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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport

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Extending from the Oregon coast into the Pacific Ocean, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area houses the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. The lighthouse has been in operation for over 140 years. Admire the views of Newport and the coast, and explore the tide pools and the beach while watching for harbor seals. If you're lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of gray whales on their annual migration. The only way to gain access to the historical lighthouse is through a brief free tour. To visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on your holiday in Newport, and find out what else Newport has to offer, use our Newport tour planner.
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  • We try and go there several times per year. In December whales can be seen on their southern migration. One really only sees the spout as the whales are further out to sea. In springtime it is great f...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places to play. Look for whales, tour the lighthouse. Visit the cobblestone beach at low tide to see all the amazing creatures that exist in that habitat or come at high tid...  more »
  • Visitor center has nicely done displays with plenty of moving parts (buttons to push, lights to see) to keep kids of all ages occupied (15-30 minutes worth for most folks). Great views from the parkin...  more »
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  • One of my favorite spots to this date. The lighthouse is beautiful, especially around sunset. The tide pools I think were my favorite thing about this location. So much sea life to see up close. One of my happy places I will never forget. Highly recommend.
  • This was a fun place. There is a gift shop which is nice, huge parking lot and the drive is beautiful driving to the center. Their staff can also answer any questions you may have. The lighthouse is close and the views are just beautiful in every direction. Make sure you visit Cobble Beach! 🌞🌞🌞
  • Visited the light house and got to go to the top. Very fun tour. Learned so much about the history of lighthouses. Would love to visit all the lighthouses along the Oregon coast. Our Tour Guide was SO nice and friendly. She knew so much about the lighthouse and gave a magnificent tour. I highly recommend this when visiting the Oregon Coast.
  • Loved the lighthouse tour. I read the reviews and did as was suggested- went to the interpreter center (at around 10:30am) to book a tour. There was 3pm time slot available for our party of 6. Those tours book fast! (Only few time slots available per day). Our guide was engaging and kept the kids' attention and interest.
  • $7.00 parking. Tours of lighthouse (although children must be at least 42 inches to climb up the lighthouse stairs. If not, someone will have to stay back with him/her.) There is also a large group of tide pools that you can search through for various sea life. Beautiful view.