Accessible Activities and Restaurants in Florence, Oregon

Boat on the dock in Florence, Oregon
Boat dock in Florence, Oregon

Nestled on the beautiful Oregon coast, situated next to sand dunes, and on the door step of nature, Florence is a perfect destination for your next getaway. It can be as relaxing or adventurous as you want - it truly has it all.

In this article, we are going to highlight accessibility in Florence. Specifically, the sites and restaurants that are open and inclusive for everyone.

Accessible Things to do in Florence, Oregon

With galleries, museums and outdoor sites, Florence offers something for everyone. Lets highlight some of the top accessible things to do in Florence.

Exploding Whale Memorial Park

Exploding Whale Memorial Park in Florence, Oregon
Exploding Whale Memorial Park

Exploding Whale Memorial Park is a unique and intriguing destination that commemorates the infamous incident of a beached whale being blown up in Oregon in 1970. This memorial park serves as a reminder of the unexpected consequences of human actions and the importance of environmental awareness.

The outdoor area is primarily sand, grass, dirt, and gravel with some gentle slopes, so the trails may not be accessible for some. However, there are views that can be had close to the parking lot that has a designated accessible spot.

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Oregon Coast Military Museum

Outside of Oregon Coast Military Museum in Florence, OR
Oregon Coast Military Museum

Visiting the Oregon Coast Military Museum is a fascinating experience that offers a deep dive into the region's military history. The museum showcases an impressive collection of artifacts, including military vehicles, uniforms, weapons, and photographs, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. The knowledgeable staff and interactive exhibits make it an attractive destination for history enthusiasts of all ages.

The site is wheelchair accessible: It has step-free entrances, obstacle-free exhibit rooms, smooth floors, and an accessible restroom equipped with a toilet and grab bars.

Pieces of artwork at the Blue Heron Gallery in Florence, Oregon
Artwork at Blue Heron Gallery

Blue Heron Gallery is a renowned art gallery located in a scenic location in Florence. It showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and traditional artworks from local and international artists. With its serene ambiance and curated exhibitions, the gallery offers a unique experience for art enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The entrance is step-free with ramp access (slightly steep) and the inside is clear of obstacles. Service dogs are allowed.

Darlingtonia State Natural Site

Accessible wooden paths going through Darlingtonia State Natural Site in Florence, Oregon
Wooden paths going through Darlingtonia State Natural Site

Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a unique and beautiful natural area known for its diverse plant life, including the rare and fascinating Darlingtonia californica, also known as the cobra lily. This state park offers visitors the opportunity to explore and appreciate the natural wonders of the region.

The site offers both wooden and concrete paths that are completely flat. There is a bathroom available with toilet grab bars, step-free access, and a turning space of 60+ inches.

Veteran's Memorial Park

Veteran's Memorial Park sign in Florence, Oregon
Veteran's Memorial Park

Veteran's Memorial Park is a place of remembrance and honor for the brave men and women who have served in the military. It provides a peaceful and scenic environment for visitors to reflect on the sacrifices made by veterans in Florence.

The area floor is has cobblestone, sand, grass, or dirt, so it may not be accessible for some.

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Stillwagon Distillery

The tasting room at Stillwagon Distillery in Florence, Oregon
Tasting room - Stillwagon Distillery

Stillwagon Distillery is a renowned distillery located in Florence. They are known for producing high-quality spirits and have gained a strong reputation in the industry. They have a tasting room for visitors to enjoy various spirits they make, but they also offer private tour and tastings. You can find live music on certain dates. With their dedication to craft and attention to detail, Stillwagon Distillery has become a favorite among spirit enthusiasts.

Stillwagon Distillery has a step-free entrance, an accessible restroom onsite, and assistance is available if needed. Service dogs are allowed.

Boardwalk Market

Nestled in Florence, the Boardwalk Market is a coastal gem offering a delightful shopping experience. Overlooking the scenic Siuslaw River, this market features a variety of local goods, artisan crafts, and fresh produce. Visitors can explore the vibrant stalls, enjoy the waterfront views, and savor the unique charm of this coastal marketplace.

The market is on a grass field. There is an accessible restroom at the site and designated parking is available.

Siuslaw Interpretive Center

Siuslaw Interpretive Center overlooking the Siuslaw River and bridge
Siuslaw Interpretive Center

The Siuslaw Interpretive Center is a place that offers educational and interactive experiences related to the natural and cultural history of the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon. With various paths that take you to interactive plaques and offer magnificent views of the bridge. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors as they explore exhibits, participate in guided tours, and learn about the diverse ecosystem of the area.

The area is accessible with completely flat and smooth surfaces, including the paths.

The Top Accessible Restaurants in Florence, Oregon

With Florence being right on the Oregon Coast, visitors can find some of the freshest seafood around. There are other quality restaurants with diverse menus and cuisines, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Novelli's Crab and Seafood

Novelli's Crab and Seafood with docks on the water in Florence, Oregon
Novelli's Crab and Seafood on the water

Located right on the water, Novelli's Crab and Seafood offers some of the freshest seafood in Florence. Find crab chowder bowls, smoked salmon, and crab dishes straight from the ocean from which the restaurant sits. Find detailed accessibility information.

The Pono Hukilau

Inside The Pono Hukilau restaurant in Florence, Oregon
The Pono Hukilau dining room

This eclectic restaurant offers a diverse menu of seafood and drinks. Whether you want a unique sushi roll, a fusion plate, a burger, or a tropical cocktail, The Pono Hukilau is the place to go. The laid-back environment and excellent service makes this restaurant a must-try. Find detailed accessibility information.

Venny’s Café 101

Tacos at Venny’s Café 101 in Florence
Tacos at Venny’s Café 101

This highly-rated cafe serves delectable Mexican cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don't miss out on their daily lunch specials from 12-3pm, and don't forget to visit for Taco Tuesday. Vegetarian dishes are also available on the menu. Venny’s Café 101 offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Find detailed accessibility information.

Nosh Eatery

The dining room at Nosh Eatery in Florence, Oregon
Nosh Eatery

Located in Old Town Florence, Nosh Eatery offers seasonal menus that represents the local region with only fresh ingredients. Everything on the menu is made from scratch. Enjoy fresh seafood, steak and meat fishes, big salads, or one of the many appetizers to wet your appetite. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes are available. Find detailed accessibility information.

River Roasters

Inside River Roasters cafe in Florence, OR
River Roasters - Florence

If you're in the mood for a locally roasted, high quality coffee beverage, look no further than River Roasters. This cozy cafe offers a blend of coffee and espresso drinks, along with pastries and snacks. Grab a drink and a pastry and sit on the outdoor patio overlooking the Siuslaw River. Find detailed accessibility information.

Waterfront Depot Restaurant

Waterfront Depot Restaurant featuring steak and frites in Florence, OR
Steak and frites at Waterfront Depot Restaurant

One of the nicest restaurants in Florence, Waterfront Depot Restaurant overlooks the Siuslaw River while serving elevated cuisine. The menu is packed with delicious dishes from land and sea, with signature cocktails and mouth-watering desserts. If you want to splurge for an evening and treat yo' self, this is the restaurant to go to. Find detailed accessibility information.

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