Don Davis Park

Don Davis Park lies within Newport's Nye Beach district, situated on a 2 acre site with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day one can view north to Yaquina Head and Lighthouse and south all the way to Cape Perpetua! A fantastic spot to view whales rain or shine as the gazebo situated on site has 180 degrees of windows facing the ocean. The park is situated on a bluff, high above sea level for excellent views of the ocean and whales! Outside on the path down to the beach there's a terrific whale sculpture and partial grey whale skeleton on display!


Where the Whales Are

Grey whales are quite the common sight at Don Davis Park as the park offers unobstructed views of the ocean whether within the gazebo or in the parking area. During the spring and winter grey whale migration seasons, whale spottings are the norm. The resident whales that spend most of the summer months arriving in March and tend to hang around until October. These are the best whales for viewing as they are much closer to shore than those migrating up or down the coast and anytime between March and October is a great time to view these whales.

Visit the Depoe Bay website for more information about viewing whales here and at other sites in Oregon.

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840 W. Olive St.
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 574-5878 


Gazebo and restrooms dawn to dusk

Park Information

Whale sculpture and partial grey whale skeleton on display. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, gazebo, cobblestone pathway with beach access, sitting area, restrooms and picnic tables.


  • restrooms
  • accessible
  • trails
  • picnic-area

Marine Mammals Commonly Seen Here

Marine Mammals Occasionally Seen Here

Marine Mammals Rarely Seen Here

Travel Tips

Easily accessible for viewing the ocean and the beach, but less desireable as a beach access location given the long stair and path down to beach.

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries