Otter Rock Journals

Oregon Coast adventures

An August 2003 trip to Otter Rock by Tami and Mike

Quote: Escaping the inland summer heat to spend a week with cool ocean breezes was a real family treat and a great way to spend the last week before the kids returned to school.
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Best Things Nearby:The tide pools! Exploring the tide pools at low tide is awesome. Giant green sea anemones, purple sea urchins, orange and purple sea stars, chitons, limpets, and mussels are everywhere. There are harbor seals on the rocks close enough to walk up to--however visitors are asked not to get closer than 50 yards. Walking inside the Devil's Punchbowl is awesome.Best Things About the Resort:The condos in this resort were placed among large old trees and situated so that most of them have ocean views. Cars are not allowed to drive to the condos, but are parked near the front office. Resort personnel will transport people and luggage to their condo in golf carts...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

The Inn at Otter Crest
301 Otter Crest Drive
Otter Rock, Oregon 97369
(541) 765-2111

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The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open mid-May through mid-September. They have maps of several different hiking trails which branch out from the visitors center. There are hikes of all levels of difficulty. Our favorite was a 4-mile loop into the old growth forest. The huge old Sitka Spruce trees were awesome. At the beginning of the hike, the trees were smaller and packed together, than at the top of the hill, the ground leveled out and more sunlight filtered into the trees. The trees up there were up to 400 years old with trunks up to 12 feet in diameter.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
just south of Yachats on highway 101
Otter Rock, Oregon

Ripley's Believe Not Shilo Inns: Oceanfront Resort

Attraction | "Rippley's Believe it or Not"

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Our kids enjoyed this, but it's not something we would do more than one time. If you are short on time, I would not recommend this activity as there are a lot of free things to do that are more interesting.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Ripley's Believe Not Shilo Inns: Oceanfront Resort
536 SW Elizabeth Street
Otter Rock, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-7701

Wax Works

Attraction | "Wax Works museum"

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Save your money and skip the actual wax museum. The part our kids liked the most was the gift shop attached to the museum where they make wax impressions of people's hands. This was far more exciting than the wax figures. It was about $8 to make a wax copy of one hand.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Wax Works
250 SW Bay Blvd
Otter Rock, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-2206

Undersea Adventures

Attraction

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This was pretty cool, although rather a quick way to spend your money as it takes only 25 minutes to see everything. We spent far more time outside the attraction (for free) watching the sea lions on the piers. They were barking and chasing newcomers off their territory. People were also catching crabs off the pier. Our kids were entertained longer on the pier than they were inside the paid exhibit. The best part of the inside exhibit was the scuba diver playing with the wolf eel.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Undersea Adventures
Old waterfront
Otter Rock, Oregon

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Each time we return to the Central Oregon Coast we discover new areas of interest. There are so many beaches to explore and hiking trails to discover. The coastal towns are sparsely populated and people are friendly. Our favorite activities are the tide pools near Devil's Punchbowl/Otter Rock Beach, the Newport Aquarium, the OSU Marine Science Center, the Sea Lions at the piers on Newport waterfront, hiking in the Cape Perpetua area, visiting the shops in Depoe Bay, and whale watching. The sand dunes south of Florence are also very cool. We have stayed at the Inn at Otter Crest three weeks out of the past 5 summers, and we plan to keep coming back.