Top Things to Do

Top 15 FUN things to Do in Long Beach

Enjoy the beach life

 With 28 miles of sandy shoreline there are lots of options to enjoy the beach: Ride a fatbike into the horizon, gallop on horseback, build sandcastles like the pros, fly the kite you built at the World Kite Museum—the list goes on. Or you could opt for the slower pace: Spread a blanket on the sand, light a beach bonfire and savor a picnic dinner as the blazing sun melts into the Pacific. The peninsula is dotted with six public beach approaches, so choose a stretch of sand and stake a claim!

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!

 

Tour the top of the Lighthouse

 

The lighthouses of the Peninsula are favorite visitor stops both winter and summer. These historic lighthouses are two of 750 guarding the shores of the United States. Completed in 1856, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides sailors into the mouth of the Columbia River. The century-old North Head Lighthouse, completed in 1898, guides mariners approaching from the north. Both lighthouses were taken under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939.Visit North Head Lighthouse

 

 

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 points.

Savor the Fresh Seafood

 

See our Fine Dining List HERE

See our Best Seafood and Clam Chowder HERE

 

“Dine at the source” is more than a saying on the Long Beach Peninsula, it’s a way of life. Enjoy the freshest Willapa Bay oysters, Dungeness crab, Chinook salmon and albacore tuna found in the Pacific Northwest. Many of the region’s seafood markets, such as Ole Bob’s Galley and Cafe in Ilwaco or Oysterville Sea Farms, feature their harvesting grounds as a backdrop to the business, so you can see your seafood being unloaded off the boat. And local chefs relish the profusion as much as diners—find exquisite cuisine at award-winning restaurants like The Depot, and 42nd Street Café & Bistro.  

Play a round of golf and enjoy a fabulous lunch

 

Peninsula Golf Course and Cove Restaurant 

 

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. After a round of golf enjoy a casual lunch in our top rated Cove Restauarant.

Visit Jake the Aligator Man at Marsh's Free Museum

 

409 Pacific Ave S, Long Beach, WA 98631-4021

 

So many cool things to see. This isn't your average gift shop. They have TONS of history . Lots of things from days long gone by to look at. They have all of the fun usual beach items but it is like a small carnival. Penny viewers, grip testers, Jake the Alligator Man. Just a delight!

Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating Massage

802 Pacific Ave S, Long Beach, WA 98631-3541

 See our list of all the best massage places HERE.

 

One of many happy customers wrote: "I had an incredible, truly relaxing session there with Kelly today. I am in heaven, my muscles have never felt this at ease, especially in my shoulders (my problem area). I highly recommend scheduling yourself an appointment - you will not be disappointed. I will definitely be back!!"

 

Create lasting memories for the kids 

 

See our Top Fun Things To Do with Kids HERE.

 

Remember the beach towns of your youth, where dessert was salt water taffy and bumper cars were the closest you came to a commute? That place still exists, and it’s called the Long Beach Peninsula. Enjoy old-school pinball, laser tag and more at FUNLAND Family Entertainment Center in downtown Long Beach. Ride the go-karts and play around of mini-golf.  So many great things for kids to do. Leave the digital devices at home and get back to old-fashioned family fun.

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.  

Learn about Southwest Washington History

 

See our list of best museums in the area HERE

    An impressive history warrants impressive museums. Pacific County has both, and neither disappointment. Museums dot the area, and each one details early slices of Pacific Northwest life. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco preserves the legacy of the lower Columbia River and southwestern Washington, while the Willapa Bay Interpretive Center at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta details the 150-plus-year history of area oystermen and their families. The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame in Long Beach boasts a collection of kites from more than two dozen countries, and the Cranberry Museum & Demonstration Farm focuses on the heritage of one of the peninsula’s most important and largest crops.  

Grab an ice cream cone at Scoopers and then stroll the boardwalk

Scooper's 

101 Pacific Ave, Downtown Long Beach

Tel: 360 642-8388

 

Large portions and reasonable prices for the quality of the ice cream and size of the portions. Huge scoops. 64 flavors from local to standards to creative entries. They also have amazing milkshakes, Sundays, a choice of cones from sugar, cake, to homemade waffle cones. Up front they have candy, taffy, Carmel corn, and fudge. Youlus all sorts of unique and hard to find candy.

Join the Razor Clam Digs

 

The Long Beach Peninsula’s razor clam season typically lasts from fall to spring. The annual Razor Clam Festival is held in April when the community comes together to celebrate the historic tradition of clam digging.

Razor Clam Information: General Info | Current Season

Take a horseback riding tour on the beach

 

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."

 

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.