Lincoln City is one of Oregon’s most popular coastal destinations and has so much to offer the more than 4 million people who visit each year.
With everything from colorful kite festivals to fresh seafood feasts to hand-blown glass floats to old growth forests to seven miles of beautiful and walkable beach, Lincoln City truly has something for everyone!
This vibrant city is made up of individual districts, which include Roads End, Wecoma, OceanLake, Devil’s Lake, Nelscott, Taft, and Cutler City. Five of these districts were formerly independent towns that incorporated to become Lincoln City in the 1960s. Today, each district maintains some of its unique character where you will discover big and small treasures everywhere you look.
Ready to plan your next Lincoln City getaway? Meredith Lodging has an extensive collection of Lincoln City vacation rentals, from cozy cabins for two to large oceanfront estates that sleep 20+ people.
We have made a list of some of our favorite things to help you explore and enjoy the “Best of Lincoln City.”
Best Places to Eat & Drink in Lincoln City
Make a quick coffee run to our favorite local coffee roastery in Depoe Bay… it is worth the trip! Left Coast Coffee Co serves an assortment of craft made coffee and espresso drinks, teas, and smoothies. A wonderful way to start off a day of exploring and whale watching in Depoe Bay, just south of Lincoln City proper.
Prefer to stay local? The Human Bean provides drive-through coffee prepared by friendly and experienced baristas. Start your day with your choice of espresso, specialty coffees like a chocolate macadamia nut breve or a salted caramel latte, Steven Smith Teamaker teas, and smoothies.
The Wildflower Grill – In the mood for a leisurely breakfast in a scenic setting? This charming eatery is set in a cozy converted cottage with outdoor seating and garden views. Serving American classics with a twist, you will have a tough time choosing between the Crab Benedict, a seafood omelet stuffed with fresh crab and shrimp, or French Toast dipped in cinnamon, eggs, and orange juice. All breads and baked items are baked fresh daily. The Grill also serves an outstanding lunch menu.
Blackfish Café – Serving simple, yet elegant lunch and dinner dishes featuring fresh seafood, local produce and seasonal vegetables that highlight the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. WE think they have one of the best salmon Caesar salads on the Oregon coast, and a nice wine list, too.
A trip to Lincoln City is not complete without a stop at Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market for their famous smoked salmon. This locally owned and family-run fish market serves seafood delicacies like shrimp and crab cocktail, salmon jerky, oysters, and manila clams. They also sell smoked salmon and tuna (when in season) in vacuumed sealed in pouches to go and a wide variety of gift boxes – perfect for the seafood lovers on your holiday gift list!
Dine with an ocean view at local and visitor’s favorite Kyllo’s Seafood & Grill. Serving up some of the freshest seafood, steaks, pasta and burgers alongside handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. Make sure and leave some room for their decadent house made mocha “mudd” pie!
Side Door Café is a family-run restaurant serving thoughtfully sourced New American dishes in an airy and unique space. This café proudly offers locally trolled fish, grass-fed beef, and farm fresh organic produce. Make sure to ask your server about the daily lunch, dinner, and desert specials. Reservations are encouraged.
Sip and Shop at Black Squid Beer House. This local bottle shop and tap room has 17 taps featuring some of the best craft beer, cider, mead, wine and kombucha on the Oregon Coast. They do not serve food, but the good news is, you can bring whatever snacks or take-out you’d like to create your own happy hour! Pups are also allowed on the enclosed patio. 21 and over please.
Craving something sweet? – My Petite Sweet premier bakery offers cakes, cookies, sweet and savory pastries, and an extensive, creative daily cupcake menu. The hardest part will be choosing which flavor! Can’t decide? Pick out a dozen mini cupcakes to enjoy back at your cozy Meredith Lodging rental.
Family Friendly Activities in Lincoln City
Air hockey, original Donkey Kong, Frogger and Pac Man- the fun never ends at Game Over Arcade! Discover new and classic arcade games alongside a great lineup of pinball machines. Game Over sports offers a full bar and HD televisions to catch the game. Kid-friendly until 9pm.
Prehistoric is a must see shop if you and/or your kids are interested in dinosaurs, fossils, rocks, minerals, and geology. They have an interesting selection of fossils on view and many examples are available to purchase. Stop in for an entertaining and educational experience!
Play a real-life game of “Finders Keepers” on the Oregon Coast with beautiful glass floats as the prize! This program works with local glass artists and on a pre-published schedule. “Float fairies” hide glass floats on specified areas of the local beaches for others to find! And if you are lucky enough to find one, finders’ keepers!
Regatta Grounds Park is the perfect place to play or relax on a sunny afternoon. The park has a play structure, protected swimming area, boat ramp, fishing docs, a picnic area, walking trails, restrooms, and a gorgeous view of the Devils Lake.
Lincoln City is well-known for its kite festivals. On clear days with a strong wind, the skies are a kaleidoscope of soaring and colorful kites. Whether you are a first-time flier or already a pro, Windriven Kites and Toys has all your flying needs covered.
Drift Creek Falls Trailhead is a three mile, out and back, semi-easy hike for all ages with a rewarding 75-foot water fall at the end. What makes this hike so memorable is the suspension bridge right before the falls. This 240-foot-long bridge sits 100 feet above Drift Creek and gives a spectacular birds-eye view of the rushing water below. Leashed pups are allowed.
Lincoln City is a mecca for glass artists from all over the world! At the Lincoln City Glass Center, you can learn the craft from talented local glass makers and make your own glass float, vase, votive or other design. This is a family-friendly and fun activity – and you will get to take home a souvenir you made yourself!
Hop in the car for a beautiful twenty-minute drive south to the Depoe Bay- the Whale Watching Capital of Oregon, and considered one of the best places in the world to see these magnificent mammals up close. The viewing deck at the Whale Watching Center is the perfect place to spot some of the 200+ resident gray whales that cruise the Oregon coast to feed, often less than one mile from shore! If you want a more up-close experience with these magnificent mammals, visit our friends at Discover Depoe Bay for information regarding whale watching tours.
Stop by Read’s Homemade Candies for some sweets and watch generations of confections pull taffy. Choose from a wide selection of salt water taffy, peanut butter cups, haystacks, nut clusters, brittles, caramel corn, truffles, and sea foam.
Lincoln City Outdoor & Indoor Recreation Ideas
With over seven miles of stunning coastline, Lincoln City is the perfect place to get in on the fat tire bike ride buzz. Head to Safari Town Surf Shop to rent one of these awesome bikes. Their 4-inch-wide wheels are perfect for cruising on hard-packed sand. Have a blast as you cruise the beach with the salty wind in your face, the ocean at your side, and scenic mountains in the distance.
Siletz Bay is the perfect spot for crabbing and clamming. Our friends at Explore Lincoln City have all the information you need about licenses, essential gear, safety & tides. Make sure to end your day on the Bay in front of a cozy beach bonfire while you catch a breathtaking Siletz Bay sunset.
Hit the links at Salishan Golf Links. Surrounded by old-growth spruce and fir trees and seaside bluffs, every turn provides a spectacular backdrop and unique challenge. Playing this course is an experience to be savored and remembered.
Another Lincoln City golf course option is Chinook Winds Golf Resort – a lush, mature course cut into the mountainside amongst old-growth forest and natural wetlands, a true 18-hole challenge for every level of golfer.
If you are looking for a beautiful and challenging way to explore the outdoors in Lincoln City and Roads End, then the hike to The Knoll is for you. This 3-mile loop is moderately difficult, but your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, Devils Lake and Roads End. The Knoll is also a stunning spot to watch one of Lincoln City’s infamous sunsets.
Devils Lake provides some of the best kayaking and stand-up paddling conditions in the area. With its calm waters and shelter from coastal winds, this is the perfect spot to dip your paddle and take in some majestic scenery. If you need to rent some gear locally, you can rent kayaks and boards at Lincoln City Surf Shop and Safari Town Surf Shop.
Feeling Lucky? Chinook Winds Casino Resort offers over 1100 slot machines. Table games include Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Bonus Let‐It‐Ride, Poker, Keno, and a 1,000-seat bingo hall. The Casino also offers headline entertainment monthly, comedy acts and signature outdoor events.
For some vacationers, nothing says vacation like…shopping! IF you are looking for the best shopping in Lincoln City, look no further than the Lincoln City Outlets. Featuring covered walkways and more than 50 designer, name brand, and local shops to explore, as well as, several restaurants and cafes, this outlet mall is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. We always make time for a stop at locally-owned Scout Northwest Trading Company, for some of the best gear and gifts on the Oregon Coast!
There is no shortage of fun to be had and memories to be made in Lincoln City. Ready to book your next getaway?
You can view our entire Lincoln City Vacation Rental Collection online or call our Reservations Team at 877.778.9055 to book your stay. We hope to see you soon! In the meantime, follow us on social and tag those vacay posts #STAYWITHMEREDITH.