Eighty Years of Attractions
Visitors have been flocking to this famous beach town since the 1920s, when the train would bring families over for their summer vacations. Ever since then, it has been a tradition for generations of families to visit Rockaway Beach. Many of them come back to Silver Sands Motel year after year. While the rooms have been remodeled and updated, one thing that hasn’t changed is the majestic ocean views and perfect location right near the center of town.
Historical Twin Rocks
Twin Rocks was originally called Profile Rocks. It was named by the captain of a supply ship called the Sue H. Elmore, who said the hole was only visible from the East side. But, there was another Profile Rocks on the coast so the name was changed to Twin Rocks. It is said that if you look closely at the rocks you may see a Native American Princess, an elephant, or the Loch Ness Monster. Rumor even has it that you can fly a helicopter in between the rocks.
Twin Rocks has become one of the most iconic landscapes of the Tillamook Coast and is magically transformed nearly every night at sunset. This beautiful rock formation is visible from the beach right in front of Silver Sands Motel.
The Kite Festival
For nearly 40 years, Rockaway Beach has been hosting the Kite Festival – one of the town’s most popular weekends – towards the end of May. Visitors from across the state and even the country come to watch and participate as professional and amateur kite flyers strut their stuff along the beach. There are contests and activities for adults and children, vendors, artist exhibits and live music – making it the perfect activity for all ages as the skyline is filled with swirling colors mingling and dancing together on the wind.
Fourth of July
Rockaway Beach boasts the largest Fourth of July celebration along the coast – and you will soon see why. Festivities include a parade that the whole city comes out for, dachshund races, a bake sale, mini golf, a flyover by the National Guard, food vendors, and then of course at dusk a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. The beach is filled to the brim all day long with people picnicking, playing in the waves, playing volleyball and more. Come early and stay late for this incredible Fourth of July celebration.
The Pirate Festival
Attracting the largest group of scallywags and buccaneers on the Tillamook Coast, each June the annual Pirate Festival offers live music, games, delicious food, live performances, scavenger hunts and more. Dedicated reenactors from Portland are often star of the show, bringing with them their unique living history – including black powder shows, dances, fights, and more. This is your chance to experience a different side of Rockaway Beach. Expect a crowd, because this weekend-long event draws Pirate enthusiasts from all over who are eager to see these Pirates in action. You’ll find many visitors dress up for the occasion, so if you’ve never seen a real life pirate, this is your chance!