FAQs About Florence, Oregon
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Ten minutes north of Florence is Heceta Head Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. A short walk from the beach at Devils Elbow State park takes you to the lighthouse where the keeper sometimes lets you climb to the top.
Fishing on the Siuslaw River draws expert fishermen from around the world. Try to find a room in September when the salmon are running! Area lakes are full of steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as large mouth bass and perch.
If you do not own your own sand rail, Dune buggy tours are a fun, exciting way to see the dunes. Professional drivers will maneuver through deceiving terrain showing you all the best spots in the Oregon Dunes. These 300' to 500' dunes will excite and impress you!
Five minutes away from the Old Town Inn is the championship 18-hole Sandpines Golf Links. Another ten minutes takes you to Ocean Dunes Golf Course, another great 18-hole course.
Old Town Florence
One of the finest historic renovations on the Pacific Coast, Florence's Old Town is crowded with fine restaurants and shops. On the docks you can see commercial fishermen unloading their day's catch. Often blue herons and eagles on the wing are sighted.
Ten minutes from the Old Town Inn are magnificent ocean beaches where you can walk, explore the tidal pools and play to your heart's content. Area hiking trails are among the most beautiful and best maintained in the world.
Historic Siuslaw River Bridge
The Siuslaw River Bridge is one of only 46 bridges mentioned in Judith Dupre's book, 'A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans'. Within minutes of the bridge are over 40 freshwater lakes and streams. Boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and other popular water sports remain a popular draw for visitors year after year.
Sea Lion Caves
Ten minutes north of Florence are the Sea Lion Caves, the largest natural sea caves in the world.
Miller Park in Florence is host to one of Oregon's newest Skate Parks. Boards, in-line skaters and bikes are all welcome.
The Rhododendron Festival
The Rhododendron Festival is held in Florence each year on the 3rd weekend of May. Each spring, wild rhododendrons bloom in the hills and fields of Florence as they been doing for 1,000 or more years. The white-pink flowers represent the end of winter and the imminent arrival of summer.
Q: What is there to do in Florence?
A: Come make it a day at the beach…or two…or a whole week! The list of fun things to do in and around Florence is very long. See our “Fun Things To Do” page for an extensive, but hardly exhaustive, list of activities and attractions.
Q: What is the weather like in Florence?
A: The weather is usually much milder here than in the nearby Willamette Valley. Our summer temperatures are usually in the 60’s to 70’s, but often warmer, depending on how close to the ocean you get. Our winters are mild with about the same rainfall as the Willamette Valley. However, we have a lot of breaks between storms, usually with very nice weather. We often have crystal clear blue skies when the Valley is blanketed in fog. It seldom snows or freezes in Florence. We have flowers year round and some of the freshest air on the planet come in right off the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Q: Is it expensive in Florence?
A: No, our lodging prices are very competitive. The cost of dining in Florence is typically less than in the cities. Gas prices are generally among of the lowest in the state. Shopping is very reasonable and a ton of fun.
Q: What is there to do in the winter in Florence?
A: Winter is a great time to come to Florence! Dune riding, golf, hiking, and horseback riding are still great wintertime activities.
There are multiple vista points within a short drive up and down the coast for exciting storm watching! Our staff can direct you to the best places! Winter on the Oregon Coast is a great time to storm watch. These dramatic, landscape-shifting events are thrilling, but come with an element of danger. If you’re out on the beach, be watchful of large waves, sneaker waves, rip currents, and rolling driftwood.
Though there are hundreds of whales that make the Central Oregon Coast their year-around home, peak whale watching starts in late December when grey whales begin their annual southern migration. In March, the grey whales start their northern migration. There are many excellent places for whale watching all year just a few miles north of Florence. Ask our staff for advice on the best viewing spots and how to learn more.
Winter really is a great time to go golfing on either of our two local 18-hole golf courses. Because they are built on sand, they are playable within minutes of a rain shower. Check out our great golf packages, and let our staff help you book your tee times.
Decompress while watching winter sunsets near the Siuslaw River jetties or along the ocean bluffs. Bring your camera…they can be breathtaking.
Delicious Dungeness crabs await your bait off the docks during winter while lake and river fishing fluctuates with the weather. Ask our front-desk staff for the latest reports. The Oregon Department of Fishing and Wildlife website also has the updated information on fishing, clamming, crabbing, and wildlife viewing. Link to: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/rr/marine/
Winter hikes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area reveal nature’s artistry after winter storms carve fantastic shapes out of the dunes, and winter rains bring the many area waterfalls to their peak, awe-striking beauty. Our staff have maps and can direct you to the best websites to plan your hikes. Florence is also becoming a great geocaching destination.
There is always excellent antiquing and fun shopping in Historic Old Town Florence, just steps away from the Old Town Inn. Old Town also has several art galleries and a pioneer museum.
There are many events throughout the year, including big-name entertainment. Check the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce website at: florencechamber.com and the Florence Events Center website at EventCenter.org.
Q: Is it hard to get to Florence?
A: No, we are 1 to 1 1/2 hours west of Eugene, OR on Hwy 126 W. (Randy Pape’ Beltline) This is a beautiful drive.
We are about 1 hour south of Newport, OR.
We are about 1 hour north of Coos Bay, OR.
We are about 3 hours from Portland, OR, coming south on I-5 and turning west onto Highway 126 (Beltline) at Eugene.
We are about 4 hours from Medford, OR, coming north on I-5, turning toward the coast at Sutherlin on Hwy 138. Follow the Umpqua River down through Elkton, to Reedsport, then north on Highway 101 to Florence.