Top Things To Do and See in Port of Astoria, Oregon
East Mooring Basin- Barking Sea lions (see video below) stretched out on the docks, make a great photo/video opportunity. The sea lions eat migrating salmon and this has created an influx of an estimated 25,000 sea lions to the docks.
Columbia River Maritime Museum – 30,000-object collection covering fishing, shipping & military history in a harbor front building. The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 to preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region. It was the first museum in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards, and is designated the official state maritime museum of Oregon
The Astoria Column – Built in 1926, this 126-ft. column shining light, features murals of Oregon history and an Observation deck. Standing 600 feet above sea level in Astoria, the Column gives a view of Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, Columbia River, and in the distance, the Pacific Ocean. This is another perfect photo/video opportunity.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – The Corps of Discovery spent a winter at this woodsy inlet, now home to a replica stockade & trails. Explorer of the Seas passengers in port this Saturday, don’t miss Saturday, September 30, 2017, National Parks for Free Day! All National Parks during this time are Free
Fort Stevens State Park – 3,763-acre park has a 1906 shipwreck with beaches, hiking & biking trails, a historic fortress.
If you sail in aboard Princess Cruises’ Star Princess on October 21, 2017, go check out the Killer Pumpkin Festival Saturday while you are in port from noon to 10 pm at Rogue Ales Public House Astoria – 100 39th St, Astoria.
Over 30 pumpkin beers offered and Rogue Ales & Spirits is supplying plenty of hand-planted and hand-picked Rogue Farms pumpkins for smashing, bowling, decorating, carving and many other pumpkin related activities. Pair your pumpkin brew with a delicious sampling of snacks from our special pumpkin menu, or try a pumpkin cocktail or pumpkin spiced soda. Dog, kid and adult costume contests. Giant pumpkin beer tapping. Live music. Local vendors. This event is family-friendly and dog-friendly.
Smaller cruise ships calling at Astoria in September, October, November and throughout the year include the American Pride. The American Pride paddle wheeler cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Also calling at Astoria are American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the West and American Empress, as well as Un-Cruises’ SS Legacy. The SS Legacy (former Spirit of ’98) is a replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, with Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery.
A local harbor excursion tour while in port at Astoria, can give passengers a memorable and fascinating view of the hundreds of sea lions who call Astoria, Oregon harbor their home. The sea lions enjoy lounging in the East Mooring Basin near the Columbia River Maritime Museum, both of which are located east of the cruise dock on the Columbia River. The museum and sea lions are popular with those passengers who have a cruise port call in Astoria.