Things to Do
Standing 600 feet above sea level, look out over the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The Astoria Column is 125 feet tall, with 164 steps to the top. The grounds feature benches, restrooms, and access to a hiking trail. Open from 9am-5pm daily.
Captain George Flavel House Museum
Captain George Flavel was a 19th-century river bar pilot. He became one of the most influential citizens in Astoria. The house was turned over to the county in 1937 and was then used as offices for the Red Cross, the local Welfare Commission, and more. The house is now owned by the Historical Society and is more than 11,000 sq ft of preserved history.
Oregon Film Museum
Oregon has the ocean, mountains, river, desert – it’s the perfect backdrop for a movie! The museum celebrates the films made in Oregon. One gallery devoted entirely to The Goonies, filmed in Astoria. Open daily from 10am-5pm.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley – Photo Op!
The Old 300 was originally built in St. Louis in 1913 for service in San Antonio. After twenty years of service, the trolley was moved onto a museum campus and left outside for fifteen years. After continued disregard, the trolley was restored in Astoria in 1999. The average length of the trip is one hour and makes many stops. The trolley runs from Noon to 6 pm, daily.
Take a walk on the Astoria River Trail, stretching the entire length of the city. Go under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, visiting local restaurants, breweries, museums and more. It’s a great way to see the city and stay close to the water.
Fort Clatsop – Photo Op!
Located five miles south of Astoria, this is where Lewis & Clark spent their winter before returning home. A replica of the fort stands as a memory of those who came before, along with an interpretive center. Open daily, 9am-5pm.
Places to Eat
Bowpicker Fish & Chips $
Yes, go there for the fish and chips! Located right across from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, stop here for beer-battered Albacore tuna, thick-cut steak fries, and a variety of malt vinegars to top your fish with. Open daily generally from 11am-6pm. Hours may vary based on weather.
Fort George Brewery & Public House $$
This great micro-brewery provides an opportunity to try local brews, accompanied with homemade sausages. Beer is the most important thing they do, though. They take it very seriously. Open daily from 11am-11pm.
Silver Salmon Grille $$
The bar is 130 years old, and the atmosphere is antique maritime. Enjoy the history as you drink the house wine – made by Maryhill Winery on the Columbia River. Open daily from 11am-close.
Blue Scorcher Bakery Café $$
For a quick bite, stop in at the Blue Scorcher for an artisan cookie, scone or pastry. The selection changes daily, but you’re sure to find something intriguing. Open daily from 8am-5pm.