Things To Do in Lincoln City, Oregon
Whether you’d like to spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach, tour the beautiful Oregon coast, get some exercise hiking scenic trails, have a day filled with family fun—or do just about anything else—you’ve picked the perfect place to visit. Lincoln City boasts an abundance of things to explore, experience and enjoy. Start planning your stay with this list of just some of what Lincoln City has to offer, and be sure to check out the city’s list of upcoming events, too!
The Scenic Oregon Coast
You won’t need a car to get from the hotel to Lincoln City’s public beach, which spans over seven miles. Slip on your flip-flops and walk just 6 blocks to take in the sun and surf. If you visit between mid-October and Memorial Day, be on the lookout for the handmade glass floats that have been placed on the beach by the city’s “fairies.” If you find one, take it home as a one-of-a-kind souvenir—finders keepers!
Take a day trip to explore some of the most popular nearby coastal sites. Travel down the scenic Oregon Coast Highway to Cape Perpetua, just south of Yachats. There, you can have a safe encounter with the ocean’s fury at Devil’s Churn and enjoy the Pacific view from the stone shelter, a structure used as an observation point during World War II. For a shorter excursion, head down to the Devil’s Punchbowl, a bowl-shaped rock formation filled with churning ocean waters.
A tour of the lighthouses just north of Newport offers a calmer view of the sea. Get a taste of Oregon’s coastal history at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the state’s tallest, or experience what is believed to be Newport’s oldest building: the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. And for a truly unique experience, spend the day whale watching at Depoe Bay, Oregon’s “Whale Watching Capital,” on an excursion with Tradewinds Charters.
The Active Outdoors
If you’re the active type, you’ll find plenty of ways to get in some exercise while you explore Oregon’s sights. Hike to the beautiful Drift Creek Falls just east of Lincoln City or hike the more than nine miles of Nature Conservancy Trails at Cascade Head north of the city. Or if you’re a tennis ace, show off your skills on the courts at Lincoln City’s Dorchester Park.
Water sports enthusiasts can spend the day at Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City. The lake is the perfect local spot for fishing, boating, swimming and waterskiing. There’s no need to bring your own boat; rent a kayak, paddleboat, pontoon boat or other watercraft at Blue Heron Landing. And for a real water sport treat, sit back and watch the pros hang ten during the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic.
Arts and Exploration
Learn more about early life in Lincoln City and County at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by floral blooms at the Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, just a short five-minute drive from the Wecoma. Then spend an afternoon getting up close and personal with some of our marine neighbors at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.
Experience the local arts during a visit to one of the galleries at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, or take in a live show produced by the talented community theater crew at Theatre West. Exercise your culinary muscles as you learn the secrets to creating gourmet dishes in one of the classes offered at Lincoln City’s Culinary Center.
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Spend some time antiquing with locals during your visit to Lincoln City. The Little Antique Mall, a little up the road from the hotel, houses more than 80 vendors in 15,000 square feet of shopping space, and the Rocking Horse Antique Mall is a quick drive down Highway 101. And just a short walk away lies the Oceanlake area of town, featuring a unique selection of local shops.
If you work up an appetite after all that shopping, head to the Historic Taft District to grab a bite at one of the local restaurants. Try the world famous clam chowder at Mo’s or relax with a cocktail at Tiki’s at 51st. And once you’ve refueled, visit the Jennifer L. Sears Glass Float Art Studio, also in the Taft District, where you can watch glass-blowing demonstrations—and try out the craft yourself!
Follow dinner with a relaxing night at the movies at the Lincoln City Cinema or the Bijou Theatre. If you’re up for more fun, play the odds at Chinook Winds Casino, where you can also enjoy live performances or hit the green during the day at the casino’s golf resort.
Lincoln City is a great family vacation destination. Kids love splashing in the Lincoln City Community Center Swimming Pool and exploring the playground at the Regatta Grounds Park. Families can engage in some friendly competition on the mini green at the All American Putt N Bat or at the lanes of Delake Bowl. Pick up a kite at Catch the Wind for high-flying fun on the beach or skate over to Lincoln City’s spectacular skateboard park. And for the ultimate family adventure, spend the day geocaching on a high-tech scavenger hunt.