From Newport Chamber of Commerce
Spring break abounds with special opportunities and events for the whole family in Newport here on the central Oregon coast. The nine miles of pristine beaches here are just the beginning: the famed Whale Watch Week has some special features here as well.
It is the town with two lighthouses, a host of hiking trails, a waterfront where sea lions and mammoth ships reside, and Yaquina Bay boasts bundles of crabbing opportunities from numerous docks.
There are lots of lodging options, from oceanfront and Bayfront hotels to B&B’s, Camping is also huge here, with two major campgrounds: Beverly Beach and South Beach State Park.
More about Spring Break in Newport:
March 21 – 28. Spring Whale Watch Week in Newport. Volunteers will be at dozens of high vantage points along the Oregon coast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m – but seven of them are right in the Newport area.
Just north of Newport, in the Depoe Bay area, there are Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint, Whale Watching Center at the Depoe Bay Sea Wall and Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint. (Also see the Whale, Sea Life, & Shark Museum in Depoe Bay while there: 234 SE HWY 101, Depoe Bay, Oregon, 541-765-2219).
Just outside of Newport are Cape Foulweather and the Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. Within Newport are Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Don Davis City Park in Nye Beach.
More on Whale Watch Week: 541-765-3407. www.whalespoken.org.
March 21 – 28. Whale Watch Week Programs at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Adding even more to the whale watching frenzy, the Hatfield features special whale programs everyday during Whale Watch Week. There will be daily marine mammal presentations at 1:30 p.m. Gray whale sighting statistics from State Parks will be posted. Look for marine mammal-themed films, children’s activities and research exhibits. Open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday for Whale Watch Week. Admission by donation. 2030 SE Marine Science Dr. www.hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor. 541-867-0234.
Oregon Coast Aquarium Special Features. Get a kiss from a seal or sea lion, or interact with a giant Pacific octopus. Sleepover programs are offered for kids during the month, allowing them to spend the night inside the Passages of the Deep. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during Oregon’s spring break from March 21 to 29. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets. 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, Oregon. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474.
For lodging and activity information and complete calendar of events see www.discovernewport.com and www.newportchamber.org. 800-262-7844.