Shore Acres State Park, located on Cape Arago Highway, is a local and national treasure. Each year thousands of visitors will visit the gardens and take it the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.
The Shore Acres were once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson who developed the summer home into an elaborate mansion (destroyed by fire in 1921) and featured five acres of formal gardens. In 1942, Simpson’s estate was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park.
Today, visitors can enjoy seasonal blooms and a “garden for all seasons”:
- Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
- 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
- Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
- 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
- 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.
- 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
- 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
- Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.
Here is a brief video tour:
How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.