Charleston & Around attractions

Park in Charleston & Around

Shore Acres State Park

Beautiful rehabilitated gardens are the highlight of this unusual state park, 4 miles southwest of Charleston. Louis Simpson, a shipping and lumber magnate, was exploring for new stands of lumber in 1905 when he dis…
Museum in Charleston & Around

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Charleston sits at the mouth of South Slough, a tidal river basin that turns into a vast, muddy estuary full of wildlife. Four miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Rd is this excellent interpretive center, with…
Park in Charleston & Around

Sunset Bay State Park

Three miles southwest of town on Cape Arago Hwy, this state park is nestled in a small, protected bay that once served as a safe harbor for fishing boats, and possibly pirates as well. Today it's popular with swimme…
Park in Charleston & Around

Cape Arago State Park

About 5 miles south of Charleston at blustery Cape Arago you can scan the horizon for whales, seals and watch ships passing into Coos Bay. The 0.2-mile South Cove Trail leads to a beach and tide pools while the 0.2-…
Aquarium in Charleston & Around

Charleston Marine Life Center

This fantastic new little museum/aquarium has lots of interactive displays plus views out over the harbor. Touch a whale on a screen to hear its song, pet a baby seal pelt, watch a fun film larva or pick up a sea ur…