• Seaside is Oregon's oldest vacation seashore resort
• Seaside features one of the oldest aquariums on the Pacific Coast
Located 16 miles south of Astoria and 80 miles west of Portland, the city of Seaside is Oregon's oldest vacation seashore resort. It is a popular destination for families with kids, outdoor enthusiasts, or just for people who just want to relax and enjoy the beach life. There are so many activities and attractions in this area that visitors will never run out of things to do!
Probably the most remarkable spot in the city is the oceanfront Promenade running parallel to the shore where you can enjoy stunning views of the ocean and breathtaking sunsets! You can stroll, jog or bike along the entire 1.5-mile length of it. Take a picture of the famous Turnaround with the statue of Lewis and Clark while you are at it! For families with children, there are Arcade Indoor Playground, Seaside Aquarium, and Family Fun Park.
You can spend the entire day on the shoreline, playing beach volleyball, biking, flying kites, building sandcastles, watching wildlife, and much more! Scenic waterways are amazing avenues to explore by using your kayak, canoe, or boat. The Necanicum River and the Neawanna River at the beautiful Broadway Park are both great spots for your water adventure! Every year toward the end of summer a big amateur volleyball competition is held on the city's beach.
You can get an inn or a rental house with a view of both the ocean and the promenade. Alternatively, you can find a place a few blocks away along U.S. 101 for a reasonable price. Hotels along the Necanicum River are another great option too.
You can wander around downtown for shopping, restaurants, bars, or simply to enjoy the local sights. The Merry-Go-Round, which serves as the point of convergence of Seaside Carousel Mall, incorporates twenty unique shops. The shopping center’s stores offer exquisite handmade creations and one-of-a-kind gifts. There is also a unique 1950s burger joint with an arcade set up worth visiting.
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Promenade and Turnaround
Constructed in 1920, the oceanfront Promenade is a popular place where visitors enjoy strolling, jogging, biking, and surrey riding. The 1.5-mile path offers stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, 1000-foot-high Tillamook Trail Head access, and a sandy beachfront with playgrounds.
Midway of the Promenade at the junction of the Promenade and Broadway Street sits the historical landmark called Turnaround with the statue of Lewis and Clark. It is the most photographed spot in Seaside.
Seaside Historical Society Museum
Butterfield Cottage is a beach cottage museum that offers a glimpse into the history of the area. The museum has local history exhibits, artifacts dating back to 700 B.C., the diorama of the city in 1899, a research library, and more. Hours: Monday - Saturday from noon to 3 pm.
Founded in 1937, this is one of the oldest aquariums on the Pacific Coast. There are 100 species of marine life including sea stars, crabs, and octopuses.
Tillamook Trail Head
The 7.5-mile trail is the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1806 Clark and other members of the Corps of Discovery hiked over to purchase fresh whale meat and blubber oil from local indigenous people. Later, Clark described in his journal his first impression of the ocean and its shore.
The moderate difficulty trail over Tillamook Head Coastal Cliff begins at the south end of Seaside at Tillamook Head Trailhead. It runs through the fern-shrouded forest of Ecola State Park and ends at Indian Beach or Ecola State Park (the north end of Cannon Beach). The total elevation gain is 1400 feet (427 m). The full 15-mile round-trip may be challenging for some people. You can walk part of it and arrange the Arrow Taxi in Seaside or ask a friend to pick you up at the Ecola State Park's picnic area.
A pedestrian-friendly Broadway Street runs east from Turnaround on the Prom through the historical downtown with tourist attractions, restaurants, and bars. The restored historic Gilbert District, just east of the Necanicum River, is home to the city's oldest buildings, boutiques, and Fairweather House & Gallery (612 Broadway St).
Lewis and Clark Salt Works
Lewis and Clark Salt Work is located near the south end of the Promenade. It is a part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, where the expedition made salt for meat preservation during the 1805-1806 winter.
Lewis & Clark Mainline Biking Trail
Lewis & Clark Mainline is a popular and easy biking trail. It follows the Lewis & Clark River, crosses several bridges, and passes a fish ladder and small dam where you can stop for some rest and memorable pictures. Seaside has a rich railroading past, which is evident on the Mainline. There are remains of the old rail bed as well as a single-lane steel Bridge along the magnificent South Fork Gorge.
Seaside Beach runs from the mouth of Neacanicum River to the Seaside Cove parallel to Promenade and beyond for nearly 2 miles. It is a wide and long beach with white sand popular for playing volleyball, picnicking, beachcombing, surfing, paddle boarding, and a plethora of other activities. Seaside Beach is home to one of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments in the world.
Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament
Seaside Beach hosts one of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments in the world. It runs in August for three days during the second full week of the month.
Fishing, Crabbing, and Clamming
The Seaside location allows for river, lake, and ocean fishing all in one place. Necanicum River and Neawanna River flow through the town with several lakes sitting in and around it. You can even fish and crab right in town at the 12th Avenue Bridge or the Seaside Beach.
You can catch salmon, steelhead, and trout in the rivers and largemouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and bluegills in the lakes. You can angle for redtail surfperch right at the beach or venture into the ocean for ocean-bottom fish. Seaside Beach is also a productive place to dig for razor clams.
Seaside Farmers' Market
The oceanfront farmers’ market is open every Wednesday from June to September. You'll find local fruits, vegetables and flowers, baked goods, jams and jellies, seafood, and more. The market also has live music performances.
Seaside Factory Outlet Center
More than 20 discounted shops, including Nike Factory Store, Pendleton Outlet, and Helly Hansen. Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm (6 pm on Sunday).
Seaside Carousel Mall
This place features a variety of shops, entertainment, and an old-fashioned carousel.