Things to Do
How you pace yourself in Bandon is entirely up to you. We pride ourselves on a small-town attitude that’s relaxed and unhurried.
Toss a crab pot in the water, and then kick back on the dock. Or, stroll through Old Town– then head back to the water to see what’s bitin’.
If it’s excitement you crave, our ocean-going and river fishing guides will give you a workout. Or, grab a fat tire bike and hit the trail for a two-wheeled challenge.
Many of our favorite attractions feature the great outdoors. Always breathtaking, always open.
Of course, Bandon also offers great shopping, plus arts and cultural experiences.
We’re confident you’ll find fun things to do with the whole family.
Located in the heart of Bandon on 11th Street between Jackson and Newport. Enjoy playground, basketball courts, Frisbee golf, dog park, skate park and ball fields. The Library, Community Center and Sprague Theater are adjacent to the park.
One of the “must play” courses in Oregon, whether walking or in a cart. Slightly inland, it is sheltered from direct coastal winds, with mild temperatures all summer, and firm, well drained play all winter.
87530 Dew Valley Lane
Play five distinctly different courses built on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes perched 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes feature a dozen holes that run along the bluff overlooking 23 miles of sweeping, undisturbed shoreline. Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and Old MacDonald were “discovered” more than they were built. Bandon Preserve, the newest course, is just a short 13 holes. It starts on the land adjacent to the first tee at Bandon Trails and rolls down toward the beach. The layout provides stunning vies of the Pacific Ocean from every hole.
577544 Round Lake Road
The Bandon Marsh Unit protects the largest remaining tract of salt marsh within the Coquille River Estuary. Major habitats include undisturbed salt marsh, mudflat and Sitka Spruce and Alder river bank communities. These provide resting and feeding areas for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, neotropical migrants, and raptors. The Bandon Marsh Unit is accessible from boat launches at the Port of Bandon, and by vehicle off of Riverside Drive, which connect Highway 101 and scenic downtown Bandon. The refuge encompasses 889 acres.
After a short two-mile drive to the north of Bandon you will find the entrance to Bullard’s Beach State Park. The park is nestled among shore pines and well protected from the strong ocean breezes. You can drive, walk or bike ride on the paved pathway to the beach (a little more than a mile). All along the path are views of the beautiful Coquille River. The historic Coquille River Lighthouse is located at the end of the beach access road in the park. It’s staffed from May through October with park volunteers who interpret the history of the area and lead tours to the lantern room when permitted. From this point, there are 4.5 miles of open beach to the north to explore.
56487 Bullards Beach Rd
Coquille Point, a mainland unit of Oregon Islands Refuge located in Bandon, is a spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals as well as explore the beach. The point overlooks a series of offshore rocks of every shape and size that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Gull and Brandt’s Cormorant as well as harbor seal and rocky intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail winds over the headland and features interpretive panels that share stories about the area’s wildlife and its rich Native American history. Stairways to the beach are located on opposite sides of the headland and allow visitors to make a loop on the beach (when tide levels permit). Please remember to keep you distance from harbor seals and please do not touch seal pups.
1115-1183 Portland Ave SW
A truly “Bandon” experience includes a visit to Face Rock View Point to learn the Native American legend of our beloved monolith and her surrounding offshore rocks. Visitors to this viewpoint on Beach Loop Drive don’t have to gaze long to make out the profile of the uplifted face of the Indian princess Ewanua’s stone body. Some say they can hear the maiden’s voice on the wind. There is a well-kept trail to the beach and fascinating tidal pools to explore at low tide.
Beach Loop Drive
The New River begins at Floras Lake and runs northward to the Pacific Ocean a distance of approximately 10 river miles flowing parallel to the ocean behind the Dune. Located about 8 miles south of Bandon the river has little elevation change and mostly runs in low sand dunes and beach. A great bird watching spot as the spring migration brings approximately 20,000 Aleutian Canada Geese and close to 100,000 shorebirds.
86342 Croft Lake Lane
The Creamery stands in the heart of Bandon’s historic industrial Woolen Mill District, on land claimed by the city especially for cheese production. Visit the creamery to watch our team on the factory floor and witness fist-hand how our cheddar process pays tributes to generations of cheese makers before us. (Bandon has been home to cheese making since the 1880s!) At Face Rock Creamery, our single source dairy and hands-on cheddar process guarantee the artisan quality that cheese lovers expect. Face Rock is no slice off the ordinary block.
680 2nd Street SE
Low tides will find Denny Dyke on the beach drawing labyrinths for all to enjoy before the ocean reclaims the sand at the next high tide. Join Denny as he creates “walkable’ art in the many forms of the labyrinth. Always a single path with no wrong turns or dead ends. Everyone is invited to share the experience of the sandy path by just taking a walk. Check at the Bandon Visitors Center for date and times or visit www.sandypathbandon.com.
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Let your imagination soar at the Discovery Center in Bandon! We represent many of the area’s finest painters, photographers, wood, jewelry, and glass artists. Many featured artists also teach workshops in the studio at the Discovery Center; our schedule is posted online throughout the year at www.sageplacebandon.com. The Discovery Center offers “drop in” glass fusing studio experiences. “Drop in” hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1 pm – 5 pm and you should allow at least one hour to create a project.
525 11th Street SE
Washed Ashore is a place where your environmental heartstrings will be pulled. You will encounter a visually stunning, and disturbing, collection of larger than life sculptures of marine life constructed entirely of plastics found littering our beaches. This working gallery is a collaborative multimedia effort to raise awareness and stimulate conversation about plastic debris in the ocean and washed up on beaches. Free community workshops on turning marine debris into educational art.
325 2nd Street SE
Exhibits: local history, Native American culture, pioneer and maritime rooms, 1914 and 1936 fire memorabilia, farming, industry, and cranberries. Activities for the kids. Adults $3.00; Members and children under 12 free.
270 Fillmore Avenue SE
Located on the south end of Port Orford on Highway 101, Battle Rock is the site of Captain Tichenor’s landing in 1851. The exchange between the indigenous peoples and the newcomers changed the cultural landscape of the area forever.
520 Jefferson St. Port Orford
Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon’s lighthouses, and is the westernmost point in the contiguous 48 states.. Built on 47.7 acres the lighthouse has a storied history of shipwrecks and mystery. This lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating light in Oregon and is open from April through October. The Hughes House of Victorian style and era, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the Sixes River. It was restored to it’s original 1898 grandeur. Visitors tour the historic home, learning about the family and life as dairy farmers on the isolated cape. The Hughes House is also open from April through October. The rest of the park, including the campground, is open year round. For more information, call
Cape Blanco Lighthouse 91100 Cape Blanco Rd 541-332-2207
Hughes House 91816 Cape Blanco Rd 541-332-0248
Cape Blanco State Park 91814 Cape Blanco Rd 541-332-6774
The gardens feature plants and flowers from all over the world.. Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean is the site of grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson’s vanished mansion. Now a fully enclosed observation building stands to allow you to view the ocean and protect you from the weather. You will be delighted by the secluded cove at Simpson Beach or spectacular ocean vistas which often include towering waves crashing against the shoreline after a storm. Keep an eye out for seasonal migrating grey whales, and visit in December for the light display.
89814 Cape Arago Hwy
Step back in time and view Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Pterodactyl and many more. Children will love these life-size dinosaurs, and they’ll even learn a little history (such as learning to pronounce each dinosaur’s name).A gift and souvenir shop is located just outside the Gardens area, featuring distinctive items in keeping with the prehistoric theme.
36848 HWY 101 Port Orford
The South Slough watershed covers 19,000 acres. The area spans from steep ridges which divide the watershed and to the north it joins with the Coos watershed where it meets the Pacific ocean. The Reserve provides habitat for migrating and resident birds, nursery grounds for fish and shellfish, and recreational opportunities for people.
61907 Seven Devils Rd
Take a stroll along Bandon’s revitalized docks with its many beautiful wood carvings. Grab a “to go” lunch from one of the many restaurants in historic Old Town district and take it to the glass enclosed picnic shelter and enjoy the view of the harbor while eating. Be sure to keep an eye out for seals and other wildlife in the harbor. Visitors can enjoy the local art featured in the shops and galleries in thriving Old Town community. Use your own crab rings or stop by Port O’Call in Old Town and rent a boat, crab rings and all you need to fish and crab in Bandon.
155 1st St SE
Have you always dreamed of riding a horse along the ocean at sunset? Are you looking to give your kids or grandkids a unique and fun beach experience? Is horseback riding on the beach on your bucket list? If so, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the south end of Bandon at Bandon Beach Riding Stables. We are open 7 days a week, all year, rain or shine.
541-347-3423 54629 Beach Loop Road
Welcome aboard the Mischief and the Barbara K. It’s time to enjoy some of the best fishing the on the Oregon Coast. Departing from Bandon By the Sea and traveling across the Bandon Bar, we make our way to the fishing grounds, just minutes from the dock. All gear supplied.
325 1st Street SE
Rent a bicycle for a day, weekend, or week and enjoy Bandon from a different perspective. South Coast Bicycles serves the entire Oregon south coast and surrounding communities. We offer new bikes and related parts, apparel and accessories. We can perform complete bike repair of every kind.
805 2nd Street SE
Port Orford meaning “Paradise,” is surrounded by the majestic Sixes and Elk Rivers and is the oldest town on the Oregon Coast. Abundant hiking, biking and birding trails, and beaches. See Battle Rock.
At Gold Beach the ‘Wild & Scenic’ Rogue River (Jet Boat Tours & salmon/steelhead fishing) meets the Pacific Ocean. The beaches are easily accessible & the town is surrounded by millions of acres of unspoiled wilderness. The Oregon Coast Trail, both north & south of Gold Beach is nothing short of spectacular.
27+ miles south of Bandon