Long Beach Washington Historical Sights and Attractions

Visit the Top Historical Sights and Attractions on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula

Learn more about the local history of the Pacific Northwest by visiting some of the local historical sights and attractions, including historic Oysterville and Seaview Washington. Stand where Lewis and Clark first viewed the Pacific Ocean at Cape Disappointment State park. Learn about the Native American culture at  Middle Village. (Updated:Aug23)

McGowen Church

Take a short visit to Middle Village – Station Camp



The Corps of Discovery spent ten days here, and Clark used it as a primary survey station as he mapped the mouth of the Columbia River. The Chinook people, who have lived along the Columbia for thousands of years, used this site as a trade village. This park is between the tunnel under Fort Columbia and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. 

Historic Home in Seaview WA

Stroll through Lovely Seaview, WA


Read about  Seaview's History Here


Originally a summer community for the Portland gentry, Seaview WA’s quiet tree-lined streets invite strollers to enjoy turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, which are survivors of a developer’s plans from the 1880s. Stay in one of our historic vacation rentals in Seaview, WA, which are all within walking distance of incredible restaurants and shopping.

Oysterville Church

Try a Walking Tour of Oysterville, WA




You may feel that time forgot this tiny, historic village that sits on Willapa Bay, but its residents lovingly maintain the homes and buildings here. The historic homes, church, schoolhouse, and oyster farms were once part of a booming community fueled by the California Gold Rush. Resident “Sydney of Oysterville” keeps an incredible blog detailing the stories and history of the village. So come up to the top of the peninsula and try our fresh Willapa Bay oysters out of the water. 

Fort Columbia Bunker

Learn about Military History at Fort Columbia and Fort Canby



Construction began on three forts to protect the mouth of the Columbia River in the late nineteenth century. Now, these coastal defense sites can be explored by visitors. Fort Columbia Historical State Park is considered the most intact, historic coastal defense unit in the United States. In addition, the remains of Fort Canby can be found throughout Cape Disappointment State Park.

Seekers of history and abandoned vibes will enjoy exploring both. Pick up maps at the Visitors Bureau or parks.

View of North Head Lighthouse

Visit Historic North Head Lighthouse



Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse host the anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco each June.

Light house and Interpretive Center Ilwaco Washington

Take a short hike to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse



The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is white with black stripes. It overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River, also known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.

Did you know that in  1853, the first shipment of lighthouse materials sank two miles offshore! Most of the shipment was lost, and this was just the beginning of

the difficulties this lighthouse faced.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Visit our local museums



Long Beach and Astoria have some amazing museums.  Kids of all ages love the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Maritime Museum.  Many of the Forts provide hours of entertainment and exploration of the various barracks and defensive outposts that dot the West Coast. 


Bloomer Mansion in Seaview WA

Stay at the Historical Bloomer Mansion


Seaview, Washington


Seaview, WA's historic Bloomer Mansion, established in 1932, offers a unique blend of historical charm and modern amenities on a six-acre coastal property near Long Beach. This three-story, 5,000-square-foot mansion with 18 rooms comfortably accommodates 12 to 14 guests and allows well-behaved pets. Inside, you'll find a 1904 Grand Baldwin piano, hot tub, slate pool table, foosball, ping pong, Xbox 360, WII, a child's play closet, and a fully equipped kitchen. The outdoor area includes a porch with a BBQ, a large yard with a fire pit, and picnic tables, making it an ideal choice for vacations, events, or exploring the area's rich history.