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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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This is so well done. The only question we had as we left was why more communities cannot share their culture and history in this easy to view and understand method.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Allen H
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Vancouver
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Vancouver, Washington
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting free interpretive facility on the southern end of peninsula. Typical center spotlighting the artifacts and history of Ocean Shores. The facility is running out of operating funds and is in danger of closing down. Therefore the docents were particularly interested in pushing visitors to contribute money via raffle tickets, donations and the like. Somewhat off-putting and we will likely... More 

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Thank Neil L
C_Interp_Ctr, Board of Directors at Coastal Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Neil L.: I would like to convey my sincere apologies with respect to the discomfort you felt regarding a donation to the Coastal Interpretive Center when you visited us in September. It is not our intention to greet visitors with high-pressure sales when they come in to enjoy our exhibits and grounds, but as you may have noticed, we do... More 

Vancouver
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is so well done. The only question we had as we left was why more communities cannot share their culture and history in this easy to view and understand method.

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Thank Allen H
Spokane, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a lot packed into this little place. It may not look like much from the outside. But like beachcombing, the more you look, the more you'll find. Super friendly staff greets you at this free admission center, but I hope you'll be happy to give a donation once you experience it. Exhibits on animals (both land and sea), Indian... More 

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1 Thank Dennis W
Hawaii
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spend some time there to see and get a feel for the place; excellent information by expert personnel who were patient and gave of their time.

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Thank Sandy P
Kent, Washington
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to stop in and learn about Ocean Shores as well as about the Olympic Forest area. The staff is very friendly and extremely child friendly.

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Thank Sally253
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pros, Very informative, educational, and full of local history. Friendly staff, very helpful, and informative, willing to go out of there way for you. Worth a second visit, on a seperate trip. Great gift, book store. Cons, Limited hours, and time of year to visit. Make sure to check there open before making the 6 mile drive to end of... More 

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2 Thank Larry A
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The kids had a blast going through all the drawers and exploring the fossils they had for them to play with. The gentleman was so helpful about anything and everything we had questions about the area on

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1 Thank ZidaG
Tacoma, Washington
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176 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

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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1 Thank WillisBayTrading
Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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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1 Thank gratefulguestreality
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016 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

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