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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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What a pleasant surprise for a small area. Very well done - very informative. Definitely visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Valley Springs, California
worth the visit, well run and interesting

A little hard to find but keep going you will run into it. Wasn't sure if this was going to be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brian D
Vancouver, Washington
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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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Hours Today: Closed
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank lanam490
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 22 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

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Reviewed 11 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 8 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
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been there several times and it doesn't get old. They have a fantastic collection of real stuff that make up this area. It's one thing to see a bunch of pictures, but here you see the actual items. Great for anyone in terested...More

Thank JoeWebb45
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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