Things to Do in and Around Yachats
1555 Highway 101 N, Yachats, Oregon 97498
Ocean view restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Restaurant open 8 am-2:30 pm and 5-9 pm. Lounge Open noon-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, and noon-11 pm Friday-Saturday.
238 W 4th St
Yachats, Oregon 97498
Cozy restaurant located on The Commons. Quiche, croissants, sandwiches and soups. Beverages consist of tea, coffee, espresso drinks and Kombucha on tap. Luscious pastries with names like, "The Celestial Snail", and cakes and candy nougats, and other wonderful concoctions. Open 8:30 am to 5 pm Thursday-Monday (Friday-Monday in winter).
124 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498
Historic local restaurant with interesting decor offers an eclectic menu. Serving traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegan and gluten free options, and also hosting a full service bar. Live music nightly. Open 8 am to 10 pm (9 pm in winter). Free WiFi on site.
220 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 98498
Popular café and bakery, with great customer service, offers a nice selection of organic menu options, including a variety of espresso, coffee and tea drinks. Serving breakfast and lunch and offering retail coffee beans and loose leaf teas. Open 7:30-2:30 daily. Free WiFi on site.
580 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498
153 NW Hwy 101
Located in the heart of Yachats, this restaurant is owned and operated by a local fisherman. Serving breakfast, lunch and take-out, you can be assured it is FRESH. Seafood fare, chowder, Slumgullian (excellent), and grass fed beef make up an impressive menu. Fresh fish and seafood are also available for purchase. Indoor and outdoor seating and live music on Thursday-Friday-Saturday nights as posted. Open 8am-9pm (8 pm in winter).
A131 Highway 101 N
Classic restaurant located in the heart of Yachats, with ocean and river views. Serving lunch and dinner using local seasonal ingredients. Restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm, features a full service bar with Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday 4-6 pm. Reservations recommended.
1685 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, Oregon
Enjoy made-from-scratch pizza prepared with fresh ingredients in a fun family environment while you wait. Dine In or Take Out. Breakfast sandwiches and burgers served until 3 pm. Pizzas served from 3 pm to close. They offer an impressive selection of beer brands, and also carry a respectable wine collection. Enjoy sporting events on big screen TVs, play pool, darts or shuffle board. Open 7am-11pm Monday-Friday, 8am-11pm Saturday-Sunday. Off-season: open until 8:30 pm; closed Tuesday.
1685 Hwy 101 N
Enjoy a fabulous array of coffee and tea beverages. Drive-through. Under construction inside since a move in late 2017 to make room for the Dollar General next door. Expect to be able to stop inside to sit a spell by summer 2018. It is a fun and cool little place to regroup. Fresh baked muffins, scones, cookies, pastries and more are sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. Open 7 am-5 pm daily. Free WiFi on site.
153 Highway 101 N
Walking into a candy store is such a treat! At Topper’s you are greeted with an enticing display of house-made fudge and delectable chocolate truffles. Tillamook and Umpqua ice creams, shakes and sundaes are on the menu along with a full espresso bar & teas. A huge array of soft and chewy Salt-water taffy is displayed in self-serve containers. Other candies, both traditional & sugar free, are available for purchase. Open 10 am-9 pm in summer and 10 am-5 pm (closed Monday) in winter.
348 Highway 101 N, Yachats, Oregon
The Yachats Brewing & Farmstore, built originally to house a bank in 1965, has been beautifully remodeled to reflect the unique personality that is Yachats. Excellent craft brewery choices, both house label and other craft brews, offer up a fun experience as you meet with friends and family. A menu of interesting house-made ferments, smoked meats and fish is also available, along with daily specials. Live music on Fri-Sat as posted. Open 11:30 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday; 11:30 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday; 10 am-7 pm Sunday.
125 Ocean View Dr, Yachats, Oregon
Restaurant and pub serves lunch and dinner, including hand mixed “secret recipe” burgers and fish and chips. Imbibe in micro-brews, spirits and wine while you eat or enjoy lottery games, pool and pinball. You may choose to watch sports events on the HDTVs, enjoy ocean and river views or just hang out at the firepit on the back patio. There is a Thursday night acoustic jam. Open 11 am-10 pm; later on Friday-Saturday. Call for winter hours.
1555 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498
One mile north of Yachats
Representing quality creations from Northwest artists and nationally recognized artists, covering an array of media styles, including watercolor and pastel paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, clay works, and art glass. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.
2118 Hwy. 101 N, Bldg. 3
Yachats, Oregon 97498
One mile north of Yachats
Represents dozens of Oregon artists and crafts people. A wide variety of artistic styles are available, including photography, paintings, woodworking, metal and stone sculpture, ceramics, and hand-crafted jewelry and glass. Stop in to recharge as you shop for yourself or a loved one. Open 10 am-5 pm. Closed Tuesday January-April.
2118 North Coast Highway, Yachats, Oregon 97498
One mile north of Yachats
Focusing on fine photography, as it represents Oregon nature photographers Bob Keller and Donna McCoy, The Wave Gallery is located in the Greenhouse Market Place one mile north of the village of Yachats. Handmade furniture and decorative items are also available. Open 10:00 – 5:00, closed Tuesday-Wednesday (October – June).
237 W 3rd St, Yachats, Oregon 97498
A darling house, utilized as a gift boutique, is a must stop shop when visiting Yachats. Oodles of quality jewelry, original arts and crafts, and gift items abound in every nook and cranny. A plethora of greeting card styles and selections are entertaining as you shop. You are assured to find just the perfect card for any occasion. Valeria, the owner since 1988, is knowledgeable and kind. Open 11 am - 5 pm. Closed Tuesday.
130 Highway 101 S
A local hardware store that carries traditional hardware supplies and pretty much anything else you might need. To list a few, the Mercantile offers a variety of toys, accessories, sewing, and craft items. You will find accessories for your pet, bird feeders, kites and gift items. A selection of greeting cards and post cards are also available. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-3pm
Yachats Oregon 97598
Hand crafted works by area artisans are available for purchase. Candles crafted on site and embedded with agates found on the beach at Yachats give off a beautiful glow. Driftwood mobiles, decorated with shells and beads, are available in various sizes. Quality leatherwork bags and accessories are beautiful as they are useful and are crafted by a local artisan. Stained glass, sea shells, clothing and pot holders, jams, jellies, cards and handcrafted magnets are a few of the many other items available for sale. Open Thursday-Monday 11 am - 5 pm; 7 pm Friday/Sat. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday.
261 Hwy 101 North, Yachats Marketplace, Yachats, Oregon 97498
Cozy kitchen boutique specializing in functional and beautiful kitchen tools from the USA and Europe. You are sure to find a unique gift for you or a loved one. Open 10 am to 5:30 pm. Closed Thursday.
265 Hwy 101 North, Yachats Marketplace, Yachats, Oregon 97498
An inviting little bookstore, that offers a wide variety of genres and is Yachats’ only “gently used” bookstore. Mari’s also carries national best sellers and books by award winning local authors. Open 10 am-5 pm. Closed Wednesdays.
281 Hwy 101 North, Yachats Marketplace, Yachats, Oregon 97498
For your enjoyment and purchase, gems, minerals and fossils from around the world are displayed throughout the shop. Open 10 am-5 pm daily in summer; Friday-Monday in winter.
Easy trail that parallels the ocean from Smelt Sands Park to Starr Creek. Family friendly and dog friendly (on leash). About 1.7 miles with several additions if you want to add distance. Not crowded - depending on the time of year you might find you have the trail to yourself. The Sea Anemone is 2 minutes from the 804 Trail.
Moderate hike from north trail head on Yachats Ocean Road and south to Amanda statue. Continues south from statue for strenuous hike to summit of Cape Perpetua. Learn more...
Private property behind the Earthworks Gallery
2222 Highway 101 N
A wonderful and diverse collection of plants and trees, many flowering species that are spectacular during the blooming season. Enjoy a peaceful and easy stroll with slight elevation, a must see when you visit Yachats. This garden is a recognized regional treasure of biological diversity with exotic plants, native species, and hybrids developed by Dr. Gerdemann. Learn more...
This is a fairly new trail that is named to honor the native Alseas’ pronunciation of the locale: Ya’Xaik (YAH-hike). It is a nice hike through a Sitka spruce and western hemlock forest. It is just over 1 mile from the entrance on Diversity Lane to the junction with the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve.
A pleasant and easy boardwalk stroll through a natural coastal wetland - right in the middle of Yachats on 4th Street. A project supported by many local volunteers restored this overgrown area to the beautiful wetland it is today.
This historical church was constructed in 1930 from local timber. It is now a museum, however, weddings are performed here. The Oregon Historical Society purchased the church and in 1986 deeded it to the City of Yachats. Settler history is featured in the museum section along with works by local artists. The museum is usually open 12:00 - 3:00 every day except Thursday.
92072 Hwy 101 S, Florence, Oregon
13 miles south of Yachats
Beautiful views of the ocean and a tour of an historical lighthouse must be included in your visit to the Central Oregon Coast. Interpretive Center parking is available right off highway 101, then, a fairly easy ½ mile walk through trees on a paved path from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Parking fees apply as it is a State Park. There is no charge for tours. The Heceta Head (Ha – SEE – Ta) lighthouse was built in 1894 at a cost of $80,000 and is located mid-way up the 205 foot tall headland. The lighthouse is 56 feet high and is topped with a “first order” Fresnel lens which casts a beam 21 nautical miles (39km; 24 mi) out to sea. It is the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The light house was automated in 1963 which replaced the need for a lighthouse watchman. The area is managed by Parks and Recreation and is on the National Register for Historic Places for its architectural and engineering significance. Keeper’s House Tours are given Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Thursday through Monday from 11 to 3 p.m. Lighthouse Tours are given daily, in the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the winter 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour times are subject to change due to staffing and inclement weather. The lighthouse observation area is open year round during park hours.
91892 Oregon Coast Hwy, Florence, Oregon
13 miles south of Yachats
Heceta Head State Park (which includes Devils Elbow State Park) is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. Picnic tables, sheltered from the wind by trees, are available as you enjoy spectacular ocean views. Once you have hiked the short trail to the Lighthouse at Heceta Head State Park, continue on to a 7-mile network of trails for spectacular views of the ocean. You may also spot many species of sea birds on the cliffs and rocks. During migration* periods you may also view whales as they migrate north with their young. Sea lions live in the area and should be pretty easy to spot year round.
*Gray whales can be seen off the Oregon coast almost every month of the year. Migrating whales can be viewed from December – January as they travel southbound to the Baja California to mate. The northbound migration takes place from February – June as they head north to the Arctic feeding grounds. Mothers with their young can be seen along the Oregon Coast most frequently between April and June.
5400-5566 Mercer Lake Rd, Florence, Oregon
20 miles south of Yachats off Highway 101
Man eating plants! Well, not quite, but insect eating plants abide at Darlingtonia State Natural Site. It is the only state property in Oregon that is dedicated to protecting the Darlingtonia californica. This rare plant is better known as the Cobra lily. It is a strangely shaped plant with hooded leaves that form erect tubes that stand 10 to 20 inches high. Nectar inside a hidden opening entices insects to enter. Once inside “the tube”, from which there is no escape, an insect is doomed. Bacteria in a pool of water at the base of the tube, decomposes the insect to nitrogen, which is then absorbed by the plant. Yikes! The park offers parking and a boardwalk into the fen where you can view the Cobra lilies. Collecting them is illegal in Oregon. A picnic area is available as you enjoy rhododendrons, spruce, cedar and shore pine.
Highway 101, near the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
2 miles south of Yachats
Hiking enthusiast alert! The Cummins Ridge Trail takes you into a wilderness area of towering stands of Sitka spruce, Western hemlock and Douglas fir trees. You ascend more than 1,000 feet as the trail winds you about 5.8 miles through these beauties. Walking through this dense rainforest wilderness of old growth Sitka spruce is a humbling experience as you wander past trees sometimes 9 feet in diameter. Watch for wildlife along the way. Check their website for details of hiking trails through the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon wilderness system. I highly recommend!
Highway 101 – 3 miles south of Yachats
#1 on Trip Adviser’s things to do in Yachats and, I agree, any visit to Yachats must include a stop at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Rugged headlands and jagged volcanic outcrops leave you spellbound and breathless. I fell in love with this place years ago on my first ever ocean visit when I was 21 years old. The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center offers a plethora of information about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and free guided tours are available during the summer months. The interpretive center building is wheelchair accessible as is the Captain Cook Trail which leads from the interpretive center to skirt the water’s edge. A 45 minute hike to the top of Cape Perpetua rewards you with breathtaking views of the ocean as waves crash against volcanic edges (you can also drive to the top). View the Spouting Horn at Cook’s Chasm and Thor’s Well, both salt water fountains driven by the power of ocean waves. Check out the 600 year old Giant Sitka Spruce. Hike down to Devil’s Churn where ocean waves crash into a long crack of coastal rock, causing waves to collide and explode with energy. Wander along the beach watching for sea life and collecting seashell and rock treasures. I once observed a sea otter tackle a crab as they struggled in the surf. The otter won! I highly recommend you allocate a few hours or all day for family fun at this truly amazing area.
You can bank on family adventure at the Oregon Dunes NRA. 40 miles of wind-sculpted and ever shifting sand dunes, these dunes are like no other in the world. The largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, running from Florence, Oregon to Coos Bay, Oregon, this area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. ATV and dune buggy rentals are available in Florence or you may choose a sand rail or big buggy tour. Other activities abound; hiking, camping, paddling, picnicking, wildlife viewing, birding, or just good old playing in the sand.
Sunset Road, to State Park, Yachats, Oregon
Smelt Sands State Park gives the most friendly beach access in the Yachats area and offers access to the coast side 804 trail. Walk directly from the Sea Anemone on the 804 Trail or turn off Highway 101 near Outta Gas Pizza to a small parking lot that includes public restrooms and is just steps from crashing waves and splendid sunset views. This area is an excellent whale watching area and photography viewpoint. Benches are scattered around the area for ocean viewing. Low tide makes available tide pools and exposes beach area for rock and shell hunting. High tide views are amazing as ocean waves crash against basalt rocks. The park is named for a yearly smelt run – small silvery fish related to salmon.
80 S. Hwy 101, Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
37 miles north of Yachats
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Enjoy an exhilarating whale watching tour on board a zodiac whale-watching boat. Captain Gary has tons of experience (45 years) working in the maritime business and is highly skilled. Along with his skilled and experienced support team, they practice the highest possible safety standards as they also educate you about whales and marine life as you tour. I know from experience that your trip will be fun, informative and interactive. Tours available March to October, and reservations are recommended to get the day and time that works for you. It is a popular place – I highly recommend this adventure. It is good for families with kids, too. Check their website for booking details. It is a great thrill to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, Oregon
24 miles north of Yachats
250 species, 15,000 animals, 1,800,000 gallons of water, a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium is sure to delight all members of your family. Watch as keepers feed birds and seals and otters. Explore mysteries of the ocean through a submerged acrylic tunnel as you view sea life. Events change frequently so sign up for their newsletter to keep abreast of exciting adventures waiting for your family.
2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon
24 miles north of Yachats
All family members will enjoy a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Many fun and hand’s on exhibits for both kids and adults to learn about marine plants and animals. Enjoy marine science as you also learn to appreciate how scientific research directs us to manage and sustain coastal and marine resources.
91560 Highway 101, Florence, Oregon
16 miles south of Yachats
Sea Lion Caves is America's largest sea cave and the year-round home of the Steller sea lion. Hop on the elevator to gain entrance to the cave where you can view sea lions in their winter home. They can be viewed on the rock ledges outside the cave in spring and summer during the breeding and birthing season.
Open almost every day of the year, hours of operation are 9 AM to 4:00 PM. They close at noon the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and are closed all day Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Adults: $14.00 each, Seniors: $13.00 each, Ages 5 to 12: $8.00 each, Ages 4 and younger: FREE
85366 Highway 101, Florence, Oregon
1 mile south of Florence off Highway 101
Family fun at Sandland Adventures as you tour the wonders of the ever shifting sands, view various wildlife and visit unique tree islands. Enjoy an exciting dune ride on their Sand Rails or choose a relaxing tour on a Giant Dune Buggy. Other activities include Bumper Boats, Grand Prix style Go-Kart track, Miniature Golf or a ride on the Cloverline Railroad. Open March – December. Check out their website for schedule details and activity fees.
280 Overleaf Lodge Ln, Yachats, Oregon
$25 gives you access to use of the hot tub, steam room, sauna and showers. Purchase a spa treatment and you receive use of the spa all day for no extra charge. Treat yourself or someone you love to an adventure of relaxation for mind, body and soul. A healing massage, therapeutic body care treatments, relaxing hydrotherapy, and/or a restorative facial, are certain to add value to your Oregon Coast visit. A short walk from the Sea Anemone vacation rental, north on the 804 trail with amazing ocean views along the way, you can immerse yourself in a world of wonderful aromas and the cozy ambiance of spa therapy.
3916 South Coast Highway, South Beach, Oregon
22 miles north of Yachats
25 artist’s works are available for purchase. Enjoy a fun experience as you watch artists at work or learn how to make one for yourself. Learning that is fun for kids and teens as you explore their diverse selection of artwork.
1680 Crestline Drive, Waldport, Oregon
8 miles north of Yachats
Beautiful and scenic golf course offers a 9-hole course with a family friendly atmosphere. There are four tee options and unique challenges that will appeal to all levels of ability. Visit their website for details.