Let’s not mince words here. We’re big fans of cheap. Cheap is awesome, that’s just a proven fact. And even better than cheap is free! Nothing beats spending an awesome day with friends without the unsettling feeling of “wallet fatigue.”
Last August, we shared our tips on ways to enjoy autumn on the coast without putting a big dent in your wallet, click here if you missed it. The response was so great, we decided to follow it up with even more suggestions on ways to enjoy our region this spring without spending a ton!
So let’s dive right in to some low-cost and free activities to enjoy in the North-Bend Coos Bay area.
Spring Whale Watching Week is March 19-26, 2016. Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at Shore Acres State Park from 10am to 1pm (or one of the 26 locations on the Oregon Coast) to learn more about migrating Gray whales. Oh, and did we mention this activity is free?
You don’t want to miss this one! Oregon Oysters, there’s no better way to celebrate Oregon’s Bounty for a great price! Noon – 4pm. Projected prices: 9 Oyster Meal $15, 6 Oyster Meal$13, 3 Oyster Meal $11. Event held in the dining hall of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. For more information call Kathy Hornstuen at 541-404-6593.
For just small $5.00 parking fee, you can find your own piece of heaven in Shore Acres State Park, the crown jewel of Oregon’s South Coast. Take a scenic stroll along the breathtaking cliffs with majestic ocean views. Be sure to visit the Japanese-style gardens and gardens for a closer look at their stunning blooms.
Fun dates coming up!
Rhododendron Sunday – Mother’s Day May 10th 11am-4pm
“State Parks Day”– June 6th Free Parking! Garden Clubs’ Displays and Experts 11am-4pm
Rose Sunday – Father’s Day June 21st 11am-4pm
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and it is like no place on earth. It’s also one of our favorite attractions on the Southern Oregon Coast because they give visitors plenty of opportunities to find relaxation and adventure. For maps go to: www.fs.fed.us.
It won’t cost you a dime to enjoy the best part of our region- our beaches. Whether you want to fly a kite, swim, walk, surf, paddle board or just sit watch the tide; Oregon’s Adventure Coast is the most versatile coastal destination on the Oregon Coast! Visitors come to watch the seals and hope to catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Check out our many beaches and choose your own experience!
Fishing, crabbing and clamming on Oregon’s Adventure Coast may very well be the world’s most affordable therapy! Before you head out on your fishing adventure this spring, contact our local bait and tackle shops and ask for tips! It could save you time and money! Click here for more info.
What more can we say about Mingus Park? Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the lush Japanese garden with waterfalls, wooden boardwalks, an arch bridge, nature trails, and a playground for children. It’s the perfect way to spend a beautiful Spring Day without spending a dime!
The Coos Bay Farmers’ Market is a joy for thousands of tourists who visit downtown Coos Bay every year,and it just gets better each year. There is no cost to get in and you can enjoy entertainment, sample fresh food, local produce, and browse through unique treasures and plants. The Coos Bay Farmers’ Market is located in the heart of the Marshfield District, on Central Avenue between Highway 101 South and 4th Avenue, and runs every Wednesday from 9 AM to 3 PM May through October and every Sunday 9 AM to 3 PM May through October, 2015. coosbaydowntown.org
The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (South Slough NERR) is one of our greatest local treasures. The 5,000 acre natural area encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. Many of their educational and outdoor programs are free or offered at a low cost to cover materials. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4:30 pm (Closed on State holidays). Trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday. South Slough NERR is located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. www.oregon.gov
You can’t go wrong with bowling, it’s everybody’s favorite non-sport! With a choice of paying by the hour ($15.00 per hour for a 6 person lane) or per game ($3.00 per game) you can find the price that’s best for you at North Bend Lanes. We recommend you reserve a lane ahead of time to guarantee a spot! When you’re done bowling head over to the Back Alley Pub and Grill for a quick bite and a drink.
A walk down the Coos Bay Boardwalk will take you past docked ships, stunning views, and delicious cafes. Grab some fish and chips and enjoy a Coos Bay institution! There’s something for everybody out here whether you’re walking your dog, fishing, seeking great photo ops, running, or just taking a break.
Depending on your setup, happy campers can find plenty of affordable options at Sunset Bay. If spending the day at the beach is more to your liking then you’ll be happy to know that Sunset Bay State Park offers easy beach access.
In the mood for a beer and some tunes in a laid back atmosphere? That’s what Liberty Pub offers. This North Bend favorite’s an ideal spot to relax after work, enjoy some live music, or watch the game.
The fun keeps going! Visit various downtown businesses from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm to wine taste and shop on the First Friday of every month. Commemorative wine glasses and maps will be sold for just $10 each at the Coos Bay Visitor Center 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420. For more information, contact 541-844-9494
Talk about a tremendous value! Admission to the Coos Art Museum will only set you back $5.00 per adult and $2.00 for students and seniors, giving you access to the museum’s Permanent Collection of over 550 original works and contemporary fine art prints from Pacific Northwest Artists.
See their beautiful new facility! For $7.00 for an adult, $6.00 for AAA or AARP adults, and $3.00 for students you have access to the Coos History Museum and Maritime Collections of over 50,000 objects and 250,000 images. See artifacts and archival material from Coos regional history and learn more about our fascinating region.
We recently featured this adventure in our Adventure Spotlight but felt like it was worth repeating for an affordable day out!
If you’d like some more suggestions then please visit our Activities page.