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Travel: A Visit to Tillamook

People flock from all over the world to the Oregon Coast. Most of what draws them there is the breathtaking beauty. However, there are also activities to keep everyone in the family happy as well. The Oregon Coast is perfect for a romantic getaway filled with wine tastings and sunset strolls on the beach. It’s a great place for the weekend adventurer that wants to spend their time hiking, biking, fishing or surfing. And the Coast is also the perfect spot for that family vacation.

One spot in particular that draws people, especially families, is the Tillamook area. Tillamook is best known for the Tillamook Cheese Factory. The cheese factory is fun for kids of all ages. Heading up to the viewing gallery to see how the famous cheese is made and packaged. Then head downstairs and try some samples of their many flavor options. Take some time and browse through the two gift shops, and don’t forget to get a scoop of ice cream in a homemade waffle cone before you leave!

Just up the road from the cheese factory is the Blue Heron French Cheese Company. They also have cheese tastings and a gift shop. They have wine tastings for mom and dad as well. The real draw for the kids though is the petting zoo! They can’t get enough of feeding the gentle animals or chasing the chickens around the farm. People of all ages enjoy exploring the vintage tractors and farm equipment. If you are in the area for the Fourth of July, and looking for food and fireworks be sure to stop in and check out the celebration the Blue Heron has every year!

Tillamook boasts two museums. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has a collection of specimens ranging from prehistoric times to modern day. It showcases the history of Tillamook County. Located off Second Street it is open Tuesday thru Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Entrance costs $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. Take the kids and learn all about the amazing history of Tillamook County.

Located off of Highway 101, the Tillamook Air Museum is a great place to take the kids and view aircraft from throughout history. It costs $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth. Make sure you ask about their military discount. The Air Museum also has a café that is perfect for a quick bite before exploring the museum.

If you are traveling down the coast in an RV or simply want to rent a boat to do some crab fishing, take a short drive to Netarts and visit Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort. All of their RV sites have full hook ups, including cable and a good portion of them have views of the bay. They also offer boat rentals and crabbing packages. The crabbing in Netarts Bay is some of the best in the area. Kids and adults alike always enjoy spending a few hours on the water and, hopefully, catching a few crab for dinner that night. The park also offers to cook the crab you catch to save you the trouble!

Whether you are looking for a simple, relaxing weekend away or a longer vacation with the whole family, Tillamook on the Oregon Coast is a great place to go! It’s close to the beach and offers many opportunities to learn and experience new things. Sample local favorites, take a walk or head out on the bay for an afternoon on the water. Whatever you decide to do, it is sure to make memories that will last a lifetime!

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