Don't just stand around like this guy! Take the time to visit the many shops, museums, galleries, and other activities that Long Beach offers.
Long Beach is the perfect vacation spot, offering something for everyone in the family or group. Outdoor lovers can enjoy activities such as beach-combing, hiking, canoeing, clamming, crabbing, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, and visiting the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Sportsmen can enjoy charter fishing, fresh water fishing, and sailing.
Shops, Museums, and Festivals
If you enjoy flying kites, then don't miss the Washington State International Kite Festival. Speaking of festivals, you won't want to miss the Sand Sculpture competition, the Northwest Garlic Festival, and the special Lewis & Clark event held Veterans Day weekend. Go to www.funbeach.com for a list of current activities.
Round and round. There's nothing like a carousal. It's located near the fun center, but it's not open year round.
Open year round with 2 tracks: One for youngsters and one for the young at heart.
The Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach is open daily. You can rent clubs, pull carts, and motorized carts. Call for tee times.
Driving On The Beach
Don't try this at home (or in unmarked areas). There are several locations where you can drive on the beach. Watch out for buses and whales.
Be sure to enjoy the half mile Long Beach boardwalk. There's plenty of benches, displays, views, and eating areas along the way.
Horse Back Riding
Horse back riding is another fun option that you'll want to look into.
Port of Ilwaco
The nearby town of Ilwaco's marina is always worth a visit. While you're there, check out the charter fishing opportunities.
Fort Canby State Park
While you're in Ilwaco, you'll want to visit Fort Canby State Park. There, you'll find the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, as well as the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and the North Head Lighthouse.
Southeast of Ilwaco you'll find Fort Columbia Historical State Park. This military post served as a defense site in both World War I and World War II. The Interpretive Center there offers views of both military life at the fort, as well as the Chinook Indian culture.
No trip to the beach would be complete without a moonlight stroll on the beach. Make it a fitting end to a day filled with museums, shopping, antique shops, and galleries. While you can prepare your own meals in our fully equipped kitchens, you'll also want to visit some of the area's fine eating establishments.