Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Turning 143 Years Old!
Oregon’s tallest and second longest continually operating lighthouse will be celebrating a birthday this Saturday, August 20th. The lamp of the historic Yaquina Head lighthouse was first lit on August 20, 1873. From that day forward, it has stood as a beacon in the night, watching over ships as they travel along the Oregon Coast.
In celebration of the lighthouse’s 143rd birthday, special events and activities will be available on Saturday, August 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Interpretive Center at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
* Take a picture with a lighthouse keeper.
* Make a lighthouse birthday button.
* Leave a message for the lighthouse in a birthday card.
* Sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a bit of birthday cake at 1:00 p.m.
* Participate in other games and activities around the Interpretive Center.
Summertime in the park also offers many other fun experiences for the whole family. Harbor seals and gray whales are often seen near the offshore rocks of the headland. Cobble Beach contains fantastic tidepools to explore at low tide. Hiking trails and viewpoints throughout the park provide stunning views of the ocean and coastline.
The park entrance fee is $7.00/vehicle for a 3-Day Pass. Other passes accepted and issued at Yaquina include the Yaquina Head Annual, Oregon Pacific Coast Passport 5-Day and Annual Passes, and the Federal Annual, Senior/Golden Age, Military, Access, Volunteer, and Every Kid in a Park Passes.
During the summer, the Interpretive Center is open daily 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All other areas of the park will be open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. For more information about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area contact the BLM at (541) 574-3100. Additional info is available at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina