Florence, Oregon is a beautiful small town located in central-west Oregon. It is most well known for being near the Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area. There is plenty to see for those looking for adventure and the outdoors.
Sea Lion Caves
The sea lion caves are famous for being America’s largest sea cave. The seals are free to come and go as they please and are part of a Oregon marine reserve. The best time to go is in the winter because that is the seals birthing time and you can see hundreds.
Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area has the largest area of coastal sand in the entire USA. There are dedicated parts of the dunes made just for sandboarders. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also try some of the sandboarding ramps which are open year round to the public.
Quad In The Sand Dunes
Quading in the dunes might in fact be one of the most popular activities in the dunes. There are plenty of hills to race on because the Dune Recreation Area has 32,000 acres of land. Some hills are even up to 500 feet tall and there are plenty of different rental vehicles you can choose from.
Darlingtonia State Natural Site
This site is a 18 acre botanical preserve near Florence, Oregon. It is popular for having a preserved rare species of carnivorous plant. The plant is found in Northern California and Oregon and is known for eating insects.
Take A Heli Tour Over The Sand Dunes
If the Sand Dunes aren’t already beautiful enough on land, the are gorgeous when seen from up above. You will see every hill and every shadow from above. Helicopter tours over the Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area are one of the best ways to capture the beauty of this landmark.
Visit The Beach At Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint
Have a picnic or just enjoy the scenery of the beach. People enjoy this area for the small beach and the cliffs with breathtaking views. If you are lucky enough to make it at low tide there is a natural cave and tidepools.
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
There is a short trail that will lead you to this lighthouse with views of the ocean and the beach. This place is really special because there are many options for wildlife viewing, such as bird watching and seeing migratory whales.