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
Works from the Permanent Collection
The Coos Art Museum presents a selection of “Works from the Permanent Collection” filling its three main floor galleries. The exhibition features painting, sculpture and fiber art, including many of the larger works in the collection. A highlight of the exhibition will be the 17’ long Mary Wilson Triptych by North Bend, Oregon artist Mitch Geisert. The painting in three panels is a tribute to talents of jazz singer Mary Wilson and was donated to the Museum in 1993 by the family of the artist.
Other works in the exhibition include two bronze sculptures, by Ophir, Oregon artist Douglas Purdy. The Coos Art Museum’s Permanent Collection now consists of over 610 artworks and is growing through donations and occasional purchases. The collection contains many original works by Pacific Northwest artists, and this exhibition includes many notable Oregon artists.
Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the 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
Paddling Film Festival World Tour 2019
Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Come to Coos Bay for this year’s best paddling films. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places.
You’re also invited to join the community paddle earlier in the day along the Coos Bay waterfront. More information about the community paddle is available on Coquille River Water Trail’s Facebook page.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and films start at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets at 7 Devil’s Brewing or online.