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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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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Delightful and informative

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cindy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun place to visit and get some great nuggets of history of the local area, fun for an hour on a dry day, but if it was raining you could probably take a couple of hours here.

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Thank Tom W
Spokane, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ran into this place just by driving around the peninsula. All the people in there were really fun to talk to. It didn't offer much in the way of interactivity, but was loaded with TONS history and local wildlife information. Fun little stop to spend 30-40 minutes. The room full of washed up Japanese Tsunami debris was really cool.... More 

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Sumner, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Interpretive Center is full of information and history of the local area. There is hands-on fun for kids and interesting facts for adults. They have recently expanded their book store, which has great items for purchase. The volunteers are wonderful, and Steve the docent is fantastic. He knows everything about the local sea life and loves to share.

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Thank Kathleen C
Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

This education center is nicely done by volunteers in the local community...I learned a few things... It is a"touch" museum that would be great for kids.

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Thank Don H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

They have limited hours and did not have it advertised on the building or even the door. I think they may be open from 12 to 4 but we still are not certain. If what is inside is better than what they show around the parking lot and out front, it should be great. I was blown away by the... More 

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