Top 10 Things to do in Pacific City, United States

October 29, 2017 Alida England

Pacific City is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,027 at the 2000 census. Pacific City's main attraction is the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
Restaurants in Pacific City

1. Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides

5985 Pacific Ave, Pacific City, OR 97135-8150 +1 541-921-6076
Excellent
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5 based on 173 reviews

Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides

There is no better way to experience the Oregon Coast and all the nature it has to offer than on horseback. First time riders or experienced we provide you with a horse and a guides to keep you safe while you take in all the scenic views of the Oregon Coast that you will never forget. The rides start at our exclusive location in 5985 Pacfic Ave Pacific City 97135 on the beach no roads to cross 1 minute and your on the beach riding the water edge and the dunes at Bob Straub State Park.

Reviewed By anlechtman - Visalia, California

One hour ride on the beach and over the dunes. We had 3 families with ages from 51 to 7. They chose great horses for each of us; provided helmets for those less than 17 and gave us instructions on how to ride (No serious riders in our group). Nice set up just over the dunes from the beach. We really had a nice time on our last full day on the Oregon coast. Highly recommend. Thank you Lolo, Jeff and Cassidy for making our group comfortable and giving us a wonderful time.

2. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Pacific City, OR
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Reviewed By CraftBeers - Plano, Texas

I almost skipped Cape Kiwanda because of all the pictures. It looks like a place filled with sand dunes. It does have a single huge sand dune, but it's so much more. Cape Kiwanda has three main features that come together to make an awesome must-visit location.

First and foremost, this is an ocean front sandy beach. It's flat with easy access to the water. The beach is heavily used by Dory boats, which are flat bottomed, high sided and pointed bow.

The second feature is the rock formations. There is a monolithic haystack rock similar to the one at Cannon Beach. It's a little under a mile out into the ocean, but it dominates the ocean view. To the north is a single cliff wall with a few cave systems. It's pretty to view, but in low tide it exposes the tide pools.

The third feature is a single massive sand dune. This is the sand dune you see in all the pictures. The beach spreads south for miles, but at the north end of the cape it rises up into the sand dune. People walk up it where you get a great view. It's hard walking as the sand is the same consistency as a sand volleyball court.

I think I should add that there is sort of a fourth feature, but it's man-made. That extra feature just sealed the deal for this location. Pelican Brewery is located right on the beach. They make their own beer on sight. See their TripAdvisor site for more information, but for purposes of this review they have patio seating. It's phenomenal to sit on their patio and watch the sun set behind the Haystack rock. Awesome!!!

Things to consider when visiting this location.
- There is a large flat beach area where kids and families can play.
- Surfers use this location abd are fun to watch.
- Dory boats land on this beach for practice. The high speed race towards the shore and coasting onto the beach is interesting to watch.
- To the left of the sand dune is a tiny cave system and series of rock formations in the ground. In low tide, you can see plant life, mussels, and sea life in the cave and tide pools.
- The sand dune is a steep climb. Many kids fell/jumped/slid down the hill.
- Pelican Brewery is on the beach. You can have craft beers and enjoy the scenery.
- We saw two different camp fires set up by beach goers. They brought an i-Home, music source and chairs. They sat on the beach with their fire going. They watched the sun set, drank a beer and listened to the music.

I love Cape Kiwanda!

3. Pelican Pub & Brewery

33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135-8012 +1 503-965-7007
Excellent
52%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

Pelican Pub & Brewery

At the Pelican Pub & Brewery the atmosphere is laid back, but we take our beers very seriously. With five award-winning beers available on tap and bottled year-round, you'll never be disappointed. But we make it our mission to always have some extra seasonal or one-off beers on tap to keep things interesting. Schedule a brewery tour to learn more.

Reviewed By Erica I - Vancouver, Washington, United States

This place has a lot going for it. For starters, the location is great and if you get a window seat you get an absolutely glorious beach view. The food here was very delicious - their calamari appetizer was fantastic and very large. I ordered fish and chips, and I found this to be delicious, and their cole slaw was extremely tasty. I felt that their staff was friendly and did a satisfactory job of checking in on us.

My one complaint is that they'll charge you $3 to upgrade from fries to onion rings on your dish, and then only give you 6 onion rings. I found this to be absolutely ridiculous. Onions, oil, and panko breading are not exactly expensive - so why you'd have to pay an extra $2 per onion ring, on top of the price you're already paying for the meal which comes with a side, is absolutely beyond me. I believe the restaurant should either reevaluate how much they are charging their customers to upgrade, or they should be giving you at least twice as many onion rings as they are currently.

4. Bob Straub State Park

Pacific Avenue, Pacific City, OR
Excellent
62%
Good
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Bob Straub State Park

Reviewed By ORfoodie - Pacific City, Oregon

Wonderful natural area at the opposite end of the beach from the Pelican Pub. Wander a mile or two down the beach collecting whole sand dollars. End at the entrance of the Nestucca River into the ocean. There is usually a pod of seals on the beach and great crabbing! What a special adventure! Dogs off the leash are okay here. Let them run.

5. Twist Wine Company

6425 Pacific Ave, Pacific City, OR 97135 503-965-NUTS
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Twist Wine Company

Reviewed By Karen B - Daytona Beach

We stopped in one late afternoon and discovered an amazing wine bar with a very relaxed flair. The owners do it all! The wines served are theirs so you can have great conversations. It is a locals hang out and as the. Afternoon progressed we met several interesting folks - fisherman, educators, pilots. This is a great find for anyone who likes wine and a real experience.

6. Pacific City Fishing

35385 6th Street, Pacific City, OR 97135
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5 based on 8 reviews

Pacific City Fishing

The Dory fishing fleet is the history of this pacific city area. Launch from the beach into the Pacific Ocean in the early morning hours for a great fishing trip.We then land the boat on the same beach and clean the fish for a nice finished product for your table.

Reviewed By cyled - Damascus, Oregon

i highly recommend Pacific city charters. The boat is outfitted with everything needed for a great offshore fishing experience. The captain knows the spots to fish and works very hard to make sure everyone has a great time. He is very accommodating to our requests.Our next trip to pacific city will definitely include another fishing trip with pacific city charters.

7. Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

7000 Christensen Road, Off Hwy 101, 6 miles south of Pacific City, Pacific City, OR 97112 +1 541-867-4550
Excellent
65%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Visit Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and see the progression of prairie restoration. See birds, deer, and keep your eyes peeled for the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly!

Reviewed By ORfoodie - Pacific City, Oregon

Wheelchair accessible! 2 wildlife and view points. Definitely worth the drive and then short walk to the top. The walk is paved and completely handicapped accessible. Recent visit we saw eagles, deer, fantastic bird life, and a seriously fantastic view of the Nestucca river, bay, Haystack Rock, and Pacific City. Would make a beautiful location for a small wedding, or peaceful location to reflect on nature.

8. Nestuuca Adventures Pacific City

34579 Brooten Rd, Pacific City, OR 97135 +1 503-965-0060
Excellent
84%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Nestuuca Adventures Pacific City

Authorized Hobie dealer. Fishing tackle and bait. Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboards, Yoga on the water. Great for families of all ages and groups.

Reviewed By Jeff F

My daughter and our friends' daughter rented a brand new Hobie tandem kayak and were treated extremely well. Because they could pedal (as well as paddle) the kayak they were able to cruise with or against the current with ease. They had a blast! I heard that a couple of guys rented Hobie's top of the line tandem fishing kayak and landed a 23 pound Chinook salmon, again on a brand new kayak. If you think the price to rent these terrific boats seems high you need to know that they sell for somewhere around $3000 and $4000 respectively! If you're interested in renting a kayak and especially if you are a newbie I strongly recommend Nestucca Adventures!

34950 Brooten Rd, Pacific City, OR 97135-8034 +1 503-965-4590
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Rowboat Gallery

Reviewed By Diane C - Tillamook, Oregon

Rowboat Gallery is located in a small mall in Pacific City, Oregon. If you like well-done fine art, traditional, modern, pop, whimsical; collages, watercolors, oils, mixed media, metal or clay sculptures, glass ware, lino-cuts, on and on.... this is a great place to walk through and admire wonderful art! Many of the artists are from the same family - a son also has a gallery near Neskowin. This gallery is more akin to what you would find in a big city, only in a friendly, popular beach spot, surrounded by good eating places (like award winning Pelican Pub). Judy, who runs the gallery and can often be found working on an art piece, is a friendly, engaging lady and you make meet another artist or two while visiting. If you like art at all, you will love this place.

10. Eagle Charters Fishing

Kiwanda Drive, The Pelican Pub, Pacific City, OR
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5 based on 8 reviews

Eagle Charters Fishing

Reviewed By ORfoodie - Pacific City, Oregon

Go fishing on a Dory boat! There's nothing like it anywhere! Pure exhilaration as you launch off the beach and through the surf. Awesome, awesome fishing, especially with Dave Stiles of Eagle Charters! What a great day and he cleaned and filleted all our fish and loaded us up with fresh Dungeness crab.

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