Things to do in Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is one of the most unique small towns on the West Coast. As a result of very enlightened land-use planning and zoning, most of the commercial trappings of modern life have been avoided. There are no traffic lights, neon, gaudy business signs, fast food franchises or unrestricted development. The downtown retail area is compact and user-friendly. There are gardens, sitting places, parks, and a free public shuttle if you don’t want to walk or drive. Cannon Beach is 10-miles south of Gearhart Ocean Inn.

Other Attractions found in Cannon Beach

  • Shopping – Boutiques, crafts, unusual gifts
  • Dining – Cafes, bistros, seafood
  • Night Life – Brew pubs, intimate cocktail lounges
  • Galleries – Paintings, sculpture, bronze, jewelry
  • Studios – Glass blowing, printmaking, art, and more
  • Kite Flying – Great winds & the oldest shop on the coast
  • Sea Kayaking – Only for the adventurous
  • Surfing – World class waves & a great surf shop
  • Horseback riding – Stables with rides on the beach
  • Parks – Surrounded by Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park
  • Whale Watching – From high bluffs Spring & Fall
  • Beach Combing – Miles of sandy beaches and treasures
  • Biking – On the beach, in town & a bike shop for rentals
  • Coaster Theater – Plays, performances, dance
  • Live Music – Local musicians in clubs, cafes and lounges
  • Fourth of July – Classic parade, barbeques, fireworks
  • Sand Castle Contest – Annual event in June
  • Stormy Weather Arts Festival – 3 days in November
  • Christmas – Lamp lighting, costume, town play
  • Haystack Classes – Adult summer programs in the arts
  • Fishing – Streams, lakes & ocean are all nearby
  • Hiking – Old growth forests to dramatic beaches
  • Bird Watching – at beaches, bays, forests
  • Winter Storm Watching – Behold the fury of nature at its wildest
  • Cannon Beach Historical Society Museum
  • Sports – Public tennis courts and skate board park

Haystack Rock Cannon Beach

Get ready to lose your breath with excitement when you see Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach for the first time or the 100th time! Haystack Rock is a huge monolith and one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks. It is a natural home to colorful tide-pools and diverse bird life. It towers 235 feet above sea level and is a natural wonder to behold! During low tide, wander around the fascinating tide-pools and observe the creatures in this inter-tidal area. Puffins nest on Haystack Rock from early spring to mid-summer. Haystack Rock is the most accessible viewing area of Tufted Puffins in the Northwest. This a year round birder’s paradise.

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