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Coastal Interpretive Center

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Address: 1033 Catala Ave. SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Phone Number: +1 360-289-4617
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great place for families

This is a great place to visit with kids. It has lots of hands on for the kids as well as very informative information on the north coast. There is also a walking path outside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Susie H
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Ocean Shores, Washington
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Ocean Shores, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit with kids. It has lots of hands on for the kids as well as very informative information on the north coast. There is also a walking path outside.

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Thank Susie H
Aberdeen
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped and were greeted by a pack of volunteers happy to show us around. Looks like the place is getting a facelift. Lots of treasures and cool history everywhere. We loved it and will be back with friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was so impressed with Steve the Docent I had to bring my husband back. Lots of local history. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Given the stormy weather in Ocean Shores in mid-December, we decided to spend a couple of hours Sunday inside the Coastal Interpretive Center--it's only open on weekends during winter months. We found displays of wildlife, beach critters, shipwrecks, beachcombing gifts from across the ocean, local history and geology (large display on the Cascadia subduction zone). Several displays are designed for... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington, United States
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184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We found this place by accident, and I am so glad that we did. We got a wonderful overview of the history of the area and the wildlife, people and places to see. All of this done by the docent volunteers that were so charming and happy to share their knowledge and love of this place. A must see!!

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Auburn
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We're very glad we found this little treasure. It doesn't look like much from the outside but there are a bunch of neat nuggets inside. We were welcomed as we entered and given an overview of the place. Lots of very interesting things to see, videos to watch and things to touch. Nice little gift shop. A nice little place... More 

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Ocean Shores, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Very well done, so much to take in. Excellent volunteers, very knowledgeable. Small bookstore and gift shop. open Sat. and Sunday, 11;00 to 4:00, winter hours.

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Ocean Shores, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It turns out that the Penninsula is a very dynamic place! They have a good display on the early history as well as the current geologic issues facing the Penninsula. It is located at the end of a large nature preserve and contains very good displays about the plant and animal life here. I know there are animals around because... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We stopped by on a whim, only to discover that they were closed and undergoing renovations. However, one of the volunteers came out to greet us and allowed us in to view the exhibits, even though we were sort of in the way as they were working on remodeling the interior. All of the volunteers were friendly, welcoming, and (justifiably)... More 

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Camino, California
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We loved the Interpretive Center. It was full of fun and interesting facts about the area. They were closed doing some renovations but let us walk through minding the power cords. Such friendly folks!

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