Places to Visit

Astoria Aquatic Center, 1997 Marine Drive. Family, lap and therapy swims are available, as are lessons, parent and tot swim and aquatic exercise classes. A kiddie pool, river current channel, 105-foot open slide and water fountain are featured. There’s also an exercise room available. (503) 325-7027. www.swimastoria.com/

Astoria Column, Coxcomb Hill. Open daily until dusk. Climb to the top for a spectacular 360° view. There is a $1 annual parking fee. The Friends of the Astoria Column Information and Gift Shop is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. www.oldoregon.com/Pages/AstoriaColumn.htm

Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 111 West Marine Drive. (503) 325-6311. www.oldoregon.com/

Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $4 for children ages 6 to 17. A $6 million expansion and renovation was completed in May 2002. (503) 325-2323. www.crmm.org/

Flavel House, 444 Eighth St. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tour a restored Victorian mansion, the last home to famous Astorian Capt. George Flavel. (503) 325-2203. www.cumtux.org/

Fort Astoria, 15th and Exchange streets. The site where John Jacob Astor's fur traders originally constructed their post.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial, off Highway 105 on Fort Clatsop road. This National Park Service memorial commemorates the 1805-06 winter encampment of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. fall, winter and spring and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer. (503) 861-2471

Fort Stevens State Park, west of U.S. Highway 101 near Warrenton. Historic area is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. With more than 3,500 acres, the park features campsites, beach access, hiking and biking trails. Out on the beach at Fort Stevens State Park, you can view the wrecked sailing ship Peter Iredale, which went down in 1906. The fort was the only site in the continental states fired upon by the Japanese during WWII. There is a Civil War re-enactment every Labor Day Weekend at Fort Stevens. (503) 861-2000. www.oregonstateparks.org/park_179.php

Heritage Museum, 1618 Exchange St. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the year; and closed Sundays and Mondays in the winter. Run by the Clatsop County Historical Society, admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, AAA members and students and $1 for youth ages 6 to 17. (503) 325-2203. www.cumtux.org/

Uppertown Firefighter’s Museum and Astoria Children’s Museum, 2968 Marine Drive. Explore Astoria’s firefighting history with many pieces of antique firefighting equipment and lots of photos of Astoria’s great fire. The Children’s Museum offers many activities for play and learning. (503) 325-2203. www.cumtux.org/