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Seaside, Oregon

This was my first time in Seaside. Since we went in February, it was pretty windy, and a little chilly. But it was also not crowded, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

I'm sure this place is totally packed in the summer. This would be a great summer vacation spot if you like being around lots of people. Make sure to book early, though. The place is pretty popular in the summer.

Location: Seaside, OR

The Tour

Rivertide Suites

We stayed at Rivertide Suites. It was a great hotel with all the amenities: full kitchen, nice big bathroom with jetted tub, king size bed, balcony, etc. It had a nice view of the river and was just a few blocks from the beach. The price was pretty reasonable in February.

Seaside Aquarium

Right on the beach, there is a nice little aquarium. The best part was feeding the seals. You can buy the seal food there, and the seals just love it. They flap their flippers to get you to throw food at them. They are huge and splash a lot, so be ready to get a little wet. Our baby enjoyed watching the seals, and I just covered her face when I saw some big splashes coming.

They also had many tanks with local fish, crab, shrimp, lobsters, etc. That way you can get a glimpse of what is in the local waters. I'm not fond of touching sea creatures, but they had a special pond where kids (or adults) can touch sea urchins, sea cumbers, etc.

And of course, there was a little gift shop where you can buy aquarium trinkets. We bought a little sea star rattle for Baby.

Gifts Shops and Restaurants

There is a nice strip of quaint little gift shops and good restaurants just a few blocks from the beach and the hotel we stayed in. We didn't really do gift shop browsing but we enjoyed some of the restaurants.

Seaside Factory Outlet Center

It's always fun to hit outlet malls, especially when there is no sales tax! We went to the Seaside Factory Outlet Center and found some great children's books at the Book Warehouse and some baby stuff at the Carter's.

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