Last March, we decided we needed to get out of town and we wanted to go to the beach. We normally go to the Northern Coast, but the Central Coast area is really my favorite. It holds sentimental value for me, plus, I just love how much there is to do there. We packed up for 1 night away and set out. Being March, it was pretty wet in town, but we got lucky when we got to Newport.
We made a reservation at the Port of Newport RV Park. We normally like to be in a campground, but since we were only there 1 night, we wanted to be closer to town and all of the activities we wanted to do.
The Marina was at our doorstep. I can’t complain about the views!
The park is nice and clean. There are some nice hot shower, laundry, flushing toilets, full hook ups, and the view was fantastic of Yaquina Bay and the bridge. The RV park is walking distance to the Rogue Brewery (which kids can eat in the restaurant) and we were super close to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The downsides were, we were on a giant slab of concrete, parked near lots of really big RVs, and it was expensive (we paid around $41 for the night, although it looks like we could have dry camped for $17.68 per night…wish she would have mentioned that when I called!). Being on the big slab, it wasn’t really a great place for kids, but we didn’t spend that much time there.
As we were there, we stopped and check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Outstanding Area, Nye Beach, The Kite Company (best place to go for a new kite to fly on the beach!), and Pig ‘N Pancake for a coastal breakfast! We didn’t do it this trip, but we nearly always stop at Mo’s for a little chowder at some point too! Definitely something not to miss!
I would say NO for the RV park. There was nothing there for kids and it was a long walk to the facilities, through a parking lot (especially in the middle of the night with a 3 year old). Next time we will try to stay somewhere else, and go for a longer weekend.
I would say YES for Newport and the surrounding areas! There is so much to do with trips to the beach, to flying kites (make sure you check out The Kite Company downtown…they have all kinds of kites and one of the best kite stores in Oregon), to taking hikes, to visiting the Aquarium, to climbing to the top of Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, to getting a beer and some grub for mom and dad. Newport is a great place for families!