Top Things to Do in Long Beach Washington

Top 15 Fun Activies on the Long Beach, Washington Coast

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 Discovery Trail, take a horseback ride on the beach, play pickleball at the park, build sandcastles near the surf, enjoy family fun activities,  Tour the North Head Lighthouse,  enjoy fresh seafood at one of the award-winning restaurants, or take a stroll along the Long Beach boardwalk. 

Couple hugging on the beach

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.

Teenager playing pickleball

Play a game of pickleball

Come play America's fastest-growing sport. Bloomer Estates is offering nets, paddles, and balls for a nominal per stay fee.  There are three locations to play pickleball on the Peninsula. Long Beach Culbertson park has four outdoor courts, Ocean Park has two outdoor courts and the Lighthouse resort has two courts. See where to play pickleball here. 

Couple walking along the Long Beach, Washington Boardwalk

Stroll the 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 downtown, the boardwalk is visited by thousands of people from all over the world every year.

 

Sunset Romance and Catch N' Relax both have amazing views of the boardwalk from the living room dining room, and Suite Beach, SandyToes, Oceans 12, and Beachy Keen are within a 5-minute walk.

People in North Head Lighthouse

Tour the Lighthouse

 

North Head and Cape Disappointment 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.

 

Lost Lobster  and Sea La View are the two closest vacation rental condominiums to these state parks (within 2 miles), and both have spectacular ocean views.

 

Woman biking on Discovery Trail

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 Vacation Rental.  It is a paved trail that 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.

 

Bloomer Estates Vacation Rentals has over 12 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

Enjoy the Fresh Seafood

 

Enjoy the freshest salmon, Dungeness crab, tuna, clams, and Willapa Bay oysters at some of the best restaurants in Washington state. With most of the seafood coming 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 seafood and clam chowder. If you are thinking of cooking fresh fish or shellfish at your vacation rental, see our top picks for the best seafood markets.

Golf Course photo of chairs facing a green

Play a round of golf and enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner

 

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.

 

Across the street from the golf course are two Bloomer Estates Rental properties: Cedar by the Sea, and the Lighthouse Vacation Rental. Handy Hangout is one-half mile away. 

Marsh's free museum

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 but also lots to see and do.  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 and 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 Marshes, Free Museum is Suite BeachSandyToesOceans 12, and Beachy Keen vacation rentals.

Carousel Ride in Long Beach WA

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

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

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.  
Boy holding a razor clam

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

Pony ride sign with horses in back

Take a horseback riding tour on the beach

 

 

There are three 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."

 

 

Within a two-minute walk to Marsh's Free Museum are  Suite BeachSandyToesOceans 12, and Beachy Keen vacation rentals.

 

Boy throwing stick into the surf for a labradoodle

Play with your dog at the beach

 

Dogs love the beach even more than us humans. Choose from over 34 pet-friendly and dog-friendly homes. Your best friend will thank you. But please see our pet-policy before you book with us.

person photographing kites in Long Beach, WA

International Kite Festival 2021

 

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.

Fishing Boats in Ilwaco Washington

Go fishing!

 

Columbia River and Pacific Ocean Deep-sea fishing are both popular here.  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

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, bear, 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.