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7 Rockaway Beach Adventures Await You this Spring

With seven miles of sandy beach, Rockaway Beach on Oregon’s north coast makes the perfect home base for activities the whole family will enjoy.

Presented by Rockaway Beach February 22, 2023

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, pulled by a vintage steam engine, offers daily tours between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi.

With lots of lodging options and restaurants, Rockaway Beach is the place to make great memories or start new traditions. Outdoors or in, here’s a list of things to do in and near Rockaway Beach.


Part outdoor adventure, part scavenger hunt, part mystery tour, geocaching provides lots of family fun. Find out how to join the treasure hunt at geocaching.com and get started on the fun. Read about one family’s geocaching adventure at tillamookcoast.com/geocaching-treasure-hunt


See all the people on the beach with their eyes locked on the sand as they walk? Chances are they are hunting for agates and shells, which Rockaway Beach has a bounty. The surf brings treasures ashore – you’ll find them at low tides. If you’re a novice rockhound, here’s a guide to get you started: visitrockawaybeach.org/how-to-spot-rocks-when-rockhounding

Want to know how to polish the rocks you gather? Here’s a blog that takes you step-by-step: tillamookcoast.com/blog/5-easy-steps-for-polishing-beach-rocks-at-home

This ADA-friendly boardwalk through ancient wetlands to a 900-year-old cedar tree. 

Old Growth Cedar Wetlands Trail

The oldest resident in Rockaway Beach is a mammoth Western Red Cedar, at an estimate of 900 years. At 49 feet in circumference, it is also among Oregon’s largest trees. Visit this grande dame, which has survived earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, and development, by walking the raised boardwalk through the wetlands preserve. Informative signage posted along the ADA-friendly walk shares stories of trees, wildlife, and stewardship. Located at the south end of Rockaway Beach at Highway 101 and Washington Street.

Ride the Rails

Embark on the trip reminiscent of yesteryear. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, pulled by a vintage steam engine, offers terrific tours in spring and summer. Get your tickets at: oregoncoastscenic.org

Lake Lytle is not only a great place to go fishing, but it’s also ideal for kayaking and canoeing.  

Crabbing, Clamming and Fishing

Oregon’s north coast is a seafood destination, whether you want to order it in a restaurant, or dig and fish for your dinner. Just a few miles north of Rockaway Beach is Kelly’s Marina, where you can learn to catch and cook Dungeness crab. Or go just south of town to Garibaldi, where you can dig for clams at low tide in Tillamook Bay. If fishing is on your wish list, the Oregon coast is your oyster. Cast a line from the fishing dock at Lake Lytle or the beach, or hire a guide. We have a list of the best guides for river, bay or ocean: tillamookcoast.com/what-to-do/charter-fishing

Birds, Wildlife, Whales

Oregon Coast skies and trees are filled with hundreds of types of birds. While we’re all familiar with the gulls (and they are fascinating), you’ll find blue heron, egret, osprey, red-winged blackbird, Stellar’s Jay, eagle, pelican and much more. Bring your binoculars. Refer to this handy guide: tillamookcoast.com/what-to-do/bird-watching

As you walk trails and the beaches, don’t be surprised if you encounter a herd of elk. There are several herds up and down the coast, and they like the forests and open meadows as much as they like the beach. Don’t approach the elk, but do stand back at a safe distance and admire these magnificent creatures.

Whales can be seen at different times of the year during migration. Go to Cape Meares Lighthouse for the best viewing: tillamookcoast.com/where-to-go/cape-meares-lighthouse

Warehouse 10 offers a mix of new and vintage beachy home décor.

Eclectic Shopping

A walk around the village of Rockaway Beach is always fun. It’s filled with shops full of treasures – for you or those on your holiday gift list. From collectibles at Flamingo Jim’s and Trash and Treasures to home décor and one-of-a-kind finds at Warehouse 10, Simply Charming, Little Crow, and Troxel’s Gem and Jewelry, shopping is an adventure. For a list of all stores, go to: visitrockawaybeach.org/rockaway-beach-shopping

We’ll see you soon! Plan your trip at visitrockawaybeach.org

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