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Coastal Interpretive Center

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Address: 1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
Phone Number:
+1 360-289-4617
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area....

Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.

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Fun and educational visit for the whole family.

Great experience for the whole family, very knowledgable staff, well laid out exhibits. A must see while in ocean shores.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
dennis j
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Puyallup, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Gives a good overview of Ocean Shores and it's history. The info about the Catala is interesting as is the beginning of Ocean Shores. Doesn't take long to go thru but lots of interesting info including a local wildlife display.

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Thank Deb G
Puyallup, Washington, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great experience for the whole family, very knowledgable staff, well laid out exhibits. A must see while in ocean shores.

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Thank dennis j
Ocean Shores, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If anything you see go here! It gives you an idea about where you are. The interpretive center has a great collection of gals balls and other beach collections. Its fun to see what washes up. They also educate about all the birds and we loved that! Leave a donation a buy a book. They have a book about anything... More 

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Thank Glory W
Bothell, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 dozens of similar facilities and even built one in the state of MD and this... More 

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Thank tom b
Ocean Shores, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Marysue B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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!!!

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Thank Christina H
Saskatoon, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Terry E
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 sciences in-between. Plan to visit (weelends only during winter)...but plan on at least two hours... More 

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1 Thank elgreco251
Aberdeen, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of the area. You can spend hours in each room just reading the documents and... More 

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1 Thank Michel G
Vancouver, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 contribute money via raffle tickets, donations and the like. Somewhat off-putting and we will likely... More 

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1 Thank Neil L
C_Interp_Ctr, Board of Directors at Coastal Interpretive Center, responded to this review

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 in to enjoy our exhibits and grounds, but as you may have noticed, we do... More 

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