Florence, Oregon has a lot going on in it. There is a little something for everybody, especially people who crave an outdoor adventure and experience.
Here are four things to do in Florence that will satisfy your outdoor craving.
The Sea Lion Caves
It is the largest sea cave in America and is home to hundreds of sea lions.
Ride the elevator and journey 200 feet below to visit the sea lion’s natural habitat. The cave is not well-lit, so it is best to visit when the sun is still up.
However, even if you were to go when the sun is down, the cave’s acoustics will allow you to distinctly hear the bellowing of the sea lions as they bark to each other.
Observing sea lions in their natural habitat is a unique experience that should be done. This is especially the case since sea lions are a threatened species in the Pacific Ocean.
Who knows? You might even see some sea birds and the rare whale pass by while you are down there.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse
While there are more than 10 lighthouses along the Oregon Coast, the Hecetea Head Lighthouse is no doubt one of the best ones to visit. It stands 56 feet tall and can be seen even from a distance. However, viewing it up close and from atop its apex is also a thing of beauty.
The experience though starts at the Cape Creek Bridge. From here, you will hike toward the lighthouse and take in nature’s view in the rocky beaches along this coastal walk. There is also a trail winding behind the lighthouse that is ideal for hikers to take.
Once at the lighthouse, you will learn about the lighthouse’s history. If you are hesitant about leaving, you can also stay at the nearby bed and breakfast.
The Oregon Dunes
“It’s just sand,” I hear you saying. While you aren’t totally wrong, the Oregon Dunes are much more than that.
First, they are North America’s largest coastal sand dunes. Its expanse is 40 miles wide. The northern most tip of the dunes is Florence’s North Jetty. Walking along this area will give you a stunning view of the ocean.
The experience is rounded out and completed using a dune buggy. Travelling the dunes via buggy is an enjoyable experience as you blaze across the coastal sands.
Hiking on Trails
The Oregon Coast has several parks for you to purvey and enjoy. For those hikers out there, this means that it would be relatively easy to find a trail to hike.
Many paths can be found here. Whether it be for beginners or experts, along coastlines or forests, you’ll find it here. The problem is actually picking which trail to hike.
Oftentimes, the trail most picked is the Oregon Coast Trail. It is 382 miles long and spans from Warrenton to Brookings. Most of the route ends up at the beach, while some paths diverge into the forests.
A relaxed day trip through these trails will allow you to visit mostly all coastal towns by foot.
These are only a few outdoor activities to get excited about in Florence, Oregon. Come on over and explore with more activities.