Top Things to Do in Long Beach Washington

21 Things to Do on the Long Beach, WA Peninsula

With 28 miles of drivable beach, there are lots of sights, attractions, and fun things to do on the Long Beach, Washington Coast. Whether you are coming for a workcation, a micro wedding, or booking that romantic getaway you have put off for too long, be sure to take time to try new things;  ride an electric bike along the Lews and Clark Discovery Trail, take a beach horseback ride, play pickleball at the park, build sandcastles near the surf, enjoy family fun activities,  tour the Cape Disappointment State Park North Head Lighthouse,  enjoy fresh seafood at one of the award-winning restaurants, or take a stroll along the Long Beach boardwalk. 

Boy holding a razor clam

1. Join the Razor Clam Digs

 

The Long Beach Peninsula’s razor clam season is a huge draw for people around the world.  The season typically lasts from early Fall to early Spring. The annual Razor Clam Festival is held in April when the community comes together to celebrate the historic tradition of clam digging. You may also want to purchase fresh or canned razor clams at the local seafood market or try the best clam chowder at one of our top-rated seafood restaurants.

 

Razor Clam Information: General Info | Current Season

Teenager playing pickleball

2. Play a Game of Pickleball

 

Come play America's fastest-growing sport. Bloomer Estates Vacation Rentals is offering nets, paddles, and balls at no charge.  There are three locations to play pickleball on the Peninsula. Long Beach, WA Culbertson park has four outdoor courts and is within walking distance of all our downtown Long Beach vacation rentals.  Ocean Park, WA has two outdoor courts and is within a 3-minute drive of all our Ocean Park, Washington Rentals. Finally, the Lighthouse resort has two indoor courts. See where to play pickleball here. 

Couple walking along the Long Beach, Washington Boardwalk

3. Stroll the Long Beach BoardWalk

 

Take a stroll along the popular Long Beach Boardwalk, the perfect place to enjoy a sunset. Stretching a mile along the coastline and only a few minutes walk from all our downtown Long Beach WA rentals, the boardwalk is visited by thousands of people from all over the world every year.

 

Sunset Romance, Vacation Haven, and Catch N' Relax both have amazing views of the boardwalk from the living room dining room, and kitchen.

People in North Head Lighthouse

4. Tour the Lighthouses

 

North Head and Cape Disappointment State Park Lighthouses are two of the 750  lighthouses along the coasts and shores of the United States. Built in 1856, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse has been helping sailors navigate through the mouth of the Columbia River for over a hundred and seventy years. The North Head Lighthouse, built in 1898, guides boats and ships approaching from the north. During the spring and summer months, North Head Lighthouse is open for tours, allowing tourists to take in views from the top of the lighthouse. Don't miss some of the fantastic hiking trails within Cape Disappointment State Park.

 

Our Seaview WA Vacation Rentals closest vacation rental condominiums to these state parks (within 2 miles), and both have spectacular ocean views.

 

Horse taking a drink

5. Take a Horseback Riding Tour on the Beach

 

Open from May to last September, there are two places to book rides at the beach during late Spring through Summer-West Coast Horse Rides and Long Beach Horse Rides. The touring companies are easy to find on the first beach approach in downtown Long Beach, WA.  You can walk to the rides from any of our houses in downtown Long Beach, WA. The people are friendly,  are great at picking a horse that fits you, and overall the experience is a great deal of fun for the entire family

Couple hugging on the beach

6. Enjoy a Romantic Getaway

 

There is no better place to reconnect and rejuvenate at the coast than with that special someone.   Take refuge in a secluded Washington Coast cabin or a cozy oceanfront oceanview condo. This may be the best time to start a new tradition or reimagine an old one.  See romantic weekend ideas to get your plans started.  A Bloomer Estates vacation Rental is also the perfect venue for a micro wedding.

Woman biking on Discovery Trail

7. Bike, Run or Walk the Discovery Trail

 

The Discovery Trail stretches from the Port of Ilwaco to Long Beach, WA, with its entry point just behind the Cedar at the Sea, Whales Tale, and Lighthouse  Vacation Rentals.  It is one of the top hiking trails on the Washington Coast and meanders through dunes and natural pine forests, making it perfect for bikers, hikers, and walkers to enjoy the Washington Coast beauty. Along the way, many interpretive panels and sculptures commemorate Lewis & Clark’s journey, adding insights and interest to the historically rich Long Beach Peninsula. See our Discovery Trail Guide for more information.

 

Bloomer Estates has several vacation rentals within a short walk or bike ride to the Discovery Trail. See the map for the location of all of our homes and their proximity to Discovery Coast Trail.

Scallop dinner

8. Enjoy the Fresh Seafood

 

Enjoy the freshest oysters, salmon, Dungeness crab, tuna, and clams at some of the best restaurants in Washington state. Most seafood is harvested from the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, Oysterville's oyster farms, and the Port of Ilwaco. "Dining at the source" is a way of life for locals and visitors alike.  You can't go wrong with any of our top picks of award-winning restaurants or best oysters, clam chowder, and seafood eateries. If you are thinking of cooking fresh fish, oysters, or clams at your vacation rental, see our top picks for the best seafood markets.

 

You can also catch your seafood for dinner. Our guide to Pacific Northwest fishing on the Washington Coast provides the information you need to plan your fishing adventure.

Golf Course photo of chairs facing a green

9. Play a Round of Golf

 

Located one mile north of downtown Long Beach, this nine-hole golf course hosts The Cove,  one of our 15 top-rated restaurants. With meticulously cared-for greens, and a  friendly staff ready to help with all your needs, the Peninsula Golf Course is highly recommended for an afternoon at the links followed by an enjoyable lunch or dinner. Be sure to check out our top golf destinations near Long Beach Washington

 

 Bloomer Estates Rental properties near the golf course include: Cedar by the Sea, Vacation Haven, and the Lighthouse Vacation Rental. Handy Hangout is one-half mile away. 

Marsh's free museum

10. Visit Jake the Aligator Man at Marsh's Free Museum

 

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

 

This isn't your average souvenir shop. Marsh's Free Museum is a must-stop for everyone visiting the Long Beach, WA Coast.  It has tons of souvenirs and is on our list of the Top FREE Things to do in Downtown Long Beach.  People compare it to a small carnival. Penny viewers, grip testers, 1930s baseball arcade games, self-playing pianos are all still working.  Don't forget to visit the world-famous Jake the Alligator Man. This half-man/half-alligator has been delighting tourists for decades.  See other family fun activities here and our best vacation rental homes for families with children.

 

Within a two-minute walk to Marsh's Free Museum are several of our Long Beach, Washington vacation rentals.

Carousel Ride in Long Beach WA

11. Create Lasting Memories for the Kids  

 

Remember the small beach towns when you were a kid, where dessert was found at a local candy store, and you learned to drive on a bumper car or go-cart? That place still exists, and it’s called the Long Beach Peninsula on the Washington Coast. Enjoy pickleball, pinball, laser tag, and video games at Funland. Ride the go-karts and play a round of mini-golf.  Build a sandcastle before the tide comes in, or take the family trip to the top of the North Head lighthouse—so many great things for kids to do. Leave the smartphones and tablets at home, come stay in a kid-friendly vacation rental, and get back to old-fashioned family fun. 

Photo of an adult mail throwing toy airplane off of top of astoria column

12. Throw Airplanes off the Astoria Column

 

Hugely fun and not just for kids, throw balsa wood airplanes off the top of the Astoria Column.  It's a tradition that has been going on at the column for a few decades. Buy your small bio-degradable balsawood planes at the gift shop, climb to the top of the 125-foot column, and launch them into the air. Adults and children alike are mesmerized by how far they fly. A few of them have been spotted all in downtown Astoria Oregon.

Heritage Museum, Ilwaco Washington

13. Learn about Southwest Washington History

 

A rich history warrants impressive museums. Pacific County has both. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco preserves the legacy of the lower Columbia River and southwestern Washington. At the same time, the World Kite Museum in Long Beach has a collection of kites from around the world. With sweeping views of the mouth of the Columbia River, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive center focuses on Lewis and Clark's journey, which ended right here in Long Beach, Washington. See our guide to all local museums here.

 
Boy throwing stick into the surf for a labradoodle

14. Play With Your Dog at the Beach

 

Dogs love the beach even more than us humans. With Bloomer Estates Vacation Rentals, you can choose from over 35 pet-friendly and dog-friendly homes. Your best friend will thank you. Be sure to read about the top pet-friendly activities in Long Beach, Washington, and read our pet policy before you book with us. Also, we have a list of vacation rentals with fully enclosed yards.

person photographing kites in Long Beach, WA

15. International Kite Festival 2022

 

Held the third week of August the International Kite Festival is a huge draw for tens of thousands of people from all over the world.  From professionals to small children with their first kite, the festival has delighted tourists since 1996. See hundreds of unique multi-colored kites soar over the beach near downtown Long Beach.  The festival is held the third week of every August.

Fishing Boats in Ilwaco Washington

16. Go fishing!

 

Our fishing guide provides all you need to know about fishing on the local lakes, the Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean.  Ilwaco, Washington, is renowned for its sturgeon, salmon, tuna, crab, and bottom fish such as halibut and perch. The Port of Ilwaco has up to 800 sport and commercial fishing vessels.  In the summer months, all the charters tend to sell out every boat, so be sure to book a stay with Bloomer Estates Vacation Rentals and reserve your spot on one of these boats early.

Boy photographing a deer at close range

17. Take Photos of the Local Attractions and Wildlife

 

With over 300 species of birds that live or migrate to the Long Beach Washington Coast, birdlife photography has become a main attraction of the peninsula. There are also ample opportunities to photograph deer, bears, and the occasional coyote. Landscape photographers love taking photos of Willapa Bay, the two lighthouses,  the annual kite festival, and even the big waves at Cape Disappointment. 

Hiking at Willapa Bay

18. Enjoy some of the many hiking trails

 

Whether you enjoy hiking on a paved trail pristine through dunes and wetlands or prefer the secluded pine forests with abundant birdlife, the Long Beach Peninsula has much to offer. Here is your guide for some of the best hiking on the Washington Coast.

Candy Man shop indoors Long Beach WA

19. Stop for Ice Cream or Handmade Chocolates, Truffles and Saltwater Taffy

 

No beach holiday would be complete without a stop to the local confectionery stores for some handmade treats. Long Beach has an excellent selection of great shops for the sweet tooth in your family.

20. Paintings By Goat

Paintings By Goat is fun a homestead located two miles from downtown Long Beach, WA. They care for several sheep, ducks, goats, pigs, bunnies, chickens, and more. The owners are homesteaders, living off what they grow, and all donations go to the care and feeding of the animals.  

Time Enough Books In Ilwaco Washington

21. Visit a Local Bookstore

Remember when you bought books from a store, where you browsed the aisle to find something interesting or talked to the local seller who could recommend something great to read.   There are just three places left on the beach where you can still find a book, grab a coffee and sit down and read in the store.  Be sure to stop by all three to support the local booksellers while we still have them.  

Cranberry Beading Long Beach Washington

21. Visit the Annual Cranberry Harvest

 

Cranberries are part of the local heritage on the Long Beach Peninsula on the Southwest Washington Coast.  Learn about how they harvest cranberries, where to buy locally produced cranberry goods, and the history at the Cranberry Museum.