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Seaside is a cute beach town toward the northern part of Oregon on the coast. Being a transplant, I was older when I went to Seaside, but I would have loved it as a kid! I think it really has something for everybody of all ages! It is a great place for family’s, couples or even solo travel (100%)! You just have to decide if you want to go in the off season or the tourist season?
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Seaside is one of those towns that is touristy, but not too touristy at the same time. You get that small-town feel with everything you need from a big city. The locals are friendly, and it is one of those places where everybody is walking around happy and enjoying life. I think that beach therapy is a real thing, and everybody is soaking it in. It is pretty hard to be in a bad mood there, just grab some candy at the candy store or a coffee.
My style of travel is less is more; what I mean by that is experiencing places with fewer people and having more experiences. I was into social distancing before it was cool! :). I honestly have never been to Seaside during the summer, but I love going in the Fall, Spring, and Winter!
The crowds come from all around in the summer to enjoy the slow pace and beautiful beaches. Seaside and its next-door neighbor Cannon Beach get’s loads of people coming through to get in that beach therapy! Seaside likes to play it safe and takes precautions, such as lifeguards on the beach, in stations along the coast between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These large sandy beaches have multiple playgrounds for kids and are clean and well kept.
The Seaside Aquarium is a privately owned aquarium in Seaside, and one of the oldest on the west coast! There you can feed the seals and check out the other sea wildlife. to get more information check out their website Seaside Aquarium.
You can rent kayaks right in downtown Seaside. The waterways on the Necanicum River is perfect for kayaks, paddle boarding and paddleboat (or bring your own boat).
Seaside has a great visitors website, Go check it out here Website
When it comes to accommodations, they have it all covered. There are loads of hotels, homes for rent, Airbnb’s, and resorts within walking distance to the beach and right off the water. When I stay in Seaside,I prefer to stay in the downtown area and I walk wherever I need to go!
I would say Seaside is like the “Southern California” beach of the Oregon coast, but not as crowded and more budget-friendly. There are many places to eat, toy stores, old fashioned candy shops, book stores, and even a haunted tavern 😉 . They have a carousel and little rides for kids, including an electrical shark (instead of a bull) HAHA!
Seaside is a great place for lounging and for exploring if you’re a nature lover too! The Necanicum River Estuary is at the north end of town. It is usually a quiet spot and a great place to see some nature and enjoy some fresh coastal air. Beach therapy is a real thing!
One trip to seaside was to go to the Oregon Ghost Conference. If you are inclined, you should check it out!
My oldest and I went with friends, and it was so much fun. At the conference they had a kid section with characters like a couple dressed up as GhostBusters and bigfoot. We all went on a late-night town tour with Rocky Smith of Northwest Ghost Tours (founder of the conference).
The Seaside beaches and the Historic Promenade are very large and wide and are perfect for social distancing. You still need your face coverings because they are still required in all of Oregon’s public indoor spaces.
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