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Great Places Around Oregon – Lincoln City : Glass Floats & Whale Watching This Spring Break

A secret volunteer team is dropping glass floats and sand dollars on the beaches in Lincoln City, Oregon this spring break. It all began in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium. Each year the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau has sponsored Finders Keepers. Select glassblowers on the coast make special handcrafted signed and numbered glass floats.

Volunteers called “Float Fairies” put the floats out on the beach of Lincoln City, from the sands north of Chinook Winds Casino, down to the Taft area. It’s up to the individual volunteers when and where. They are set in plain site, sometimes hidden behind obstructions, but easily seen and accessed. The thrill of finding one of these floats adds additional excitement to beachcombing.

The floats are always placed on the sand, above the high tide mark, and below the embankment. Please don’t climb the rocks or vegetation! It’s dangerous for you, and can lead to erosion. If you find one of the floats you can take it to the Visitor and Convention Bureau and they will issue a certificate of authenticity to accompany the ball.

Also whale watching is going on all this week! Out at the Oregon Coast there is a lot to do so check the calendar of events out at the Oregon Coast.

Our family headed out to the beach, spring is also a great time to fly kites as the weather is becoming more mild. We didn’t find any glass floats but did search.


  1. Mike on April 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I used to live in Astoria, OR, in Clatsop County. One of the neatest things was being able to drive on the beach. We would take our three golden retrievers and they would chase sticks that we threw towards the water, (they weren’t be fans of waves).

    and fly kites. After a long day, it was somehow very soothing to watch my kite up in the air, being buffeted by the howling wind.

  2. Martha Payne on April 17, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I’ve never heard of this…looks like your family had a blast at the beach…I’m envious!

  3. Lorna Schuster on March 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’m out here in Eastern Oregon but grew up in Portland and visited the coast often — I miss it sooo much! You all look like you had a blast. That’s great! Thanks for the memories.

  4. Sara on March 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    That sounds so cool. We are headed to visit family in Portland next weekend. I will pass on the info to them.