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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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The Center is full of information. Our children enjoyed all the displays and especially all the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lakewood, Washington
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What a pleasant surprise for a small area. Very well done - very informative. Definitely visit... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Valley Springs, California
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Center is full of information. Our children enjoyed all the displays and especially all the interactive displays. The volunteer in charge was very patient and explained lots of things to our kids. We stayed for a couple hours and could have stayed longer. Lots...More

Thank M C
Reviewed 4 December 2017

What a pleasant surprise for a small area. Very well done - very informative. Definitely visit! Book area, history, information

Thank lanam490
Reviewed 22 November 2017

A little hard to find but keep going you will run into it. Wasn't sure if this was going to be worthwhile but the manager at the Windjammer recommended it. A very pleasant surprise. I usually find these type of places boring or worse. Not...More

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We were waiting for friends and decided we god to visit the interpretive center. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but dont miss this if you go to ocean shores. The people running the place are very knowledgeable and they have several rooms...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

A nice place to stop and get information on the area. They have some exhibits about local wildlife, sealife and such. Nothing fancy but it's kind of fun.

Thank Brin651
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Was closed, but the outside displays were interesting. Especially with the provided information. Sad statistics on how many whales were killed by the local industry historically.

Thank jwingz
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Somehow stumbled upon a brochure for this little gem on this trip to Ocean Shores and decided to take a look after visiting the jetty beach. It was well worth the stop. I was one of four adults and all of us found interesting things...More

1  Thank Linda H
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Unless you have young children don't waste your time here. Totally mediocre unless your kids are 9 y/o and like where's Waldo.More

Thank edieann
Beth H, Manager at Coastal Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our Interpretive Center. A lot of thought and planning has gone into our center's displays. We have exhibits for all ages, not just children. I apologize that you did not find something that interested you during your...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Took our friends from southern Oregon to the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center. They were both quite impressed. This must be my 6th or 7th time through the Center and I learn something new about the area every time. It is a great resource and very...More

Thank MRDyer2013
Reviewed 7 September 2017

You would not think that when driving up you would be exposed to this type of hands on museum of the coastal type - good displays on plate tectonics and wild life found in the area

Thank mike s
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16 October 2016|
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Response from Beth H | Property representative |
Our trail behind the center is only about a quarter of a mile loop. While it's not very long, it does display native coastal plant and forest habitats. It is easy and relaxed, great for children! This is not to be confused... More