Washed Ashore Project

Just a 29-mile drive from Coos Bay, Bandon’s Harbortown Events Center holds the Washed Ashore art exhibit.

The Washed Ashore eco-art project is making waves around the country with larger than life marine sculptures made of tidal debris.

From a distance, sculptures such as the award-winning Cranberry Festival parade puffin look like colorfully stylized birds, fish and other marine life. Up close, sculptures reveal countless pieces of plastic, rubber, glass or metal reclaimed from nearby ocean beaches. The touchable, movable, musical Washed Ashore experience excites conversation about art as a medium for social awareness.

While you’re there, join a workshop! Volunteers are invited to contribute, fashioning cleaned and sorted debris into new sculptures.

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South Slough

South Slough National Estuary

61907 Seven Devils Rd., Charleston, OR 97420
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The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (South Slough NERR)— a 5,000-acre natural area located in the Coos estuary on the south coast of Oregon— contains upland forests, freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, mud flats, eelgrass meadows and open water habitats.

Experience a variety of activities, educational classes, guided birding, kayaking events and art displays at South Slough.

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Historic Walking Tour of Coos Bay

Once named Marshfield, residents voted to change the town’s name to Coos Bay to match the name of the Bay itself in 1944.

While taking this walking tour, you will note that many of the buildings in the central district of Coos Bay were completed near the turn of the century. This was a time of growth for the community.

Download a printable Brochure and Map Here: Historic Walking Tour of Coos Bay

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Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U.S. Highway 101.

Shore Acres State Park, perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, delivers an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year.


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7 Devils Brewing Company

The 7 Devils Brewing Company— a small craft brewery located in Coos Bay— is on a mission to bring the inspiration of Oregon’s coastal area to the tap.

7 Devils Brewing Co. specializes in fresh, hand-crafted Northwest-style ales. All of our beer is brewed with 100% American ingredients, with a majority grown right here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Coos Art Museum

Coos Art Museum is the third oldest art museum in Oregon and the only art museum on its Pacific Shore. Located just three blocks from Coos Bay’s waterfront the Museum will have special hours for the Festival of Sail, 10 am – 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and 1-4 pm on Sunday. Among current exhibitions are maritime art from the Permanent Collection and ship models by the late Paul Carter.

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Coos Bay Boat Building Center

Located in the Empire District of Coos Bay, The Coos Bay Boat Building Center is  easy to locate by following Newmark Avenue west (toward the beaches) to the end of the street.  The Center was established in 2009 with the purpose and goal of preserving the wooden boat building heritage of the Coos Bay-North Bend area.

Coos Bay Boat Building Center
100 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay OR 97420

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Choshi Gardens in Mingus Park

Mingus Park is located just a few minutes’ walk from the downtown business district. The park has a lake as its centerpiece with an arboretum on the northwest side of the lake, the city’s municipal pool to the east, playgrounds to the south, an oriental flower garden to the west, and a skate park, tennis court and baseball field to the southeast.

Mingus Park is a favorite with walkers who stroll along the paved trail that borders the water and winds through the tranquil Choshi Gardens. Children romp on the two playgrounds and visitors enjoy the picnic areas.


Choshi Gardens in Mingus Park
725 North 10th Street
Coos Bay, OR

Charleston Marine Life Center: Part Aquarium, Part Museum, All Discovery

Located on the edge of the harbor in Charleston—at the mouth of Coos Bay— the CMLC is an exciting place of discovery for all ages.  From the Center’s windows, watch fishing boats unload their catch, and seals, sea lions, and birds a few feet away. Walk under whale skeletons, reach into a tidepool touch tank, get face to face with an octopus and a wolf eel, watch video from deep reefs and undersea vents, and use our microscopes to explore specimens.

The CMLC is part of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the marine science field station of the University of Oregon.

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