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Top Choice Aquarium in Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The region's top attraction, this cutting-edge aquarium is especially fun if you have kids along. Marine celebrities include seals, sea otters and a giant octopus (or two), and there's an impressive deep-sea exhibit…
Top Choice Seafood in Newport

Local Ocean Seafoods

Popular and with good reason – the food is freshly prepared and very tasty here. Try the crab po'boy sandwich, shrimp and spicy-noodle salad or pan-fried oysters. The wharf views are pretty, especially on warm days …
Park in Newport

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Stretching a mile out to sea is the popular Yaquina Head, a grassy headland just north of Newport. Short trails lead to viewing areas for shorebirds, harbor seals and whales, and the tide pools are the best managed …
Museum in Newport

Hatfield Marine Science Center

This excellent science center has great exhibits, especially on wave energy and the local fishing industry. There's a touch tank and you can see the octopus being fed. Outside, a section of the Misawa dock from Japa…
Park in Newport

Yaquina Bay State Park

Situated on a bushy bluff above the north entrance of the bay, this park is popular for beach access and views over Yaquina Bay. Visit the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse – not to be confused with the Yaquina Head Lighthouse…
American in Newport

Brewer's on the Bay

This casual eatery serves up clam chowder, BLTs, pulled-pork sliders, Kobe burgers and salads. The view of Yaquina Bay is a plus, and the bar's a great hangout (with every Rogue beer on tap). Walk through the giant …
Brewery in Newport

Rogue Ales Public House

Don’t miss out on tasting some of the state's best-loved craft brews at the source – the Shakespeare stout is an old favorite, but there are dozens of choices. Sit at an outdoor table or inside at the big wooden bar…
Books in Newport

Canyon Way Bookstore

The Canyon Way Bookstore is a local institution offering a fine choice of books, with especially good history, mystery and children's sections. An on-site restaurant provides good homemade meals, a peaceful patio an…
Museum in Newport

Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center

This modern museum, on the bayfront, educates the public on the Central Oregon Coast's maritime history and fishing industry, displaying such artifacts as a hand-hewn Siletz canoe and a couple of ship steering wheel…
Irish in Newport

Nana's Irish Table

Great hangout pub in Nye Beach, with good atmosphere and reasonable prices. The 'Bunratty Reuben' sandwich comes locally recommended, or try the shepherd's pie or Scotch egg. Nice front patio for warm days.