Oregon Coast Vacation: Florence

hecta head lighthouse
This is part of my Oregon Coast Vacation series. Check out my first Oregon Coast post to learn how we saved money on food, entertainment, and hotel or lodging. This post is all about the highlights of Florence. I am sure there are many more cool things to discover in Florence. I am just sharing the few things that we were able to do or wanted to do here. Please leave a comment if you have anything to add about Florence. bridge-florence-oregon

One thing I love about the Oregon Coast are all the cool bridges. I took this photo of a bridge just outside of Florence, Oregon when we went to visit the light house Heceta Head.

light-house-florence-oregonAnother thing I love about the Oregon Coast  is seeing the lighthouses. This was one of my favorite lighthouses that we got to see. We saw it just before sunset which made it extra magical. We missed out on being able to take the tour because it was after 5, but we pretty much had the park and lighthouse ground to ourselves.

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 Day Use Area Beach: There is a day use area at Heceta Head Lighthouse. It has a nice beach front and is about a half an mile from the lighthouse up on the hill. The haystack rocks are covered with Common Murre. I was really excited to see these birds in Oregon.

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The Light Keepers House: We peeked in the windows at the light keepers house. It looked really cool inside. You can actually stay here if you want to. They have a bed and breakfast.

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History: There is a lot of cool history to learn when you visit this Oregon Lighthouse. We really enjoyed reading about the light keepers lifestyles and how the lighthouse works.

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Things to keep in mind when visiting Heceta Head Lighthouse:

Tours:  11 AM – 5 PM
Location: 12 miles north of Florence off Highway 101. Look for the road to Devil’s Elbow State Park around milepost 178. Walking: You will have about a half mile walk up a hill from the park.
Fees: $3 parking fee. $5 fee per vehicle is required for the day use area.

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When I go back…

hobbits trail oregonHobbits Trail: Next time I want to go and find the Hobbits Trail. The lush green forests of the Oregon Coast are so enchanting. This hike takes you on a cool trail to the beach.  It is about a 3 mile hike, so we just ran out of time to see this one! You can find this trail between Florence and Yachats.

sandmaster park

Sand Master Park: Think snowboarding or skateboarding, but in the sand. At Sand Master Park you can sandboard! I like snowboarding, but I do not like being cold, so I would love to try sand boarding! Next time Florence.

pioneer museum florenceSiuslaw Pioneer Muesum: I like to learn about history and this museum is a pretty inexpensive way to do that. It is only $3 for adults and it is free for kids!

 

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Siuslaw Bridge: Did I mention I love the bridges on the Oregon Coast? Next time I go I want to check out this bridge. It looks so cool!

 

 

I decided to skip…

sealion caves oregonThe Sealion Caves. A friend of mine told me they spent a lot of money to just look at the Sealions sitting around. I looked into the price and it is $14 for adults and $8 for kids. I decided for $44 I would rather eat out. I am glad we passed this up because we got to see Sea Lions at the docks in Astoria and on the rocks in Newport at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. If you are going to be in Florence the whole time this might be worth your time and money, but if you are exploring the coast you should have more Sea Lion opportunities.

I hope that you get a change to visit Florence, Oregon and the Heceta Head Lighthouse on your trip to the Oregon Coast! It was truly a highlight for us. Find more things to do and places to go on your Oregon Coast Vacation. Please leave a comment and share if you have any tips for Oregon Coast near Florence!

 

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