A popular Oregon Coast destination, Lincoln City is well-known for its broad flat beach that stretches for seven miles along the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Thousands of visitors enjoy the breathtaking ocean vista, wide sandy beaches, and laid-back town atmosphere. Lincoln City is known for its ability to be a great getaway destination, no matter what time of year. Spring, summer, and fall offer the best weather; but winter is the best time for winter storm watching and beach combing.
Lincoln City is famous for its D River, which was once named the shortest river in the world. Being just 440 feet (or 130 m) long, the D river lost its title of the shortest river in the world in 1989 to the Roe River in Montana. The D River connects Devil’s Lake and the Pacific Ocean. A historic landmark and home to the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Delake School was built near D River in 1925. Art and cultural events are held throughout the year in historic Delake District.
Known as the "Kite Capital of the World", the city hosts annual kite festivals during summer and fall. There are also fun and interesting activities such as Finders Keepers Glass Floats Events that are held from mid-October to Memorial Day, a free “Clamming and Crabbing Clinics” from early summer through fall at Siletz Bay. Another remarkable event, the annual Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest takes place in August.
There are a number of shops, malls, and galleries, as well as a wide range of restaurants offering delicious food and drinks. Take a deep breath, smell the ocean, and feel the fresh breeze hitting your face in Lincoln City – a beautiful city on the Oregon Coast.
Things to Do & See
Feel free to try activities in Lincoln City such as a horseback ride on the beach, hiking, biking, kite surfing, golfing, or saltwater or freshwater fishing. There is also the most amazing experience during winter and spring seasons, where you can watch the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale.
According to Country Home Magazine, Lincoln City is "one of the great undiscovered places to antique in the US". There are dozens of antique shops and bookstores. A ten-day long Antique Week event, taking place in February, offers a very exciting time and a lot of new discoveries.
Devils Lake & D River
Located near the downtown, Devils Lake offers a variety of summer activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, and wildlife watching. Once named the shortest river in the world, D River connects Devils Lake to the Pacific Ocean. D River was listed in the Guinness World Record but later lost its title.
Siletz Bay was named after the local tribe, the original inhabitants of the area. Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge represents the most beautiful coastal estuaries and wetland along the Oregon Coast. Previously this place was a cow's pasture. Now the wetland provides habitat for birds such as Great Blue Heron, Great Egret as well as Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and other raptors roost on snags.
Prehistoric Store & Museum
Prehistoric Rocks Store and Museum provide a unique shopping and educational experience. Presentation of fossils, rocks, minerals, and meteorites. You can touch and explore. Group tours and lectures are available. Open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1425 NW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Jennifer Sears Art Studio
Glassblowing demonstrations where you can blow your own float, bowl or sea star. General admission is free. For group tours and class reservations, call ahead or make an online reservation. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
4821 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Oregon's oldest studio, Alder House offers a great glassblowing experience. You can watch professional artists in action and buy a finished work at reasonable price. Admission is free. Open daily from May until the end of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
611 Immonen Road, Lincoln City, OR, 97367
Chinook Winds Casino
Operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Chinook Winds Casino was built on the north side of the city in 1995. The casino offers everything to enjoy an eventful day including blackjack, poker, slots, bingo, craps, and roulette. Besides a gaming floor, the casino has two restaurants, convention center, and hotel.
1777 NW 44th St, Lincoln City, OR 97367
North Lincoln County Historical Museum
Take a trip through history and view exhibits of early settlers, Japanese glass fishing floats, and Pixieland.
4907 US-101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Connie Hansen Garden
Coastal rainforest garden is located between Highway 101 and the Pacific coastline. Open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
1931 NW 33rd Street, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
Drift Creek Falls
Hike to Drift Creek Falls along a 1.5-mile trail through a beautiful forest and explore the Coastal Range. The end of the trip is the longest in the states of Oregon and Washington 240-foot-high suspension bridge that extends above the canyon and provides a spectacular view of the 75-foot waterfall. Drift Creek Falls is day-use area and open year-round.
Drift Creek Covered Bridge
The oldest of the remaining covered bridges in Oregon, Drift Creek Covered Bridge is also known as Bear Creek Bridge, was constructed south of Lincoln City in 1914 over the Drift Creek.
Lincoln City History
Events & Festivals
Finders Keepers Glass Floats is held from mid-October to Memorial Day.
Antique Week takes place in February in Lincoln City.
Summer Kite Festival is held in Lincoln city the last weekend of June.
Clamming Clinics & Crabbing Clinics take place in Lincoln City from early summer through fall.
Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest takes place the second weekend of August.
Fall Kite Festival takes place in Lincoln city the second weekend of October.