Connie Hansen Gardens features a variety of beautiful and rare rhododendrons, iris, and other perennials. Free admission. NW 33rd and Hwy 101
Cascade Head, located 2 miles north off of Hwy 101, is an amazing area protected as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve as well as receiving State and Federal protection.
Oregon Coast Aquarium, in Newport, named one of the top 10 aquariums by Parade magazine, there are over 190 species of marine life to see. Passages of the Deep, a 200 foot acrylic tunnel passing through a million gallon exhibit of Oregon sea life. Open daily, hours vary 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road Newport 541-867-3474
You can see hundreds of sea creatures through 112 windows at the Undersea Gardens, the wild presentations at Ripley's Believe It or Not and the lifelike images at the Wax Works. All located at Mariner Square along the Newport Bayfront, 250 SW Bay Blvd (541) 265-2206
Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center is a fascinating research and educational institution that promotes the wise use of the ocean and coastal environments. The public wing displays an array of exhibits and hands-on activities including an octopus tank, tidal pool, eye-level exhibits of the ocean floor and coastal habitats. Admission is free.
The Guiness Book of World Records has recently confirmed Sea Lion Caves as the largest sea caves in the world. It is the only known remaining home of wild steller sea lions on the North American mainland. 11 miles north of Florence, open 9:00 am to dusk, (541) 547-3111
Shore Acres was once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder, Louis B. Simpson. Simpson brought flowering plants from around the world to fill five acres of gardens including a Japanese style garden built around a lovely lily pond. Unique flowers bloom nearly all year. Christmas finds Shore Acres a-glow with over 175,000 holiday lights.
Bandon Cheese Factory has made cheese the old-fashioned way, since the early 1900's. Take a tour and have a taste of Monterey jack or Cajun pimiento among many other varieties Hwy 101, Open 8-5:30
The West Coast Game Park has more than 400 birds and animals from around the world. Pet, feed, and film a variety of wild animals. Tigers, snow leopards, lions, bears and bear cubs, lynx and more. 7 miles south of Bandon, Open Mar 1 - Nov 30, 9 - 7:30