Things to Do | Outdoor Recreation & Events (2023)

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Nature's Treasures

Bandon City Park & Library

Located in the heart of Bandon on 11th Street between Jackson and Newport. Enjoy the playground, basketball courts, disc golf, dog park, skate park, and ball fields. The Library, Community Center, and Sprague Theater are adjacent to the park.

Bandon City Park

Bandon Crossings Golf Course

One of the “must play” courses in Oregon, whether walking or in a cart. Slightly inland, Bandon Crossings is sheltered from direct coastal winds with mild temperatures in the summer, and firm, well-drained play all winter long.

Bandon Crossings
87530 Dew Valley Lane

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Play seven, distinctly-different courses built on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes perched 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be rewarded with many holes that run along the bluff overlooking 23 miles of sweeping, undisturbed shoreline, providing spectacular views.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
577544 Round Lake Road

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

The Bandon Marsh Unit protects the largest remaining tract of salt marsh within the Coquille River Estuary. Major habitats include undisturbed salt marsh, mudflat, and Sitka Spruce and Alder river bank communities. These provide resting and feeding areas for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, neotropical migrants, and raptors. The Bandon Marsh Unit is accessible from boatlaunches at the Port of Bandon and by vehicle off of Riverside Drive, which connect Highway 101 and scenic downtown Bandon.The refuge encompasses nearly 900 acres.

Bandon Marsh

Bullards Beach State Park and Lighthouse

After a short, two-mile drive to the north of Bandon, you will find the entrance to Bullards Beach State Park. The park is nestled among shore pines and is well-protected from the strong ocean breezes. You can drive, walk, or bike ride on the paved pathway to the beach (a little more than a mile). All along the path are views of the beautiful Coquille River. The historic Coquille River Lighthouse is located at the end of the beach access road in the park. The lighthouse is staffed from May through October with park volunteers who interpret the history of the area and lead tours to the lantern room, when permitted. From this point, there are 4.5 miles of open beach to the north to explore.

Bullards Beach State Park
56487 Bullards Beach Rd

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Coquille Point Interpretive Trail

Coquille Point, a mainland unit of Oregon Islands Refuge located in Bandon, is a spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals as well as explore the beach. The point overlooks a series of offshore rocks of every shape and size that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Gull, and Brandt’s Cormorant as well as harbor seal and rocky intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail winds over the headland and features interpretive panels that share stories about the area’s wildlife and its rich Native American history.Stairways to the beach are located on opposite sides of the headland and allow visitors to make a loop on the beach (when tide levels permit).Please remember to keep you distance from harbor seals and please do not touch seal pups.

Coquille Point Interpretive Trail
1115-1183 Portland Ave SW

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint

A truly “Bandon” experience includes a visit to Face Rock Viewpoint to learn the Native American legend of our beloved monolith and her surrounding offshore rocks. Visitors to this viewpoint on Beach Loop Drive don’t have to gaze long to make out the profile of the uplifted face of the Indian princess Ewanua’s stone body. Some say they can hear the maiden’s voice on the wind. There is a well-kept trail to the beach and fascinating tidal pools to explore at low tide.

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint
Beach Loop Drive

Floras Lake

A freshwater lake located 17 miles south of Bandon, Floras is a popular Windsurfing spot for both beginners and experts. Steady NW winds average 15-25 knots. Lessons and equipment rentals available March thru October.

Floras Lake Kite & Windsurf
92854 Floras Lake Road
Langlois, Oregon

New River

New River begins at Floras Lake and runsnorthward to the Pacific Ocean, a distance of approximately 10 river miles flowing parallel to the ocean behind the Dune. Located about 8 miles south of Bandon, the river has little elevation change and mostly runs in low sand dunes and beach. A great bird watching spot as the spring migration brings approximately 20,000Aleutian Canada Geese and nearly 100,000 shorebirds.

New River
86342 Croft Lake Lane

New River Discovery Guide

Circles in the Sand

Low tides will find Denny Dyke on the beach drawing labyrinths for all to enjoy before the ocean reclaims the sand at the next high tide. Join Denny as he creates “walkable’ art in the many forms of the labyrinth. Always a single path with no wrong turns or dead ends. Everyone is invited to share the experience of the sandy path by just taking a walk.

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Circles in the Sand

Face Rock Creamery

The creamery stands in the heart of Bandon’s historic, industrial Woolen Mill District on land claimed by the city especially for cheese production.Visit the creamery to watch their team on the factory floor and witness fist-hand how the cheddar process pays tributes to generations of cheese makers before us.(Bandon has been home to cheese making since the 1880s!)Face Rock Creamery’s single-source dairy and hands-on cheddar process guarantee the artisan quality that cheese lovers expect.Face Rock is no slice off the ordinary block.

Face Rock Creamery
680 2nd Street SE

Washed Ashore

Washed Ashore is a place where your environmental heartstrings will be pulled. You will encounter a visually stunning, and disturbing, collection of larger than life sculptures of marine life constructed entirely of plastics found littering our beaches. This working gallery is a collaborative multimedia effort to raise awareness and stimulate conversation about plastic debris in the ocean and washed up on beaches. Free community workshops on turning marine debris into educational art.

Washed Ashore
325 2nd Street SE

For Kids of all Ages

Bandon Beach Riding Stables

Have you always dreamed of riding a horse along the ocean at sunset? Are you looking to give your kids or grandkids a unique and fun beach experience? Is horseback riding on the beach on your bucket list? If so, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the south end of Bandon at Bandon Beach Riding Stables. We are open 7 days a week, all year, rain or shine.

Bandon Beach Riding Stables
54629 Beach Loop Road

Bandon Historical Society Museum

Explore local history including Native American culture, pioneer and maritime stories, 1914 and 1936 fire memorabilia, farming, industry, and cranberries. Activities for the kids. Adults $3.00; Members and children under 12 free.

Bandon Historical Society Museum
270 Fillmore Avenue SE

Old Town Bandon

Bandon’s Old Town is 10 square blocks of shopping, dining, history, art, culture, and outdoor recreation. Visitors can enjoy the local art featured in the shops and galleries in this thriving community. Take a stroll along Bandon’s revitalized docks with its many beautiful wood carvings. Grab a “to go” lunch from one of the many restaurants in the historic Old Town district and take it to the glass enclosed picnic shelter to enjoy a view of the harbor while eating.Be sure to keep an eye out for seals and other wildlife.

Coquille River Waterfront

Crabbing in Bandon


Crabbing is an integral part of the Bandon community, and readily assessible from Old Town. Use your own crab rings or stop by Port O’Call or one of the other numerous merchants in the area to rent a boat, crab rings, and all you’ll need to fish and crab in Bandon.

Port O’ Call
155 1st Street SE

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Fishing Expeditions

– Keys to the Outdoors Guide Service
Shannon Keys, owner and guide, grew up on the southern Oregon coast and is your expert for fishing the local rivers, bay, and ocean. Shannon guides your fishing expedition on the Coquille, Rogue, Umpqua, Siletz, Elk, and Sixes Rivers.
Keys To The Outdoors

– Prowler Charters
Welcome aboard the Prowler and Mis-Chief. It’s time to enjoy some of the best fishing the on the Oregon Coast.Departing from Bandon By the Sea and traveling across the Bandon Bar, make your way to the fishing grounds just minutes from the dock. All gear supplied.
Prowler Charters
325 1st Street SE

Biking in Bandon

– Bandon Bicycle Works
Bicycle Consultants, not salesmen! Bandon Bicycle Works, the premier full-service bicycle shop on the Southern Oregon Coast, specializes in service, repair, rentals, and consultation.
Bandon Bicycle Works
20 10th Street SE

– South Coast Bicycles
Rent a bicycle for a day, weekend, or week and enjoy Bandon from a different perspective.South Coast Bicycles serves the entire Southern Oregon Coast and surrounding communities. We offer new bikes and related parts, apparel, and accessories. We can perform complete bike repairs of every kind.
South Coast Bicycles
805 2nd Street SE

Grand Adventures

Beyond Bandon

Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston where the land meets the bay and the sea. See Shore Acres, South Slough, and Cape Arago information below.
24+ miles north of Bandon

Port Orford meaning “Paradise,” is surrounded by the majestic Sixes and Elk Rivers and is the oldest townsite on the Oregon Coast. Abundant hiking, biking and birding trails, and beaches. See Battle Rock State Park and Cape Blanco Lighthouse & Hughes House information below.
27+ miles south of Bandon

At Gold Beach the ‘Wild & Scenic’ Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean.Beaches are easily accessible and the town is surrounded by millions of acres of unspoiled wilderness. The Oregon Coast Trail, both north and south of Gold Beach is nothing short of spectacular. See Prehistoric Gardens and Rogue River Jet Tours information below.
55+ miles south of Bandon

Cape Arago State Park

At the end of Cape Arago Hwy, you will find a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean. Here you will find trails leading to a sandy beach with access to tide pools, fishing, beachcombing, and viewing colonies of seals and sea lions on Shell Island. Picnic tables, restrooms, and a gazebo shelter are available for daytime. use.

Cape Arago State Park
Cape Arago Highway
Coos Bay, Oregon

Shore Acres State Park

Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean is the site of of pioneer timber-baron Louis Simpson’s vanished mansion and grand estate. Here a fully-enclosed observation building stands to provide ocean viewing and protection from the weather. The park features lushly planted gardens with plants andflowers from all over the world. You will be delighted by the secluded cove at Simpson Beach or spectacular ocean vistas which often include towering waves crashing against the shoreline after a storm. Keep an eye out for seasonal migrating grey whales, and visit in December for the Holiday light display.

Shore Acres State Park
89814 Cape Arago Highway
Charleston, Oregon

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South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve covers 5,900 acres encompassing a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. The reserve provides habitat for migrating and resident birds, nursery grounds for fish and shellfish, as well asrecreational opportunities for humans.

South Slough Reserve
61907 Seven Devils Road
Charleston, Oregon

Battle Rock Park

Located on the south end of Port Orford on Highway 101, Battle Rock is the site of Captain Tichenor’s landing in 1851. The exchange between the indigenous peoples and the newcomers changed the cultural landscape of the area forever. Today, this stretch of sandy beach buttressed by forested cliffs is popular with surfers, kayakers, and birders. While enjoying some of the most spectacular views on the Oregon coast, look for harbor seals and sea lions. In December and March watch for migrating gray whales. Stop by the visitor center for additional information, open daily.

Battle Rock Park
520 Jefferson Street
Port Orford, Oregon

Cape Blanco Lighthouse & Hughes House

Cape Blanco is the southernmost of Oregon’s lighthouses and the westernmost point in the contiguous 48 states.Built on 47.7 acres, the lighthouse has a storied history of shipwrecks and mystery. Open from April through October, this lighthouse is the oldest, continuously-operating light in Oregon.The nearby Victorian-era Hughes House, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Sixes River, has been restored to its original 1898 grandeur. From April through October, visitors can tour the historic home and learn about the family and life as dairy farmers on this isolated cape. The rest of the park, including the campground, is open year round.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse
91100 Cape Blanco Road
Sixes, Oregon

Historic Hughes House
91814 Cape Blanco Road
Sixes, Oregon

Cape Blanco State Park
91814Cape Blanco Road
Sixes, Oregon

Prehistoric Gardens

Step back in time and view a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, and many more. Children will love these life-size dinosaurs, and they’ll even learn a little history (such as learning to pronounce each dinosaur’s name). A souvenir shop is located just outside the Gardens area, featuring distinctive items in keeping with the prehistoric theme.

Prehistoric Gardens
36848 Highway 101
Port Orford, Oregon

Rogue River Jet Boat Tours

Experience a nature-based jet boat trip along the famous ‘Wild & Scenic’ Rogue River. Jerry’s Rogue Jets is the only Rogue RIver jet boat trip operating in the ‘Wild’ section of the Rogue River. With 64-, 80-, and 104-mile routes, these tours are great family fun that’s safe for all ages. No other trips can compare to the lower Rogue’s scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and pristine wilderness.

Jerry’s Rogue Jets
29985 Harbor Way
Gold Beach, Oregon

Bandon Bay Jets Adventure Tours

Book a spectacular Coquille River adventure tour on Oregon’s incredible coast and see a tremendous variety of Coastal and Inland Birds such as osprey, great blue heron, bald eagles and more… on any given day! Learn little known history about the wild and wooly days of early Oregon, from gold mining to logging. And most of all, make memories that will last for a lifetime during Your Famous Bandon Visit! Make reservations by calling Prowler Charters.

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Prowler Charters
541-347-1901 (Office)
541-661-6150 (Cell)
325 1st St SE #9690
Bandon, OR 97411


What is outdoor recreation your answer? ›

Outdoor recreation refers to leisure activities that take place in a natural setting and benefit the body, mind and/or spirit. Examples are hiking, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing. Outdoor recreation can overlap with competitive outdoor activities such as orienteering or ski races.

What are the 5 kinds of recreational activities? ›

Examples of recreation activities are walking, swimming, meditation, reading, playing games and dancing.

What's the most popular outdoor activity? ›

Running was the the most popular outdoor activity amongst people in the United States in 2021, accounting for over 64 million participants. The second most popular outdoor sport in the North American country was hiking with approximately 58 million participants during the same year.

What are recreational activities answer? ›

Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The "need to do something for recreation" is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be "fun".

What are the 4 types of recreational activities? ›

Let's begin by defining what recreation means to you.
  • Outdoor. Various outdoor activities are available for people of all ages and experience levels. ...
  • Indoor. There are many different types of indoor recreational activities. ...
  • Social. ...
  • Sporting.
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What is a fun outdoor activity? ›

Go "fishing." Set up a wading pool with objects and let your little one try to catch them. Go for a group jog. Go for a walk. Set a timer to see how far you can walk in five minutes, 10, 20, or 30. Note whether you're going to make a loop or take an out-and-back route so you can plan accordingly.

What are the 3 categories of an outdoor activity? ›

Outdoor activities in public spaces can be divided into three categories, each of which places very different demands on the physical environment: necessary activities, optional activities, and social activities.

What is outdoor recreation? ›

Broad: All recreational activities undertaken for pleasure that occur outdoors (such as visiting the beach). Narrow: Recreational activities undertaken for pleasure that generally involve some level of intentional physical exertion and occur in nature-based environments outdoors (such as camping).

What is outdoor recreation and its benefits? ›

Spending time in nature and the natural light can improve your mood and reduce stress and depression. Engaging in physical activity produces similar benefits and often times relaxes and cheers people up. Your self-esteem will improve. Outdoor exercise stimulates all five senses in a way that indoor activities cannot.

What is active recreation describe explain it in your own words? ›

Active recreation means leisure time activities usually of a more formal nature and performed with others, often requiring equipment and taking place at prescribed places, sites or fields. Active recreation sites include swimming areas; playgrounds; tot lots; play fields; and tennis and other court game facilities.

What is the meaning of outdoor activities? ›

Outdoor recreation or outdoor activity refers to recreation done outside, most commonly in natural settings. The activities that encompass outdoor recreation vary depending on the physical environment they are being carried out in.


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