances from the officials made me uncomfortable even though I wasn't doing anything wrong, also when I told the park official about the animal he was rude and sarcastic, the beach is beautiful and the tide pools were cool, but overall my experience was disappointing and upsetting.