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Old 06-03-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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Seaside's your best bet to keep bored kids busy with a bunch of non-beach-related activities like air hockey, video games, etc.

But if you want them to actually enjoy the coast and the nature, then in between Florence and Newport are several stops, including the Sea Lion Caves (a tad overrated), numerous tidepools, Heceta Head, and finally the aquarium in Newport's old town.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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Seaside is beautiful and lots to do for all ages
You can walk to 90% of the places there.
There are many other towns but they are very spread out.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Along the same lines, I wanted to take my children to the beach one day this summer, followed by a nice, laid-back seafood meal. Are there any restaurants in any of the aforementioned beaches where you can sit on the deck and have a view of the water while eating a great seafood meal? Kind of "Joe's Crab Shack" style (I noticed they have no locations in OR) ?
Try Intro - Mo's Chowder .
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Seaside is beautiful and lots to do for all ages
You can walk to 90% of the places there.
There are many other towns but they are very spread out.
You're right. And then there's the big, wide, open beach at Seaside with play equipment. The promenade along the beach -- does anyone know how long it runs? It's a great place for things like bike riding, renting those little bike carts, etc.

I never understand Seaside's bad rap - though I can maybe see it if talking about what satisfies a middle-aged couple.
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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Seaside is also close to Astoria which is my #2 recommendation for Children - at least Fort Stevens. Kids love that place.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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At some point, take three or four days and drive down the entire coast to the California border. Oregon has one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. I did that one summer after I moved here, stopping at every beach town and point of interest from Astoria to Brookings. People already have talked about Newport and points north. The dunes at Florence are enormous -- comparable to what I remember in Provincetown on Cape Cod. Bandon, Gold Beach, and Brookings have spectacular off-shore rock formations. One thing that struck me was that towns that had a waterfront area aimed at tourists (restaurants, shops, art galleries) looked fairly prosperous, whereas those that had no touristy areas were full of decrepit-looking buildings and closed-down shopping centers. It was sad. I'm guessing the latter had economies based primarily on fishing, which is a tough industry to be in.

Late summer is a good time to go. If you're lucky, you'll encounter some warm, sunny, relatively wind-free days. But be sure to visit the coast during storm season in winter, too. Watching the crashing waves from a cozy hotel room is an Oregon tradition.

Although it's expensive for a family, the Inn at Spanish Head has one of the best weekend brunch buffets I've ever had. In addition to the usual brunch fare, there's a great selection of seafood. The restaurant sits on the beach above the ocean, and unless you're right next to the window and have an angle of sight downward toward the sand, all you see is ocean.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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When I was a kid, my family took me to Bandon with regularity. Probably my favorite spot on the coast. Great beaches, a lighthouse (Coquille River Light), and some fun shops (including an awesome candy shop) in downtown Bandon.
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