Shore Acres State Park
The jewel of the South Coast, Shore Acres State Park is perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean. Shore Acres is an unexpected combination of beautiful natural and man-made features. Once the famed estates of Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plans and flowers from all over the world. There’s something blooming everyday of the year.
Botanical Gardens: Shore Acres began as a private estate with luxurious gardens
featuring trees, shrubs, and flowering plants brought from around the world aboard the sailing ships of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson.
When fire destroyed the mansion in 1921, Simpson began to build an even largerreplacement – two stories high and 224 feet long. However, financial losses in the 1930s caused both house and grounds to fall into disrepair. In 1942, Simpson’s beloved Shore Acres was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park.
Year Round Beauty
Ever since its beginnings as Louis Simpson’s private estate, the plantings at Shore Acres have been designed to take advantage of the area’s mild climate. They have created a “garden for all seasons” – with showy “peaks” of different kinds of flowers every time of the year.
- Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
- 5,000 tulips – late March thru April
- Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
- 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
- 600 rose bushes – June thru Sept.
- 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
- 250,000 or more holiday lights – Thanksgiving thru New Year’s
- Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.
Lauded as the Best Storm Watching Location on the Coast you can view the famed crashing waves that go up to 120 feet high. Don’t be fooled by the name though, it doesn’t have to be storming to enjoy the waves, just pick a day when swells are predicted to be high. A storm watching hut is located here to enjoy wave watching no matter what the weather.
Holiday Lights: Oregon’s Adventure Coast communities of Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston invite you to once again experience the magic of The Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park. With more than 300,000 LED lights, come see why nearly 50,000 visitors from six continents joined us last year.
Open every day, 4:30pm – 9:30pm, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Check out this video clip from ABC’s Good Morning America of Shore Acres: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4007552
For more information, contact:
Shore Acres State Park – (541) 888-3732