Florence – Oregon’s Coastal Playground

by Wendy on June 27, 2017

courtesy of Florence Area Chamber of Commerce

With nearly 1,000 RV sites of all variety in diverse locations—in-town, and at nearby beach, dune, forest, river, or lakeside campgrounds run by county, state, and federal agencies—the first step in planning your next epic vacation is easy.

Now comes the hard part: choosing from all the big adventures and calming getaways that will make your time here absolutely unforgettable.

Come Discover Oregon’s Coastal Playground!

Make memories with family and friends as you race around the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on your own ATV, or thrill to the skills of a professional sand rail driver as you tear up one side of a 300-foot dune, and dash down the other. Slalom down a dune on a sandboard (think snowboard, but warmer), or hike to your heart’s content.

Or…picture yourself on the water! Lakes, streams, river, or ocean—we’ve got ’em all. And golf? Our two amazing courses are open year ’round and fun for any skill level. Oh, and beaches! We’ve got 20+ miles of uncrowded beaches for picnics and sandcastles, beachcombing and tidepooling, or romantic sunset strolls. You could even catch your own dinner! Salmon, trout, bass, flounder, sturgeon, clams, and crab make their home in the Florence area.

If you’re into hiking ancient forests or trail riding on bikes or horses, we’ve got that too.  There are miles of well-marked (and unmarked) trails surrounding Florence. The highest viewpoint on the Oregon Coast is about 20 miles north at Cape Perpetua, where below you will find trails, tide pools, an interpretive center, and a pod of whales that make our area home almost all year. Or, descend more than 200 feet via elevator through solid rock and emerge into the grandeur of America’s largest sea cave—the 12-story tall domain of hundreds of resident Stellar sea lions at the iconic Sea Lion Caves.

If arts and culture are your thing, spend time in our many galleries, our pioneer or military heritage museums, local playhouses, art-house movie theater, or the spectacular 450-seat Florence Events Center that regularly hosts world-class entertainers.

More of a thrill-seeker? Book a flight on a WWII biplane or a modern helicopter and tour some of the most spectacular coastline in America. If the thrill of gaming is more your style, visit Three Rivers Casino Resort for their exciting variety of games, restaurants, and famous-name entertainers.

Historic Old Town/Antique District/Around Town

Stroll the quaint-but-never commercial shops of Historic Old Town and the Antique District. You will discover whimsical delights from toys and kites to jewelry and high fashion, from books and birdhouses to eclectic kitchenware, art, and unique coastal treasures.  Enjoy the docks and boardwalk where you’ll often see curious sea lions, playful otters, and amusing birds.

Don’t forget all the surprising stores and services all around town. You will find everything you need from large retail to thrift shops, hardware, camping, RV, or automotive supplies.

Great food diversity abounds in Florence and features fresh catches and locally-sourced favorites. You’ll discover everything from local farm-to-table offerings to authentic international favorites. Most offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options too.

Florence was recently named Expedia’s Most Beautiful Town and received the Readers Choice for Best Coastal Getaway from The Oregonian/OregonLive.com. USA Today just named Florence to the Top Five Best Small Towns in the Northwest. Reader’s Digest recommends visiting the Oregon Coast in their article, “The Best Summer Vacation Ever!” We couldn’t agree more!

And that’s just the start of your next epic vacation on the Oregon Coast! Come. Make it a day at the beach…or a whole week…or a lifetime!


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