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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Unless you have young children don't waste your time here. Totally mediocre unless your kids are 9... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
via mobile
Vacation 2017

Took our friends from southern Oregon to the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center. They were both quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anacortes, 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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1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love these local, volunteer museums, and this one didn't disappoint. History, hands-on exhibits, and way too many stuffed animals IMO. The Japanese god figure that floated in after the Japanese reactor explosion was quite interesting, and the volunteer who stepped up and told us...More

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a small community this is very impressive. There is something for every age and every interest and is worth the stop if you are visiting Ocean Shores. I was happy to donate to this worthy cause.

Thank auntjill48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting exhibits with something for everyone. Taxidermied animals, crab display, shipwrecks, history, playground, nature trail, free sanddollar. They run on donations so be sure to give. Must visit!

Thank AnnElizabeth97123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We explored the center on our recent trip to ocean shores. It was well worth the stop - we had a fantastic time! The volunteers working there were incredibly friendly and answered all of our questions. The center is filled with information and displays of...More

1  Thank Shane R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son in law and grand daughter recommended this place after their visit. If you are a birder, you might appreciate their bird list. If you like beachcombing, there are several things to see (shells, and man-made stuff that came in with the tide.)

1  Thank Renee002
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place provides nice historical information of the ocean shores city, with interactive and large size maps. Lots of collection of animals, fishes and birds skin/bones. Must visit place.

1  Thank AnkurJa
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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

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