Family Fun Activities in Long Beach, Washington

Top 26 BEST Things to Do for Families on the Long Beach Washington Coast.

Disconnect from the daily hustle and find joy in the multitude of activities the Long Beach Peninsula has to offer. Engage in arcade games, feel the rush of go-karts, experience the tranquility of horseback riding, challenge your family to a game of pickleball, let the kids loose on the vast playsets at local parks, enjoy a round of mini-golf, and spark curiosity at kid-friendly museums. Don't forget to take a leisurely walk along the downtown Long Beach boardwalk.

Our family-friendly vacation rentals come equipped with hot tubs, toys, pool tables, ping pong tables, video game, and fooball tables to keep everyone entertained. For more engaging activities and local events, take a glance at our Events Calendar and browse our shopping guide for other great finds during your stay. And if you're looking into property management, Bloomer Estates Property Management page provides all the information you need to ensure your property is in good hands​. (updated nov 23)

Teenager enjoying a game of pickleball

1. Play Pickleball!


Pickleball is causing quite the stir on the Long Beach Peninsula, attracting folks from every nook of the Pacific Northwest. With six splendid outdoor courts nestled in two idyllic parks and an indoor court for all-season play, it's no wonder this sport is a hit with families. Whether you're an adept player or looking to try your hand at something new, our Pickleball guide is brimming with locations and tips to ensure your outing is a smash. Don't just take our word for it; step onto the court and join the fun that many have discovered right here on the peninsula

Go cart rides

2. Ride the Go-Karts

915 Pacific Ave Downtown Long Beach


Zip into excitement at the Long Beach Go-Karts, a revitalized destination that's perfect for families. Situated at 915 Pacific Ave, just a short walk from our downtown Long Beach rentals, these go-karts offer an adrenaline-packed adventure. Freshly updated by the new owner and featuring a track with banked corners for a more thrilling ride, it's a hit for anyone eager to race​​. After some fast-paced fun, slow down and savor the local flavors at the best seafood spots nearby. Check out the Fun Beach Speedway to plan your visit, and let Bloomer Estates be your pit stop for both adventure and relaxation.

Family holding up clam guns in Long Beach WA

3. Clam Digging!  

Don't miss the annual Clam Festival in May

Clam digging is great fun for everyone and the new season has just been announced by the fish and wildlife association. Check our Long Beach Washington Clam Digging Guide for more information.

This is a fun family-oriented event with lots to do, including an amateur chowder competition, lessons on how to dig clams, and lots of other festivities. Kids of all ages love the festivities of this annual calendar event


Horseback riding

4. Horseback Riding Tour

Horseback riding on the beach is an experience that captures the imaginations of both young and old. From May through September, families can indulge in this picturesque activity, with two exceptional horseback riding tour companies on the beach ready to match you with the ideal horse for your skill level. Whether you're planning a romantic ride for two or an adventurous outing for a larger group, you'll find the perfect tour. For more details on this unforgettable experience, trot over to our horseback riding guide to find the best fit for your equestrian adventure.

Funland arcade

5. Play Pinball, Skeeball, or Laser Tag at Funland

200 Pacific Ave S, Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-2223


Nestled in a historic building in the heart of downtown Long Beach, the Funland Family Fun Center has been a beacon of joy since its doors swung open in 1992. This family-owned gem has evolved magnificently from its humble beginnings with second-hand games and paper tickets. Today, Funland invites guests into a modern playground, boasting digital tokens, virtual reality rides, touch-screen games, and laser tag. The once staff-assisted prize counter has been transformed into a self-serve prize emporium, all part of Funland's leap into a high-tech era of family entertainment. Experience the blend of nostalgia and cutting-edge fun at Funland Long Beach.

Putt putt golf, downtown Long Beach, WA

6. Enjoy a Round of Mini-Golf

200 Pacific Ave S, Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-222


Delight in a round of mini-golf at the new course located in downtown Long Beach, Washington, at the Fun Beach Family Fun Center. This course is a hit with kids and offers a playful challenge that the whole family can enjoy. Just a stone's throw away, behind the Banana Book Store, you'll find another mini-golf adventure waiting. And for those with a passion for golfing, be sure to explore our Top Things to Do where we feature two full-sized golf courses that cater to the serious golfer looking to tee off in scenic locations.

Woman hugging a goat

7. LJ Ranch Goat Petting


3202 318th Street, Ocean Park, WA

(En route to the charming Oysterville)


Embark on a delightful rural adventure at the LJ Ranch, where joy comes in the form of friendly goats waiting to be petted. Ideal for families, this cozy, family-operated gem welcomes you for a nominal contribution of $5.00. Children and adults alike can savor moments of pure bliss amongst our gentle, four-legged friends. Extend your visit by exploring our homemade offerings, including savory goat cheese, natural goat soap, and ready-to-use firewood. The LJ Ranch experience is a unique and heartwarming addition to your Long Beach Peninsula itinerary, ensuring smiles all around.

Culbertson park, Long Beach WA kids swings and playset

8. Long Beach Culbertson Park

101 Washington Ave

Long Beach, Washington


Take a short stroll just two blocks east of downtown Long Beach, and you'll find yourself at the welcoming gates of the city park on 101 Washington Avenue. This local favorite is a treasure trove of outdoor fun, offering something for everyone with its vibrant playground equipment, including slides and swings that children adore. For sports enthusiasts, the park boasts a well-maintained baseball field, four outdoor pickleball courts, and a tennis court for those who love a good serve and volley. It's the perfect spot for an afternoon of active fun or a leisurely picnic. Conveniently, this hub of recreation is an easy walk from all of Bloomer Estates' downtown Long Beach vacation rentals, making it an ideal outing for our guests. Whether you're looking to play, relax, or just enjoy the outdoors, the city park is a must-visit for families and friends alike.

Astoria Oregon Column people throwing airplanes

9. Throw Airplanes off the Astoria Column

 1 Coxcomb Dr, Astoria, Oregon


Standing in the grass at the Astoria Column, make sure you watch out for low-flying biodegradable balsa wood aircraft.  It's a tradition that has been going on at the column for years. Visitors buy the small planes at the gift shop for $1.00 each (proceeds help pay for park renovations), climb to the top of the 125-foot column, and launch them into the air. You will hear shouts and laughter of children (and adults) seeing how far and fast the planes will fly through the air, much like the small planes. The Astoria Column is the number one purchaser of these airplanes, with over 250,000 sold every year.  
Fort Columbia gun

10. Fort Columbia State Park

US 101, Fort Columbia State Park

Chinook Washington

Tel: 360 777-8221


Children and history enthusiasts alike are drawn to the storied grounds of Fort Columbia State Park. This 593-acre sanctuary not only commemorates the valor of WWII but also stands as a testament to time, with its imposing artillery and well-preserved bunkers. As a key part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, Fort Columbia offers a rich tapestry of military and maritime narratives that captivate visitors. For those with an affinity for historical marvels, this park is an unmissable destination, celebrated as one of the best museums on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula. Explore the depth of history and take a step back in time at this iconic state park, which is not just a portal to the past but a place where memories are made.

Neptune Theater Long Beach, WA

11. Catch the Latest Movies at the Neptune Theater

809 Ocean Beach Blvd S

Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 6420-8888


The Neptune Theater is a cornerstone of entertainment in Long Beach, showcasing all the newest films for just $6.50 a ticket. For current offerings and promotions, swing by the Neptune Moviehouse online. This beloved cinema isn’t just keeping up with the times; it’s setting the trend with its recent upgrade and the addition of drive-in movies for an under-the-stars experience. And convenience is key: every one of our downtown Long Beach vacation rentals is within walking distance, making it a breeze to go from the cozy comfort of your rental to the silver screen excitement.

Discovery Trail Long Beach, WA

12, Run, bike or walk the Discovery Trail



Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Long Beach, Washington, with our vacation rental service. We provide our guests with convenient access to a picturesque trail, leading from the historic Port of Ilwaco to the bustling 26th Street. Our top-quality bike rentals offer an eco-friendly way to explore the breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, serene coastal dunes, and the iconic North Head Lighthouse. Tailored for both experienced and casual riders, these rentals enhance your exploration of the area's diverse landscapes and rich history, ensuring a memorable blend of adventure and relaxation during your stay.

Candy Man Confectionery

13. Enjoy Ice Cream and Handmade Candy

Downtown Long Beach holds the essence of childhood delight in its confectionery shops, where memories of saltwater taffy and enormous ice cream scoops come alive. Relive those sweet moments and share them with the next generation by visiting some of the finest ice cream and candy shops on the Washington Coast. It's more than just a treat; it's a tradition, a chance to savor the simple joys that make beach holidays unforgettable. And while you're indulging in these sweet treats, consider the possibilities of making Long Beach a more permanent part of your life.

Explore Bloomer Estates Property Management to learn how we can help turn your property into a cherished destination for others to create their own lasting memories.

Fort Canby State Parkig two children jumping with joy

14. Explore Fort Canby State Park

 244 Robert Grave Drive

Ilwaco, WA


Nestled in Cape Disappointment State Park and boasting remarkable views of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Fort Canby is a treasure trove of history and adventure for families. Kids especially find joy in discovering the old batteries, built in 1906, which played a crucial role in safeguarding the Columbia River's mouth. Today, the park spans nearly 2,000 acres, offering a wealth of exploration opportunities, from the serene Deadman's Cove to the educational interpretive center. What's more, this expansive state park features on our list of the top 20 FREE things to do on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula, making it a must-visit for families seeking both adventure and value.

Fort Canby State Park, Lewis and Clark Museum


244 Robert Grave Drive

Ilwaco Washington


Visiting a museum can be an unexpectedly exciting experience for kids, especially at this unique interpretive center perched high above the ocean surf. This center brings history to life, marking the end of Lewis and Clark's epic journey near the spot where they first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean. It's a place where learning and play intertwine, as children delight in exploring the old batteries just in front of the center. For a broader look at the area's rich heritage, explore our curated list of the best museums in Long Beach, Washington. Also, don't miss out on the various local events that bring the peninsula's history and culture to life; check our events calendar for the latest happenings.

Maritime Museum, Astoria Oregon

16.  Columbia Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon


Exploring museums can be a thrilling adventure for kids, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, just a short 20-minute drive from Ilwaco, Washington, across the Columbia River, is no exception. This museum captivates young minds with its fascinating exhibits about the Columbia River Bar, famously known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. The interactive and educational displays offer a glimpse into the maritime history that shaped this region. For more engaging and educational experiences in the area, browse through our list of top local museums. To dive deeper into maritime history and explore the Columbia River Maritime Museum's unique exhibits, visit their website for more information.

Marsh's Free Mesuem photo of the building

17. Marsh's Free Museum


Downtown Long Beach, Washington

Marsh's Free Museum in downtown Long Beach is a unique blend of a curiosity shop and souvenir store, making it a must-visit for families. Famous for Jake the Alligator Man, an extraordinary half-man, half-alligator exhibit, it's been a site of intrigue for over half a century. Beyond Jake, the museum is a treasure trove of diverse seashells and boasts the "World's Largest Chopsticks" right at its entrance. It's a place where nostalgia, oddities, and amusement converge, offering a memorable experience for all ages.

For more engaging family activities, including a visit to Marsh's Free Museum, check out our guide to family and kid-friendly activities. If you're intrigued by more traditional museum experiences, Marsh's is also featured in our list of the top 12 museums. Additionally, for a variety of engaging experiences without any expense, explore our comprehensive guide to free activities available on the Long Beach Peninsula

Ocean Park, WA elementary school playground

18. Ocean Park Elementary School Playground


25701 Vernon Ave, Ocean Park, WA 


Discover the joys of outdoor play at the Long Beach Elementary School playground in Ocean Park, Washington. Situated near a convenient stoplight, this welcoming playground offers a delightful space for children to engage in active play when school is out of session. Alongside the playground, there's a covered basketball outdoor court, adding another layer of fun for visiting families. And for those seeking a convenient stay, our Ocean Park vacation rentals are just a brief 5-minute drive away, offering a perfect base for your family's explorations. Dive into our Ocean Park vacation rentals to find the ideal spot for your stay, and don't miss our guide to family and kid-friendly activities for even more fun ideas during your visit to the Long Beach Peninsula.

Ocean Park, WA elementary basketball court

19. Play basketball at the Ocean Park Elementary School

25701 Vernon Ave, Ocean Park, WA 


This playground is near the light in Ocean Park, Washington, just off the main highway.  It is part of the elementary school ( available only when school is not in session); this court is outdoors but covered and without nets on the hoops. Still, it is an excellent place for kids to play a game of basketball.  1303 Beach Retreat Vacation Rental and Weather Beach Vacation Rental are just around the corner, and many of our other Ocean Park rentals are nearby.

Boy throwing a stick in the water for a dog

20. Take Your Family Pet to the Beach


At Bloomer Estates, we understand that pets are more than just animals; they're part of the family. That's why we offer over 38 pet-friendly homes, ensuring your furry friends can join in on your beach adventures. With over 26 miles of stunning beach to explore, your pets will love every minute of frolicking in the sand and surf. Our accommodations aren't just pet-friendly; they're designed with your pet's comfort in mind. Several of our homes feature enclosed, fenced yards, providing a safe space for your pets to play. We also offer a thoughtful guide to help you plan your holiday with your pet, filled with tips and local pet-friendly spots. Whether it's a stroll along the picturesque Washington coastline or a cozy stay in one of our rentals, we've got everything you need to make your vacation with your pet unforgettable. Discover the joys of a pet-friendly vacation with our guide, explore our pet-friendly rentals, and learn more about our pet policy to ensure a smooth and enjoyable stay for you and your four-legged companion.

Drop Anchor Restuarant outdoor sign

21. Eat at One of our Family-Friendly Restaurants


On the Long Beach Peninsula, we've curated an array of dining spots perfect for families. From classic fish-n-chips to gourmet seafood dinners, these restaurants are designed with families in mind. Whether you're craving a quick bite or a sit-down meal, there's a place that will satisfy everyone in your group.

For specific recommendations, visit our guide on the Top 8 BEST Family Dining Restaurants. If you're exploring various dining styles, including seafood, breakfast, and pizza options, check out our comprehensive restaurant listings. And for a more select experience, our Top 10 Restaurants on the Long Beach, WA peninsula page features the finest local eateries, ensuring a delightful dining experience for your family's beach getaway.

Two people hiking

22. Hike the Many Nature Trails


Long Beach is a haven for families and their pets, offering numerous nature trails that cater to all levels of explorers. Cape Disappointment State Park, in particular, is a gem, featuring a variety of kid-friendly trails. These trails, like the North Head Trail, are less than 3 miles long but pack in stunning views of lighthouses and the Columbia River. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out, these trails promise an adventure for everyone.

For a comprehensive guide on where to find these scenic routes, our Best Hiking Trails Guide is an invaluable resource. It details not just the paths in Cape Disappointment State Park, but also other must-visit trails in the area, including the pet-friendly Discovery Trail. This 8.5-mile paved path is a favorite among families, winding through diverse landscapes of the Long Beach Peninsula. For those looking to delve deeper into the natural beauty of the area, exploring the trails of Cape Disappointment State Park is a must. These trails offer a mix of accessibility, scenic beauty, and a chance to connect with nature, all while enjoying time with your family and furry friends.

Bunnies at Paintings by Goat

23. Paint By Goats

12410 pacific way

Long Beach, WA 



Tucked away just outside of Long Beach city limits, this unique spot is managed by the charming Latresha & Sumer Starling. It's not just an art gallery, but a place where goats turn into artists! Your family will love interacting with bunnies, goats, and sheep, all under watchful supervision. This experience is a perfect blend of art and nature, making it a must-see during your stay.

To make the most of your visit, consider staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly spot or a house with a hot tub and scenic views, we have just the right place for you. For those seeking luxury and space, our Bloomer Mansion is an ideal choice with its ample room and comfortable accommodations. And don’t forget to check out our recommendations for fun activities and dining in Long Beach to complete your unforgettable experience on the Washington Coast.

Mollys Station Model train Display

24. Mollys Station 

4603 Pacific Way

Seaview Washington


The young ones will love seeing the working electric trains built over decades by the owner.  The name of their store comes from their dog Molly, and she is still the greeter at the door. Inside is a vast array of collectible toys, including train sets and race cars. There is comfy seating for parties of 2 to 3 inside, with a bench and picnic table outside.

Child looking at Toy Car at the car show

25. Attend Rod Run to the End of the World 2024

Children of all ages love to see the old hot rods, cruisers, and convertibles. Beach Barons Rod Run is the largest September Event on the peninsula, starting the weekend after Labor Day every year. The kiddos will especially appreciate the Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening parade of cars through downtown Long Beach, Washington.

Pizza on the peninsula

26. Take the kids out to Pizza

Everyone loves a fresh locally made custom pizza and the Long Beach Peninsula has several pizza parlors to choose from. We have done the work by selecting the best of the best.  Also, don't miss our list of Cheap Eats with great food at great prices that the young ones will love!

Game Room Lake House - Managed by: Bloomer Estates

27. Play Boardgames and Puzzles


If you're looking for a fun indoor activity to enjoy with friends and family, board games and puzzles are a perfect choice. The Lake House is stocked with a variety of games and puzzles that you can enjoy together. From classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble to challenging puzzles, you'll find something for everyone. And on a rainy day, there's no better way to pass the time than with a fun game or puzzle.