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Seaside Beach


Seaside BeachAh, Seaside.... a place long famous for its taffy, is now known for its party atmosphere.

Oregon's oldest beach resort offers visitors a mixture of history, beach activities, spectacular views, antique shops and during the "party times", such as Spring Break, Mardi Gras and July 4th, a mini-version of Mardi Gras - minus the costumes and beads.

Seaside is a place that has something for everyone. For adults, there is fine dinning, long walks on the beach, at night with the moon glaring off the water, and a shopping center with everything from glass products to antiques. And for kids, there is an arcade, next to the restaurant Pig 'N Pancakes, a mini carnival complete with bumper cars to fun games; and don't forget the nice big toy store that you can drag your parents in :-).

Seaside with its beautiful promenade that parallels the beachfront, its charming streets, and a somewhat gaudy party-atmosphere, makes for a fun and interesting beach town. Portlanders have vacationed here for over six generations, adding to its rich and colorful history.

The promenade along with its monument to the explorers, Lewis and Clark, who explored the regions is proof of this history. To the north of downtown, is the Lewis & Clark Salt Works, a replica of the Salt Cairn used by the expedition to extract salt for use on their journey home. The Turnaround, located where the prom intersects Broadway in downtown Seaside, is the designated end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Drive on top of the Turnaround and enjoy terrific views of the Pacific Ocean and the long stretch of beach.

Seaside's sandy beach stretches from the estuary of the Necanicum River, north of town, to the cove against Tillamook Head on the south of town. Seaside's beach is easy to access from public parking and is long and wide open, though even on summer nights the beach will be dotted with bonfires surrounded by college students and young adults. Visiting the beach late at night can be quite and experience.

A mile out at sea stands Tillamook Rock, a bleak island with a lighthouse that operated from 1881 to 1957. This is one of two lighthouses on the Oregon Coast that visitors can't get to. In part, because it is privately owned but mainly because it sits on a rock in the middle of the treacherous ocean. Some people do however end up there, as the island was bought by funereal entrepreneurs who bring in urns of cremated remains by helicopter.


THINGS TO DO

On those rainy beach days, learn more about the town's fascinating history at the Seaside Historical Museum. At low-tide check out remnants of the natatoriums (hot salt water baths). When the ocean retreats, you will see the elbow-shaped pipe that used to bring water into the natatorium from the ocean.

During busier times of the year, rent a surrey, a pedal powered vehicle, and cruise on the beach or around the town.

For hikers, massive Tillamook Head, juts out from the land and separates Seaside from Cannon Beach, its more laid back neighbor, and offers terrific hiking trails - accessible from both the Seaside and the Cannon Beach sides.

The hike is approximately 3 to 8 miles depending on whether you walk the entire route or choose to walk only a portion of it and offers historic significance, isolated beaches, old rain forests, and breathtaking views. Even if you don't have the energy to walk the trail, you can still experience stunning views from the Ecola and Indian Beach picnic areas, both of which are accessible by car.

The Best of Seaside

Best restaurant- Pig 'N Pancake

Best - For storm weathers - Winter's rainstorms

Best - Whale watching is good from the tip of Tillamook Head between December and June, but bring binoculars because the headland is so high above the waves.


 A mile out at sea stands Tillamook Rock, a bleak island with a lighthouse that operated from 1881 to 1957. This is one of two lighthouses on the Oregon Coast that visitors can't get to. In part, because it is privately owned but mainly because it sits on a rock in the middle of the treacherous ocean. Some people do however end up there, as the island was bought by funereal entrepreneurs who bring in urns of cremated remains by helicopter.

Overall

Family vacations - mostly for partiers, but fun for the whole family with hiking, fishing, camping and surfing.

The water- great for surfing and watching while the sun is setting with your partner.

The sand- perfect for sand castle building, jogging, walking, volley ball, and whatever else comes to your mind.

Non Beach Fun - Seaside is a place that has something for everyone. Fine dinning, a beautiful beach, shopping, a rich history, to a mini carnival complete with bumper cars to fun games.

For surfers - the cove-like area, where Tillamook Head meets Seaside's beaches, is well-known as a popular spot.

The Worst of Seaside - the wind can be troublesome while relaxing, though it can be great for flying kites. Summers and Spring break, crowds can be overwhelming and prices high.
 
 

In short, Seaside offers plenty of activities in beautiful surroundings though if you are looking for a peaceful, laid back atmosphere, or a place to take the kids, you should check out some of Oregon's other beach towns.

 
Build a bonfire on the beach
Terrific restaurants
Great shopping
Wonderful places to stay
Surfing
Hike Tillamook Head,     
Fly a Kite
Take the kids to the arcade
Visit Seaside Historical Museum
Rent a surrey and cruise the beach and the town
Build a Sandcastle
Whale Watching