Visiting

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.


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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.

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Art, history and culture

 

The Coos Art Museum is located in downtown Coos Bay in the building that was 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. www.coosart.org.
 


For a look at local history, visit the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum located next to Simpson Park on Hwy 101 in North Bend. The museum’s displays transport visitors back in time to Coos and Coquille Indians’ culture and the legacy of the region’s first settlers.  www.cooshistory.org.

 

 

Coos Historical and Maritime Museum New History Center - We are proud to present the new Coos Historical and Martime Center, opening in 2014. This project will represent the culmination of a multi-year effort to bring Coos history into the 21st century with a vibrant, state-of-the-art, purpose-built waterfront facility.  Our mission is to enhance the intellectual, civic, and cultural life of Oregon’s South Coast by facilitating awareness of local history.

You will find on our website at http://www.cooshistory.org/

 

The Oregon Coast Historic Rail Museum displays railroad and logging equipment in an outdoor setting and is located between the Bay and Hwy 101 near Ingersoll Street. On display are a restored 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive that worked in the region’s forests, and sawmill and logging equipment. The museum and gift shop holds a small collection of photos and railroad memorabilia www.orcorail.org  also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OregonCoastHistoricalRailway

 

The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum is located at 1049 North Front Street, Coos Bay.  The Marshfield Sun 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.  Hours: Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tues-Sat 1pm – 4pm. For group tours or other times of the year call 541-266-0901 or 541-267-3762.  Please visit thier website at http://www.oocities.org/tormento_khan/Marshfield_Sun/msun.html

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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.   
    
   
  

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Festivals and Events. Events planned within the City of Coos Bay include a variety of community gatherings to encourage social interaction among family and friends. 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:

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Mild Marine Climate

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.

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Planes, trains and automobiles

Highway System. 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).

Air Service. 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.

Port District. 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.

Rail Service. 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 Transit. 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.

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Midway between San Francisco and Seattle on scenic Highway 101

DunesThe 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

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