Coastal Interpretive Center, Ocean Shores

Coastal Interpretive Center provides a hands-on learning experience about the area's cultural and natural history. Established in the 1970s, the center aims to educate the public and preserve the state's coastal environments. You can take a self-guided tour of the exhibits, which cover coastal wildlife and birds, sea life, native cultures, history of the ocean shores, and shipwrecks. Many displays are touchable, which makes this attraction particularly interesting and appealing to families with curious kids. If you're interested in getting involved during your vacation, consider making a financial contribution to the center, or join the volunteer program. Check the website for additional info, opening hours, and upcoming events. To visit Coastal Interpretive Center and other attractions in Ocean Shores, use our Ocean Shores trip itinerary maker .
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  • This might be small but it has lots of displays - most are designed for hands on engagement without using electronics. Each had lots of interesting and educational material. There is no admission fee,...  more »
  • This place has a fun gift shop. Lots of pelts, bones, shells, and taxidermy animals that are found in the local area. There is also an area showing some of the local beach finds. Another area hosts a ...  more »
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  • This was a great place to visit to learn more about the history, environment and critters of the WA coast. We have been coming to Ocean Shores for years and I learned a lot. This is a hands on interpretive center. The volunteers were amazing, encouraging kids and adults to open drawers, and to touch a variety of items. They even have a cute gift/book store. This is a good thing for all visitors to put on their to-do list when visiting Ocean Shores. It explains things and wildlife and provides for a better appreciation of the Washington coast.
  • Worth a stop! Lovely 'old-fashioned' museum/center with volunteers who know everything. Wonderful 'hands-on' aspect for kids (and grownups). Be sure and make a donation to keep this slice of history available!

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