Seaside Stories

Hot Spots

June 14, 2019 | by Shellie Bailey-Shah

Just like the windswept Oregon coastline itself, Seaside is ever-changing. While embracing traditional attractions like the Promenade and the vintage Fascination game parlor, the town has welcomed several new attractions since your last visit. Here are six new ways to experience Seaside.

 

1. Tag your friends and family

Located inside the downtown Seaside Carousel Mall, Seaside Laser Tag & Arcade (300 Broadway) is a family-friendly option, especially on a rainy day. You and up to 19 other people can battle it out in a two-story laser tag arena, complete with fog machine. Game sessions range from $11 to $18 per person. Afterwards, the fun continues in the arcade with more than 30 popular games including Pac-Man and Space Invader Frenzy. You and your kids can earn tickets and then redeem them for prizes.

 

2. Shop local

Voyages Toys (18 N. Holladay Dr.) has opened its second location along the Oregon Coast – this time, in the Gilbert District of Seaside. Owners Jeremy and Sally Clifford are passionate about encouraging outdoor play and face-to-face interaction through tabletop games. They also love comic books and have a designated comics section in the store. Ask them about their best-selling, pop culture mystery boxes when you stop by.

 

3. Stop for a quick pick-me-up

You don’t have to drive to Cannon Beach to get your Sleepy Monk coffee anymore. Rise & Grind PNW (1575 S Roosevelt Dr./Highway 101) is a roadside, drive-thru stand serving up Sleepy Monk coffees, lattes, smoothies and fresh juices on the south side of Seaside. For something different, try the turmeric honey latte. And don’t forget to grab some fresh, locally-baked scones, hand pies and cookies while you’re at it.

 

4. Thai me up

Located right next to Rise & Grind PNW, you’ll find one of Seaside’s newest eateries, Thai Me Up Seaside (1575 S Roosevelt Dr./Highway 101). This authentic and affordable Thai food is not to be missed. And the picture menu here takes the mystery out of ordering – soups, salads, curries and noodle dishes. The house specialty is the chicken wings, served eight different ways. Whatever you order, make sure to leave room for the mango coconut sticky rice for dessert!

 

5. Visit an old favorite

With seven other locations along the Oregon Coast from Florence to Astoria, Mo’s chowder has finally come to downtown Seaside. Opened this spring, Mo’s Seafood & Chowder (30 N. Promenade) occupies the first floor of the Shilo Inn overlooking the Promenade and the Pacific just off the Turnaround. Look for it to be a hot spot this summer.

 

6. Grab a beer and a movie

Originally opened in 1940 but then closed in 1989, Times Theatre & Public House is Seaside’s “comeback kid.” The theater has re-invented itself – now showing second-run movies and serving up a pub menu of Midwestern comfort foods. But the big draw is the Sisu beer, brewed onsite.

 

and so much more!

Tillamook Head Trail
Seaside’s Very Own Rainforest: Tillamook Head

Hiking the Tillamook Head trail offers pure bliss for this local hiker

Learn More
Driving the Oregon Coast Highway

Unique views are plentiful along all 363 miles

Learn More
Seaside Skatepark

The Seaside Skatepark (also called the PTR “Hometown Park”) has a unique history. It was opened in June of 2007, and was built by Placed to Ride. The owner of Placed to Ride, Stefan Hauser, lives here in Seaside.

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Seaside

Seaside has many treasures “hidden” before our very eyes, ones we may take for granted because we don’t fully grasp their importance.

Learn More
COVID: What to Expect at Hotels and Vacation Rentals

Great news for those craving the revitalizing sea air and the sounds of the crashing surf from your balcony: Seaside’s hotels an...

Learn More
Paddle Neawanna Creek
How to Paddle Seaside

Spend a little time in Seaside, and you’ll find yourself itching to paddle on the rivers and ponds.

Learn More
Seaside’s History is an Honored Guest in Its Present

There are many local landmarks that celebrate the rich history of Seaside, a town that has been enjoyed as a popular beach getaway...

Learn More
Family Reunion

Seaside is a hot spot for family reunion get-togethers.

Learn More
Seaside Civic and Convention Center

The benefits and joys of life in our small coastal community are many. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, done it all and start thinking about heading to the big city you’re reminded that the Seaside Civic and Convention Center brings you the best of all possible worlds and you can stay right here

Learn More
Digging for the Bounty!

Razor clamming on Oregon

Learn More
Making Seaside Beautiful: Gardens

Seeking help on starting a garden plot sent me in search of Pam Fleming, whose reputation as a resource on Seaside’s Gardens was a bit understated as I was to discover. I met her at the Grand Opening of Back Alley Gardens (find by walking through Natural Nook Florists 734 Broadway).

Learn More
Episode Two: the Lewis & Clark Salt Works

Join us on an audio walking tour of the Lewis & Clark Salt Works in Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More
The Seaside Estuary makes an ideal spot to go bird watching along the Oregon Coast.
Where to Go Birding in Seaside

Seaside may be a small town, but it’s a big destination for birds, and as a result, birdwatchers hitting nearby spots on the Ore...

Learn More
Children feed the Harbor Seals at the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon.
How to Seaside Inside

Don’t get us wrong: Plenty of beach lovers come to Seaside in the cooler, drizzlier months to enjoy the great outdoors. That’s...

Learn More
Seaside Art Scene

Seaside is well-known for its scenic coastline, color-drenched sunsets and abundant natural beauty, but this coastal town has an a...

Learn More
Kayakers paddle in the Necanicum Estuary
So Close, But a World Away

A couple explores Seaside as modern-day Lewis and Clark Adventurers

Learn More
What is Fascination, Anyway?

Talk to anyone who’s ever visited Seaside, and they’re bound to bring up Fascination with an enthusiastic “I love that game!...

Learn More