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The Most on the Coast!

The Florence area boasts the widest variety of fun things to do along the Oregon coast. Want to climb to the top of Heceta Head lighthouse? Go whale watching? Zoom across the Oregon Dunes in a dune buggy? Kayak up the Siuslaw River? Or, if you're frazzled by a too hectic lifestyle, you can soak in a spa room at the River House and let the world go by. Among our guests' favorite things to do:

Horseback Riding
Fourteen miles of horse trails wind through the forested land on Cape Mountain just a few miles north of Florence. You can rent a horse (or even board your own!) at C&M Stables. A horseback ride along the beach at sunset may well be the highlight of your trip.

Horse Back Riding

Oregon Dunes
One of the most popular stops on the Oregon coast is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. These splendid dunes, some as high as 300 feet, start across the Siuslaw River in Florence and run 41 miles to the south. Sandboarding is the latest craze for the young at the coast and if they are exceptionally active, take them to the state-of-the-art

Skateboarding Park
Located in nearby Miller Park in Florence, this new skateboarding park was designed by one of the top skateboarding architects in the country.

Sandbording on the dunes

Golf is a year round sport here. Florence boasts two challenging 18 hole golf courses. Sandpines Golf Links was designated "#1 New Public Course in America" by Golf Digest magazine when it opened. The Ocean Dunes Golf Links boasts links style pot bunkers.

Enjoy some golfing!

In season the Siuslaw River is full of cutthroat trout, steelhead and salmon. If you want a memorable day fishing, check out professional fishing guide Jeff “Action” Jackson at

Fshing on the Oregon Coast

Sea Lion Caves
Located 11 miles north of FlorenceSea Lion Caves are the largest natural sea caves in the world. The vast cavern is filled with Great Steller sea lions, seals and the cries of sea birds, especially in the winter when they seek shelter from the storms. The plentiful wildlife and the restless surge of the ocean into the cave will leave you with an indelible experience.

Sea Lion Caves

Kick off your shoes. Walking the 11 miles of pristine uncrowded beaches will clear the cobwebs from your brain and leave you at peace with the world. Pick up sea shells and agates along the way and if you're really lucky, a Japanese glass float.


Historic Old Town
Make it a lazy day by wandering through Old Town. Charming boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants specializing in delicious right-out-of-the-water seafood will brghten your day. A stop at Mo's for clam chowder has become a family tradition for many visitors. And don't forget to stop at BJ's. Their homemade ice cream draws people from all over Oregon. Just outside BJ's you can put a couple of quarters in the slot and the mighty Zoltar will tell your fortune.

Historic Old Town

Heceta Head Lighthouse
Just 14 miles north of Florence, the Heceta Head Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse on the Pacific coast. There is a small fee to park along the beach. A path leads to the lighthouse.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

More To Do
Besides the natural beauty of the Oregon coast and the many fun outdoor adventures, Florence has lots of events going on all years such as Rhododendron Days, Chowder Blues and Brews, Rods and Rhodies, the Winter Folk Festival and the list goes on. To see what’s hopping in Florence while you’re here, check out and for what’s happening when.

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