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Achieving The Perfect Family Beach Outing

What Could be more Ideal than Going to the Beach?

Speaking in the most general sense, grabbing the kiddies, packing up the car with whatever necessities they sensibly require, and heading off to the beach -  almost any random beach - would likely fit just about anyone's definition of a potential great family getaway. In concept it's a hard idea to beat. But there are beaches and shoreline of all kinds, waves and weather of all kinds (and temperatures), and local services, amenities, and local attractions of all kinds that can significantly affect the deviation in outcome form this vacation ideal.

A Little Forethought and Preplanning Helps

>Think about the ages of you kids, and their abilities, temperaments, and tolerances. Generally speaking, if getting into the water is the main aim, more northerly = cold, and more southerly = warmer (or quite not so cold). The same goes for air temperatures and inclement weather - although rain and fog can happen anywhere, and is notoriously difficult to predict. What does your family want to do? What can you kids handle?

You Might Think About Safety Also

Perhaps a shoreline full of interesting rock formations might be fine for able-bodied, older children, but you might want to think twice about clambering over a sea stack with a toddler in tow - especially if that toddler is remotely likely to toddle off on their own. Rocks can have sharp edges and other hazards. And a child that senses the almost universal allure of the waves and water may not understand the power and danger of them, and could be at risk without strict supervision. Some adults have this problem too. So watch yourself. Take a look at the tips on our Stay, Play, & Travel Safe page for more info.

How to Choose a Beach

It would be quite impossible for us to recommend any particular beach that is especially family-friendly because we don't know what your family is like. If hard pressed, Seaside, Oregon earns high marks for being a pretty terrific place for families overall. But there are other beaches that are similarly safe, fun, and beautiful, all up and down the FunBeachFun coast. Get yourself a map, or consult one online. See what is nearest to you. Ask your friends about their experiences and suggestions. Start exploring. Eventually, you will find your own special beach that is your family's ideal, perfect spot.

Fifteen Minutes Later Been There, Done That, Now What?

Whatever amount of time it takes to stick their toes in the water, throw the frisbee a few times, chase the dog, fly a kite, find a few shells or interesting pebbles, when they start asking "What do we do now?" it's helpful to have something up you sleeve (a plan B...or C) if they are bored, or cold, or both. It could just be time to break out the snacks. Oftentimes that's all that's needed. But something else altogether may be in order.

Seaside (or Nearby) Attractions to The Rescue

From north to south along the FunBeachFun coast there are all sorts of other things to do for families of all shapes, sizes, and inclinations. You might want to plan your beach trip around the proximity of one of these alternate activities for the kids amusement and/or edification (or your own). Opportunities range from quiet indoor (aquariums and museums) to active outdoor (hiking, bike or kayak rentals), or carrousel rides (and other amusements), and educational (historical landmarks, zoos, and nature centers).

Family-Friendly Attractions you might Consider Trying

Below is a listing of some amusements, attractions, and points of interest that might appeal to your family. Families differ as much as the individuals in them. So look for something that is a shared-interest of as many individuals as possible. These destinations are arranged (North to South) and listed under four regions: North Coast; Central; South; and North CA.

North Coast, Oregon Playing Recommendations:


Alderbrook Golf Course
Alderbrook Golf Course

503-842-6410
7300 Alderbrook Road
Tillamook, OR 97141
http://www.alderbrookgolfcourse.com/

One of northwest Oregon’s most charming and treasured courses. This 18 hole, par 69 public golf course features 5,965 yards of golf from the back tees and is one of the oldest courses along the Oregon Coast. Located 5 miles north of Tillamook, Oregon, Alderbrook offers panoramic views of mountain vistas, beautiful natural springs, and forests of mature cedar and fir trees. After an invigorating round of golf, relax in our new clubhouse and dine at Koko's Restaurant overlooking the course. The aesthetics surrounding the club house are unmatched with flower beds, fountains and waterfalls.


Astoria Music Festival
Astoria Music Festival

503-325-9896
1271 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR 97103
http://astoriamusicfestival.org

In one short decade the Astoria Music Festival has become one of the most active summer musical events in the Northwest. There’s something for every taste and pocketbook from opera and full orchestral music to “Classics 4 Kids,” dance performances, intimate chamber music and informal Happy Hours. It’s a feast for the senses. 


Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Astoria Riverfront Trolley

(541) 325-6311
1 Basin St
Astoria, OR 97103
http://www.old300.org

Ride a restored 1913 trolley for 2.6 miles along the Columbia River in Astoria. Catch it anywhere on the riverfront between Basin and 39th streets. Roundtrip ride is $1, an all day pass is $2. The round trip takes about an hour. 


Cannon Beach Spa
Cannon Beach Spa

503-436-8772
232 N Spruce
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
http://cannonbeachspa.com/

The total Spa Experience! Massage, hydrotherapy, skin care, foot spa, chocolate cafe, nutrition testing, spa packages.


Coaster Theatre
Coaster Theatre

503-436-1242
108 N Hemlock St
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
http://www.coastertheatre.com/

The Coaster Theatre serves as a regional resource and as the center for community activities for residents and guest to the Northern Oregon Coast.  The theatre is committed to community values, quality entertainment and the fine art of good theatre.


Discover Paragliding, Warrenton
Discover Paragliding, Warrenton

503-861-2772
91648 Schaffer Drive
Warrenton, OR 97146
http://www.discoverparagliding.com

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To soar with the eagles has been one of mankind's oldest and most exciting dreams. Finally, with paragliding, you can make that dream come true for you too. Discover ParaGliding meets ll you paragliding needs for training, equipment, and information. Introductory "tandem" experience, seaside towing, gift certificates. Real adventure awaits!

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Garibaldi Charters
Garibaldi Charters

503-322-0007
7th & Hwy 101
Garibaldi, OR 97118
http://www.garibaldicharters.com

Garibaldi Charters is a family-owned and operated ocean charter fishing company. Their captains are experienced, Coast Guard Certified skippers who have lived and worked on the ocean and with boats most of their lives. Their courteous, knowledgeable deckhands are eager to please, and boats fully equipped with modern safety and fishfinding equipment to make your trip an unforgettable experience and an exciting adventure.


Gearhart Golf Links
Gearhart Golf Links

(503) 738-3538
1157 N. Marion
Gearhart, OR 97138
http://gearhartgolflinks.com/

Enjoy the newly renovated Gearhart Golf Links. 400 trees have been removed to reveal the true Links identity of the 122 year old Gem. With the addition of several new tees, today the golf course plays 6429 yards from the “Stones”, 6176 from the Black Tees, 5741 from the White Tees, and 5157n from the Forward Tees. GGL is a par 72 and stretches for about a mile from north to south, with bounding, rolling fairways, and small fast greens. Services include: Fully stocked pro shop, PGA golf instruction, power and push carts, and clubs for rent.


High Life Adventures
High Life Adventures

503-861-9875
33136 Hwy 101 Business
Warrenton, Oregon 97146
http://highlife-adventures.com/

Zip Line Tours on the Oregon Coast! Enjoy a guided tour of eight zip lines!  Take in the beautiful natural setting, complete with seasoned timber, ponds, and a seven-acre lake, all while zipping through the air under the expert watch and assistance of our highly trained guides. Our zip line tour is sure to leave you and your family with lasting memories!


Kayaking
Kayaking

503-368-5858
580 Marine Highway 101
Wheeler, OR 97147
http://www.wheeleronthebay.com/oregon-coast-kayaking.html

The Oregon Coast offer some of the most accessible kayaking of any area in the country and Wheeler on the Bay offers the perfect launch point or destination for your kayaking adventure. Listen to bird songs, the splash of a fish, watch great bald eagles & turkey vultures soar overhead. Catch sight of the Coast Deer and Roosevelt Elk as they feed. Call for current kayak rental pricing and special lodging kayaking packages. Can't stay but still want to Kayak by the hour or day, call 503-368-5780.


Linda Sue III Charters
Linda Sue III Charters

503-355-3419
http://www.ls3charters.com

Their boats, Herbie, and Blue Water Too are available for fishing, whale-watching, bird-watching, bay and ocean eco-cruises, wedding and burial at sea. Group Rates Available. All vessels are Coast Guard Licensed and Inspected with two Licensed Captains, Ray Dana, and Stephen Dana and two deckhands AJ and RJ.


Manzanita Golf Course
Manzanita Golf Course

503-368-5744
Lakeview Drive
Manzanita, OR 97130
http://www.oregongolf.com/courses/manzanita/manzanita-gc/

A course designed by Ted Erickson, and opened in 1987, and offering tree-lined fairways, easy walking, and a pleasant game. On the 5th hole there's a 60 foot drop to the fairway below. The slope is 97 to 102, and the ratings are 61.8 for men and 63.2 for women. The ladies tees have a par of 33 for a total distance of 2,100 yards. Open year round with a full-service pro shop.  The driving range is open May through September. Reservations are suggested.


Oregon Beach Rides
Oregon Beach Rides

971-237-6653
http://www.oregonbeachrides.com/OBR%20Nehalem%20Bay%20rates.html

Looking for a day adventure? Enjoy the Nehalem Bay and ocean beach for hours of horseback riding. A variety of packages and trail routes are available for experienced and inexperienced riders. Enjoy a horseback ride and watch the sun go down as you ride on the beach and through the dunes. Enjoy a ride on beach trails, through sand dunes, to the ocean beach. Stop for pictures on the beach. Walk, trot on the beach, returning on dune trails. A rare and wonderful treat for beach and horse lover alike.


Oregon Beach Rides
Oregon Beach Rides

971-237-6653
http://www.oregonbeachrides.com/

We have experienced horses for all skill levels and miniature horses to accommodate kids. Ages 6 and up can ride. Guidance and instruction included. We stop to take photos on the beach.


Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

855-842-7972
http://www.ocsr.net

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a non-profit museum group that runs antique steam trains between Garibaldi and Wheeler during the tourist season. The goal has been to keep these pieces of history available for the public to learn from and to appreciate. Daytime excursions from Rockaway leave at 1 p.m. on weekends from June through September. Coast excursions are 90-minute round trips. Dinner trains are a three hour round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler with views of Tillamook Bay, the Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay. The menu varies from trip to trip, so check out the OCSR website for details.


Russ Morrow's Sport-fishing Guide Service
Russ Morrow's Sport-fishing Guide Service

503-310-9733
http://www.fishwithruss.com

Russ Morrow's Sport-fishing Guide Service Coupon

Get ready for a great day of fishing! Book your next fishing adventure with professional guide Russ Morrow. With many years of guiding throughout Oregon’s rivers and Pacific Coast, Russ will put you in the right place at the right time for a fishing experience you’ll never forget! Whether you’re an experienced fisherman (or fisherwoman!), or have never fished before, Russ will make sure you have a fun day on the water.

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Seaside Carousel Mall
Seaside Carousel Mall

(503) 738-6728
300 Broadway
Seaside, OR 97138
http://www.seasidecarouselmall.com/

20 unique shops surrounding a full size working carousel, offering dining, snacks, coffee, specialty gifts, art, imports, framing, kites, games, clothing, jewelry, toys, candies, ice cream, old time photos & portraits, and much more.


SIGGI-G Ocean Charters
SIGGI-G Ocean Charters

503-322-3285
611 South Commercial
Garibaldi, OR 97118
http://www.siggig.com

Located at the marina in Garibaldi, Oregon, SIGGI-G Ocean Charters offers Deep Sea Bottom Fishing Trips or when in-season, Halibut and Salmon Fishing trips. When you spend time at the coast, why not make time to spend a day on the ocean having fun catching bass, salmon, halibut, ling cod or rock fish. Come fish the great Pacific with us!


Spa Manzanita
Spa Manzanita

503-368-4777
144 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97130
http://www.spamanzanita.com

Every professional at spa manzanita pledges services and products to make your visit to the coast truly exceptional. You can look forward to an inspired ritual for body, mind and spirit. At spa manzanita, we combine the serenity of the beach, the power of expert touch and the comfort of our surroundings to ensure a rejuvenating experience.


Stand Up Paddleboard
Stand Up Paddleboard

503-368-4777
144 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97103
http://www.supmanzanita.com/

Stand Up Paddle Boarding aka SUP is one of the world’s fastest growing recreation water sports. There is good reason for that. It is so user friendly that anyone can learn it and enjoy the sport in less than a day, essentially immediately! Once you try it, you will understand why. Basically you are standing on a giant surfboard and propelling yourself with a paddle.


Wheel Fun Rentals, Seaside
Wheel Fun Rentals, Seaside

(503) 738-8447
407 S. Holladay Drive
Seaside, OR 97138
http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/listlocations/64

Rent a four-wheel pedal surrey, beach-cruiser bicycle, electric car, moped, or even a kayak - whatever suits your fancy - to see Seaside in a do-it-yourself tour the way (and at the speed) you want to see it at. Rentals are reasonable and by-the-hour. Feel the ocean breeze in your hair!

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