A two-hour drive from Portland, Oregon, Lincoln City is a relaxing coastal getaway offering beautiful scenery, friendly atmosphere and fun things to do. Learn about local history at the North Lincoln County Museum and explore the Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market where you will find delicious food, entertainment, and unique souvenirs. Here are the best things to do in Lincoln City.
1.The Culinary Center, Lincoln City, Oregon
The Culinary Center in Lincoln City is a budding gourmand’s paradise, featuring cooking classes, cook-offs, food tastings, wine pairings and all things culinary. The center focuses on seasonally-inspired dishes using only the freshest ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, from prairie-raised chickens and free-range eggs to grass-fed natural meats, organic vegetables and sustainably fished seafood and shellfish. The center supports and encourages interaction between local producers and consumers, offering visits to local farms or inviting farmers to teach a class. Cooking classes range from demonstration classes by professional chef who teach you the tricks of the trade, to hands-on, cook-it-yourself classes, where you get to dive right in and learn how to prepare sushi, dim sum, and pizza. The Culinary Center hosts four cook-offs a year, where professional chefs create delicious Pacific Northwestern dishes and provide a great way to see, taste and savor some of the city’s best restaurant meals around.
801 SW Hwy 101 4th Floor, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-557-1125
2.Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio
Learn how to blow glass at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio on your weekend trip. Working in conjunction with Lincoln City Glass Center, the city-owned facility is operated by artists who offer their expertise to the public to educate them about the art of glass-blowing, as well as producing artistic works of their own. Located at the south end of the city in the Taft District, the studio can be visited at any time to watch the process of glass-blowing while appointments for glass-blowing lessons can be made in advance. Friendly and welcoming local artisans will guide you through the process of blowing glass in the same way it has been done for centuries. Volta Gallery displays works made here and is situated across the street from the studio.
4821 Oregon Coast Hwy, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-996-2569
3.Road's End State Recreation Site
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One of Lincoln City’s most beautiful spots, Road’s End State Recreation Site is a sheltered enclave just north of the town that is perfect if you want to escape the crowds found on the main beaches. Quaint cottages line the shore as it narrows towards Road’s End Point, and there are hidden coves, tidal pools, and little islands to explore along the coast. Clamber over the rocks at Road’s End Point at low tide where you’ll find a secret cove, but be sure to beat the tide on the way back. Popular with sailboarders, Roads End State Recreation Site is well known for hunting and finding hand-crafted glass floats, numbers of which are placed along the public beaches from mid-October to Memorial Day to reflect each year. If you are looking for romantic things to do in Lincoln City, don't miss this perfect vacation spot. Next read: Oregon beaches
725 Summer Street NE # C, Salem, Oregon 97301, Phone: 503-986-0707
4.Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon
Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City offers a variety of entertainment, from a fully serviced resort complete with a heated swimming pool, sauna and spa to a licensed casino, entertainment showroom and a world-class golf course. There is a 157,000-square-foot (14,600 square-meter) gaming floor, with a variety of slot machines, table games and video poker games, a state-of-the-art convention center, games arcade and two restaurants, as well as a 24-hour food counter. The main floor of the casino features the Chinook Winds Showroom, which plays host to live entertainment and shows throughout the year. Guests can play a round of golf on the resort’s championship golf course.
1777 NW 44th Street, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-996-5825
5.Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon: Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy
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A hidden gem in the heart of Lincoln City, the Connie Hansen Garden is a beautiful, well-tended garden filled with winding walkways and enchanted paths, landscaped grass patches and ornate water features. Guided tours through the gardens are available if booked in advance for visitors who wish to learn about the history of the garden and how it came to be, as well as information about the blooms, flowers, and trees growing in the garden. The garden is open daily from dawn until dusk, and there is a small gift shop on site.
1931 NW 33rd Street, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-994-6338
6.North Lincoln County Historical Museum
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The North Lincoln County Museum is a small museum in Lincoln City dedicated to showcasing life as a pioneer in North Lincoln County. Founded in 1987, the museum began collecting artefacts and documents regarding life in the region in the 20th century and after moving locations a few times due to their rapid growth, the museum now resides in the City Hall building with a large exhibition space and recently renovated research library. Visitors can explore life as a pioneer from the late 1800s to the mid-1920s on the lower level of the museum, while galleries upstairs showcase life in the county from 1920 to 1965 when townships were incorporated into the city. Entrance to the museum is free.
4907 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-996-6614
7.Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market
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The Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market is a local market held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center every weekend where local farmers, producers, artisans, and craftspeople display and sell their wares. A wide variety of locally grown, sourced or handmade goods are sold here, ranging from flowers, fruit, food and vegetables to delicious baked goods, homemade honey, sweet treats and beverages. Arts and crafts products include clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and artworks. The market is held year round, moving indoors and outdoors with the changing seasons, and offers a selection of live entertainment featuring local artists and musicians throughout the year.
540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97365, Phone: 541-921-0062
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8.Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon: Lincoln City Cultural Center
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The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a center for education in the performing arts and holds classes for children in a variety of art forms, ranging from fine art and drawing, to dance, music, literature and theater. Classes that can be taken at the center include spinning and weaving, juggling, yoga movement and clay classes, as well as Zumba, street jazz, hip-hop and voice lessons. The center plays host to a number of excellent education-based and artistic events throughout the year, such as ‘Dance of Universal Peace’, Pinwheels for Prevention’, Love Your Lincoln’ and the Summer Cultural Fair, all of which are geared towards promoting performing arts among children. Award-winning shows can be enjoyed at the center, such as music by the Pacific Trombone Quartet, Brady Goss, and the Jacob Zimmerman Duo, and the center sponsors various activities and playwriting contests for budding artists of all ages.
540 NW U.S. 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-994-9994
9.Devil's Lake State Recreation Area
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Devil's Lake State Recreation Area offers a wide variety of family-friendly outdoor activities. Devil’s Lake is the only coastal campground located in the middle of the city and is especially popular in summer, becoming the core of summertime activity. The campground is a spacious, comfortable site with flush toilets, hot showers and ten mooring ramps for boats. The lake is ideal for swimming, boating, water skiing and kayaking with easy access from the campsites to the lake. The lake is home to an array of birdlife, which can easily be spotted while gliding along the shoreline in a canoe. Visitors can take kayak tours throughout the summer months. Things to Do in Oregon
10.Lincoln City Outlets
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Lincoln City Outlets is a shopping outlet center in the heart of the city that boasts a number of top shopping brands, stores and shops. The outlet park features a variety of shops, ranging from children’s apparel, accessories and footwear to food, furniture and other services. Top brands include Levi’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Rockport, and Hollister while a range of specialty stores such as Bath and Body Works, Shutterbug, and Vitamin World provide specialized products.
1500 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367, Phone: 541-996-5000
Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon
- The Culinary Center, Lincoln City, Oregon, Photo: oregoncoast.org
- Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio, Photo: oregoncoast.org
- Road's End State Recreation Site, Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
- Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, Oregon
- Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon: Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy, Photo: Courtesy of sayanphayom - Fotolia.com
- North Lincoln County Historical Museum, Photo: North Lincoln County Historical Museum
- Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market, Photo: Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market
- Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon: Lincoln City Cultural Center, Photo: Lincoln City Cultural Center
- Devil's Lake State Recreation Area, Photo: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
- Lincoln City Outlets, Photo: Lincoln City Outlets
- Cover Photo: oregoncoast.org