Winter activities for the whole family!

Don’t let bad weather at the beach spoil your fun! We have some great ideas that are sure to brighten your day.

Winter storms are great to watch, but they often limit your opportunities for outdoor activities. Luckily, Newport has many other options for recreation and relaxation that are fun for the whole family and will keep you warm and dry. Here are some suggestions for indoor activities that will keep you out of the rain.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

For 25 years, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been the premier regional destination for exploring the mysteries of the ocean and the unique wildlife that call it home. You’ll love the dozens of displays of sea life and 15 themed exhibits, like the new installation called Big Bites that showcases creatures with feeding adaptations. The Animal Encounters & Tours are also fun for older members of the family; Get up close and personal with Seal and Sea Lion Kisses, learn the ins and outs of caring for the marine animals at the aquarium with a Behind the Scenes Tour, and swim with the fish and sharks when you Dive the Aquarium! 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach, (541) 867-3474

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Since 1965, the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center has introduced thousands of curious visitors to diverse sea life, marine research, and coastal environments. Managed by university students and government scientists, the Visitor Center’s fascinating exhibits explain science and research in an easy to understand, and often hands-on approach. Kids of all ages will love to interact with the tide pool touch tanks, tsunami wave tank, and erosion tank. You’ll also enjoy the fish tanks, informational videos, lectures, seminars and other activities that take place at the Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., South Beach, (541) 867-0226

Treasure Hunting in Local Thrift Stores

There are plenty of treasures to be found in our local thrift stores, where you can search for that perfect toy, outfit, household item, or souvenir! Help support and advance the health and well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County by shopping at Pick of the Litter Thrift Store (633 NE 3rd St., Downtown (541) 961-5852). Jonah’s Whale is a great local thrift store that directly helps people in need (614 SW Hurbert St., Downtown (541) 265-8569). If rocks, minerals, and lapidary equipment are the kind of treasure that you are in search of, check out Wesley’s Trading Post (136 SE 1st., Downtown (541) 265-4556).

Mariner Square

Spend the morning, afternoon, or the whole day at Mariner’s Square on Newport’s Historic Bayfront! Mariner’s Square is the home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Waxworks Museum, and the Oregon Undersea Gardens. At Ripley’s, you’ll experience oddities from around the world; meet the elusive Sasquatch, observe the hall of shrunken heads, and step into an earthquake simulator that will shake and rock you! Interact with the lifelike wax creations in the Waxworks Museum, featuring prominent historical figures and celebrities, and characters from your favorite novels, movies and TV shows. Take the elevator down to the bottom of the ocean at Oregon’s Undersea Gardens, where you’ll see an amazing variety of sea life and continuous live dive shows. All three of these attractions feature gift shops with an amazing selection of candy, oddities and local souvenirs. 250 SW Bay Blvd., Bayfront, (541) 265-2206

Newport Recreation Center

Get active while getting out in the rain at the Newport Recreation Center! Lift weights, play basketball, swim in the pool, or play with the kids at the Indoor Park. The Newport Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Drop-in Basketball games for ages 16 and older are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 pm to 2 pm.  The Indoor Park has slides, tumbling mats, balls and tricycles, and is open to kids of walking age through age 4 every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon. 225 SE Avery St., Downtown, (541) 265-7783

Yo Ho Ho Indoor Bounce

Bounce out of the bad weather and hop around for a while! Kids of all ages can choose to play and jump on a variety of inflatable bouncy slides, castles, and other fun structures. Parents and older kids can watch the younger ones bounce, or get in on the action too. 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd., South Beach, (541) 867-3423

Escape Rooms Newport

Gather the family together for an adventure unlike any other you’ve ever experienced! You will be immersed in a live interactive game, where the object is to solve a series of puzzles that will lead to your freedom. You must work together as a team to decipher codes, clues and hints in less than 60 minutes to find the solution. Choose between the themed Pirate’s Gold or The Hangin’ Sheriff rooms as the setting for your adventure. The rooms are expertly decorated, and full of both obvious and hidden clues that will allow you to progress to the next level. In addition, you will be granted a number of hints to help if you are unable to solve a puzzle or find a clue. The sheriff’s jail is designed for 2-8 participants, and is moderately difficult to solve, while the pirate ship can host 2-10 participants and is considered more challenging to complete. 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd. #226, South Beach, (541) 867-2988

Newport looks forward to welcoming you! Click here for more info on visiting Newport.