Skip to content

Seaside Stories

How to Experience Seaside’s Prom Centennial

June 23, 2021 | by Jen Anderson

Centennial anniversaries don’t happen all too often. Once every hundred years, in fact! We’ll show you how to celebrate all year long but bonus points if you happen to catch Promenade Dedication Day (Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021). On this day 100 years ago, the Seaside Promenade and Turnaround was officially dedicated by 8-year-old Martha Hagmeier, who broke a bottle of seawater on the concrete. Any day this year, though, you can bring your loved ones to experience one of the most special events on the Oregon Coast — the centennial of Seaside’s iconic Promenade. Here’s how to do it.

 

Day 1

When you arrive in town, stop by the Seaside Visitors Bureau first to pick up your Prom Centennial book, get entered into the sweepstakes and get your bearings before you explore. Take a selfie in the giant Adirondack chair outside, and keep your eyes peeled for these other great selfie spots around town.

Refreshments are likely in order. The parking lot at the Visitors Bureau is a great spot to park your car while you explore the sights and sounds of Broadway on foot. Fuel up on caffeine at Seaside Coffee House, one of several top-notch coffee spots in town. Across the street is Dough Dough Bakery, known for its chocolate-tahini roll and other fresh-baked sweet and savory goods. 

Make your way down Broadway and admire the colorful pocket gardens that brighten up the streetscape. When you hit the Turnaround, head north or south and enjoy strolling the Prom — or rent bikes from the Prom Bike Shop or Wheel Fun Rentals and cruise on two or four wheels. You can also dig into local history on a self-guided Historic Homes Walking Tour (in the Prom Centennial booklet) on the Prom, and make your way to the Seaside Historical Society Museum to see the brand-new exhibits on local Native American history, the history of the Promenade, local logging culture and more. 

Don’t forget to hit the beach! Seaside’s wide stretch of sandy shoreline is perfect for kite-flying, sandcastle-making, and beachcombing for sand dollars and other marine treasures — for the best finds, check the tide tables and come during low tide or in the morning before the crowds are out. 

 

Day 2

If you’re looking for an outdoorsy adventure, how about crabbing or paddling, which you can do right in town? You could also head just 10 minutes southeast for mountain biking along the forested trails at Klootchy Creek County Park, or head 10 minutes southwest to Elden Feldenheimer State Natural Area for the scenic 4.7-mile loop hike to Indian Beach and back again — with views of Tillamook Head and the offshore lighthouse “Terrible Tilly” along the way. 

If you happen to be visiting during the first Saturday of the month, you can wind down between 5 and 7 pm at Seaside’s free First Saturday Art Walk, when the galleries between Holladay Drive and Broadway in the Historic Gilbert District showcase the works of local artists. Celebrate the evening with a true coastal dinner, Seaside-style. 

Find more info at the official Prom Centennial page, including how to enter the Centennial Sweepstakes. 

 

Don’t Miss These Special Prom Treats:

Cool off from the beach with a treat at Sea Star Gelato — try their Centennial Sundae, which comes in a cup that changes color when the cold ice cream hits it. When it’s time for a proper meal, there’s no lack of family-friendly dinner choices with ample outdoor seating in the summer. At Seaside Brewery (housed in the town’s old jail), pair a house-smoked pulled-pork or brisket sandwich with their limited-release Prom Centennial Pale Ale.

 


 

and so much more!

Riding the Streetcar in Seaside

Riding the streetcar in Seaside is a fun and affordable way to see the town.

Family Reunion

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

Paddle Neawanna Creek
How To Paddle Seaside

Kayaking and paddle boarding options abound in Seaside, Oregon. Find out what you need to know to float the coast....

Catch the Holiday Spirit at These Merry Holiday Events

If you love the magic of the holidays, you’re in for a treat during this year’s Yuletide in Seaside events. The fun kicks off ...

Paragliding on the North Coast

Adventure and fun with paragliding on Oregon

Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul in Seaside

Seaside is more than its well-earned reputation for fun and shopping along famed Broadway Street. It’s also home to pampering sp...

A Tradition of Tea

Seaside has a 26 year tradition it loves to share with visitors. Those in town for the holiday season are invited to step back in ...

Our timeless ocean

Enjoying the ocean can be a timeless endeavor.

Broadway Boon

A glimpse at the history and evolution of Broadway.

Summer in Seaside can offer as much variety as our local candy stores.
How to Have an Epic North Coast Summer

A summer spent in Seaside is like a good clam chowder — fresh, flavorful and filling.

Times of Change…

Seasons of change in nature and life.

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.

Where to Find Your Seaside Centennial Keepsakes

While you’re walking around in Seaside looking to beat the heat, you might start with a super-tall, non-alcoholic frozen refresh...

Fruits of Your Labor

Picking blackberries on the Oregon Coast, local coastal berries

Breaking High

A look at a waves breaking over the turnaround at high tide in Seaside

Terrible Tilly

A brief history of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, or better know as "Terrible Tilly"

The Amazing and Colorful History of Seaside

The Lewis and Clark expedition reached the sea near Seaside. Seaside has one of the most compelling stories you’ll find anyw...

From Arcade to Aquarium: 8 Things To Do When It’s Raining In Seaside

When it rains, you’ll have plenty to do in Seaside, Oregon. Photo: Rupert Britton Our charming oceanfront town is, after all, in...