Located on Highway 101 on the central Oregon Coast (in fact, almost at the exact center) is Florence—Oregon’s Coastal Playground. Big sand dune adventures (dune buggies, ATVs, sandboarding, camping) are near the top of the list of things to do. But with miles and miles of uncrowded beaches there is horseback riding, beachcombing, tide pooling, kite flying, boogie boarding, surfing, kiteboarding, and romantic sunset beach walks. Oh, and there are ancient forests for hiking, foraging, biking, and finding waterfalls. In between there are more than a dozen pristine lakes within a dozen miles, the Siuslaw River, and all kinds of fishing, crabbing, and clamming. If in-town adventure is more your style, there is a vibrant Old Town district with lodging, a marina, quaint shops, fascinating galleries, and incredible food and drink. World-class golf, museums, an antique district, casino gaming, and a public events center with international caliber shows round out the offerings.
Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
The Wildcat Bridge is located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126. From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome. Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s. The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access to the river for fishermen on the Siuslaw River. The bridge was closed for repairs several times in the 1980s and in the autumn of 2000, when the structure was strengthened. HOW TO GET THERE: Travel 33 miles west of Eugene on Oregon Highway 126 to Whitaker Creek /Clay Creek Recreation Area turnoff. Exit the highway on the south side and follow the road back under the highway and railroad tracks (north) a short distance to the bridge.
Sea Lion Caves
The Sea Lion Caves (the world\'s largest Sea Cave according to Guinness) are located approx. 11 miles north of Florence and offers an awe-inspiring, intimate view of Sea Lions in their natural habitat. Descend over 200-feet into the world\'s largest and most spectacular sea cave. The cave is the home of the wild stellar sea lion, primarily during the fall and winter months and is called the hauling area.
Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
Driftwood Shores is the ultimate place to call home for your vacation, being the only oceanfront lodging property for mile. You will be merely steps away from ten miles of uninterrupted beautiful beaches. Whether you’re here with family, planning a trip with your closest friends, or looking for a place to spend a little quality time with a loved one, you’re sure to discover something truly special on the shores of the Oregon coast. Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean are just the beginning of this exceptional destination; the refreshing coastal air and bright sunshine is sure to help you rejuvenate on your stay, no matter how long. We are conveniently located close to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Sand Master Park, Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Vacasa - Florence
There's no better way to truly experience Florence, Oregon than by living like a local in a private vacation home! Vacasa has dozens to choose from, including cozy cottages right downtown, waterfront retreats on the Siuslaw River and Siltcoos Lake, and oceanfront homes steps from the sandy beach. Every Vacasa home in Florence is unique, but many offer private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and pet-friendly policies. Find your ideal retreat today—visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking.
Second Saturday Gallery Tour in Florence
A self-guided tour of Florence galleries featuring receptions and local artists on the second Saturday of each month year-round, rain or shine! Make sure to grab a Florence Art Passport before you start the tour. Galleries include Backstreet Gallery, The River Gallery, The Hideaway Gallery, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, many professional studios and several displays of art at local businesses.Visit Website
Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon
The Oregon Dunes 7th Annual Triathlon and Duathlon is the first open-water triathlon and the first USAT-sanctioned event of the season in the Northwest. This inspiring triathlon is the only Olympic distance triathlon on the Oregon Coast. Swim in the clear water of Woahink Lake, cycle coastal country roads and run through woodlands. The finale is a dash up to the finish line in the picturesque dunes. Free to spectators.Visit Website
Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament
Copa Cabana Sports hosts their first annual beach soccer tournament, held right outside the beautiful Driftwood Shores Resort. Food and beverage vendors will be available for a whole day of soccer on the lovely Oregon Coast. Youth and adult teams are welcome to register to play or to simply watch the games and cheer from the sidelines.Visit Website