Fun Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon

Fun Things to Do in Lincoln City, Oregon
Whether jogging along miles of sandy public beach, going whale watching or exploring tide pools, Lincoln City, Ore., provides fun activities for all ages. Enjoy kite flying and settle back with a healthy culinary arts class. Hike the trails up to a headland for panoramic Pacific Ocean views, or play a round of golf and relax at an ocean-side resort complex.

Fly a Kite

Catch the beach wind and let it lift your kite high up above the ocean. Lincoln City calls itself the Kite Capital of the world and backs up that claim with three kite festivals each year. Join the festivities by watching kite displays, competitions and even kites flying to music along the shore. Festivals include kite building workshops. The Lincoln City Visitors Center keeps festival schedules available for enthusiasts.

Lincoln City Visitors Center
540 NE. Hwy. 101
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 996-1274
http://www.oregoncoast.org/pages/things-pages/kitepage.php

Hike to Ocean Viewpoints

Drive just north of Lincoln City to explore three hiking trails that show off Central Oregon Coast's environmental diversity. The Cascade Head Trail climbs to the top of the headland jutting out into the Pacific and offers miles of visibility up and down the coast. The Nature Conservancy Trail ranges around the headland base and features river views, meadows and forested areas. For the seasoned hiker, Hart's Cove Trail is rugged and provides views of a picturesque ocean cove.

Golf at Chinook Winds

Play the 18-hole Chinook Winds Golf Resort seven days a week, weather permitting. Even in windy, rainy conditions, you can practice your swing with the state-of-the-art simulator that features championship golf courses around the nation. Beat the rain with a racquetball game or work out in the fully equipped fitness center. Kick back at the Chinook Winds Casino, savor a meal at one of the resort's restaurants or relax in the heated swimming pool, spa and sauna.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort
1501 NW. 40th Place
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 996-5825
http://www.chinookwindscasino.com

Take a Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare flavorful Pacific Northwest cuisine with locally grown fresh produce, abundant seafood and organic meat. Take a beginner's class or register for a more advanced series to complement existing skills. The Culinary Center schedules classes year-round and coordinates with special events such as the annual Mushroom Festival. In 2009 the typical price for a class was $50, which includes all materials, use of the modern commercial kitchen, and a meal of everything you just cooked.

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City
801 SW. Hwy. 101, Fourth Floor
Lincoln City, OR 97367
(541) 557-1125
http://www.oregoncoast.org/culinary

Article Written By Denise Schoonhoven

A seasoned business traveler, Denise Schoonhoven specializes in food, travel, landscaping, design and personal development topics. She has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest. Schoonhoven hails from the corporate writing world where she authored marketing material, catalogs, presentations and training documents.

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