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The Top Attractions of Ocean Shores

4 Jul 2008  I'm a homeowner in nearby Pacific Beach, WA
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Where to have fun in Ocean Shores.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. North Jetty [southern tip of Ocean Shores]

    Built between 1908-1916 to secure the northern boundary of the Grays Harbor entrance and hold in the sand of the Ocean Shores peninsula. It lies at the southern tip of Ocean Shores. Here you can climb on the rocks and watch the big waves roll in off the ocean. Behind the jetty is a shallow, safe beach for kids to play. A few modest sand dunes give a little elevation for a nice view of the surroundings.

  • 2. Damon Point State Park

    The park sits on a large sand spit from which you can get views of the Olympics, Grays Harbor, and across the harbor to Westport. Online maps show a road running through the park, but this was washed away in a recent storm. Now, you park alongside the main road and walk into the park. On the day we visited, we saw the cutest baby seal hanging out on the rocks, waiting for its mother.

  • 3. Duck Lake and Grand Canal

    The Ocean Shores peninsula has an extensive network of lakes and canals. Although artificial, these waterways have attracted vegetation and wildlife and become very pretty. Blue heron are very common, nesting along the shore. Deer swim to the deserted islands in the middle of Duck Lake to give birth to their foals in safety.

  • 4. Ocean Shores Electric Boat Company

    The Ocean Shores Electric Boat Company rents modern, comfortable, electric-powered boats for cruising and the Grand Canal and Duck Lake running the length of the Ocean Shores peninsula. The boats seat up to 10 and include a CD player, radio, and picnic table. Comfortable in any weather with a canopy against the sun and clear plastic panels that can be closed to keep out the wind. My kids had a blast!

  • 5. Ocean City State Park

    Near the entrance to Ocean Shores, if you are coming to the ocean for a day trip, this is the nearest point to reach the ocean beaches. You can walk the beaches here for miles in either direction. The sand stretches unbroken from the Ocean Shores North Jetty in the south 30 miles to Point Grenville on the Quinault Indian reservation in the north.

  • 6. Chenois Creek Horse Rentals

    Near the Ocean Shores entrance you may rent horses to ride on the beach. Experience guides will match you to a horse to fit your experience level, tell you tales along the route, and point out wildlife.

  • 7. Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

    For the visitor not staying at this hotel, you can enjoy the busy Indian casino with occasional live music, the restaurant, the sushi bar, or saunter out to the beach on the short boardwalk trail.

  • 8. Captain Yarrs' Indoor Water Park

    A large indoor water play structure with water cannon, buckets, slides, and more. Public opening times are limited, so check the website in advance.

  • 9. Pacific Grey Whalewatching

    In the spring, Pacific Grey whales will be migrating north between the Sea of Cortez and the Arctic. In May, it is the mothers and babies passing by. Whale tour boats out of Westport will also pick up passengers from Ocean Shores. Just offshore is a "whale hole", where the whales tend to linger, so they can be found pretty reliably. It is possible to spot whales also from the rocks of the North Jetty or from the ferry that runs to Westport.

  • 10. Ferry to Westport

    You can ride a passenger ferry in the summer between Ocean Shores and Westport. On the other side by foot you could tour the marina and shops, climb the viewing tower, and reach a nearby beach. With bikes you could visit some state parks on the ocean and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse - tallest in the state.