The Yaquina Bay Nature Trail can be accessed from the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Over 3000 feet of trail is provided for year round public access to the estuary and interpretive signs are placed along the trail. An observation shelter is provided approximately midway along the trail. All of the trail and facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium has outside walking paths to the sea aviary for viewing tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, and rhinoscerus auklets up close.
Along the South Jetty Road, look for loons, cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and harlequin ducks.