Fun Things To Do in Florence

Welcome To Oregon’s Coastal Playground!

From big dune adventures like ATVs, sand rails, and sandboarding to quiet moments on an uncrowded lakeside or ocean beach, you will find no end to the fun Florence has to offer. Here you can enjoy world-class golf, horseback riding on beaches or mountain trails, crabbing, fishing, and we get top-shelf entertainment at our surprisingly amazing Florence Events Center—a great place for conventions, reunions, weddings, conferences, tradeshows, concerts, and more.

 

Our Historic Old Town (just steps away from your room) is alive with galleries, shopping, source-to- table dining, and evening entertainment.

 

Naturally, you’ll need a clean, comfortable, and totally convenient place to stay—like The Old Town Inn! Our award-winning hotel in Florence is a favorite with travelers. Awards? Yes! From a recent TripAdvisor Top-25 Best Value Motels in the US (we place 11th in the country!), to their Certificate of Excellence in each of the last five years, plus Oregon Business Magazine’s Top 100 Destinations, and even our local Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Customer Service award (two years in a row), we are focused on providing you a clean, comfortable, friendly, convenient home-away- from-home!

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce

Explore “Oregon’s Coastal Playground” as you travel along the 20 miles of Florence, Oregon, coastline. The Chamber’s Visitor Center is just a block down Highway 101. There you’ll find all the information you could ever want to make the most of your stay.

 

For more information call: 541-997-3128 or visit FlorenceChamber.com.

Annual Events:

  • Winter Folk Festival- January
  • Home & Garden Show – March
  • FlorenceFest Wine*Art*Jazz – April
  • Oregon Dunes Triathlon – Second weekend in May
  • Florence Goes Green Fair – May
  • Rhododendron Festival – Third weekend in May. One of the West’s longest running floral celebrations!
  • Independence Day Celebration – July
  • Wings & Wheels – First weekend in July
  • Rods ‘N Rhodies – Second weekend in September
  • City Wide Garage Sale – Second weekend in September
  • Florence Festival of Books – September
  • Wine Walk, ChowderFest, and Great Glass Ball Giveaway – First weekend in October
  • Oktoberfest – Second weekend of October
  • Veterans Day Parade – November 11
  • Holiday Celebration – Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival – Weekend of Thanksgiving

Airborne Adventures

AerolegendsAeroLegends Bi-Plane Rides

Scenic tours in an open-cockpit biplane; a 1944 Stearman “Kaydet” from WWII. Fly the most scenic coastline in America—long, sandy beaches interrupted by craggy rock outcroppings, dunes, forest, lighthouse, and amazing views only seen from the ocean side.

 

To schedule a flight, contact:

Terry or Winette Tomeny at 541-991-6139
terry@tomenyaero.com; 661-754-2106 cell
winette@tomenyaero.com; 661-754-2853 cell
2001 Airport Way, Florence Municipal Airport, Florence, OR 97439

 

Apex HeliApex Heli

See America’s most amazing and diverse coastline from your seat in a helicopter! Apex Helicopters provides first class tours of the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley Wine Country from right here in Florence, Oregon. Book one of their regular tour packages or request a custom tour for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

To schedule a tour, call:

541-997-3270 or e-mail apex@apexheli.com, or visit ApexHeli.com
2001 Airport Way Florence Municipal Airport, Florence, OR 97439

Dunes – ATVs, Sandrails, Guided Tours, Sandboarding, and more!

Oregon Dunes Recreational AreaOregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes! Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access – the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all. While famous for its OHV riding opportunities, the Oregon Dunes also offers many areas for those who are not OHV enthusiasts.

 

For more information, visit:

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

 

Sandland AdventuresSandland Adventures and Sand Dunes Frontier

Thrill to the sensation of zooming to the top of a 500-foot dune, and screaming down the other side! Your professional sandrail driver knows how to get your adrenaline pumping—while giving you an informative tour about the ever-changing landscape and its wildlife inhabitants in this vast natural area. Ride along the ocean, around the beautiful “tree islands,” and the adjacent lakes—then hold on for the ride of your life. Think rollercoaster, but on sand. You can also choose a slower-paced tour on a giant dune buggy.

 

At Sandland Adventures, you can also have fun bumping and splashing on their bumper boats, race on their grand prix style go-kart track, play their miniature golf course, or take a ride on the Cloverline Railroad.

 

Sandland Adventures:

85366 U.S. 101, Florence, OR 97439 (1 mile south of Florence)
Hours vary by season. For more information call 541-997-8087 or visit Sandland.com

 

Sand Dunes Frontier:

83960 Hwy 101 S., Florence Oregon 97439 (4 miles south of Florence)
Hours vary by season. For more information call 541-997-3544 or visit SandDunesFrontier.com

Sand Master ParkSand Master Park

The birthplace of professional sand-boarding! Just three miles north of The Old Town Inn is the world’s first sand-board park and host to international competitions that have been featured on ESPN. Learn sand-boarding, rent gear to take to other dunes, or take dune buggy tours.

 

For more information, visit:

Sand Master Park

Horseback Riding

CandM StablesC&M Stables

What could be more iconic than galloping across the wide-open beaches, or sauntering the ancient forest trails on horseback? Just 8 miles north of Florence, Oregon, C&M Stables offers a variety of horseback riding experiences.

 

To book your scenic trail and beach ride adventure, call:

541-997-7540 or visit OregonHorsebackRiding.com
90241 Hwy 101 North, Florence, OR 97439

Fishing and Crabbing

FishingSiuslaw River and Area Lakes

Salmon? Trout? Bass? Perch? Tuna? Sturgeon? We’ve got it…and local experts to help you bring home your own catch of the day. Fishing fanatics the world over love our Siuslaw River, the Pacific Ocean, and our dozen-or-so lakes within a dozen miles.

 

Crabbing is always a fun adventure with those crazed eight-legged nippers scrambling at your feet after bringing up your net full of them! The Florence area offers several docks along the river from which you can cast your crab traps, or dock your boat to cruise the Siuslaw in search of the perfect place. Several options exist for you to buy some…you know, just in case tying dead fish heads into the bottom of a crab pot just isn’t your thing.

Golf

Oregon’s Coastal Playground wouldn’t be complete without a couple of awesome options for golf. Both 18-hole public courses are built on dunes so they drain quickly (yeah, OK, so it rains here sometimes). Both offer pro shops, lessons, putting greens, cart service, and great food and beverage options.

 

Sandpines GolfSandpines Golf

The Old Town Inn sits just a few dozen tee-shots from the world class Sandpines Golf Links. Seriously, you can be there in five minutes. The award-winning Sandpines Golf Links is one of golf’s hidden gems. Rolling hills, towering pines, and even an ocean view from select sites among the fairways. The Rees Jones-designed course has a driving range and was honored as the “Best New Public Course in America” shortly after opening. The Grill and Lounge at Sandpines offers indoor and outdoor lakeside dining and fresh, local cuisine with its breathtaking views of the golf course.

 

For tee times and more information, call:

541-997-1940 or 800-917-GOLF (4653), or visit Sandpines.com
1201 35th St, Florence, OR 97439.

Ocean Dunes GolfOcean Dunes Golf Course

About 10 minutes from The Old Town Inn is Ocean Dunes Golf Links. This course is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. With a unique course layout, breathtaking scenery, and a few unexpected turns here and there, visitors will enjoy a challenging and exhilarating golf experience. Try not to be distracted by the scenic surrounding dunes, mountains, and forests.

 

For tee times, call:

541-997-3232.
33345 Munsel Lake Rd., Florence, OR 97439

Shopping

Old Town Florence OregonOld Town Florence

You don’t want to miss historic Old Town Florence! After all, Old Town is our middle name, and we’re right on the northwestern edge of some of the most fun shopping and dining on the Oregon Coast. Nestled against the Siuslaw River are dozens of unique shops and restaurants with everything you need for a Central Oregon Coast experience—from kites to clothing and accessories, from fishing and crabbing gear to “only in Oregon” products—you’ll find colorful and creative art galleries, rich history up and down local streets, and delicious dining in charming settings. Many restaurants have river views and feature local “farm-to-table” meats and produce, as well as locally-caught seafood. (And remember, our rooms have refrigerators and microwaves so you can enjoy your leftovers as a late-night snack!)

Florence Oregon Antique DistrictFlorence Antique District

Antiquing on the Oregon Coast could not be more convenient. Florence has a growing and dynamic Antique District beginning just three blocks north of The Old Town Inn! Nearly a dozen different shops feature more than 50 dealers! Use us as your treasure hunting headquarters.

More information on our Antique District is available at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce at 541-997-3128 or visit FlorenceChamber.com

Even More Fun Things To Do

Ocean Beaches, Florence, OregonOcean Beaches

You can’t come to Oregon’s Coastal Playground without a day (or two) at the beach. From your adventure headquarters at The Old Town Inn you are just 10 minutes from magnificent, uncrowded ocean beaches where you can walk, explore the tidal pools, and play to your heart’s content. Pick up a tide table booklet at the front desk and plan your beachcombing adventure to see what the sea brought in. Remember, those magnificent sunsets are always free.

Heceta Head LighthouseHeceta Head Lighthouse (say Huh-SEE-tah to sound like a local)

Visit one of America’s most photographed lighthouses. In summer, tour the inside as docents bring to life the trials and triumphs of a lighthouse keeper in the late 1800s. Visit the keeper’s home too. Only 12 miles north of The Old Town Inn, and rising 200+ feet above Devil’s Elbow State Park, the lighthouse and the keeper’s residence are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The light beams from the recently restored lighthouse can be seen from more than 20 miles making it the brightest light on the Oregon Coast.

 

For more information, call:

866-547-3696 or visit OregonStateParks.org.

Sea Lion CavesSea Lion Caves

Ride the elevator six stories down through solid rock to enter the exclusive realm of hundreds of Steller sea lions and harbor seals. A scenic 10-minute drive north of The Old Town Inn in Florence takes you to the iconic Sea Lion Caves, America’s largest sea caves and a sanctuary for sea birds. Don’t miss this fun and educational stop that has thrilled generations of visitors since the 1930s. An amazing place for whale watching and inspiring views of the coastline.

 

For more information, visit: 

www.sealioncaves.com

Siuslaw Pioneer MuseumSiuslaw Pioneer Museum

The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum is the home of authentic and historic displays, pictures, and other information about the Siuslaw River area pioneers and the City of Florence. In the early days the Siuslaw River was the primary and nearly exclusive means of travel for area loggers and fishermen. The museum also offers an audio-visual presentation, information on early shipwrecks, a research library, and a self-guided historic walking tour that begins at the museum and takes you by 21 different buildings and locations in Old Town Florence.

 

For seasonal hours, prices, or more information, call:

541-997-7884 or visit SiuslawPioneerMuseum.com
278 Maple St., Florence, OR 97439

Rhododendron Festival, Florence Oregon

Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum

With a mission is to honor veterans by educating the public, the military museum opened on July 4, 2015. They feature dioramas and displays, with artifacts you can touch. With items donated by local vets and their families, you can’t get any more authentic. The museum covers the eras served by Florence-area service men and women from WWI to the present.

 

For more information, call:

541-902-5160
Oregoncoastmilitarymuseum.com

145 Kingwood, Florence, Oregon

Siuslaw River BridgeSiuslaw River Bridge

One of many iconic bridges designed by Conde McCullogh that dot the Oregon Coast. Opened to traffic in 1936, this picturesque span melds Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and American Art Deco styles. It is 1568 feet in length. This fully-functioning drawbridge opens to a majestic 140-foot height. Photo ops exist from all angles, and every photo becomes your own personal postcard. Its graceful arches over the glistening Siuslaw River make for stunning displays of sunrises and sunsets in and around Historic Old Town Florence.

Florence Events CenterFlorence Events Center

Big name entertainment in Florence? You bet! The 21,000 square foot Florence Events Center is just a few blocks away and regularly hosts world-class music, dance, and drama. 715 Quince Street, Florence, OR 97439.

 

For more information, call:

541-997-1994 or 888-968-4086, or visit EventCenter.org
715 Quince Street, Florence, OR 97439

Three Rivers CasinoThree Rivers Casino

About five minutes from The Old Town Inn, you’ll find a wide selection of casino games at Three Rivers Casino. With over 700 of the newest slots and video games; table games including roulette, craps, blackjack, let it ride, pai gow poker, no limit Texas hold ‘em, and more; and casino favorites like keno and bingo. The casino also holds many events and concerts by famous-name entertainers.

 

For more information, call:

877-3-RIVERS or visit ThreeRiversCasino.com
5647 Highway 126, Florence, Oregon, 97439

Miller Park Florence OregonMiller Park

It’s our own little version of Central Park with a skate park, jogging path, softball/baseball diamonds, basketball court, and two playgrounds. Just a short walk through the wild rhododendrons takes you to the Singing Pines dog park.

 

For More Information, Visit:

http://www.ci.florence.or.us/publicworks/miller-park