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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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There is more information packed into this place than one can absorb in five visits. It tells the... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
tom b
Bothell, Washington
great tourist stop

hands on exhibits, easy access, friendly people, local history. it's free admission , but even a... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Marysue B
Ocean Shores, 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, Sunday, Monday. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

There is more information packed into this place than one can absorb in five visits. It tells the total story of the entire watershed. Flora, fauna, the shoreline, sea creatures, geography, shipwrecks, everything there is to know about the shoreline and more. I've been to...More

Thank tom b
Reviewed 18 January 2017

hands on exhibits, easy access, friendly people, local history. it's free admission , but even a small donation in their huge lobby jar helps to keep it going.

Thank Marysue B
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this place. There were five children and they all loved this place. In fact, we went back twice. Nice exhibits but even nicer volunteers. They were so friendly and taught us so much!!!

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 10 October 2016

There is not much to see inside the small building, actually the garden area which is also small is half the attraction. Donation is the cost of entry and I would say that is all it is worth

Thank Terry E
Reviewed 5 October 2016

So, this is a smallish museum in appearance but loaded with fun, educational and factual displays, examples, well-written material and friendly staff. This superb museum houses an unrivaled collection of marine biology, flora and fauna from the Western U.S., geology, weather and all manner of...More

1  Thank elgreco251
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I visited this center with a group of adults right before they changed to winter hours. I spent the entire time wishing my grandson was there with me. Almost everything is hands on and there is such a richness of historical items and natural biology...More

1  Thank Michel G
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Interesting free interpretive facility on the southern end of peninsula. Typical center spotlighting the artifacts and history of Ocean Shores. The facility is running out of operating funds and is in danger of closing down. Therefore the docents were particularly interested in pushing visitors to...More

1  Thank Neil L
C_Interp_Ctr, Board of Directors at Coastal Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

Neil L.: I would like to convey my sincere apologies with respect to the discomfort you felt regarding a donation to the Coastal Interpretive Center when you visited us in September. It is not our intention to greet visitors with high-pressure sales when they come...More

Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is so well done. The only question we had as we left was why more communities cannot share their culture and history in this easy to view and understand method.

Thank Allen H
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

There's a lot packed into this little place. It may not look like much from the outside. But like beachcombing, the more you look, the more you'll find. Super friendly staff greets you at this free admission center, but I hope you'll be happy to...More

2  Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Spend some time there to see and get a feel for the place; excellent information by expert personnel who were patient and gave of their time.

Thank Sandy P
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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