Awesome Attractions in Florence, Oregon

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2020


Situated on the beach of the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful hotel is 16.4 km from Sea Lion Caves. Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center contains an indoor pool, a hot tub, and expansive accommodation with a private terrace. Guests of this beach will enjoy suitable onsite services, such as a spa tub or a children's pool. Every room has a fridge-freezer and a microwave, plus free Wi-Fi and a balcony. Other facilities include a coffee and tea maker, a hairdryer, and a locker. The Surfside Restaurant is a reasonable dining restaurant at Driftwood Shores. The restaurant serves American cuisine and has a full bar menu. Florence Municipal Airport and Rhodo Dunes Golf Course are both a 13-minute drive from the resort. 


Sea Lion Caves

Considered the major sea cave in the United States, this location is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take refuge every year. Sea Lion Caves is a confidential, private-owned wildlife sanctuary and bird national park. The Sea Lion Caves have been in action since 1932, maintaining and protecting the wildlife under their care. They are open 365 days a year, only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. Their usual hours of operation are 9 am up to sunset year-round. This is not a zoo, and the animals are free to come and go as they delight. The sea lions can regularly be found at either of four places on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout, and on other close rock shelves. Self-guided tours are the rule, but conducted tours are also available.


Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse reaches up to 205 feet, positioned on a hearty headland out of the south side of the 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, twelve miles north of Florence. The light admirable from the 56-foot-high tower blaze a white beam for eight seconds every minute. Observable at a distance of twenty-one miles, it remains Oregon’s utmost powerful lighthouse beam. Spanish Basque traveler Bruno de Heceta Dudagoitia navigated along the Oregon Coast in 1775 as part of a journey for the Spanish crown, to discover and strengthen Spain’s rights to the coast between San Blas, Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest coast as far north as southern Alaska. In 1862, George Davidson of the Coast Survey named Heceta Head in his integrity.


Sand Master Park

Sand Master Park is the world's first sandboard park. Situated in the city of Florence on the attractive Oregon coast, SMP offers sandbank access on regular dunes with a range of novice to intermediate slopes just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. Have your first sandboard class from a certified sandboard coach who may be a present, or previous, world champion. Lease sand boards, sand sleds, surfboards, wet suits, skim boards, boogie boards, stand up paddleboards or try your hand at one of our planned sand carving training and annual 'Circles in the Sand' labyrinth beach attraction each October. 

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