Newport, Oregon Real Estate and Community Information
Newport is a Lincoln County community situated along the Oregon coast. The city is home to approximately 10,000 residents. U.S. Highway 101 runs north-south through the community. Nye Beach includes a central historic district that is home to a variety of artists, writers and surfers. Local residents and tourists alike enjoy beachcombing, clamming and crabbing along the broad beach. The Oregon Coast Community College was established in Newport in 1987.
In the mid-1850s, sailing vessels came to Yaquina Bay to provide supplies for a military garrison stationed in the area. In 1862, the discovery of high-quality oyster beds brought a new wave of economic growth to the area. Although Newport itself was founded in 1866, the first road was not constructed until 1927.
The Yaquina Head Light is situated near the mouth of the Yaquina River. At 93 feet high, it is the tallest lighthouse in the state. The structure was actually manufactured in Paris in 1868, and it began to guide seafarers away from the rocky shores in 1873. The lighthouse still uses the original Fresnel lens capable of projecting a beam of light as much as 19 miles out into the ocean.
Parks and Recreation
Newport residents do not have to go far to enjoy a day in the park. Coast Park is a newer facility that includes a unique wetland garden and a highly detailed shipwreck. Don Davis Park is a two-acre facility along the Pacific Coast that includes a gazebo and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A cobblestone pathway takes visitors down to the beach.
Sports enthusiasts often had to the nine-acre Wade Memorial Park because of its ballfields, tennis courts and pickle ball courts. The landscaped walkways are perfect for a casual stroll, and the community garden offers still more tranquility.
Attractions and Activities
Newport is the home of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. It is operated by Oregon State University in conjunction with a variety of state and federal agencies. The visitors' center includes exhibits related to marine research and coastal environmental studies. A Giant Pacific Octopus is just one of a variety of marine animals that live here.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is situated on a 23-acre site along Yaquina Bay. Coastal Living Magazine has included the facility in its list of top 10 aquariums on the North American continent. The tidal exhibit features sea stars and sea anemones that visitors can actually touch. The facility is also home to the largest outdoor seabird aviary in North America. The outdoor exhibits feature harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters.
The arts are also alive and well in the community. The Newport Symphony Orchestra performs throughout the year at the Performing Arts Center, and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts also operates the Newport Visual Arts Center here.
This vibrant coastal community hosts a number of festivals and other annual events throughout the year, including the Newport Loyalty Day and Sea-fair Festival, held in late April or early May each year. The festival has been a vital part of the spring season for approximately six decades.
The Newport Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge is an annual event that kicks off each new year. The 5K run starts and finishes at the Rogue Brewery. There's also a half marathon and 10K, and many runners celebrate by plunging in to the ocean waters at the end of the race.
The Newport Seafood and Wine Festival is held every February. Great seafood dishes are complemented by delectable wines from 150 wineries scattered across the Pacific Northwest.
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Newport is a vibrant city that attracts artists, marine researchers and water lovers alike. The pleasures of the Pacific coastline are many and varied. To learn more, please contact Wendy Weimer. She can also tell you more about the historic and modern residential properties available in Newport, Oregon.