The Pacific Ocean is lovely to look at, but bone-chilling to swim in, so Hallmark's heated indoor saltwater pool is the next best thing for kids wanting to splash in the water. The pool ranges from about 4 to 6 feet in depth and is great for cooling off on warm days. The adjoining hot tub will be a sight for sore feet for parents after a day of exploring the beach or bayfront. There's also a sauna just for adults. Pool hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
When they're not on the beach, your kids will probably be in the play area just above the beach. The climbing structure is small, but does the job when young ones need to climb, swing, and slide. Older kids might start a game of volleyball or toss horseshoes. They just need to stop at the front desk to check out equipment for the fun and games. Parents can watch from benches and chairs, or simply relax on your room balcony, which affords a great view of the entire play area.
Hallmark Resort sits on a low bluff above the beach, between historic Nye Beach and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site, giving you nearly a mile of sand to explore. The beach is accessible down a short walkway at the back of the hotel. Kids will want to bring the bucket of beach toys they received at check-in, because you can't go to the beach without building a sand castle or digging for sea creatures!
You might also want to bring a kite, Frisbee, and beach chairs, because there is a lot of beach on which to play. There aren't any tide pools in the immediate area, but there are several creeks to splash around in, and an endless number of shells, stones, and pieces of driftwood to collect.
At night, you can purchase firewood at the gift shop in the lobby to take down to the beach with you. Small fires are perfectly okay on Oregon beaches. Just don't forget the marshmallows, but in case you do, the gift shop has you covered with a special S'mores package available for purchase.