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Top Ten Things to Do in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston This Summer

  Top Ten Things to Do in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston This Summer

Mon, Jun 12, 2023

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Without question, summer is one of our favorite seasons on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston. What makes summer so special here? Maybe it’s that distinct, laid-back, Oregon Coast vibe that’s especially palpable in the summer. Or, it could be escaping the heat and enjoying some blissfully cool, comfortable temperatures that average in the mid-high 60s. Perhaps it’s the lively summer-time events and festivals that make our region so special. Or, it might be the natural beauty that radiates from the beautiful Pacific Ocean, bays, lakes, rivers and coastal forests that lure travelers here from all over the country. 

Whatever brings you here this summer, we can all but guarantee you will find plenty of wonderful adventures to suit every preference: water activities, hiking, world-class fishing, crabbing, clamming, ATVing, biking, Vegas-style gaming and more! Here are the top rated activities to enjoy this summer in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston (according to our visitors). 

#1) Go Mountain Biking and/or Cycling .

Did you know one of the highest-ranked Mountain Biking trails in the state of Oregon is right in our own backyard? The Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails is a one-of-a-kind trail system located about 15 minutes south of Coos Bay off Highway 101, in the mists of the coastal forest. Moderate climbing, sweeping views and fun descending make this 30-mile trail system worth the drive. If Mountain Biking isn’t your speed, we’re also conveniently located near the The Oregon Coast Bike Route and many other road biking destinations. Click here for the City Bike Riding Trails Map (PDF).  

#2) Get Out on the Water .

With so many lakes, rivers, bays, estuaries and more, Oregon’s Adventure Coast is the gateway to some of the best outdoor fun on the Oregon Coast. Choose from kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, and skiing!  For the ultimate South Coast Adventure, it doesn’t get much better than fishing, wildlife viewing, and exploring the peaceful waterways on a guided kayak tour along Oregon’s South Coast.

#3) Sample Local Goods at the Farmers Market. 

If you’re here mid-week, stop by the Coos Bay Farmers Market ! The market operates every Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm, May through October, and is located in the heart of the Coos Bay Downtown Historic District on Central Ave. The CBFM welcomes more than 60 vendors who provide the community with fresh, locally grown produce, eggs, honey, meat, baked goods, roasted coffee, flowers, body care products, and handmade craft items. Don’t miss the Food Court with some of the best local Food Trucks!

#4) Visit South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

We can’t get enough of beautiful outdoor destinations, like the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (South Slough NERR) , a 5,000-acre natural area located in the Coos estuary near Charleston. Not only are there miles of hiking trails and waterways to explore, but visitors can also enjoy an abundance of wildlife viewing. Take a self-guided tour through this protected area of land and estuary, and you’ll likely spot various birds and wildlife like Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Belted Kingfishers. 

#5) Check out one of our local events!

Oregon’s Adventure Coasts comes alive with events and festivals for all ages. Here are just a few you might enjoy this summer. Click here to view our full event calendar. 

#6) Experience the Thrill of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area .

For a truly unique Oregon coast adventure, rent an ATV and go for a thrilling ride or hike in the only non-motorized section of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the John Dellenback Trails. This national treasure is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America; 40 miles in all. For guides, rentals and more, click here

#7) Observe Marine Life in a Natural Setting .

Diverse marine habitats and ecosystems abound on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, and can frequently be observed in one-of-a-kind tidepools as you stroll along our undeveloped beaches and estuaries. Please remember to treat the area with care. These are living plants and animals in their natural environment. You could also visit the 6,000-square-foot Charleston Marine Life Center - a beloved educational facility and local gem in Charleston, Oregon. Come explore their permanent exhibits, including a Marine Ecosystem Gallery, an Underwater Oregon Gallery, and an Oregon Fisheries Gallery (an open-air deck where visitors can watch fishing vessels coming and going from the harbor).

#8) Try a New Dish at a Local Restaurant .

There are many local restaurants dishing out the freshest seafood and chowder you could hope for! Try one of our vegan restaurants or get a taste of farm to fork establishments featured on the Wild Rivers Coast Food TrailDownload our Local Restaurant Guide to carry with you, or visit to see all our local restaurants.

#9) Go on a Scenic Drive .

Sometimes, the best way to unwind is to just go on a drive - and there are so many incredible drives to choose from! Take a scenic drive along the Cape Arago Highway Beach Loop , or try Lighthouse hunting, Charleston to Bandon Tour Route . Download our Charleston Bandon Tour Route Map (PDF) - This chunk of Pacific Coast Scenic Byway showcases a glorious stretch of coastline. Included in this drive are six state parks, two National Wildlife Refuges, and America’s first National Estuarine Research Reserve. 

#10) Take a Hike! to Golden and Silver Falls .

For adventure lovers, Golden and Silver Falls (about 30 miles from Highway 101, on Highway 241) does not disappoint! This is a perfect place to enjoy nature and solitude as you hike through scenic canyons and lush coastal forests to two magnificent waterfalls. The drive to the falls is part of the adventure, with winding roads that narrow in places and can take almost an hour to traverse. Click here for our tips and more info. 

There is an adventure for everyone on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. Whether you are on the hunt for awe-inspiring landscapes, thrilling outdoor activities, prime shopping, fine dining, special events, or an evening of entertainment, you will find it here. For more information, please contact the Coos Bay–North Bend-Charleston Visitor & Convention Bureau


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