The beach is a favorite getaway for Oregon families. If you’re looking for something new to do on your next long weekend, especially outdoor adventures, try these seven, sure-to-please excursions on the Tillamook Coast.
Things to do
Tillamook Cheese Factory Big Red Barn
While the visitor center gets remodeled, the Cheese Factory built a big red barn with both new experiences and all-time favorites. Come see it while you can – and sample free cheese, of course.
4175 Highway 101 North, Tillamook
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Ride the rails behind a historic Steam Locomotive. This scenic trip chugs along Tillamook Bay and gives passengers views of the ocean and the Nehalem River Canyon between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach. Dinner trains, too. Hop on board in Garibaldi
Oregon Coast Railriders
Put pedal to the metal on recumbent bikes that ride on unused train track. The 11-mile round trip excursion takes you through farmlands, across trestles and over rivers, while viewing wildlife and scenic landscapes.
Hayes Oyster Drive, Bay City
Kelly’s Brighton Marina
There’s nothing like catching fresh Dungeness crab or digging for clams on the beach, then having it all cooked up for dinner on the dock. And with Kelly showing you the ropes, you’ll have a ton of fun!
29200 Highway 101 North, Rockaway Beach
Take a hike
There are trails and more trails on the Tillamook Coast, from pleasurable strolls to thigh pumpers. In the central area, you’ll enjoy interpretive walks in Kilchis Point Reserve in Bay City, Munson Creek Falls in Tillamook, which leads to a wonderful waterfall, or a 5-mile round trip hike at Cape Lookout, where you can watch for whales, depending on the season.
Ecotour on Tillamook Bay
Sunsets, whale watching, wildlife viewing. When enjoyed from a boat on the bay, with a glass of wine and a guide telling stories…well, there’s no better way to take in the Tillamook Coast. Tidewater Adventures is your guide for the experience.
Fat tire beach bikes
Bike riding on dunes, sand and across waves is much easier with fat tires. Shore Riders will bring the bikes to you and pick them up when you’re done.
Places to eat
The Schooner in Netarts
Known for local seafood and farm-to-table meals with just-caught, just-harvested fixings, this restaurant specializes in oysters plucked from Netarts Bay. Sit indoors or outdoors on the heated patio.
2065 Netarts Basin Boat Road
Garibaldi Portside Bistro
Open for less than one year, this small bistro on the marina in Garibaldi has earned rave reviews for smoked pork loin and tri-tip, cooked outdoors on the grill.
606 Biak Ave, Garibaldi
Hidden Acres Greenhouse Café
Enjoy delicious lunches while dining in a garden store and nursery. Long after you finish eating, you’ll be strolling the lovely grounds.
6760 S Prairie Rd, Tillamook
Places to stay
Sheltered Nook Tiny Home Village
This village of six tiny homes are fully furnished with locally-made furniture, a TV, and all the cooking utensils you may need during your stay. There’s also a 9-hole disc golf course on the premises, and Kilchis Point Reserve is just a block away.
7860 Warren Street, Bay City
Netarts Surf Inn
This vintage motel was recently remodeled in hip surfer chic. Each room is decorated with bold, colorful artwork by local artists, and plenty of bright, natural light with which to see Netarts Bay.
4951 Netarts Highway West, Netarts
Happy Camp Hideaway
As close to the ocean as you get without actually being in it, this family friendly resort was built in 1902 and is still going strong. Individual cabins that sleep 4 to 12 people feel like a home away from home.
825 Happy Camp Road, Netarts