We left Cape Lookout State Park and stopped at the Devil’s Lake Recreation Area to kayak and swim and then we headed down to the ORPD Whale Watching Center. Located right on the coast, the center is located in a building that actually goes out into the bay.
It also goes up to an observation deck. We went up here and we saw at least 3-4 whales in the short time we were there. Some were further away, but a couple of them were really close, right in the bay.
We almost didn’t stop there, but I am so glad we did. The parking is a mess, so we ended up walking for about three blocks, but it wasn’t bad.
There are fun activities for the kids to do in the ORPD Center, and it is free to get in. You can also walk along the boardwalk and see the whales from several different lookout points. We spent maybe an hour there and it was a very memorable experience.
Be sure to take a camera with a good zoom lens so you can get some closeups of the whales when they surface and blow water in the air.
We got to walk across the big bridge, and it was so fun to stop and watch the seals down on the docks and the fishermen feeding them. The view of the bay is also really beautiful. You can walk down the stairs to go down below the bridge as well.
On our way to the ORPD Whale Watching Center, we stopped at a beautiful lookout called Boiler Bay. This is a pullout off the road with a lot of parking, grassy areas, restrooms, and beautiful views. We ate lunch in our trailer and soaked up the sites. We were lucky it was a clear warm day.
So if you are looking for a great spot for lunch on Highway 101 then I highly recommend this place.
Planning a trip? Be sure to check out our other stops on our trip from Utah into Washington and down Highway 101:
- Snoqualmie Falls Washington
- Top 5 Favorite Things to Do at the Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort
- Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort Review
- Lodgepole Campground in Washington
- Grove of the Patriarchs
- Narada Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park
- How to spend 1 day at Mt. Rainier
- Salt Creek Recreation Area
- Cape Flattery Trail Hike
- Shi Shi Beach Trail Hike
- Klahowya Campground in Port Angeles, WA
- Ruby Beach in Forks, WA
- Kalaloch Beach (Tree of Life)
- Quinault Rain Forest in Washington
- Ape Caves Washington (Lava Tubes)
- Multnomah Falls in Oregon
- Astoria Column in Oregon
- Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
- Port of Garibaldi in Oregon
- Cape Meares (Octopus Tree) Oregon
- Netarts Bay in Oregon
- Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area
- Hug Point State Recreation Site Oregon