If you only have a day to spend in Newport, the capital of the Oregon coast, then the Historic Bayfront district is a must. Naturally you will be greeted by the salt scented air and the barking of sea lions but you will also be treated to an eclectic mix of shops. From shops filled with candy and toys to ones with candles and incense.
Be sure to take a break from the shopping to visit the ever entertaining sea lions on your way to the Undersea Gardens. If something more on the odd end of the spectrum is what you’re looking for then check out Ripley's Believe It or Not! or The Wax Works.
With all the sights to see and walking you might need some refueling and that’s when you head over to Mo's Seafood and Chowder. While there are two locations not far from each other to choose from be aware that the one on the southside of the street does not have a fryer so no fried foods available, but you do get a view of Yaquina Bay.
With all the excitement of the shops and after a delicious meal you might want to go for a relaxing walk on a beautiful beach. That’s when you head over to Agate Beach. If the parking lot next to the beach is full there is a larger lot across the street with bathrooms. To get to the beach there is a tunnel that takes you under the main road to the other side. From there you will want to take the trail to the left, the others are blocked by a stream.
Agate really is a lovely beach with a lighthouse to the north end of the beach. I’ve heard stories about how loaded with agate the beach used to be (hence the name) but while we were there it was quite slim pickings. If rockhounding is what you’re into then check out Oregon Beach Gravel Bed Reports (Oregon Beach Gravelhounds) on Facebook to find good times to go.
Naturally there are many other sights, sounds and tastes of Newport but these are just a few of the fun things we checked out.
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