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10 Things You Must Do in Oregon’s Cannon Beach with Kids

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If you're looking for a beautiful, laid-back coastal family vacation spot, then Cannon Beach is for you. From the moment you see majestic Haystack Rock to that first taste of gooey, caramelized marshmallow roasted over a beach bonfire — you will fall in love with this coastal Oregon town. Here are 10 fun and relaxing things to do in Cannon Beach with kids.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon
Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

1. Get your Haystack Rock fix.

So, there's this big rock. It's called Haystack Rock because it looks like, well, a big haystack. That doesn't sound all that exciting, I admit. But, I promise when you see it, something will click inside of you, like a TV remote control switching you to a channel called zen.

Once Upon a Breeze kite shop
Once Upon a Breeze kite shop (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Go fly a kite.

It's typically windy near the beach, especially along Oregon's coastline. That's why there are two kite-centric shops in Cannon Beach's small downtown. Pick up a couple of flyers and thrill your kiddos by letting them hold the string and stare into the sky at their airborne wonders. We learned from the local kite experts at Once Upon A Breeze that bat-shaped delta kites catch more wind than triangles, so keep that in mind when making your selections.

Bicycle in downtown Cannon Beach
Bicycle in downtown Cannon Beach (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Shop downtown Cannon Beach.

Spending all of your time on the gorgeous beaches, you just might miss the whimsical wee downtown of Cannon Beach. Take the time to wander through its shops and gab with the friendly local shop owners. You'll find toys, art, souvenirs and much more.

Chocolate Café
Chocolate Café (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Indulge in all things chocolate.

There is a wondrous place in Cannon Beach called the Chocolate Cafe. Here you will find chocolate truffles shaped like clown fish, puppy dogs, mice and more. You can also get your sugar fix from goodies like cookies, hot cocoa, and crème brûlée. If sweets aren't your thing, French press coffee and a wide variety of teas are available as well.

Kids playing at City Park in downtown Cannon Beach
Having a swinging good time at City Park in downtown Cannon Beach (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Play at City Park.

When visiting Cannon Beach with kids, get to know the locals with a visit to a park. Children make friends so easily through the language of play. Stop by City Park in downtown Cannon Beach for a few turns on the tire swing and hangs on the monkey bars. I bet you wind up meeting a Cannon Beach family or two!

My kids delighted in finding this "secret" hammock hidden among the beach grass at Surfsand Resort
My kids delighted in finding this “secret” hammock hidden among the beach grass at Surfsand Resort (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Have fun on the beach.

Beach play provides hours of distraction for children, away from the lure of electronics. Your family is probably not going to swim in the water at Cannon Beach, at least without wet suits. Air temps tend to top out at about 60-something on the hottest of summer days. And that's alright. Children can roll up their pant cuffs and skip over waves. Don't underestimate the power of sand toys, either.

Child guests at Surfsand Resort are welcomed with a pail and shovel with which to dig and build in the sand. The best part for grown-ups of older kids like my husband and me? Sitting on beach chairs near our hotel room patio, glass of wine in-hand, watching from a distance as our son and daughter happily played without us. (It's amazing how well siblings get along when adults aren't there to muck it all up!)

Roasting marshmallows for s'mores at Cannon Beach, Oregon Beach
Roasting marshmallows for s'mores (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. Roast marshmallows around a bonfire.

How could you not fall in love with the Oregon Coast when sitting along a crazy pristine stretch of beach, with Haystack Rock in the distance and the sweet smell of toasted marshmallows wafting though the air? It's impossible!

Surfsand Beach Resort provides a complimentary group s'mores fest for its guests. Or, you can pay a fee for the private route for a set up of firewood, marshmallows, chocolates, metal sticks, and graham crackers. They'll even start the fire and keep it blazing for you!

My gluten-free beer at Public Coast Brewing Company ~ 10 Things You Must Do in Oregon's Cannon Beach with Kids
My gluten-free beer at Public Coast Brewing Company (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. Taste Oregon's wines and beers.

Okay…this isn't for the kids. But parents deserve a vacation too, right? Oregon is renowned for its craft beers and its plentiful wineries. While in Cannon Beach, stop by the Westport Winery Tasting Room in downtown to sip a few Oregon wines. A table set up with a tub of Kinetic Sand keeps kids content while the parents taste.

For beer lovers, choose Public Coast Brewing Co. They even offer gluten-free options for travelers with sensitive tummies like me. Kids are welcomed and there's a children's menu. When the weather is nice, sit outside on their lovely patio to enjoy your burgers and brews. Oh, and you MUST get their Dirty Fries, which come smothered with bacon, mushrooms, jalapeños, onion, blue cheese and Buffalo wing sauce.

Beach view at Surfsand Resort
Beach view at Surfsand Resort (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. Stay in for Goonies and games.

No one in our family had seen Goonies before our visit to Cannon Beach. (Crazy, right?!) Oregonians take pride in this cult-classic movie, which was filmed along the state's beautiful coast and includes shots of Haystack Rock. Lucky for us, Surfsand Resort provides free movie rentals, including Goonies and plenty of other family-friendly choices. There's something special about watching a movie and seeing the very same scenery on screen as you do when you peek out your hotel room window.

Surfsand Resort also lends out games galore to its guests. Choose from such classics as Candyland, Apples to Apples and many more. These are perfect for a rainy day, or some mellow family time together on the patio or balcony when it's sunny.

Weenie Roast on the beach at Surfsand Resort
Weenie Roast on the beach at Surfsand Beach Resort (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

10. Slow down in Cannon Beach with kids.

If you want to slow down and connect with your kids, then book a stay at Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach. You step from your room right onto the beach, with Haystack Rock in the distance. There's an indoor pool, a fitness center, hosted weenie roasts on the beach, special activities for kids, and delicious meals at the Wayfarer Restaurant next door.

But really, it's all about the feels here. And I have a feeling your family will love Surfsand Resort. Read reviews of Surfsand Resort on TripAdvisor and

Sunset at Surfsand Resort
Sunset at Surfsand Resort (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Explore more of Oregon!

I fell in love…deeply, deeply in love with Oregon during my family's vacation this summer. A lot of this love has to do with Oregon's slower pace, friendly spirit, and beautiful scenery. Learn more about the wonders of Oregon, including the wonderfully weird things to do with kids in Portland and why to book a farm stay at Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, Oregon.

Things to Do in Cannon Beach, OR with Kids

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What would you like to do most in Cannon Beach with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Travel Oregon and Surfsand Resort hosted our hotel stay and some of our meals during our visit so I could write this review about Cannon Beach with kids. All opinions are mine, as always. 

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Francesca | The Working Mom's Travels says

    I’ve been in love with Oregon for a couple of decades and I’m especially fond of the coast. I paid a quick visit to Cannon Beach almost 20 years ago – well before kids – and would love to go back one day. I really like what you wrote about how well siblings play together when their parents are watching from a short distance. My kids have reached this stage – actually, they didn’t have a choice during the pandemic!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Ha! My tween and teen seem to be fighting more than ever at home now — TOO MUCH together time?! I think we need a trip back to Cannon Beach so we can connect with nature and each other!

  2. Supriya Manot says

    Oh my goodness. We have kind of planned a trip to Oregon provided the situation remains safe enough to travel. And we wouldn’t miss Cannon Beach AND have been considering Leaping Lamb as well. I’m so glad I came along to your blog. Have pinned this post as well!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Oh wonderful! Thank you for pinning. I hope you love Cannon Beach and Leaping Lamb Farm as much as we did!

  3. Jody Robbins says

    I’m kind of annoyed, because I went to Cannon Beach two years ago and had NO IDEA there was a chocolate cafe. Wish I had found it! That Surfsand resort seems fab. Right on the beach, too. That’s where I want to stay

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Ha! Hopefully you can go back to Cannon Beach someday to enjoy the Chocolate Café AND Surfsand Resort. Both are incredible!

  4. We stayed at Surfsand Resort for the first time last year. I loved it so much. They make single parent travel super easy on me!

  5. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla says

    Oh wow, that beach photo up there is awesome. I’m amazed at how much fun you can get from this place, flying kites are one of my favorite activities!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Then you’d really love Cannon Beach! My kids had such a blast flying kites on that gorgeous beach.

  6. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I try to forget about my electronics when I leave to go on a trip but it’s definitely hard!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Agreed! I still use my phone to take photos/share pics on social media, but I do try to put the phone down as much as possible and really live in the moment!

  7. Michelle Kay says

    So gorgeous! My family would love all of the great activities at Cannon Beach! I’m putting it on our list to must visit!

  8. Marissa - Ordinary mom says

    Vacations are the best time to put your phones and gadgets down(except your DSLR maybe) and spend quality and quantity time with your family. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      So true! I got rid of my DSLR a couple years ago, though. I got tired of lugging it around and find that I usually can grab really great shots with my iPhone.

  9. Toni | says

    Wow! Looks like there are a lot of amazing things to do in Cannon Beach! My son will surely enjoy flying kites! And I’ll surely love those cute truffles! 😀

  10. Looks amazing! I would love to take my family here!

  11. Oh these are some really nice ideas. I would love to have a relaxing vacation there with plenty of beach time.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      You’d love it, Liz. I hope you can visit Cannon Beach sometime soon!

    • Carol Short says

      Cannon beach is wonderful. Been going every year since my kids were little. They are 50 and 48 years old now. They also still return each year. Things have changed especially the affordability to stay on the beach. The shops have changed over time. Still a happy place to go make memories with loved ones. Going to go back this week.

      • Colleen Lanin says

        What a wonderful family tradition, Carol! I hope to get back to Cannon Beach again someday. It really is such a lovely and relaxing place!

  12. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says

    I’m definitely down for doing all of these things, especially the indulge in all things chocolate! In fact, I think it’s my new life’s mission to take a trip to that cafe!!

  13. Chavonne Harvey says

    I’d like to take my family to the Chocolate Cafe, sounds like my kind of place. And then to the beach to relax and take photos.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I hope you get to visit Cannon Beach & eat some of the chocolates from Chocolate Cafe someday, Chavonne!

  14. Melissa @ The Staten Island family says

    Your photos are like LOVE letters to Cannon Beach. Looks like a great place for a family to unwind and reconnect in the most beautiful location. And first on my list to try would be that chocolate place!

  15. Cannon Beach looks amazing! I would love to bring my kids here sometime!

  16. Beautiful!! Looks like a relaxing getaway. I would not mind trying out that chocolate place either – yum!!

  17. Kita Bryant says

    My husband and I have always wanted to go here! My mom grew up there and talks all the time about how beautiful it is!

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