Endless Adventure Awaits. No Matter What You're Looking For...
We have it all! Take a Historic Walking Tour of Coos Bay learn to Build a Boat or Tour the Dunes. Visit downtown’s Coos Art Museum for world class exhibits. Enjoy the nationally acclaimed Oregon Coast Music Festival in July. Visit the annual holiday lights display at nearby Shore Acres State Park in December. Coos Bay’s downtown farmer’s market on Wednesdays is very popular. With the ocean just a few miles away, the Bay, and abundant coastal rivers and forests, you can enjoy great fishing and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
For more information, call the Visitor Information Center at (541) 269-0215 or stop by the facility at 50 Central Avenue across from the Boardwalk and City Docks. Also, available as a resource is the constantly updated Oregons Adventure Coast website at http://www.oregonsadventurecoast.com/ which will provide ideas for fun things to do, shopping information, walking tours, adventure itineraries, and many other things.
Summer hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Winter hours of operation are the same with the exception of no hours on Sunday.
Coos Art Museum
Coos Bay Public Library @ 2:00
× What are the Library's hours of operation?
The library is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm, on Friday and Saturday from noon to 6pm, and closed on Sunday. See the library's website for additional information.
× Does the library provide Internet access?
Public Internet computers are available for hour-long or 15 minute sessions in the library. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building for those who have their own computers or wireless devices.
× What is the phone number to the Better Business Bureau?
The phone number is 503-212-3022. Their website for Oregon is http://www.bbb.org/alaskaoregonwesternwashington/.
Plenty to do, relaxed atmosphere
The natural scenic beauty of the bay, rivers, lakes, and dunes provide a peaceful lifestyle and hours of recreational activities. The city is within 20 minutes of the Pacific Ocean, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, picnicking, and camping.
Visit downtown’s Coos Art Museum for world class exhibits. Enjoy the nationally acclaimed Oregon Coast Music Festival in July. Visit the annual holiday lights display with over 200,000 lights at nearby Shore Acres State Park in December. Coos Bay’s downtown farmer’s market on Wednesdays is popular with residents and visitors from March through October. With the ocean just a few miles away, the Bay, and abundant coastal rivers and forests, residents enjoy great fishing and a wide variety of outdoor activities.
A combination of great weather and scenic beauty make the Bay Area a golfer’s paradise.
There are five golf courses ranging from family owned to nationally known courses, each providing a unique experience.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a nationally known course and offers three unique courses, a pro shop, lodge and restaurant, cabins, and a pub featuring breathtaking views of the ocean, forest, and dunes.
Bandon Crossings is a new course designed around the natural contours of sand dunes, over streams and into open coast forest. Watson Ranch, located south of Coos Bay, is open year round and is a semi‐private course open to the public with golf pro and riving range.
Sunset Bay Golf Course in located three miles south of the community of Charleston adjoining Sunset Bay State Park. This is a family friendly course in a natural valley setting adjacent to camping, picnicking and the beach.
Festivals and Events
Numerous community activities and celebrations throughout the year
Coos Bay and the surrounding area has many community gatherings to enjoy with family, friends, and visitors. Additional events held in Bandon, Charleston, Coquille, Lakeside and North Bend offer an even wider option for residents to enjoy. A list of festivals and events is available at www.oregonsadventurecoast.com with a brief list as follows:
- Farmer’s Market, downtown Coos Bay every Wednesday from May through October
- Wine Walk, downtown Coos Bay the first Friday of each month
- Charleston Crab Feed, February
- Jazz Festival, March
- Empire Clamboree, June
- 4th of July in Mingus Park
- Oregon Coast Music Festival, July
- North Bend July Jubilee
- Coos County Fair, July
- Charleston Seafood Festival, August
- Blackberry Arts Festival, August
- Bay Area Fun Festival, September
- Prefontaine Run, September
- Bandon Cranberry Festival, September
- Shore Acres Holiday Lights, Thanksgiving through New Years Eve
Art, culture and history
|The Coos Art Museum is located in downtown Coos Bay in the former city post office. The permanent collection includes contemporary American prints and Northwest art, in addition to changing and permanent exhibitions. Several galleries display local artists. The Steve Prefontaine Memorial Collection is located on the 2nd floor.
The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum New History Center serves to enhance the intellectual, civic, and cultural life of Oregon’s South Coast by facilitating awareness of local history. The museum’s displays transport visitors back in time to Coos and Coquille Indians’ culture and the legacy of the region’s first settlers. The new building on highway 101 opened in 2014 with a vibrant, state-of-the-art, purpose-built waterfront facility that showcases the exhibits and provides meeting and event space.
The Oregon Coast Historic Railway preserves an important part of the region's history by providing a place to restore and display vintage railroad and logging equipment. Along with several locomotives, engines, cars and cabooses, the museum has other equipment, large artifacts, hundreds of photographs, newspaper articles and other material in the museum and gift shop. The museum's signature piece is a restored 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive that worked in the region’s forests, and sawmill and logging equipment.
The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum is a throwback to the old days when an ink-stained newspaper editor could write the story, edit it, set the type, and print the page. You can see the old press which is still operational and look at vintage issues of the Sun. It features original equipment of The Sun Newspaper (1891 –1944) and exhibits on printing and local history. The museum is open on Tuesday through Saturday afternoons (1pm - 4pm) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call 541-266-0901 or 541-267-3762 for more information or to schedule a tour. The museum is located next to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.
Temperate marine climate is pleasant and comfortable year-round
Coos Bay enjoys a mild marine climate resulting from the moderating influences of the Pacific Ocean and from the rainfall induced by the Coast Range. The majority of our rain falls between November and January for an average annual rainfall of 64 inches. The temperature averages in the mid 50s, with August and September ranking as the warmest months. Winters are mild with occasional light freezes and rare snow. Spring brings growth and blooms, with numerous rhododendrons leading into summer. Summer is bright and filled with sunshine, with long days perfect for boating, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Fall has cooler temperatures, with changing leaves highlighted against numerous conifers.
Planes, trains, automobiles and ships
US Highway 101 follows the entire coast of Oregon and flows through the City of Coos Bay. The area is linked to Interstate 5 via state highways 42 (Coos Bay to Roseburg), 38 (Reedsport to I‐5 at Curtin) and 126 (Florence to Eugene).
The Bay Area and Coos County are served by Southwest Oregon Regional Airport and include Air Carriers, Executive Aircraft Accommodations, and Shipping Facilities. SkyWest provides four flights daily to Portland, with additional flights to San Francisco beginning the spring of 2008. Airport services and flight information may be obtained from the website www.flyoth.com airport business park provides an ideal environment for business startups.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is the public port authority for the Bay Area and is Oregon’s second busiest maritime port. As “Oregon’s Gateway”, the port actively seeks ways to promote maritime trade and transportation, and the seafood industry. The Port is a one of the area’s greatest assets and is an important part of the city’s economic health.
The Port of Coos Bay finalized acquisition of the rail line in March 2009 after Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad (CORP) discontinued service in September 2007. The Port has successfully obtained funding to repair the line and it is anticipated rail service will begin late summer 2011. Rail service is vital for the economy of southern Oregon. More information on the rail line is available on the Port’s website www.portofcoosbay.com.
Public transportation is provided by Coos County Area Transit (CCAT), a non‐profit organization. Other transportation includes Yellow Cab Taxi Company and Enterprise Rent a Car.
Midway between San Francisco and Seattle on scenic Highway 101
The Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston area is an all season destination, with sporting opportunities, from fishing to tackling the Oregon Sand Dunes. Explore our bay beaches, hiking trails, and beauty of our parks.
The City of Coos Bay is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, US 101, midway between San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA, on Oregon’s south coast. “Oregon’s Bay Area”, Coos Bay, shares a position on the Bay with the City of North Bend and the unincorporated village of Charleston. The Bay, with its sloughs and inlets, is the largest coastal estuary in the state and is the largest deep‐draft maritime commerce center between the Columbia River and San Francisco Bay.
Map of Coos Bay
Three jewels of the South Coast showcase magnificent views and spectacular gardens
Sunset Bay State Parkoffers extensive picnic and overnight camping facilities, with a spectacular half-moon bay boasting shallow swimming areas and sandy beaches.
Shore Acres State Park features the luxurious gardens from the original estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson. A fully enclosed observation building now occupies the site of Simpson's mansions, offering spectacular view of rugged seascapes, towering storm waves, and glimpses of migrating whales from December through June. The extensive gardens are home to carefully curated plants from around the world, featuring stunning seasonal blooms and a holiday light display from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. Shore Acres Holiday Lights has over 300,000 holiday lights with numerous light sculptures and 30 large trees decorated by community groups, including one by the City of Coos Bay.
One mile to the south, Cape Arago State Park has outstanding overlooks, hiking trails, picnic tables, and excellent opportunities for viewing tidepools life and marine mammals (whales, seals, and sea lions).
A hiking trail, which is part of the Coast Trail, connects the three parks.