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Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Newport

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 550+ 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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  • We were there when the weather was a bit blustery but it was worth the stop for the views and pics. The winds were 30 plus but if you can stand the chill you can get great pictures. There is a visitor...  read more »
  • Amazing lighthouse. The furniture is not original, but is period. Touring is self-guided, which I prefer. Nice although small gift shop on premises. Fantastic view. I was disappointed that the light r...  read more »
  • This place was great and I am so happy that they preserved this old lighthouse. Nice video in the basement of the history of the lighthouse. It's amazing that such a large family lived here. Great his...  read more »
  • 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 was the worst part of our Oregon vacation. The place is run by the BLM nazis. You have to pay $7 to park and get to walk through a boring, outdated museum that looks like it was built in the 80s. Then you get to walk up to the lighthouse (which is only mildly interesting), but stay on the paved trails, because according to the signs, "plants grow by the inch, but die by the foot". Ohhh that's so deep, whoever thought of that should get the Nobel Prize. Why would I want to subject myself to being stuck in a govt run compound with 8 million rules about what I can and can't do when I could go a mile down the road and actually enjoy myself and still have a good view of the light house... Answer: I wouldn't. Do yourself a favor and view it from afar. Go see the devil's punch bowl and the tide pools at low tide right down the road, it was a million times better.
  • Lighthouse is beautiful and a fun, nostalgic experience to learn and climb to the top. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Parking area has bathrooms. You can see whales from the viewpoints often and the birds nesting on the rocks.
  • 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.
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