Shore Acres Gardens and Christmas Lights
There are more than 350,000 holiday lights to be
seen while visiting Shore Acres State Park during the holiday
season. The season to view the Christmas lights begins normally the day after Thanksgiving and ends a few days after the New Year. It
is open from 4pm to 9:30 pm every night. There is a $5 dollar per vehicle
admission fee to the park.
The decorated garden has more than 7 acres of holiday lights ranging from animated sculptures, aquatic animal life, a frog dancing in a real pond, and many, many trees of various styles and shapes. The holiday lights are beautifully laid out with lighted paths to guide your way along.
A Bit of History About Shore Acres
Louis J. Simpson originally owned the estate which stretched from Sunset Bay to Cape Arago. In 1906 Mr. Simpson built a beautiful home on the bluff for his wife Cassie. In 1921 tragedy struck the Simpson Family. Cassie died suddenly and on the 4th of July of the same year the mansion burned to the ground. Mr. Simpson wed again in 1927, and had a new home built for his new wife made from the wood salvaged from a wrecked schooner named "Brush".
In 1932 the Simpson's gave the portion of their Cape Arago estate to the state of Oregon. During the war, the army closed the roads near Sunset Bay and the Simpson's moved to nearby Barview. Late in 1942 the Simpson's sold the remainder of the estate for approximately $29,000.
I am not affiliated in any way with Shore Acres State Park, but wanted anyone visiting the Coos Bay area to be sure and visit the Park.