Best Winter Activities for Kids on the Oregon Coast
Don’t let a little rain or cold dampen your plans for a winter getaway! Winter on the Oregon Coast offers fewer crowds, great storm watching, and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Ready to book your next winter coastal getaway? Meredith Lodging has you covered with a wide selection of beautiful Oregon Coast vacation rentals of all sizes, and to suit all budgets. Bundle up and enjoy our list of some of the best winter activities for kids on the Oregon Coast:
Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, OregonVisit one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast. Founded in 1937, this privately owned aquarium offers many educational and informative tours and activities. The main attraction is an opportunity to feed the playful and friendly resident seals.
Manzanita Sweets in Manzanita, OregonKids of all ages will love a stop at this sweets shop. They offer a wide variety of old-fashioned candy, beach favorites like saltwater taffy and chocolate seafoam, gummy candies, hand-crafted chocolates and truffles, as well as antiques and novelties.
Hike the Cape Kiwanda Dune in Pacific CityGet the kids moving with a fun, but challenging climb up Cape Kiwanda Dune in Pacific City. The view from the top is worth it, but the real fun comes from bounding down the dune!
Prehistoric in Lincoln CityStop by this unique gift shop (guarded by a mechanical T-Rex!) in Lincoln City for an entertaining and educational shopping experience. They have a vast selection of fossils on display, as well as rocks, minerals, and meteorites. You can even break your own geode!
Game Over Arcade in Lincoln CityLooking for a great rainy-day activity? Head to this Lincoln City arcade, where you can play over 100 new and classic arcade games. They also have a full bar and HD televisions where parents can catch a game, while the kids play to their heart’s content. The arcade has kid-friendly hours until 9pm.
Bob’s Beach Books in Lincoln CityThis family-owned, independent Lincoln City bookstore is perfect for any young (or old!) bibliophile in your family. They carry a wide selection of new and used books. Pick up a new read to enjoy by the fireplace back at your Meredith Lodging Oregon Coast vacation rental.
Drift Creek Falls Trailhead in Siuslaw National ForestHit the trails with this 3.7 mile out and back, family-friendly hike that has something for everyone – a 75-foot waterfall, lush coastal forests, and a huge suspension bridge. Photo ops abound! Leashed pups are allowed.
Hop Skotch Toys in Gleneden BeachThis local favorite toy shop in Gleneden Beach carries well-made and educational toys and games. Their curated collection assures your little loved ones will find something they will treasure. Pop in to find a new board or card game for a game night at your cozy Meredith Lodging rental.
Oregon Coast Aquarium in NewportExplore one of the nation’s top aquariums in Newport, Oregon. This science exhibition facility offers visitors a variety of educational programs with displays on marine mammals, fish, seabirds, invertebrates, and plants native to the Oregon Coast. The whole family will enjoy this interactive and educational experience.
After a day of adventuring on the Oregon Coast, head back to your Meredith Lodging vacation rental for two additional kid-friendly activities – beachcombing and storm watching! The best time to go beach combing is right after a storm. Bundle up and head to the beach to hunt for treasures. You can also enjoy the thrill of winter storm watching from inside your cozy Meredith Lodging home. Curl up by the fireplace as you listen to the sound of rain falling on the roof, the wind whistling through the trees, and the surf pounding the shore. Be sure to read up on the local weather forecast and advisories so you can stay safe while storm watching – and always avoid the beach if advised to do so.