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Newport Yaquina Bay BridgeNewport is a city on the central Oregon Coast. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868.

It is the home of the famous Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, two lighthouses and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast Aquarium was once the home of the Free Willy star and is consistently rated one of the best aquariums in the country.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 29 acre facility featuring more than 190 animal species, including seals, otters, sea lions, tufted puffins and a giant octopus. (You can even get kissed by a sea lion) The aquarium also has six acres of cliffs, rocky caves, tidepools and nature trails. You can walk through one of the largest seabird aviaries in North America, or visit the rocky coast exhibit, where sea lions, seals and sea otters splash and play. As well as world class fish tank displays there are hands on displays and interactive computers to help you learn about Oregon's coasts and wetlands.

Historic Nye Beach was established by John Nye, who obtained a160 acre land claim in 1866 when Newport was first opened for settlement. Sam Irvin promoted Nye Beach as a destination resort area in the 1880's. By the early 1900's, L.C. Smith, a Realtor, promoted the area as "The Promised Land." Smith was responsible for many of the wooden boardwalks which linked the Nye Beach oceanfront neighborhood to the bayfront area. Nye Beach and the Bay Front Area are both must stroll areas.

The Newport Bayfront area is home to Oregon's biggest commercial fishing fleet. As you stroll along the Newport Bayfront you will find restaurants, galleries, boat tours, gift shops, candy shops and a lot of fun. Sea lions as well as boats inhabit the many private docks and public piers.

Toledo is just a seven mile drive east of Newport and the only inland coastal community with a deep water channel. The historic town of Toledo is a charming blend of seaside town, river town surrounded by the Oregon Coast range.



Around and About the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Newport

A Photo Journal by Marie Annette --part 3

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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Enjoying Oregon Coast Delights
Newport

By Ron Mitchell for GoNomad.com

crabsGot Crab? If not, a visit to the Dungeness Crab Capital of the World is in order. The coastal city of Newport, Oregon, makes claim to this title.

Don't be fooled by the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," or the "Wax Museum," luring tourists alongside the fisheries of Newport's Yaquina Bay, they take their fishing and crabbing seriously around here. Just ask the sea lions, who continually crawl onto the docks, and into cages.

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Great article by Anne K. Yoder... Living in a room in a house perched on a cliff that ovelooks the Oregon Coast
Newport

I'd Rather Be a Lightning Rod: On Ken Kesey, Life, and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

By Anne K. Yoder for www.TheMillions.com

03-19-10-7I have been living in a room in a house perched on a cliff that overlooks the Oregon coast for almost a month. A window with an ocean view spans the width of my desk, but when I sit down to write, I often find myself doing anything but that. I stare at the sea and the rolling clouds, or follow the beachcombers, the joggers, the surfers, and the fishing vessels further out with the binoculars my aunt uses to spot whales in the winter. The setting is striking to the point of distraction for this city dweller accustomed to skylines punctuated by skyscrapers, to glimpses of rivers from the Manhattan Bridge, to lawns circumscribed by park walls.

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Celebrate Sharks with the Oregon Coast Aquarium August 1-14
Newport

SharkEncounter-2Say Hello to a spiny dogfish, one of five species of sharks that reside in the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Passages of the Deep exhibit.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon will celebrate Sharks August 1 – 14 with a variety of events highlighting the fascinating world of sharks.

All of the sharks exhibited at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are species native to Oregon's coastal waters. Visitors will meet the sharks from Oregon's coast during the two week celebration of sharks.

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Miley Cyrus and Leonardo DiCaprio visit the Oregon Coast
Newport

A visit to the "Sea Lion Caves" or the "Oregon Coast Aquarium" – usually means a lot of nature watching. But...

If you keep your eyes open you never know who you might see enjoying the Oregon Coast same as you.

Read the Examiner Article Eugene visitors to the coast spot ...nature and "stars" such as Cyrus and DiCaprio

 

 
Oregon Coast Aquarium Offers a Variety of Fascinating and Fun Summer Activities
Newport

gatorSummer is here and the Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of fascinating and fun activities for all ages, in addition to the Aquarium's exciting new exhibit, Swampland. Children, young adults and families can participate in day camps, enjoy animal encounters, dive presentations or daily animal feedings during the summer months through Labor Day weekend.

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Family Fun in Toledo, Oregon at the 7th annual Wooden Boat Show
Newport

Toledo Wooden Boat Show 2010New and vintage wooden boats are on display, featuring log rafting tugs; "Yaquina Runoff" boat race for people-powered boats;

2011 promises to be the best Wooden Boat Show ever with lots of fun, family-friendly activities, live music, food, plenty of water-related activities and some new surprises! The Wooden Boat Show is located at Toledo's Port Dock 1, just a block away from Main Street where you can visit local businesses, antique shops and area restaurants. There's something for everyone!

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Orca Mom and Baby in Yaquina Bay
Newport

Got a few pictures before my batteries died... darn!Orca Mom & Baby

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