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Camping in Seaside

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Fort Stevens Yurt Oregon CoastMemorial Day weekend is right around the corner. One of my very favorite things to do during this weekend is to go camping. I love setting up the tents, snuggling in a warm sleeping bag, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and smelling like a campfire all weekend. I love every bit of it! If you've never camped by the Pacific Ocean then you are missing out! You get to add the salty air, sandy beach, and all the benefits of being near Seaside to add to your camping experience.

Now, before I talk about traditional tent camping, I’d like to mention RV camping. If you need a little more luxury on your camping trip- beds, a kitchen, and all the electrical sockets your heart desires, then you might want to look into RV rentals (or maybe you already own one). There are several RV parks in Seaside that offer different accommodations (pet-friendly parks, showers, fire rings, groceries, etc). They are Circle Creek RV Park - which also offers some tent camping - (503) 738-6070, Trucke’s 1-Stop & RV Park (503) 738-8863 and Venice RV Park (503) 738-8851.

For the hardcore tent campers, there are some tent campgrounds available in and near Seaside. Fort Stevens is a personal favorite campground for me. I LOVE history, and the Fort is amazing to explore (including the museum and underground bunker). The campground is located at 100 Ridge Road in Warrenton (just 15 miles north of Seaside). It is a 4,200 acre park that also offers freshwater lake swimming in Coffenbury Lake, trails (nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails), an historic shipwreck and an historic military area. In the summer you can tour a  90-year old underground gun battery that served as a World War II command center, and take a truck tour of the fortifications spanning the Spanish-American War and World War II (for a small charge). They even have Yurts for rent. You can call them with questions at (503) 861-1671.

Then there is Seaside Thousand Trails (aka Leisure Time). It is a private campground where you pay an annual fee to use their campgrounds. They have trailers, cabins, and places to set up tents. They offer recreation facilities that include an indoor pool and spa, basketball court, fitness room, mini golf, and more! They are located on 12th avenue and can be contacted at (503) 738-5292.

If you’re planning on going camping make sure you call (and/or visit websites) to get your reservations! Seaside is a wonderful place to vacation in the summer (and everyone knows it!). I’ve been checking off my summer camping checklist in anticipation of enjoying all the summer fun and camping under the starry skies with the Pacific Ocean waves lulling me to sleep!


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  Comments (6) Last comment made  9/8/2014 
Veronica (Seaside VB staff) 9/8/2014 
Hi, Tara--I recommend checking with Fort Stevens State Park for your group. It's a great campground with lots of bike and hiking trails, historical sites to check out, plus it's right next to the beach where you can visit the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. There is a swimming area, too, and lots of space to gather in picnic areas. Here is a link to Fort Stevens State Park. Let us know if we can help you any further as you plan your trip to the coast.

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Tara Mcintosh 9/8/2014 
Looking for camping in july 2015 there will be a family reunion so we would like a open area to Accommodate day activities for 50-75 of us in our group. We will be camoing for the week. Thank you, Tara

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Veronica 3/27/2014 
Hi, Lindsay-- Overnight camping on Seaside beaches is not lawful, however there are lots of campgrounds very near to the beach. Here is a link to the latest Oregon State Parks guide. Stop in & see us at the Seaside Visitors Center when you are in the area and we can recommend some camping locations to suit your needs. Thanks! --Veronica, City of Seaside Visitors Bureau staff

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lindsay 3/26/2014 
I was just wondering if it possible to camp right on the beach?

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kendra vieth 6/19/2013 
hi, i was just wondering if there were any campsites open for july 4th to july 5th, thank you :)

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perry tiggett 4/16/2012 
i visited seaside for the first time this past weekend. i was taken by it,s natural beauty and the sorrounding areas wilddrness.i plan on exlporing the area more this summer with my family.can you please email information on camping and other recreational activities which are offerd in the area.

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