Dig, Fly and Build on the Oregon Coast
Summer on the coast is synonymous with sandy feet, sun-kissed faces and sticky s’mores-stained fingers. There are infinite options for fun in the sun (sandboarding anyone?) but why not explore the originals? A quintessential day at the beach doesn’t get much better than flying a kite, digging for clams and of course, building a sandcastle. On June 26th, grab a bucket and shovel and put on your waders for clamming 101 at Fort Stevens. The family friendly workshop hosted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will show the whole family, newcomers and experts in need of a refresher course, how to successfully dig for razor clams. Clamming is one of the most popular outdoor activities on the coast and there are numerous mudflats to forage. The folks at the Garibaldi Marina will connect you with gear and tips on where to best locate the slippery mollusks. Or, head further south to Sunset Bay for camping and clamming in nearby Charleston. Go fly a kite, seriously. Lincoln City hosts its annual Summer Kite Festival in June where high flyers will attempt to break the world record for most quad-line kites in the air at once.The beauty of flying a kite is that you need nothing more than some wind and a beach. There are infinite kite flying locations from Astoria to Brookings. Watch the seashore transform into a wonderland of castles, mermaids, sea creatures and other feats of architecture at Sandcastle Day in Cannon Beach. This annual event (in its 47th year!) is not to be missed. It draws both first-time and expert sandcastle builders from near and far who create lifelike creations in all forms. Watch as they transform sediment to sculpture or better yet, join in! All you need is a shovel, a bucket and a healthy dose of imagination.
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