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With incredible scenery, activities, shops, restaurants and festivals to keep people entertained and happy, Cannon Beach is a favorite Northern Oregon Coast vacation destination for good reason. When it comes to Cannon Beach things to do, the most popular activities are outdoor oriented. Cannon Beach is the home of Haystack Rock, the iconic 235-foot-tall rock formation in the sea that symbolizes the Oregon Coast, and it’s a great place for tidepooling at low tide, bird watching and beachcombing (and, of course, those Instagram moments). People love seeing the tufted puffins at Haystack in spring and summer, but the rock offers great birdwatching year round. The first thing many people do in Cannon Beach is head straight to the beach, which is open to the public and offers many access points. Surfing, wildlife watching, hiking, kite-flying and more are the top things to do at the beaches as well as in Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park. Cannon Beach things to do also include many indoor options, from art gallery hopping to museum browsing to beer, wine and spirits tastings in local breweries, restaurants and bars.

Off-Season Cannon Beach Things To Do

While summer is the most visited time of year in Cannon Beach, many people still love to visit in the off-season. In spring and fall the weather is mild but the beaches and parks are much less crowded. And even in the winter, which the locals call the Quiet Season, there are many things to do in Cannon Beach. Storm watching is a veritable activity on the Oregon Coast – whether you choose to do that from the warmth of an oceanfront building or out in the wild conditions on the cliffs of Ecola Beach State Park is up to you. And off-season is when whale-watching is best on the Oregon Coast.