Things To Do

Sunset Bay State Park

Situated in one of the most scenic areas on the Oregon coast. Sunset Bay State Park features beautiful sandy beaches protected by towering sea cliffs.Sunset Bay State Park is a popular park to have a picnic, launch a kayak or brave the cold water and go swimming. Or for the less adventurous, take a walk on the beach. 

Simpson Reef Overlook

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean, view the sea lions basking in the sun or frolicking in the surf. Look way outside the reef and see migrating whales. Bring your binoculars. For reference, the sea lion in the picture on the right is on the beach on the island in the middle of the picture on the left. 

Shore Acres State Park

Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world.

 

Cape Arago State Park

Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean. Long used by native Americans, Cape Arago was first sighted by Europeans during one of Sir Francis Drake's expeditions in the late 1500s. Modern visitors can scan the horizon for migrating whales and other marine mammals, as well as fishing boats and ships entering and leaving nearby Coos Bay. 

Gold and Silver Falls State Natural Area

 A hidden gem in the dense coastal forests of southwest Oregon, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be hard to find, but it's well worth the 24-mile drive from Highway 101. The small parking and picnic area are located along the banks of Glenn and Silver Creeks and is shaded by large maple, alder, and Oregon myrtle trees. Hiking trails wind through scenic canyons to each of the waterfalls -- they plunge over sheer rock cliffs to moss covered boulders 100 feet below. For the most dramatic views of the falls, visit in the spring when water flow is at it's peak. 

Coos Bay Boardwalk

Come enjoy the spectacular views from the boardwalk while completely sheltered from the wind. Information consoles explain this unique attraction.