9 of the Best Oregon Coast Family Vacation Ideas

Traveling with your family is an extraordinary experience, especially when you plan accordingly. We compiled this collection of Oregon Coast family vacation ideas so you can spend less time planning and more time making lasting memories with your kids. If you need more recommendations on the best restaurants, attractions, and activities in our area, request our free Oregon Coast Vacation Guide!

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Exciting Oregon Coast Family Vacation Ideas

Check Out These Fantastic Family Attractions

Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum

Kids and adults will love learning about the rich fishing, shipping, and military maritime history of the Oregon Coast and Columbia River in this Astoria attraction. If you’re up for it, head up to the Astoria Column for unbelievable views of the river and surrounding mountains.

Experience Family Fun in Seaside

The small resort town of Seaside provides guests with plenty of fantastic Oregon Coast family vacation ideas! You’ll find an arcade, beach volleyball, surrey bike rentals, and a one-room aquarium (a big hit for your little ones) along Seaside’s scenic boardwalk.

Hike the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is home to a collection of great family-friendly hikes. Beginners can enjoy a short climb down to beautiful Short Sand Beach for a view of the mighty Pacific Ocean crashing against the jagged rock formations. If you want to try a more challenging hike for you and the kids, head to Neahkahnie Mountain or Ecola State Park down the coast.

Take a Railriders Tour

We recommend exploring our area by taking a tour with Oregon Coast Railriders! Peddle down old railroad tracks on your four passenger car (trust us, it’s tons of fun for the entire family)!

Go Crabbing in Nehalem Bay

Stop at Kelly’s Brighton Marina along Nehalem Bay for a crabbing adventure! This Oregon Coast family vacation idea is the perfect leisure activity for an afternoon on the water. You may even spot a Killer Whale if you’re lucky.

Get a Taste of Tillamook Creamery

Calling all cheese and ice cream lovers! Tillamook Creamery is home to the renowned sharp cheddar cheese and provides tours of the production facility. Afterward, head to the restaurant to sample a masterpiece featuring one of their delicious specialties. Kids and adults will arrive hungry and leave happy.

Rent Bikes at Bahama Mama’s

Do your kids like to bike or surf? Then head to Bahama Mama’s where you can rent everything you need for conquering the Pacific surf or exploring the vast stretches of beaches up and down the coast. And that’s just one of the many Oregon Coast family vacation ideas for those who love the outdoors!

Enjoy a Beach Bonfire

There’s nothing quite like relaxing in front of a beach bonfire as the sun sets on the Pacific. All you need to do is pack some food, head to a beach that allows bonfires (like Rockaway Beach or Cannon Beach), and set it up! It’s tons of fun for the entire family!

Explore Tide Pools on the Oregon Coast

Exploring tide pools is one of our favorite Oregon Coast family vacation ideas! You’ll find starfish, sea urchins, and other bright and colorful sea creatures during low tide near Hug Point, Three Graces Tide Pools, and Haystack Rock.

Book Your Next Family Trip With Starfish VR

Are you ready for the family vacation of a lifetime? Then browse our selection of Starfish Vacation Rental homes and condos! We offer a variety of oceanfront, ocean view, and family-friendly properties from Cannon Beach to Manzanita. You and your kids will love waking up to beautiful views of the beach, relaxing at one of our hot tub rentals, or enjoying a meal in your spacious dining room prepared by a personal chef (just one of the many perks of using our incredible guest services). The choice is yours!

Start planning your family getaway to the Oregon Coast by booking one of our vacation rentals! We look forward to welcoming you to the Starfish Vacation Rental family!