Top Five Things to Do When Visiting Rockaway Beach, Oregon!
It is easy to see why Rockaway Beach is still considered a “best-kept-secret” by locals and visitors alike, even though vacationers have been visiting this beloved beach town since 1909.
Once you arrive in Rockaway, and check-in to your Meredith Lodging Rockaway vacation rental (and remember, we have plenty of pup friendly homes too!), you will be charmed by this eclectic and easy-going community. Rockaway is home to an impressive array of restaurants, shops with lots of local personality, endless outdoor recreation options, and over 7 miles of pristine coastline.
Ready to plan your Rockaway Beach getaway? Check out our Local Favorites/Top Things to Do in Rockaway list to make planning your Rockaway vacation even easier.
Start your day the Rockaway local way! Locals start their mornings with a delicious cup of coffee at Beach Bakeshop where you can choose from an assortment of delicious, made-from-scratch pastries, or order from a wide array of other breakfast items.
Play on the beach and then have seafood for lunch! After a long morning walk on the beach, stop by Old Oregon Smokehouse for lunch. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor wooden benches and make sure to order the crab melt or a bowl of clam chowder which has been voted one of the top five on the Coast!
Get outside and explore! When visiting Rockaway, plan a stop at nearby Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint where you and your leashed pup can marvel at the unusually shaped “Octopus Tree.” This Sitka spruce is over 300 years old and a national heritage landmark.
Discover a local lighthouse. After checking out the “Octopus Tree,” head to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. This lighthouse may be the shortest on the Oregon coast, but is home to a powerful, kerosene-powered lens. First lit on January 1st, 1890, mariners could spot the impressive flashes from more than 21 miles away.
Find a unique souvenir of your time in Rockaway. Looking for a unique way to remember your Rockaway getaway? Stop by Troxel’s Rock Garden. Visitors are invited to browse amongst the varied rock collection scattered around the garden. Just pay whatever you think is reasonable for your treasures! There is also a 24-hour ever-changing mini golf course, where the whole family can join in on the fun!