Surrounded by the Pacific shoreline with its beautiful dunes and lovely beaches, Oregon’s Adventure Coast is located between the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the North and Shore Acres State Park, an impressive botanical garden on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the South. The area features a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, clamming, wildlife, bird watching, sea lion and whale watching, tours, cycling, and 4-wheel rides in the dunes. The Port of Coos Bay is an active commercial area.
The Coos Bay area also offers a wide range of shopping, entertainment and dining facilities such as Pony Village Shopping Mall, renovated downtown Coos Bay, antique, myrtlewood and gift shops, theatres, and an art museum and gallery.
Coos Bay is the largest community on the Oregon Coast. It has been the commercial center of Oregon’s southern coast since its earliest days.
Coos Bay is a long and circuitous estuary fed by the Coos River among other tributaries; it is considered the best natural harbor between San Francisco and the Puget Sound. The bay\\\'s vast acreage gives anglers plenty of elbow room as they pursue fall chinook (July through October), coho (silver) salmon (October and November) and winter steelhead (December through March). Coos Bay also offers excellent canoeing opportunities through the South Slough Estuarine Reserve, the first federally designated reserve.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
Cape Arago is located 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay and North Bend off Hwy 101. It stands 100 feet above the ocean on an islet just off Gregory Point. The light atop the 44-foot-high tower was first illuminated in 1934 and is easily noticeable due to its distinct fog horn. Although newest in terms of service, earlier structures were built on this site in 1866 and 1908, both succumbing to weather and erosion. Hidden behind a guarded fence, Cape Arago is not open to the public.
Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service at the Coos History Museum
The Coos History Museum presents Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service from October 17 through Summer 2019.
Historically, tattoos have many meanings and misconceptions. Traditionally, military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles, and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service. This new exhibition, created in honor of the more than 8,000 Coos County Veterans, takes a closer look at the stories behind the "ink" through a series of audio, visual and interpretive panels.
Active duty military families, as well as veterans and their spouses/partners receive free admission to The Coos History Museum through a grant from the Coquille Indian Tribe and other donors.Visit Website
Strictly Digital at The Coos Art Museum
Digital imaging and printmaking technology have revolutionized the modern visual environment. Coos Art Museum presents Strictly Digital an invitational exhibition of digital prints by six artists.
The six digital artists in the exhibition are: Dr. Patricia Fisher – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Helene Goldberg – Berkeley, California, Virginia Klevitz – Coos Bay, Geoffrey McCormack – Eugene, Oregon, Victoria Tierney – Bandon, Oregon and Geneva Varga – North Bend, Oregon.
Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.Visit Website
Downtown Coos Bay Farmers Market
Visit downtown Coos Bay on Wednesdays May 1st through October 30th for fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts, music and more. On Central Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Coos Bay Farmers’ Market is located in the heart of the Marshfield District, on Central Avenue between Highway 101 South and 4th Avenue.
This well attended event features an average of 80 vendors every week who provide fresh food from local farmers and businesses. These local sellers offer a wide variety of goods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, jellies and candy, and handmade arts and crafts.Visit Website