Things to do in Astoria, Oregon
Astoria sits on the tip of the Northwest Oregon coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is the oldest city west of the Rockies. John Jacob Astor’s fur traders followed Lewis & Clark there, and established the quaint maritime-based community which still exists today. Historic and residential areas on the hillsides overlook the river and the seven-mile bridge to Washington, and together with the working waterfront, remind many visitors of what San Francisco might have been like a hundred years ago. Astoria is 17 miles north of Gearhart Ocean Inn. Here you will find restaurants, shopping, antiquing, a hospital, the community college, the major area newspaper, museums, and all the other types of organizations and businesses in a town of 10,000 residents.
Community pool with water slides. Great for lap swimming, too.
From the Port, marinas, parks and waterfront, view giant transports, tugs, Coast Guard ships and sail boats.
River Tours and Fishing
Full service Charter Boat companies and a Jet Boat offer river cruises, Eco-tours, fishing trips and crabbing. Our Innkeeper is happy to arrange a chartered fishing excursion for you.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
A restored 1914 Trolley runs for 3-miles along the Columbia River in Astoria while the Conductor provides interpretation of the area’s history and attractions. Catch it anywhere on the Riverfront between Basin & 36th streets. Ride as long as you like for one low fee! The round- trip takes about 40-minutes. Check with our Innkeeper for seasonal hours.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
In June, this Festival features ethnic food, music, dancing, costumes & crafts.
Plum Pudding at the Flavel House
A classic Christmas repast, celebrated the whole month of December.
Clatsop County Fair
Located at Clatsop County Fairgrounds in August.
Uppertown Firefighters Museum
Explore firefighting history. Open by appointment only. Call our Innkeeper to make an appointment.
Located at the top of Coxcomb Hill, the Astoria Column was built in 1926 and recently renovated. It is meticulously painted with scenes and people from the area’s history. The sweeping views of the confluence of the Columbia River & Pacific Ocean from the top of the Column are not to be missed! Just climb the 164-step spiral staircase to the Observation Deck for the view!
Fort Astoria, a national historic landmark (also named Fort George) was the Pacific Fur Company’s primary fur trading post in the Northwest and was the first American-owned settlement on the Pacific coast. It is now home to The Fort George Building, which houses Fort George Brewery.
There are excellent places along the Astoria Waterfront to see the sweep & scope of the Columbia River. These include Maritime Memorial Park, the 6th Street Viewing Platform, 14th Street Pier and 17th Street Dock.
Seafood School at the Oregon State University Seafood Consumer Center
This School offers cooking classes, catering, conferences, workshops and professional training… all about seafood.
A growing art community with excellent galleries.
Kayaking & Canoeing
The rivers, bays and estuaries are a paddler’s paradise.
Crab & Seafood Festival
Three days every April with food, crafts, wines, and a water taxi around the River.
Victorian Homes Tour and Movie Tour
Walking and car tours of historic Victorian homes, waterfront, famous movie sites (Clue: The Goonies!) and more! Maps available at Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.
Watching the abundant shorebirds on the river, bays and estuaries could keep a bird watcher busy for days! There is even a Bald Eagle sanctuary close by.
Captain George Flavel House
Experience a restored Victorian Mansion. Open daily, call our Innkeeper for seasonal hours.
One hundred years of maritime events every August with sailboat races, carnival, parade and more.
Restored Art-Deco movie palace and a center for cultural performances.
Clatsop County Heritage Museum
Your key to Clatsop County’s past. Check with our Innkeeper for hours.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
“The Columbia River Maritime Museum specializes in collecting and exhibiting maritime artifacts from the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest.” Open daily. 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
The winter home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1805-1806. This site features a replica of the 50 foot by 50 foot Fort for the Corps of Discovery, an interpretive center, historic canoe landing and a nature walk. Open all year except Christmas Day.
Astoria Sunday Market
Astoria Sunday Market combines fresh produce, local arts & crafts, food, music and more in a lively downtown street market atmosphere. Open May – October.