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Yaquina Head Lighthouse Newport

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head
Newport
OR
97365
Tel: 541-574-3116

Where are we going today?

There is always something very magical and mysterious about a lighthouse - sitting there all alone on the cliff, waiting to save lives of men and women on the boats that come close to shore. Have you ever wanted to know more about these amazing parts of history?

Welcome to Yaquina Head Lighthouse! Did you know that the lighthouse station was actually built WAY back in 1872? That's a pretty long time ago! It also means there's lots of history to be discovered!

You can learn all about the history Yaquina Head Lighthouse on the tours, as they take you 93 feet up the tallest lighthouse tower in Oregon! Did you know that the lighthouse actually took about a year to built, using 370,000 bricks? Think about how many cool facts you will learn when you're actually there!

Visiting Yaquina Head Lighthouse is a very cool experience for those little explorers. Have they ever wanted to climb the stairs of a lighthouse? Have they ever wondered what it would be like to actually be the lighthouse keeper? Get those questions ready!

The light has been active since 1873, and back in the day the oil was burned from sunset to sunrise. Now, they have electricity which flickers on and off. That's why you always see the lighthouse light flashing!

The tours of this very cool lighthouse are guided, and occur twice a day from Thursdays to Tuesdays. There's an interpretive center too that you can explore before and after the tour.

Get those walking shoes on, and your adventure ready to go, because Yaquina Head Lighthouse is keen to have visitors just like you! 

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

Tours on the hour between 12pm and 3pm

Thursdays to Tuesday daily.

Teachers corner

The park rangers offer tours for educational groups of all the natural areas of the site, as well as the tidepools, so schedule in advance to get students this very cool experience! .

Any Top Tips?

You can become a member if you love the lighthouses, and you get invitations to events like summer BBQs and behind the scenes tours!).

Doing our bit

The lighthouse staff are preserving and restoring these amazing historical structures, so they are always looking for help and donations! .

Need a little extra help?

There are steps up the lighthouse, so you do need to be physically mobile. Give them a call to ask about any help you need with special needs. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift store in the interpretive center where you can pick up some fun items and gifts (and educational ones too!) .

More information

The hours of the interpretive center at 10am - 4:30pm, and the park itself is open daily 7am - sunset. .

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    Out of my entire trip last summer that went through the entire western halves of both Oregon and Washington, Yaquina Head was easily my favorite location to visit. We were in Newport on the last two days of our trip. On the night before we had to drive back up to Seattle, we decided to drive around and we discovered this place. We got there at about 7pm, and the sun was starting to set so the lighting was gorgeous. We accidentally stayed a few minutes after 9, which is when they close! Even though we had a 6 hour drive ahead of us, I forced my whole...Read More

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    Great views, saw a couple of whales and seals. Flys were a pain but we just happen to be there when they were swarming. Nice access to cobble beach but not easy walking. Did not see any stars in the tide pools but that may not be unusual. They need to have a one day pass. We had to get the three day but only had one day to go there. Also parking near the light house was full so I had to park at the center and walk since my girlfriend had an injured foot. They have room for more spots they need to make them available!

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    Beautiful This Vacation a must tell!!!!! Where you can have it all! From Ocean,Mountains,Forrest,Waterfalls,Sand, and History. Oregon is Awesome! and Lighthouses all within a short distance of one another! and very polite people! Loved It a must see!

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    I have been to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse many times. it is amazingly awesome. Taking the tour of the lighthouse is wonderful. Being on top of the huge rock with the lighthouse is wonderful. Going to the visitor's center is great and also going to the rocks below the lighthouse is fabulous. Oregon Rocks!!!

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    As an Oregonian familiar with the coast, disappointed in this lighthouse tour. You used to be able to freely walk up to the top by yourself, and is now by tour only and the tour guide acts as a person from the era of which was built. Good for kids, but disappointing as an adult.

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by Sara Shaver

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Out of my entire trip last summer that went through the entire western halves of both Oregon and Washington, Yaquina Head was easily my favorite location to visit. We were in Newport on the last two days of our trip. On the night before we had to drive back up to Seattle, we decided to drive around and we discovered this place. We got there at about 7pm, and the sun was starting to set so the lighting was gorgeous. We accidentally stayed a few minutes after 9, which is when they close! Even though we had a 6 hour drive ahead of us, I forced my whole family to go back for an hour. I would recommend visiting around sunset, as it was spectacular, but it was still very pretty in the morning and we were able to see the tide pools since the tide was a lot lower than the night before. We saw lots of seals, shorebirds, a large variety of tide pool animals, and we were helped by a very friendly park ranger. Sorry I just wrote an essay on this place, but that's just because I feel the need to stress how much I just loved this little beach.

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