The 10 Best Things to Do in Tillamook, United States

December 31, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

The city of Tillamook /ˈtɪləmʊk/ is the county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The city is located on the southeast end of Tillamook Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The population was 4,935 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Tillamook

1. Tillamook Forest Center

45500 Wilson River Hwy, Tillamook, OR 97141-9193 +1 866-930-4646
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Tillamook Forest Center

Located in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest, the Tillamook Forest Center offers interpretive exhibits, family nature programs, K-12 field trips and facility rentals. It's fun, accessible and free! Discover lessons of the past, present and future of this dynamic forest with hands-on learning and a sense of exploration you'll find nowhere else.

Reviewed By Margaret M

Bring a lunch and unplug at this wonderful riverside classroom?Volunteers are there to guide your through this beautiful site full of local history❗️kudos to you all thxThanks for the rave review, we hope you stop in again soon! We're glad our volunteers helped to guide and make your experience memorable. We'll be sure to pass the kudos forward.

2. Tillamook Country Smoker

8335 Highway 101 N, Bay City, OR 97107-9627 +1 503-377-8222
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Tillamook Country Smoker

Reviewed By tmf7150 - Highland, Illinois

We ran across this factory and jerky outlet on a road trip. Since we love jerky, it was a no-brainer. They had any kind of jerky and jerky items that you could even imagine along with samples. We got two of the 2 ft sticks (original and pepperoni) and steak cuts (teriyaki and old fashioned). All very yummy. Another highlight of a great trip.

3. Netarts Bay

Highway, 101, Netarts, OR 97141
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
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6%
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Netarts Bay

Reviewed By haveboozewilltravel - California

Every few years we stay here for a couple of days at a time to do some clamming & enjoy its tranquility. One review states "don't bring the kids or expect any seaside entertainment." I cannot disagree more since its a phenomenal place for a family vacation! Both my kids & grandkids have enjoyed staying here. The only thing one needs to do is to plan around the minus tides. If you stay at a place such as the Terimore, you can have access to a kitchen & make your own fresh clam chowder. For variety there are many sights within a few miles such as Tillamook (cheese factory), Cape Meares, the beach at Oceanside (if you want some waves) & Cape Lookout.

4. Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site

Rosenberg Loop, Oceanside, OR
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site

Reviewed By Randy S - Calgary, Canada

We stopped at the beach to have dinner and to watch the sunset. The weather was not the best, cloudy and some wind, but it was still a great stop. The ocean and haystack rocks make for some nice photos. With the tide going out, the beach was very large and a fund place to play for a while.

5. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

403 S American Way, Garibaldi, OR 97118-1614
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Reviewed By 596Smokey - Bloomington, IN

First of all...someone posted that the trip to/from Garibaldi/Rockaway was an hour and a half. Not so. It's actually about a half an hour. Secondly, someone mentioned that the train needs renovation. No! It is very historic and old...just perfect for a vintage ride.

The engine is fabulous! On the way to Rockaway Beach we crossed many roads at which the train is required to whistle, and it was awesome every time! That, along with the clanging of the bells at some crossings was great! The train also has a caboose that houses the ticket area and small gift shop. Then there is an enclosed car, an outside car with a roof, and a completely open car. I rode in the outside car with the roof. It was a bit windy that day, but worth it to be outside.

We had a half hour stop in Rockaway Beach before heading back. Honestly, on a Sunday morning in September there wasn't much to do on the break. It looked like maybe during the busy season there are food trucks around, but not this day.

The train runs between Highway 101 and the bay. It does not run along the ocean coast or along any bluffs or anything. It's still a nice ride, but if you are looking for dramatic scenery you won't find it here. It also runs through a lot of people's backyards. It was fun when people waved from their fishing spots or houses or the road.

Overall, it was a fun little trip, but don't expect too much out of it. Also, the seats were a little hard, so if that will bother you then you might bring a pillow or jacket to sit on.

(As always, please feel free to message me with questions about any of my reviews!)

6. Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

3500 Cape Meares Loop Roop Rd., Tillamook, OR +1 503-842-3182
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 678 reviews

Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By Tom W - West Vancouver, Canada

A short walk to some spectacular scenery. The waves and the noise are intense. Exhilarating and refreshing. It must be even better on a clear day. You could spend a few hours here no trouble at all but the January storm had us back in the warmth of the car in an hour. Will be back here for sure, whatever the weather.

7. Oregon Coast Railriders

Hayes Oyster Drive, Intersection of Hayes Oyster Drive and U.S. Highway 101, Bay City, OR 97107
Excellent
85%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Oregon Coast Railriders

Reviewed By Cheryl A - Appleton, WI, United States

Staff is fun in their safety directions. Seat belts for all. 6 yo and 2 yo couldn't pedal but cheered everyone on!. We had to help a family in front of us when they pedaled too fast down a hill and chain slipped off. We...MoreThanks for riding with us! Just to clarify, our turn around time usually takes 10 minutes or less, enough time to turn the carts around, stretch, and use the ports-potties. Happy rail riding!

8. Lex's Cool Stuff

4955 Crab Ave W, Netarts, OR 97141-9486 +1 503-842-1744
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
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Poor
4%
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4 based on 24 reviews

Lex's Cool Stuff

Reviewed By Annie4242 - Portland, Oregon

Had a great time. Didn't plan to buy anything, but I ended up getting two really neat necklaces at good prices. If you're willing to look close, there are inexpensive treasures amongst the clutter. The shopowner is a great person and her shop reflects that.

9. Garibaldi Boat Basin

S. Mooring Basin Rd., Garibaldi, OR
Excellent
34%
Good
63%
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Garibaldi Boat Basin

Reviewed By bsandrs - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Coming as we do from a City with a vibrant fishing port and yachting area is was great to enjoy the Boat Basin in Garibaldi, together with the interesting retail outlets. This is a relaxing town to visit and we liked the giant letter "G" looking down from the hillside. Well worth a visit.

10. Cape Lookout State Park

13000 Whiskey Creek Rd, US 101 to Three Capes Scenic Drive Oceanside, Tillamook, OR 97141-9499 +1 800-551-6949
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

Cape Lookout State Park

Coastal park offering opportunities for whale watching.

Reviewed By KHForever - Utah

Beautiful views, ocean, hikes just past the state park. We took the Cape Trail which lead out to the scenic point, moderate hike. Almost 5 miles round trip. Beautiful day, weather perfect, clear and sunny. The hike through the trees was so relaxing and cool. Definitely a great hike. Coming back is more uphill, ended up getting back sooner even though a little more challenging with more uphill (we love to hike but working so much we haven't been for a few years, even on our planned vacation trips with no hiking on most caribbean beaches) we stopped more on the way down with pictures and enjoying views and time together. If the weather is clear for views, a must for a great moderate hike.

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