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Olympic Coast Discovery Center

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Address: The Landing, 115 East Railroad, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone Number:
+1 360-452-3255
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Olympic Coast Discovery Center on the Port Angeles waterfront is a...

The Olympic Coast Discovery Center on the Port Angeles waterfront is a great place to begin your learning adventures on the Olympic Coast. It has information for the whole family about marine conservation, the animals and habitats of the Olympic Coast, and the part you play in protecting our marine environment. Trained Discovery Center staff and dedicated volunteers will provide detailed information on where to hike, where to see whales, the best views or secluded beaches. You'll get road distances and driving times, and tips for getting the most out of your visit. You will also learn about the history of exploration of the Olympic Coast and the many tools that researchers use to understand the underwater landscapes, living communities and ocean processes that make Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary the ecological treasure it is.

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Small but packed with history and information, and the volunteer gentleman who was the only staff person there was attentive and knowledgeable about everything that was shown... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 10, 2016
Robert E
Auburn, Washington
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Auburn, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Small but packed with history and information, and the volunteer gentleman who was the only staff person there was attentive and knowledgeable about everything that was shown. Though it was crowded at times, he made sure to greet everyone and to answer all questions asked of him. Because of the electronic touch-screens, there was an unusual amount of information that... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Fun stop in downtown Port Angeles. Free of charge and very informative. My son and I both learned a lot! Worth a quick stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015

Most of us never see what lies below the surface of the water. Here you can see many of the inhabitants that reside in local waters like shrimp, sea cucumbers, scallops, cod, an octopus, as well as crabs and sea stars...even microscopic ones. It's worth a visit and very family friendly.

Thank LValent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

We happened to be driving by and stopped at Port Angeles. We walked into this place and the gentleman was very helpful and knowledgeable about everything in the area. He also gave us maps with specific things to see in the town and outside of it within driving distance. Will definitely visit again when we have more time to explore!

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Cleves, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

Neat place to visit and see some of the animals from the pacific up close and personal. It doesn't take a lot of time to go through but it was still enjoyable.

Thank VSchutte
Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

This museum is tucked away and easy to miss but is worth a stop. The staff are enthusiastic about their work and eager to share with and teach others. We learned a lot about the US Marine Sanctuaries--what they are, why the exist, and who is responsible for them and specifically the one right off the Washington coast. Worth a... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Nice staff, informative and knowledgeable. We visited based on other reviews and glad we did. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. My 4 year old enjoyed the displays (as did I). It was free and well worth the visit.

Thank Meagan D
Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2015

The staff are very helpful and knowledgable. The exhibits are new and engaging. There is a great video submersible simulator for kids to try. Some skulls and pelts to get a closer look at. This is not to be confused with the Fiero Marine Science centre which actually has the aquariums and touch tanks. No living creatures here. Upstairs in... More 

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Minnnetonka, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

They have great touch tanks. We saw an octopus eating a crab. The staff is very friendly. Wonderful place for kids.

1 Thank ljjh
Minden, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2015

In port Angeles the trail is paved and off the roads all the way to Sequin. We road mountain bikes. The section along the waterfront was flat and fast. Further along it crossed several ravines so it steep going down and back up. We had to walk several sections. All in all it is great pathway.

1 Thank Ray R

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