Around Cannon Beach
Once you have conquered everything there is to do in Cannon Beach, there is a plethora of things to do in the near vicinity. Whether it’s hiking Ecola State Park or playing golf in Gearhart; we are within minutes of many worthwhile adventures. In this section of the Guest Guide, you will find brief descriptions of some of these places and activities, from Tillamook to Astoria.
Points of Interest
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Interactive exhibits combine history with high technology for a truly participative experience. Learn how to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue, and fish for salmon. One admission includes a tour of the lightship Columbia – the last seagoing lighthouse serving the west coast.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Open Daily, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
This is the historical site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered-over in 1805-06. The 125- acre park has a replica of their actual fort, and living history demonstrations during the summer.
Fort Stevens State Park
This state park is famous for its military history and a major shipwreck of which there are still remnants. There is plenty of camping, wildlife, biking, and hiking at this popular tourist spot.
This renowned aquarium has an underwater exhibit where visitors come face-to-face with sea life. Guests are also allowed to feed the harbor seals and watch many different live sea animal shows. They pride themselves on their enormous Octopus and Wolf Eel.
Tillamook Cheese Visitor’s Center
This famous cheese-making factory is located 45 minutes south of Cannon Beach. The visitor’s center offers a self-guided tour with video presentations on the making of Tillamook cheese and ice cream. It’s much cooler than it sounds. You get a bird’s eye view of the cheese making process and samples throughout the factory. They have gourmet food shops, gift shops, and an ice cream parlor.
Astoria Gateway Cinemas
Bowling & Billiards
Elks Bowling Alley
Warren House Pub
Lower Columbia Bowl Inc.
Gearhart Bowl & Fultano’s Pizza
Recreation / Outdoors
Ecola State Park
This state park is widely known as the spot that William Clark stopped in 1805 to view the carcass of a 105-foot whale. There is no camping here, but hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing are very popular activities at Ecola.
Hug Point – South of Cannon Beach, 10 minutes on HWY 101
Hug point is a popular spot to hug someone…actually it is an amazing array of natural tidal caves and waterfalls. At low tide you can hike to the original beachside stagecoach trail.
Oswald West State Park – South of Cannon Beach, 15 Minutes on HWY 101
Hiking trails winding through old growth forests. The park includes 13 miles of The Oregon Coast Trail.
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (Known as Terrible Tilly)
Located 1.2 miles towards the sea and just south of Seaside, this non-functional lighthouse has a lot of history behind it. It is currently used as a columbarium, (a storage place for ashes of the deceased). There is no public access, but you can get a great view from the Oregon Coast Trail between Ecola State Park and Seaside.
Below are the four closest golf courses to Cannon Beach. Only Gearhart is an 18-hole course.
Gearhart Golf Links
Highlands Golf Course
Manzanita Golf Course
Seaside Golf Course
There are a lot of shops and stores in Seaside – 8 miles North of us on Hwy 101.
Seaside Factory Outlet Center
1111 N Roosevelt – Off Hwy 101 | (503) 717-1603 Features designer labels and brands, such as Nike, Eddie Bauer, Van Heusen, GNC, Pendleton, Oshkosh B’gosh, and Carters. What the shops lack in personality they often make up for in pricing discounts.