1 - Walk the Prom Seaside’s 1.5-mile oceanfront Promenade and its famous automobile Turnaround at the beach are among Oregon's most famous landmarks. Dating from the 1920s, the Prom is the perfect place for a morning jog, a casual walk, a bicycle ride or just enjoying Seaside's best people-watching. Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, beachgrass-covered dunes and the rainforest-covered Tillamook Head as you stroll past oceanfront homes and resorts.
Trace the footsteps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark with a visit to their reconstructed salt-making camp or visit a family favorite, the Seaside Aquarium, a classic coastal attraction here for over 70 years. Both attractions are just steps away from the Prom. The Turnaround and the Prom both offer convenient oceanfront access and views for wheelchairs and strollers.
2 - Feed the Seals
Seaside's seals have been entertaining visitors for over 70 years at the Seaside Aquarium. Each of the seals has developed its own splashy or noisy routine to encourage you to toss a bit of chopped fish its direction. The aquarium also features live displays of Northwest marine life and a hands-on discovery center for kids.
While the Aquarium has been located on Seaside's Promenade since 1937, the building dates from 1914 and previously was another of the city's major attractions, an indoor saltwater pool known as a natatorium. Outside of the aquarium, you can view the 35-foot skeleton of a Gray Whale.
3 - Enjoy fun and games
With the largest arcade on the Oregon coast and classic beach attractions including carnival rides and miniature golf, Seaside is just plain fun. Play Skeeball, Fascination, video games or air hockey. Take a crash course in bumper cars, ride the indoor Tilt-a-Whirl or take a spin on the old-fashioned carousel. The Funland arcade, Bumper Cars and Carousel Mall downtown, along with Family Fun Park just south of downtown on Highway 101, Promise non-stop fun for everyone in the family.
4 - Watch a sunset or a storm
Enjoy vibrant colors as the sun sets on the Pacific or take in the drama of a winter storm with majestic Tillamook Head as a backdrop. Watch the spectacle from your room, the Prom, the beach or an oceanfront restaurant.
5 - Ride the carouselJust two blocks from the beach, the Seaside Carousel (inside the Carousel Mall) has been the town's most colorful attraction for 25 years. Seaside's carousel features 24 full-sized carousel animals, reproductions of originals at the San Francisco Carousel Museum. Ride a traditional pony or select something a bit more whimsical like the huge rabbit, the pink ostrich, the reindeer, a cat with a fish or a seahorse, of course!
6 - Go on a shopping spree
Three unique shopping districts in Seaside offer an exciting variety of experiences for shoppers. With no sales tax, your visit to Seaside is also the perfect opportunity to take a little of the coast home with you. A walk through downtown Seaside will tempt you with dozens of specialty shops, galleries and boutiques with a distinctly coastal flair. At the center of downtown is the Seaside Carousel Mall with shops offering apparel, imports, collectibles, gifts, jewelry and candy, all surrounding a colorful old-fashioned carousel.
Discover the upscale home decorating boutiques, apparel stores, art galleries and large antique mall in the historic Gilbert District east of the Necanicum River on Broadway. Gilbert District shops are surrounded by the historic architecture of Seaside from days of old, including two of the city's oldest buildings framing the intersection at Broadway and Holladay Drive. On Highway 101, just a half mile north of Broadway is the Seaside Factory Outlet Center featuring dozens of outlet stores with great bargains on name brand items.
7 - Fly a kite
With dependable coastal breezes and miles of open beach, Seaside is a perfect place to fly a kite no matter what your level of experience. Kids delight in launching their own kite to dance with the wind, and the world's most talented kite flyers enjoy performing precise aerial maneuvers or flying colorful and unique creations high overhead.
8 - Wheel aroundWhether you prefer skates or an electric car, Seaside offers plenty of opportunities to have some wheel fun. Bring your own or rent from local merchants offering skates, roller blades, kid and adult bikes, mopeds and electric cars, surreys large and small, beach cycles and even strollers and wheelchairs.
9 - Catch your dinner
Dig for razor clams on Seaside beaches, drop your crab ring from the 12th Avenue bridge or bring your fishing gear and catch dinner. Fall and winter runs of salmon and steelhead draw anglers from around the world.
Nearby, guides and charters also offer ocean, bay and river fishing for salmon and sturgeon. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (503) 867-4741 for information on seasons, licenses and limits.
10 - Find a treasure
There's nothing better than a walk at the ocean's edge with the rhythm of the waves and the feel of sand between your toes. Except, of course, walking the beach and finding a treasure. With each receding tide, seashells are left scattered on Seaside's beach to the delight of beachcombers. Look for sand dollars and dozens of other seashells, but never remove a live creature from its home.