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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Best marine and coastal center

Extremely educational with all tiles of animals to see and a lot of marine life. It had great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Worth a Visit

The Coastal Interpretive Center is special. It's an interactive museum that engages learners of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Samantha Z
Seattle, Washington
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely educational with all tiles of animals to see and a lot of marine life. It had great displays of seashells, rocks and animals and local lore. It had many exhibits for children to touch, they also had helpful volunteers. I'm highly recommend, don't miss...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Coastal Interpretive Center is special. It's an interactive museum that engages learners of all ages. Everywhere you look, you find a new something to see, feel, learn, or experience. There are artifacts and information boards lining the outside. There's a quick nature walk. There...More

1  Thank Samantha Z
Reviewed 9 July 2017

When we visited Ocean Shores in March, the interpretive center was closed for the season. But we wanted to look around, so we parked and started looking in windows. A staff person happened to be inside, stocking and straightening materials. When she saw us, she...More

Thank Cherdud
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

The people were really friendly and informative! There's actually quite a bit there, very hands on, great for kids!

Thank madierose16
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

This is a non-profit museum style center. The volunteers are really nice and Love what they do. It was a fun visit and we learned a lot. You will be suprised the things you will see and learn. They have a gift shop and you...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I highly recommend the Coastal Interpretive Center! I wish we would have had more time to explore the center. There is a great deal of information to look through. The staff is super friendly and informative. Think southern hospitality on the west coast!!! I didn't...More

Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Not much else to do in Ocean Shores that's healthy when it's rainy and cool. This place used to be supported by local taxes, not anymore. All they get is our visitors' donations. Nice array of displays, including local shellfish varieties, taxidermy, earthquake. We can...More

2  Thank Kay L
Reviewed 24 May 2017

great for educating all of us about the coast and our responsibility to be good stewards for those who can not take care of themselves. highly recommend for elementary students to learn !

1  Thank Joann P
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This interpretive center is so interesting, there are exhibits for everyone. They have many fascinating artifacts. An especially good one for children, they can have a hands on experience. The staff is very helpful. We are planning on a return trip with the kids.

1  Thank espickerman025
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We stopped in the centre to educate ourselves since it was our first time in this area. The first and most important thing we noticed was how friendly and helpful the staff/volunteers were to us. There are numerous displays on local history, wildlife and sea...More

1  Thank shane c
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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