It may be winter on the Oregon coast, but the coldest month is actually one of the best times to head to “The People’s Coast.” Average temperatures hover in the low to mid 50’s and though precipitation is higher, all you need is some good rain gear and a sense of adventure to make the winter on the Oregon Coast totally worth it. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend our days on the Oregon Coast.
Sea Lion Caves in Florence, OR
In the winter months, you can observe hundreds of sea lions in America’s largest sea cave. The cave is the sea lions natural home, so this is not a typical “zoo” visit! You’ll observe sea lions in their natural marine environment and get to know tons of fun facts along the way! For more information about admission prices and other important things to know before you go, visit sealioncaves.com.
Fishing Off the Coast
Request a trip to go crabbing and fishing for halibut with Captain’s Reel Deep Sea Fishing! This company will bring you and your friends out on fishing trips for deep sea fishing, ocean/bay crabbing, and whale watching. Depending on what you want to do, you can travel out 100 miles from the coast to hunt for Albacore Tuna or stay close to the beach and see if you can spot whales traveling the Pacific Ocean to warm waters in the south. The Captain’s Reel Deep Sea Fishing team is very experienced and ready to show you how fishing on the coast is done! For rates and to request a trip, visit captainsreel.com.
Bijou Theater, Lincoln City, OR
Every Saturday morning at 11am, you and all your cinephile friends can get discounted movie tickets to special no-trailer showings at the Bijou Theater. This historic theater features old favorites, classic films, cult classics, family fare and special events! For showtimes and more information, visit cinemalovers.com.
Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR
Cannon Beach, OR, is well known as an iconic Oregon Coast destination. The Seaside boardwalk is filled with small shops and restaurants to keep you entertained the entire day. Head out to the beach and take in the view of Haystack Rock. Don’t be afraid to explore the sand dunes or hesitate to take as many photos as your camera will allow! Pelican Brewing right on the beach is a bustling, popular place to grab a brew and a meal after a long day at the beach!
Oregon Film Museum, Astoria, OR
Visit the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria, OR, to celebrate and learn all about the movies that have been made in Oregon, with classics like Animal House and The Goonies. There is a special Goonie Gallery and visitors can also learn all about the different jobs that are needed on a movie set. There is also a fun “green-screen experience” where you can get a taste of what it’s like to be on camera! For more information about visiting the Oregon Film Museum, visit oregonfilmmuseum.org.
Buoy Beer Company, Astoria, OR
Snag a beer and some classic Oregon Coast noshes at Buoy Beer Company in Astoria, OR. All of the menu items have ingredients that are locally sourced and the company is fiercely loyal to it’s Oregon roots. Buoy Beer Company beers are proudly handcrafted on site and the restaurant has a glass floor so you can see sea lions swimming below your feet before you eat! To peep the menu, see what’s currently on tap, and check hours of operation, visit buoybeer.com.
FisherPoets Gathering in February, Astoria, OR
Poets and artists from both coasts come to Astoria in February to celebrate the fishing tradition in this coastal town. “Originally conceived as a modest cultural reunion for far-flung friends in the commercial fishing fleet, the FisherPoets Gathering now attracts nearly a hundred poets, songwriters and storytellers from both the west and east coasts’ commercial fishing communities,” as described on fisherpoets.org. Poets gather in Astoria’s pubs, restaurants, and galleries to share their “fisherpoetry” with fans. There will be stories of deckhands, skippers, and cannery workers. This tribute to the women and men of the tight-knit fishing industry is a special one. For more information, visit fisherpoets.org.