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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Hands on fun for the kids

They had lots of things the kids could touch and look at. Nice to see a museum-type learning center... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Camano Island, Washington
History and a tourist attraction in 1

We were able to visit Ocean Shores during spring break this year and stopped in at the interpretive... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
Rob D
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • 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 10 April 2017

They had lots of things the kids could touch and look at. Nice to see a museum-type learning center where they can actually interact with things. Visitors pay by donation only, so no high fees to pay to visit.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We were able to visit Ocean Shores during spring break this year and stopped in at the interpretive center to see what it was all about. This is a free experience but they do accept donations. This was a good time for the whole family...More

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 16 February 2017 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.

Thank Deb G
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

Thank dennis j
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank Paisley C
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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...More

Thank tom b
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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.

Thank Marysue B
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!!!

Thank Christina H
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

Thank Terry E
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...More

1  Thank elgreco251
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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