Outdoor Activities

Visit 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.

The celebration is held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and allows a close look at the lighthouse which is now undergoing long awaited restoration. It already sports a brand new roof and restored lighthouse tower.

Check out the many Outdoor Events

Check out the many famers markets, outdoor live music, fun runs, parades, Art Gallery walks on on our upcoming Events Calendar. So much to do and see, but make your plans early so you don't miss a thing.

Play a round of golf

Peninsula Golf Course

 

Imagine a place where you can see bald eagles, egrets and blue herons flying above the sea pines and old growth firs… A quiet place where deer pass in front of you as if you weren’t there… A place that welcomes you with a friendly smile and a wish for your best game ever… That place is Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach Washington. We are dog friendly!

Surfside Golf Course

 

The Long Beach Peninsula is best known for its tourist appeal. In addition to the excitement of the numerous festivals and activities, the Long Beach Peninsula doubles as a quiet coastal getaway for clam digging, beach combing, storm watching and what else? GOLF!

Stroll the Board Walk

 

Grab some ice cream and stroll along the popular Long Beach Boardwalk that stretches for almost half a mile along the beach. With panoramic views of the Washington coast and glimpses of the North Head Lighthouse in the distance, this boardwalk offers dreamy views. During the Washington State International Kite Festival, you’ll find a flurry of activity on the boardwalk, and some of the most colorful skies on the coast!

 

Go Horseback Riding

 

There are 3 places to book rides at the beach during late Spring through Summer. Easy to find, as two are right on the first beach approach in downtown Long Beach, WA.  One happy guest wrote: "This is the second time I have gone for a ride at this location. The people are friendly and they are really good at picking a horse that fits you and your riding experience. We had a lovely time."

 

Hike, Bike, Run, 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 bike, you’ll be treated to unforgettable landscape. Along the way you’ll find interpretive panels and sculptures commemorating Lewis & Clark’s journey. In fact, the trail is named after the Corps of Discovery Tackle the whole thing or enjoy a mile or two. There are multiple access point

GO FISHING!

 

Check out our Fishing and Seafood Markets HERE

 

Anglers’ dreams come true in the waters surrounding the Long Beach Peninsula. Visit one of the peninsula’s fishing charters to experience the region’s world-class fishing for yourself. The area is renowned for its salmon, tuna and crab, and bottom fish such as halibut are plentiful. The Long Beach Peninsula boasts some of the richest razor clam grounds in the nation, and Pacific County lays claim to the title of “oyster capital of the world.” The Port of Ilwaco, known as “the fishing capital of the West,” can accommodate 800 sport and commercial fishing vessels. Willapa Bay is home to some of the most-productive oyster grounds in the world, and public oyster picking is allowed along the Nahcotta Tidelands, although a shellfish permit is needed. Surfperch is popular among ocean shoreline anglers.

 

Visit one of our State Parks

See all three State Parks HERE

Cape Disappointment State Park features sandy beaches, two working lighthouses, an old military forttrails through coastal forests, and spectacular vistas, including breathtaking ocean overlooks and quieter views of Baker Bay.  The park has old-growth forest, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, streams, ocean tidelands, and a large variety of wildlife. 

Visit our Historical Sites

 

See Historial sites HERE

There are many lovely outdoor walks and hikes around Long Beach, WA. From the tiny town of Oysterville in the North, to the Cape Dissappointment Lighthouse to the south, you will want to see all of these historical sites before leaving Long Beach.

Throw Airplanes off the Astoria Column

 

Standing in the grass at the Astoria Column, make sure you watch out for low-flying aircraft. Made of balsawood. It's a tradition that has been going on at the column for years. Visitors buy small balsawood planes at the gift shop, climb to the top of the 125-foot column and launch them into the air. Shouts and laughter of children seeing how far and fast the planes will fly through the air much like the small planes.