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As a kid that is blessed to have been born and raised in Oregon, I had the rare and amazing opportunity to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory countless times. Maybe 50 times. No exaggeration. But it wasn’t until this year that I extended my usual “pit-stop” in Tillamook (for cheese curds and ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory) to explore what else the City of Tillamook has to offer visitors. You can read all about the highlights for indoor fun below, but rather than just read my notes I encourage you to explore for yourself what makes Tillamook,Tillamook.
Things To Do In Tillamook Oregon
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
This museum is home to over 35,000 items and 10,000 photographs documenting Tillamook County’s history, including multiple replica rooms and artifacts belonging to the very first residents of the area, the North Oregon Coastal Indians and early pioneer settlers.

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Photo by Xiomara Gard

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center
At this unique museum stop you can find an impressive display of textile art, clothing and tools from the mid-19th century, crochet work from the 1930s-1940s, hand-woven textiles from the 1950s as well as innovative works of textile art from today!

Tillamook Quilt Trail

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Tillamook Quilt Trail
On this unique self-guided tour you can explore the county’s 150-year-old dairy farming heritage and the history of traditional quilting. Throughout the city you will see barns, building and businesses proudly displaying their own quilt blocks.

Tillamook Air Museum

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Tillamook Air Museum
Just a few miles outside downtown Tillamook is the Tillamook Air Museum. Here you can explore 30 military airplanes that are housed in a wooden hanger built during WW2 to store blimps that were used for anti-submarine coast patrol and convoy escorts.
Blue Heron French Cheese CompanyBlue Heron French Cheese Company
Don’t miss out on the chance to try this delicious brie, see what they’re pouring at their wine bar, and pick-up a few specialty gifts for family and friends. But a visit to Blue Heron isn’t complete without a stop at their small petting zoo, where kids of all ages (or kids at heart!) can pet and feed gentle farm animals.

Pelican Brewery and Tap Room
In the heart of downtown Tillamook you can now find an award winning craft brewery, bar and restaurant. The brewery’s restaurant, the Tap Room, overlooks the brewery floor and makes for a great pit stop after a day of exploring Tillamook.

2nd Street Public Market

Photo by Niki Price

2nd Street Public Market
Stop by the 2nd Street Public Market to explore goods and crafts made by local artisans, such as wine, meat and handcrafted merchandise.
Pacific Oyster CompanyPacific Oyster Company
Just up the road from Tillamook in Bay City is one of the best spots to get fresh oysters. Come by this Pacific Seafood oyster operation to see the shucking (still done by hand) in action and then belly up to the oyster bar for an oyster shooter or a bowl of their clam chowder.
Oregon Coast Scenic RailwayOregon Coast Scenic Railway
For a unique way to explore the coastline along the Tillamook Bay consider exploring by train. Take in beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, learn about the historical importance of railroading to the area and see the local landscape.

To learn more about activities, events, restaurants and more in Tillamook visit the local Chamber of Commerce online or in person at their office, located in Tillamook at 3705 Hwy. 101 North (next to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.)

Guest post written by Mary Cecchini

10 comments

Veronica Hughes

Such a beautiful place, can't wait to revisit!!

August 22nd, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Veronica,

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Tillamook. Hopefully you can stop by and see us again sometime soon!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

August 23rd, 2016 at 10:35 am

Deborah Chaney

After eating my beyond delicious Tillamook yogurt...looked your town up on the internet....its gorgeous... simply breathtaking...your article has made my sister and I ready to plan a trip from Southern California to see all the sites in Tillamook.Thank you for the outstanding description of your area!! Hope to see you in Spring of 2017 !!

December 14th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Deborah,

Aw, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this post! We would love to have you come for a visit. We will be undergoing some construction in the spring, so please give us a call or check the Cheese Factory page on our website before scheduling your trip. Hope to see you soon!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 15th, 2016 at 10:18 am

kimdzung Nguyen

WE will visit Portland ,oregon in May., we plan to spend a day in Tillamook to sample the famous oyster , crab, cheese etc.

January 19th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Kimdzung,

We look forward to your visit! We will be undergoing a remodel at that time, so please note that rather than the usual Visitors Center experience we will have a temporary Visitors Center set up instead. It will still have the same cheese samples, ice cream counter, and shopping area as before, but we will also have a unique display on what dairy farming is really like. For more information, feel free to check our website: https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/new-visitors-center-updates.html

See you in May!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 20th, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Debra

are there any train excursions in October

August 30th, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Debra,

I believe there are train excursions in October, but the schedule changes seasonally. That would be a great question for the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad! Here's the link to their website: http://oregoncoastscenic.org/

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

August 31st, 2017 at 4:17 pm

JillianY2K

One of the must-do things when we're in your area is to get some Tillamook cheese nuggets. It's best if we have an ice chest with us, because we could eat every single big that we buy in one sitting.

The most fun of all? They squeak!

We used to order them for Christmas; not even sure if they sell them for shipping any more. Guess it's worth a look online!

September 7th, 2017 at 9:46 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jillian,

We're glad to hear you're enjoying our Cheese Curds! We agree that no trip to Tillamook is complete without some curds to snack on for the drive home. You can definitely purchase them from our online store and have them shipped. Here's the link to our online store: http://shop.tillamook.com/cheese/curds-and-wedges/tillamook-cheddar-cheese-curds.html

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

September 7th, 2017 at 11:06 am
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