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Admire the wide array of gardens and flora on the grounds of a former pioneer estate at Shore Acres State Park, nestled along the forested edge of the Pacific Ocean. Visit the park and wander its 2 hectares (5 acres) of landscaped gardens, replete with both local and exotic plants and crisscrossed by numerous footpaths. Make your way to the Japanese-inspired lily pond area and pause for a peaceful moment of reflection. Head for the nearby sandstone cliffs to take in a sweeping view over the sea, complete with waves crashing powerfully against the rock below. Keep your eyes open and you may even spot the spout of a migratory gray whale. Arrange to visit Shore Acres State Park and other attractions in Coos Bay using our Coos Bay online travel planner.
Shore Acres State Park reviews
This was an incredible find tucked away along the coast in Charleston. The grounds, history and gift shop are top notch. The scenery is incredible.
This was an incredible find tucked away along the coast in Charleston. The grounds, history and gift shop are top notch. The scenery is incredible. more »
After years of wanting to go here to see the huge waves breaking on the rocks at the base of the cliffs, we picked a day when the sea was flat and even the seals and sea lions were sunbathing on the..... more
After years of wanting to go here to see the huge waves breaking on the rocks at the base of the cliffs, we picked a day when the sea was flat and even the seals and sea lions were sunbathing on the..... more »
We were driving down Highway 101 from Astoria and I happen to read on my IPad about a botanical garden in Shore Acres State Park by Coos Bay. It is a little off the path of 101, but happily we...
We were driving down Highway 101 from Astoria and I happen to read on my IPad about a botanical garden in Shore Acres State Park by Coos Bay. It is a little off the path of 101, but happily we... more »
Beautiful view. The botanical gatden is awesome. The flowers were in bloom the first time we went. Took my brother and his family the second time and my son and his family the third time. Can never get tired of the place. If you hike down the beach it is worth it. Oh by the way, buy the taffy... it is the best I've had here in the mainland. Hawaii is still number one for me.
A very nice state park. I was there on a calm wave day but the views were still tremendous. The sandstone and unique geology of the this area is on full display here. Some good came out of the 1929 economic crash which forced the sale of this property to the state as this place is too special for a private residence. Numerous hiking trails leave the park from the north and south connecting with the Oregon Coast Trail. All of my hikes revealed great vistas. Once you tire of the view from above, there is a trail to Simpson beach from the back of the gardens. It is a sandy pocket beach on the south edge of the park which offers some more great views.
Shore Acres is an Oregon state park treasure. It’s a must see if you’re in the Coos Bay Area especially for gardeners or flower lovers. The best time to visit is in the late spring or summer when flowers are in bloom. It’s also worth a visit around Christmas to see the lights. There is a lot of history to the grounds and you can learn from the sign posts or the staff giving presentations. The photos of the grounds and plants speak for themselves. Outside of the gardens there is a viewing platform and a great view of the ocean.
Shore Acres has so much beauty to see! From the botanical gardens that boast beautiful roses, rhododendron bushes blooming to the sky, tulips, and all kinds of greenery (you can even have a wedding there!), to Simpson beach were you can find seashells smaller than a fingernail! Even on a cloudy day when the water is murky, it is still quite beautiful. There are many trails along the coastline to hike as well. It is $5 to park inside ($1s or $5s only, no change given) but well worth it to catch glimpse of chipmunks, deer, and even bunnies!
This is one of my most favorite places to visit on the entire Oregon Coast. The gardens are spectacular in every season, most especially Spring and Summer. The views of the Pacific and the waves crashing onto the boulders and cliffs are always worth seeing, especially as the tide is coming in and also during big storms, just make certain to prepare by wear appropriate clothing and gear or it's going to be a miserable, soggy trip home.
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