Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gold Beach, Oregon - Prehistoric Gardens - Port Orford, Oregon

Gold Beach, Oregon - Port Orford, Oregon and "Prehistoric Gardens"

Prehistoric Gardens

Martha and I continue to work our way up to the state of Washington. Looking for things to do we found Prehistoric Gardens. Before you say the words "tourist trap," well, yes it is. It's been on the side of the road pulling in tourists since the 1950's.  However, it is a fun tourist trap and one that is very informative.  Adults pay $12, Senior $10 and Kids $5. Yes it's somewhat pricey but your kids will love the place and it is set in a beautiful coastal rain forest. Give it a try. It gets high reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Roadside America.  Each display has factual information about each of the dinosaur sculptures. It's quite an education. There are a lot more displays than what I have shown below. It is a great way to kill a half an hour and be entertained at the same time.

This sign right here convinced solar-powered Martha that she did not want to live in the Oregon rain forest between November and March:

A big part of our West Coast tour is to finally see the coast of Oregon. It does not disappoint. Every time that you feel the next scenic view cannot possibly top the last, you are proven wrong.  After visiting Prehistoric Gardens we continued up the coast to Port Orford, Oregon. These are some of the sights we saw along the way.

Port Orford

Battle Rock

Gold Beach

Gold Beach

The beach at Gold Beach was littered with rocks rather than the usual shells that you find, and the sand was a gray/black rather than white, so it got hot quickly even in the 60 and 70 degree temperatures:

And there was plenty of driftwood:

The beach was not only dog friendly, but horse friendly:

We were lucky enough to experience one colorful sunset before the fog rolled in for the rest of our stay:

A little up the coast from our RV park was a jetty that created some great waves for surfers.  We went there to watch both surfers and sea lions play in the waves:

Below is Gold Beach's historic bridge:


  1. If you are still in the Gold Beach area spend the time and the money to do a mailboat trip, they are awesome, and make sure to do the 110 mile one. Loving y'alls blog

    1. Thanks for the information Josh. We are on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands now. We we get back we will definitely book a ride. Thanks for reading about our adventures.


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