Family Fun Activities in Long Beach, Washington

See the Top 20 Fun Things to Do for Families on the Long Beach Washington Coast.

Take a break from your workcation and enjoy the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula. Rain or shine, Winter or Summer, family-friendly activities range include; local arcades, go-karts, horseback riding, pickleball, local parks with huge playsets, kid-friendly museums to walking the downtown Long Beach, WA boardwalk. Many of the Bloomer Estates vacation rentals are incredibly family-friendly, with hot tubs,  toys, pool tables, ping pong tables, video games, and foosball tables. Be sure to see our Events Calendar for the Long Beach Washington Coast for many fun things to do during your stay.

Teenager enjoying a game of pickleball

Play Pickleball!

 

With six outdoor courts in two parks and a year-round indoor court, people are coming from around the Pacific Northwest to the Long Beach peninsula to play pickleball.  More information on where to play here. 

Go cart rides

Ride the Go-Karts

915 Pacific Ave Downtown Long Beach

 

These go-karts are super fun and very fast.  The Long Beach Go-karts are under new management and have been renovated and renewed. They are a must stop for every child tall enough to ride.   Homes within walking distance include: BeachTime on 5th,  Beachy Keen, Captain's HideawayCatch N' RelaxOceans12,  Sandpiper TracksSEA-EstaSeas The DaySuite BeachSandyToes,  and Sunset Romance.

Funland arcade

Play pinball, skeeball, or laser tag at Funland

200 Pacific Ave S, Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-2223

 

Family-owned and operated! The family purchased the historic building in Downtown Long Beach. After extensive renovation, Funland Family Fun Center opened its doors in 1992 with used games, paper tickets, and a staff-assisted prize counter. Fast forward to today, and Funland has progressed to a state-of-the-art round card-using facility with digital tokens, virtual reality 4D rides, touch-screen games, laser tag, and a self-serve prize store.

 
Putt putt golf, downtown Long Beach, WA

Enjoy a round of Mini-Golf

200 Pacific Ave S, Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-222

This is an awesome new mini-golf course in downtown Long Beach, Washington. Fun for the entire family! There is a second smaller, but still fun mini-golf course just behind Banana Book Store, just a few blocks away, also in downtown Long Beach. For serious golfers, there are two golf courses found in our  Top Things to do activities.

Culbertson park, Long Beach WA kids swings and playset

Long Beach Culbertson Park

101 Washington Ave

Long Beach, Washington

 

Just two blocks east of downtown Long Beach on 101 Washington Avenue is the city park, with slides, swings, a baseball field, and four outdoor pickleball courts and tennis court. Fun for everyone! 

Astoria Oregon Column people throwing airplanes

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. 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 of them sold every year.  
Downtown Long Beach, Wa Rides

Take an old fashion bumper car or Merry-Go-Round Ride in Long Beach

402 Pacific Ave S Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-3482

 

Amusement rides, bumper cars, and family fun in downtown Long Beach, Washington, are all just steps away from restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries, and the Long Beach Boardwalk!  The rides open in the Spring and close in early Fall.

 

 

Fort Columbia gun

Fort Columbia State Park

US 101 Fort Columbia State Park

Chinook Washington

Tel 360 777-8221

 

Kids love this old coastal fort with the big guns from WWII and the bunkers still intact.  Fort Columbia State Park is a 593 acre Washington state park that preserves the site of Fort Columbia. It is one of several state parks and sites that make up the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks. military and maritime history buffs will appreciate the intact historic coastal defense site. Also listed in one of the top 10 top museums to visit on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula.

Neptune Theater Long Beach, WA

Catch the latest movies at Neptune Theater

809 Ocean Beach Blvd S

Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 6420-8888

 

This local theater playing all the latest movies. Check out their specials on their website. Movies before 6 PM are only $5.50  per person.  During Covid-19 the Neptune is offering outdoor driven movies!

Discovery Trail Long Beach, WA

Run, bike or walk the Discovery Trail

 

The Discovery Trail stretches from the Port of Ilwaco to North Long Beach, just behind the Breakers. Whether you’re on foot or on a bike, you’ll be treated to the unforgettable landscape. Along the way, you’ll find interpretive panels and sculptures commemorating Lewis & Clark’s journey. 

Woman holding ice cream cone

Enjoy an ice cream cone at Adelaide's

1401 Bay Avenue

Ocean Park, Washington

 

Adelaide's, located just across from the stoplight in downtown Ocean Park, Washington, is a must-stop for ice cream, coffee (one of just two indoor coffee shops in town), breakfast, or lunch. Of course, kids love the ice cream and daily homemade pastries. Adelaide's is near our many Ocean Park vacation rentals, but closest to 1303 Beach Retreat Vacation Rental and a short walk from Weather Beach Vacation Rental

Fort Canby State Parkig two children jumping with joy

Fort Canby State Park

 244 Robert Grave Drive

Ilwaco, WA

 

Located in Cape Disappointment State Park with terrific ocean views of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Fort Canby is a huge hit for families with kids. Children love exploring the old batteries (built-in 1906) that once housed the large guns that protected the mouth of the Columbia River from foreign fleets.  Today there are nearly 2,000 acres to explore, including Deadman's Cove, the lighthouse, and the interpretive center. Perhaps best of all, the state park made our list of the top 20 FREE things to do on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula.

Fort Canby State Park, Lewis and Clark Museum

Explore and learn at the LEWIS & CLARK INTERPRETIVE CENTER

244 Robert Grave Drive

Ilwaco Washington

 

 

Normally we wouldn't suggest a museum for kids, but this one is AWESOME.  Located high above the ocean surf, this interpretive center takes you along the end of Lewis and Clark's journey near the exact location where they first eyed the Pacific Ocean. As mentioned above, children love exploring the old batteries in front of the interpretive center. 

Maritime Museum, Astoria Oregon

COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM

1792 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon

 

Yes, we recommend two museums for kids! The Columbia River Maritime Museum is located in Astoria, just across the Columbia River and a 20-minute drive from Ilwaco Washington. They have a number of interesting exhibits focused on the dangerous Columbia River Bar known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.

Marsh's Free Mesuem photo of the building

Marsh's Free Museum

Downtown Long Beach, Washington

 

Marsh's Free Museum is more of a curiosity and souvenir store than a traditional museum. However, it a must-stop for families with children. The number one attraction is Jake the Alligator Man, a half-man and half-alligator in a display case near the shop's back.  Jake is now world-famous and has been a resident of Marsh's for over 50 years now.  Marsh's is also the best place to buy seashells, with dozens of different kinds to choose from. Don't miss the "World's Largest Chopsticks" just in front of Marsh's Museum.

Ocean Park, WA elementary school playground

Ocean Park Elementary School Playground

25701 Vernon Ave, Ocean Park, WA 

 

Near the stoplight in Ocean Park, Washington the Long Beach Elementary school allows children to play in their playground when school is not in session. Great fun for kids! There is also a covered basketball outdoor court. This park is a few minutes' walk from 1303 Beach Retreat Vacation Rental and Weather Beach Vacation Rental.

Ocean Park, WA elementary basketball court

Play Basketball at the Ocean Park Elementary School

25701 Vernon Ave, Ocean Park, WA 

 

This playground is located 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 a great 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.

Drop Anchor Restuarant outdoor sign

Eat at one of our family-friendly restaurants

 

We have a broad selection of great restaurants for families with children. Whether it is fish-n-chips, a burger, or a sit-down seafood and clam chowder dinner, these kid-friendly restaurants are perfect for the entire family.

Willapa Music Festival

Willapa  Music Festival

August 6 to 8, 2021

 

 

Check out the music festival in our events calendar from August 6 to 8th.  Fun for the entire family with live music, kids trains and lots of great food.

Family holding up clam guns in Long Beach WA

Clam Festival May 1st and May 2nd

 

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