We have four days off and four kids, about six hundred bucks and want to camp in a yurt but close to places for us to do cheap stuff with the kids ages from six to thirteen. Do you have any recomendations? – Jennie H.
If it were me, I would definitely try South Beach State Park, just south of the bridge in Newport. It has both yurts and tent camping, an educational program and pretty easy access to the beach. It is also next to a paved path that will take you down the jetty and under the bridge to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a bit of shopping and the Rogue Brewery. There’s also a glass blowing studio (might break your budget to do, but fun to watch) and a great crab shack, all on that side of the bridge. The distances might be far for the 6-year-old but you could conceivably bike or walk around. There’s also plenty to see and do on the other side of the bridge, including two lighthouses, the artsy Nye Beach Area.
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Linda Corey-Woodward, Southern Oregon resident says…
I would also highly recommend the yurts at Harris Beach State Park, just north of Brookings. This campground has fun trails, leading to forest and the beach. There is Azalea Park in Brookings with its azaleas and rhododrens blooming in May-June (Azalea Festival in early June), art, seafood, wine and music festivals in the harbor, and lots of great beaches for flying kites, searching for colored agates, whale-watching, and building sand castles. There are plenty of affordable eateries of all kinds in Brookings. Check on the Brookings Chamber of Commerce website for more activities and festival information.
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Niki Price is the editor and co-owner of Oregon Coast Today, a weekly newspaper covering arts, entertainment and the environment on the central Oregon coast. She roams the shores of the Oregon coast, covering everything from pelican proliferation to proffered profiteroles, with two underage editorial assistants often in tow.