Coming to Astoria for a visit? Here is a list of the must see locations before you leave!
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Discover the rich history of Astoria and the Columbia River. The website offers information on current exhibits. Tickets include a tour of the Lightship Columbia.
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The Astoria Column stands above the city at 600 feet above sea level. The views of Young’s Bay, the coast range, and Columbia River are unrivaled.
Flavel House Museum
The Flavel house was the home of Captain George Flavel. He was a notable bar pilot on the Columbia River. The home was built between 1884 and 1885. The home today has been restored to reflect the Victorian period and history of the Flavel family.
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The Riverwalk has a feel of its own. See all the businesses that call the Columbia River home including restaurants and craft breweries. Walk along the paths and see if you can find some of the sea lions that come and visit the area. Don’t forget to wave at the Riverfront Trolley as it strolls by.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
The Riverfront Trolley actually originally came from San Antonio Texas. It was built in 1913 and was most recently restored in 1999. A round trip trolley ride lasts about an hour and takes you to see sites along the riverwalk. You can find trolley stops along the riverwalk. Fare is $1 for boarding or $2 for an all day pass.
Oregon Film Museum
Oregon has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest films. You would be surprised how many were filmed in Astoria and surrounding areas!
Garden of Surging Waves
This unique park is dedicated to honoring the Chinese heritage of Astoria and Lower Columbia River Basin. Chinese immigrants began arriving in Astoria in 1876 to work in the canneries. You can click on the link to read their stories of how they influenced the community they came to and called home.
Cathedral Tree Trail
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Astoria has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Oregon. Cathedral Tree Trail starts at the Astoria Column. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes!
Take a stroll down memory lane and explore the rich history of Astoria. There is a lot to learn about this area from the early pioneer days to the seedy past of saloons and brothels. See authentic items stored and preserved here at the Heritage Museum.
Astoria Aquatic Center
A popular place for both visitors and locals alike is Astoria’s indoor swimming and recreation center. The pool area boasts a lazy river, a heated kiddie pool, a recreation pool, a 6 lane lap pool, and a hot tub.
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Tapiola Park is a popular place to be on a good weather day. This park is designed to take on a look and feel of Astoria. It is a must see place! Along with a playground, the park boasts a large skate park and basketball courts.
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The Liberty Theater holds concert events, recitals, ballet, and more artistic performances in Astoria. You can also rent spaces within the theater for your next event. Click on the link above to see what events the theater is hosting!
The building that houses the theater was built in 1925. The Columbian Theater is really a three in one destinaion of a movie theater, a cafe, and the voodoo room. Click on the link to view their upcoming events!
Lower Columbia Bowl
The building was originally build as a car dealership in the 1940’s and converted into a bowling alley in 1956. The opening scenes of “The Goonies” was filmed in the window this building! Go bowling in the updated and modern bowling lanes, host a party, or join a league.
Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens is located in Hammond, OR. This location was once a primary military defense center at the mouth of the Columbia River. Today this park is a popular camping spot, with beach access, fresh water swimming, hiking trails, and a historic shipwreck.
Dog Friendly Spots
One surprising trait about Astoria is the dog friendly atmosphere. You will find businesses that have water bowls outside for your dog to take a break. Many restaurants have outdoor eating areas that your dog will be welcome to relax with you as you eat. Astoria does have laws pertaining to keeping your pet on a leash and picking up their waste.
Hanthorn Cannery Museum & Pier 39
Also known as the Bumble Bee Cannery Museum, is located at Pier 39. The museum is dedicate to preserving the history of the cannery, the workers, and the rich fishery history of Astoria. After your museum visit, go for a short walk to Coffee Girl or Rouge Ales.
Astoria Sunday Market
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The market is open Sunday’s from 10am-3pm from May thru October. Visit their website for the opening and closing season. Vendors who participate must grow, gather, or create their products. The Astoria Sunday Market is the second largest of its kind in Oregon, pulling in thousands of visitors.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge
The Columbia River separates Washington from Oregon. Before the construction of the bridge, a ferry service took travelers to and fro. It opened in 1966 and is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America measuring a little over 4 miles crossing the Columbia. The clearance below the bridge is about 196 feet at high tide, allowing the ship traffic to flow beneath without a draw bridge. The bridge is closed to pedestrians and cyclists except for once a year when participants of the Great Columbia Crossing 10k Walk/Run can experience the opportunity to run or walk across the bridge.