Seaside is a family favorite first discovered by vacationers in the mid-1800s. This coastal town in Oregon offers a wide, smooth beach dotted with playgrounds and volleyball nets. Its boardwalk has an aquarium and a classic amusement park with bumper cars and saltwater taffy. Seaside is a national landmark and marks the end of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The town has a statue commemorating the explorers.
Many find the ocean water a little too cold for swimming. Because the average temperature of the water is about 55 degrees, a wet suit is a practical idea. Many children amuse themselves by splashing at the water's edge, collecting driftwood, and playing in the sand. The ocean waves are excellent for surfing and boogie boarding. Rentals are available.
Kite flying and bike riding are popular pastimes here as well, and a number of shops rent bikes, in-line skates, four-wheeled surreys, and three-wheeled FunCycles designed for pedaling on the packed sand during low tide. The quaint village is filled with intriguing shops, cafes, a carousel, and movie theaters.
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Address: Downtown at Broadway St. and N. Columbia St., Seaside, OR
Telephone: 503/738-3097; 888/306-2326
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- Oregon State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Oregon, as well as other recreational activites.
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