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Coastal Interpretive Center

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Address: 1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
Phone Number: +1 360-289-4617
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An Updated Delightful look at the Northwest Coast!!!

This place has been here for quite a number of years, but I have never taken the time to visit this precious little place. It gives a good history and children are able to touch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
WillisBayTrading
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Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has been here for quite a number of years, but I have never taken the time to visit this precious little place. It gives a good history and children are able to touch everything. The animal skins are quite a draw.... Interactive activities are in each of the rooms. Very educational!!!

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Thank WillisBayTrading
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for younger children and the young and curious at heart. A good variety of "rooms" with animals, sea creatures, history exhibits to touch and learn about the early inhabitants of this area, which can enrich your stay. Small and a little dated, but packed with much to see and spark interest, it is a gift from the community... More 

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Thank nplunkett2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely nice, helpful volunteers were manning the center. They have a variety of displays covering rocks , shells and birds 🐦

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Thank JoAnn B
Olympia, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can add to your enjoyment of going to the beach if you better understand where you are and what you are seeing. The Interpretive Center is a storehouse of information about coastal flora and fauna, cultures, and climate. And, if the weather isn't the best for beaching, this is a much more entertaining place to visit than sitting in... More 

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Thank Lee H
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Thank you for taking the time to review Coastal Interpretive Center! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our small kids here and they liked it very much. My kids love rocks and animals and this place had both. While driving there we saw some kind of small deer. It was a very interesting place and a great place for learning.

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Thank vickity907
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gentleman in charge of the exhibits was extremely patient with people who asked questions. He went out of his way to make everyone fill welcome. Lovely exhibits especially for kids.

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Thank Cindy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place. I had driven by it numerous times, had a question about the Catalina and thought they could help. Little did I know they could help with that question and then showed me many other things as well. My niece and I had a fantastic visit. So good we came back down 2 days later and brought an... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

This is a great resource for an Ocean Shores visit if you love nature. The staff knows when the low tide will reveal the agates and moonstones on the south end. Talk to the naturalist about when he is taking groups out the next day to see birds or porpoises or seals. Learn about history of the region by seeing... More 

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St. George, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Our visit turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It was quite informative concerning Ocean Shores and it's history. The staff was extremely helpful and made us feel quite welcome. I think it is a very telling thing to say I would visit this place again and I will.

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Bothell, WA
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Fabulous hands on exhibits, wonderful volunteer staff, informative videos. My grandchildren love it and so do I

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