If you’ve ever been to Seaside you have likely seen, or been stuck behind, a Surrey. A Surrey is classically known as a “Four wheel, two-seated horse drawn carriage.” Modern day Surreys are modeled after this classic “car” and resemble a four-wheeled, multi-seated bicycle. While it is quite the workout to peddle these around, it is one of the most classic Seaside staples, synonymous with salt water taffy and the beach. In addition to the classic Surrey premier Seaside Rental Company, Wheel Fun Rentals, offers up more ways to get out and explore Seaside. Choose from single, and double cruiser bikes, and electric car (resembling a golf cart) or a moped. They offer something for everyone in the family regardless of age or preference. Check out their website, wheelfunrentals.com, to view their entire inventory
Just half a mile up from the Seaside Turnaround and the shore of the Pacific Ocean runs the Necanicum River. The river, named after the Ne-hey-ne-um Indian tribe that once lived on its shores, is 21 miles long and runs down the middle of Seaside. Most often people see it when crossing one of the bridges connecting either side of Seaside where the river splits the town in half. While it’s not a popular swimming area due to the Pacific Ocean being just half a mile away, you can try your hand at fishing out just lounging on its rocky shores. Winter Steelhead are a popular fishing option as the stream has hatchery smolts planted throughout. Keep in mind – you can’t keep the Winter Steelhead but it is fun for the avid sports fishermen. Just make sure you are up to date with local, and state ODFW laws and regulations.
Wheel Fun Rentals, the same company you can rent Surreys from, offers watercraft transportation in addition to its land cruisers. Their primary launch site is located just under the 1st Ave. Bridge, near the Seaside Convention Center. The company offers paddle bikes, swan boats, 4 peddler boats, kayaks, and SUP boards. If you’ve ever been to Seaside you’ve likely seen one of their famous Swan cruisers floating along the river. Most options fall under $30 an hour and are an awesome option for people and families looking for some fun. The water way boaters travel along passes under three bridges and offers up scenic sites including Great Blue Herons, marine life, and whatever else you may come across on shore.
Open seasonally, Wheel Fun Rentals keeps the water crafts available for rent from mid-March – mid-October. Check out their website at https://wheelfunrentals.com/or/seaside/quatat-park/ to view their hours and rates. The new perspective(s) you will experience while on the Necanicum River will leave you wanting to come back for more during your next visit.