Outdoor Adventuring in Seaside, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of the City of Seaside Visitors Bureau

You know Seaside for its arcade, bumper cars, beautiful promenade and all the salt water taffy and elephant ears you can eat. But did you know it has hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking and outdoor adventures for the whole family? Well it’s high time you did.

No matter what kind of thrill you’re seeking, you can find it in Seaside. And good thing, because fair weather and spring break are just around the corner.

If you like to hike, look no further than the south end of town. Walk down the Prom, hug the beach around “the Cove,” then head up the hill until you see the entrance to Tillamook Head Trail. It’s got the best view of the infamous Terrible Tilly lighthouse you’re ever likely to see. Just remember to bring good shoes, snacks and plenty of water. It’s 6.3 miles each way.

If you’re looking to bike, the question is what kind of biking are you looking for? You can watch our how-to video for ideas. Or you can just come visit and choose from cruising the Prom, renting a surrey, biking the beach, or for the more experienced riders, exploring the mountain bike trails above town.

If you want to golf, there are nine holes in town. The Seaside Golf Course is perfect for a foursome with a budding golfer or two. And the 125-year old Gearhart Golf Links course just up the road in Gearhart offers 18 holes for the more serious set. There’s also the nearby nine holes at Highlands if you’d like to make a long weekend of it.

And if you’re looking to kayak, you are absolutely coming to the right place. Kayaks aplenty are available to rent along the leisurely Necanicum River, which runs through downtown. Locals highly recommend heading north towards the estuary—a wildlife watcher’s paradise. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

All this and there is still crabbing, fishing, razor clamming, helicopter riding and zip lining. So yes, there is an arcade, bumper cars, the beautiful Prom and all the salt water taffy and elephant ears. Because you’re going to need a few nice rewards after all that adventuring.