The ultimate destination for family fun, the Oregon Coast offers something for everyone. A beach day should be part of every visit unless weather absolutely prohibits; in that case there is always the visitors center at Cape Perpetua or the two aquariums in Newport. Yachats offers plenty of chances for exploring the coast. Filled with wonders for all ages, easily accessible beaches and small-town traditions are what keep bringing families back year after year. Overleaf Village is the perfect place for a family reunion. Rent one cottage or all eight!
Head to the beach for endless entertainment —from flying kites and playing at the park to playing in the sand (parents: always throw in an extra towel and warm clothes) and kids are able to experience marine life up close in the countless local tide pools located at Yachats State Park, Smelt Sands State Recreation Site and Cape Perpetua. For families with older kids and teens, try a hike along the coastline on the 804 trail or drive south toward Florence to explore the Sea Lion Caves, Heceta Head Lighthouse and horseback riding at C&M Stables. For adventures closer by, check out some of our family-friendly activity recommendations right here in Yachats.
SEE (Sea) Stars
Built atop rocky ledges, Yachats boasts plenty of places to go tidepooling and teach kids about the local abundance of marine life. Stop by Yachats State Park in town, or drive south to explore Devil’s Churn and Cook’s Chasm, where the basalt base of Cape Perpetua crawls with sea life. For a more hands on experience, families should consider a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium or the Hatfield Marine Science Center, both of which are in Newport, where kids can explore and interact with sea life without the hazards of the ocean. Still there are plenty of family friendly opportunities for ocean exploration. Go agate hunting at the Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint where sandy beaches mix with tidepools.
PLAY Day in the Park
Families looking for a place to play the day away need look no farther than Yachats Commons Park. Behind the Yachats Commons community center in the heart of Yachats sits a playground complete with swing sets, climbing obstacles and a giant tree house. The park also sports a ballfield, basketball courts and a sheltered pavilion, perfect for drizzly day picnics. Just behind the pavilion, wander along a short boardwalk trail through the wetlands area toward the beach, where a wide variety of native plants and wildlife, including waterfowl and ospreys can be observed.
EXPLORE Rockin It
For those who love a treasure hunt, finding and collecting agates along the Oregon Coast can be a blast. Dotted with streams and creeks, the nearby Siuslaw National Forest and volcanic mountains surrounding Yachats are considered to be the source of the Oregon agates in this area. The amber-colored stones abound, as a result. Scour the shores along Agate Point at Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, the Yachats State Recreation Area or Smelt Sands State Recreation Site as well as Yachats Community Park. Bonus: Young geologists can check out polished rocks, petrified wood and other precious stones at Planet Yachats, the local gem and mineral store.
EAT Top It Off
There are several kid-friendly restaurants around Yachats, but sometimes it’s easier to dine-in with kids than to deal with finicky appetites in unfamiliar settings.
That’s why the Overleaf Cottages come with fully equipped kitchens that allow you to create a home-cooked meal in the comfort of your home away from home.
No trip to the coast is complete without treats—and Topper’s Ice Cream along Highway 101 is a must for sweet tooths of all ages. The store is packed with shelves of candy, an entire wall of salt-water taffy, hand-dipped chocolates and of course, Tillamook ice cream. For parents in need of caffeine to keep up with their kids, Toppers also serves espresso in addition to milkshakes and malts.