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2023 Summer in the Pacific Northwest: Can’t-Miss Seabrook Events

Published: May 22, 2023 | Read Time: 3 Minutes

Every summer, countless families pack their bags and head out on memorable getaways. If you’re looking for a summer vacation destination in the Pacific Northwest, look no further than Seabrook, Washington.

This walkable, oceanfront beach town is often referred to as the state’s best-kept secret and beach town. Ever since it was established in 2004, Seabrook has attracted guests looking to take a break from everyday life and enjoy quality, uninterrupted time with the ones they love most.

When you plan a summer vacation to Seabrook, you won’t have any trouble finding fun things to do for the whole family. Wander around charming shops or explore the walking trails, soak in the sunshine at an oceanfront park or see who can come out on top competing in outdoor games like pickleball or bocce ball. Every summer, there are numerous local events taking place. Experience all that makes this Washington coast town so special by participating in these memorable events.

New Events To Experience

Beach Volleyball

Get ready to bump, set, and spike your way through summer with weekly beach volleyball sessions on Thursdays from June 22nd to August 31st! All skills levels are welcome, meet at the Pacific Glen beach access nets for summertime fun.

Saturday Block Party

This fun doesn’t stop at the excitement of the Saturday Markets this summer! Join us for a block party each Saturday from June 24th to September 2nd from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Market Street. Bring the whole family for yard games, sidewalk chalk, bubble machines, music, and more.

Father’s Day Spirits Tasting At The Belfry

Celebrate Father’s Day with spirits including whisky, rum, cognac and gin at The Belfry At Seabrook on Saturday, June 17th! Menu and pricing information coming soon.

Recurring Summer Events

Seabrook Town Tours

If you have ever imagined owning a home at the beach, then consider joining Town Co-founder, Casey Roloff, or a knowledgeable Seabrook team member, for a walk about town to see the inspiration and hear the story of Seabrook and the Art of Town Building every Saturday at 11:00 AM. Stop by the Real Estate Office on Saturdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM for wine and a chat with the Seabrook Real Estate team, too!

Beachside Author Series

Come experience meet and greets, writing workshops for kids and adults, book signings, and private readings during these literary weekends on June 24th, July 15th, July 28th, August 26th, and September 16th.

Seabrook Experts-In-Residence Program

We are so excited for the second year of the Experts-In-Residence program after last year’s resounding success! Each week from June 24th to September 6th, spend the morning with the visiting expert who shares fun, engaging, and interactive activities for all ages that you and your kids are sure to remember fondly for years to come. Look forward to authors, comedians, scientists, explorers, designers, and more.

Summer Saturday Salutations

Start your Saturdays with a relaxing yoga session. Summer Saturday Salutations returns this year and will once again take place from mid-June to September. These sessions begin at 9:00 AM in Kucera Park. Knowledgeable instructors will lead you through a series of moves that’ll leave you feeling refreshed.

Summer Yoga In Kucera Park In Seabrook, WA

Seabrook Saturday Markets

Seabrook Saturday Markets are back for another year. From June through September, vendors of all varieties set up shop at this market that runs from 11:00 AM  to 4:00 PM. Explore the booths featuring food, art, handcrafted items, beauty and wellness products, and more from regional vendors. Find fresh produce to make a delicious summer salad or the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip.

Summer Fun At The Belfry

The Belfry at Seabrook is hosting a variety of interactive family-friendly pop-up events during the Saturday Markets, along with cocktails to-go for the perfect refreshing drink for 21+ guests to sip while strolling the market. The Belfry also has openings this summer in The Belfry or Crescent Park Tent if your crew is looking for a place to gather!

Seabrook Sunset Concerts

Every Friday from June 30th to September 1st, enjoy incredible live music at Seabrook sunset concerts. Make your way to the Sunset Amphitheater Park with your blankets and lawn chairs for these weekly shows that run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Enjoy ocean views, the refreshing sea breeze, and a picture-perfect sunset while listening to a performance from talented artists. Check out the list of featured performers!

Intro To Pickleball

Try out a fun introduction to pickleball, overview of the rules, scoring, and some light drills for all skill levels with Scott Smith, an Ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association. Sessions take place on Saturdays at the courts just beyond the entrance to the Farm District beginning at 12:15 PM Saturday, July 15th through Saturday, September 16th.

September Encore Series

The summer concert series is extended for one more month of music, dancing, and good eats at the Sunset Amphitheater. Soak up the last days of summer every Saturday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM!

Don’t Miss The Fan-favorite Annual Events

The Seabrook Relay

Join in on the festivities at the sold-out Seabrook Relay on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023! Cheer on the teams (often adorned in themed outfits) and cruise around the town during the event.

The Stowaway Market Street Wine Walk

Enjoy wine with a view at The Stowaway Market Street Wine Walk on June 10th from noon to 4:00 PM where 36 wines from all around the Northwest, good eats from local eaters and dishes from the crowd-favorite Weathervane Scallop Truck are featured!

Dad’s Dash 3k

Join us on Market Street for the free admission, unofficially timed Dad’s Dash 3k on Sunday, June 18th at 9:00 AM! Fun for the whole family, participants can walk, jog, or run around the pre-designated route through town.

Seabrook Porch Illumination Celebration

Decorate your Seabrook home in red, white, and blue this Fourth of July in Seabrook! All decorations must be on display before 5:00 PM on Monday, July 3rd. The Illuminated Walkabout takes place between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM throughout all of Seabrook.

19th Annual Founders Day Celebration

Come celebrate the anniversary of Seabrook’s founding at Crescent Park on Saturday, July 22nd from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Check out the bouncy houses, lawn games, music, face painting, and food vendors for an afternoon full of fun and games.

Gnome And Fairy Festival

Come one, come all to celebrate the magic of Seabrook’s forest and the creatures who call it home at the Gnome And Fairy Festival on Saturday, August 19th in the Town Center.

No matter when you visit Seabrook, chances are there is an incredible event taking place in town or one of the surrounding areas.

Start planning your Pacific Northwest summer vacation today! With 280 homes involved in the vacation rental program, you can find something that meets your needs and wants for the ultimate getaway.

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Spend a Day at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA

A stay in one of our charming Seabrook vacation rentals would only be complete with an Ocean Shores beach trip! Less than 20 minutes south of Seabrook, the quaint town of Ocean Shores is best known for its serene views of the Pacific Ocean and an abundance of freshwater inlets. Try exploring all four beaches on our list. Or you could just pick one to lounge at for the entire afternoon. 

The Ocean Shores, WA, beaches are perfect for many exciting outdoor activities. Dig for clams during the on-season, wander down the sand on a morning horseback ride, or fly your kite in the salty winds. While planning your trip to Seabrook, check out our Events Page and Things Do Page to help you choose which activities will best suit your heart’s desire.

Views of the Olympic Mountains from Damon Point

The 4 Best Places for a Day at the Beach in Ocean Shores

1. Ocean City State Park

Enjoy the beautiful Ocean City State Park with beach access and walking trails through the Ocean Shores wilderness. Two trails feature outdoor courts to play badminton, volleyball, and croquet. Do as the locals do and try clam digging during the on-season. Because this stretch of beach is technically considered part of the state highway, cars can roll right up on the park sand.

2. Damon Point

Rock and shell collectors will love exploring Damon Point, an ideal spot to find agate gemstones, jasper gemstones, and occasionally sea glass. Surrounded by the Pacific on three sides, Damon Point is also an excellent beach in Ocean Shores for bird viewing. This stretch of sand is home to several nesting birds. This location is your best bet to spot some rare fowls. One of our favorite birds to watch for in the winter is the rare snowy plover. You’ll also encounter varieties of shorebirds, bald eagles, and possibly even harbor seals relaxing on the rocks!

3. Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area

Near Damon Point is another coveted spot for avid bird watchers at Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area. Named a part of the Great Washington State Birding Trail by the Audubon Society, Oyhut is home to blue herons, pelicans, and more. Walk along the shore and take in the beauty of the surrounding wetlands and sand dunes. On a clear day, look across the ocean to witness a perfect view of Mount Rainier in the distance. Though there are no official trails here, this 683-acre beach park offers plenty of opportunities to discover Ocean Shores’ unique wildlife. Because cars aren’t permitted on this beach, you can expect a quieter, calmer atmosphere.

4. North Jetty

Though the ocean current makes it too dangerous to swim here, North Jetty is a beautiful beach in Ocean Shores. If you’re traveling with young children, a trip to North Jetty may be too dangerous as there are many rocks and the landscape is a bit wild. However, you’ll have an unparalleled ocean view from this stretch of undeveloped land dotted with driftwood.

Things To Do at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA

  • Bird watching
  • Flying Kites
  • Clamming
  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Campfire on the beach

Relax in Seabrook After Your Beach Day

A beach day in Ocean Shores, WA can be exciting but exhausting. Come back to one of our cozy vacation rentals and unwind in Seabrook, WA. Opt for an oceanfront property and marvel at a West Coast sunset over the water in the evening. Or, check out our pet-friendly properties if you have a furry family member you want to bring along. Check our availability today! We can’t wait to make your Seabrook getaway a memorable one!

Your Guide to Seabrook’s 2023 SpringFest

We can’t wait for spring to be in full swing! With flowers blooming across town, sunshine peeking through and Seabrook’s SpringFest just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for the whole family to stay and play all week long in Washington’s Beach Town.

From Monday, March 20, 2023 through Sunday, April 16, 2023 we have twenty-seven straight days of nonstop fun and excitement. Magic shows, laser tag, miniature boat races, yard games, and scavenger hunts are almost here. We’re counting down to SpringFest where there’s something fun for everyone every day!


March 20 | March 27 | April 3 | April 10

Disappearing rope, card tricks, and mind bending magic every Monday in Growler’s Alley. Be captivated by magicians each Monday of SpringFest as they and create entrancing illusions right in front of your very eyes. You’re sure to have a few laughs, too! 

This event is not only fun for kids but for adults of all ages. Magic shows start at 2:00 PM in Growler’s Alley and last for an hour. Learn more about this extraordinary show on the Magic Monday events page


March 21 | March 28 | April 4 | April 11 

Pew! Pew! Bring the whole family over to Growler’s Alley from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays for laser tag. Explore an entire course with inflatable blockades and hiding spots!

This event costs $20.00 per player for unlimited play all afternoon! Card payments only, please.

Check out this awesome event here on the Tag Tuesday event page


March 22 | March 29 | April 5 | April 12

Grab a boat kit, build it, and then feel the thrill of watching your boat race to the finish! Every Wednesday of SpringFest, races start at 2:00 PM in the Growler’s Alley tent.

Stop by the Guest Services Lobby at 301 Front Street to purchase a boat building kit for $10.00 or Growler’s Alley beginning at 2:00 PM.

Race winners receive a Seabrook swag bag!

For more information, head to the Wind Boat Wednesdays event page.


March 23 | March 30 | April 6 | April 13

Join us as we bring the magic of the theater to life every Thursday of SpringFest from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Don costumes, rehearse a fun play, and put on a show! Children of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Meet at the mini-theater right next to Buck’s Northwest on Front Street! For more information, see the Theater Thursdays event page.


March 24 | April 7 | April 14

You don’t want to miss out on Field Day Fridays during SpringFest where all kinds of yard games are hosted from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM every day, along with t-shirt tye-dying! Stop by for kick ball, three-legged races, water balloon tosses, potato sack races, and plenty of other yard games for the whole family.

T-shirts for tie-dying are $10.00 per shirt in Crescent Park from 11:00 AM to 3:00. Card payments only, please.

For more information, check out the Field Day Fridays event page.


March 25 | April 1 | April 8 | April 15

Embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the town! Each Sunday throughout SpringFest we will have a scavenger hunt for your team to do. Solve the clues, learn about the history of Seabrook, and fill your photo album up with tons of great photos from your trip. Pick up your clue card and instructions at Guest Services Lobby at 301 Front Street from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

This event runs rain or shine so be sure to dress accordingly. 

Read more about this scavenger hunt on the Scavenger Saturday event page.


March 26 | April 2 | April 9 | April 16

Get creative and let your imagination run wild as we cover the town in chalk drawings. We will be providing chalk outside of the Guest Services Lobby each Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Draw your favorite Seabrook sunset, doodle a fun pattern, or draw whatever inspires you in the moment.

Read about chalk the block on the Sidewalk Sundays event page.


March 1 – April 30

Test your clue-deciphering skills and embark on the Glass Float Find this spring.

We hide two floats a day, one with a posted hint and one without (for the more skilled hunters). If you find the float… it’s yours to keep! Learn more on our story: Why You Need to Experience the Glass Float Find

Don’t miss out on a second of excitement! Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for pictures and contest winners! RSVP to our Facebook Event Page for reminders and the latest updates on SpringFest.


Spring on the coast is one of the most exciting times of the year to visit when outdoor activities ramp up! Spend time exploring the coastal beaches, day-tripping, mountain biking, hiking, clam digging, shopping, surfing, and so much more. For more spring things to do in and around Seabrook, check out the Discover Springtime list of the best activities!


Seabrook Hospitality’s vacation rentals makes getting away this spring relaxing and carefree so you can spend your days as active or as leisurely as you would like. Choose your ideal vacation home this spring, whether it’s a home close to the beach, close to the mountain biking trails, or right in the Town Center to take in all of the action.

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Seabrook painting kits

Seabrook Hospitality has teamed up with the talented artists at Corks and Canvas out of Seattle for some ongoing painting fun while you are in Seabrook! Experience hours of creative enjoyment at your fingertips. We provide two painting options to choose from and all of the materials you will need to paint your coastal themed masterpiece.


Each painting kit is $49.95 + tax, available to purchase and pick up from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily from the Guest Services office.

You can also preorder and add it to your reservation by calling guest services at 360/276-0265 where your painting kit will be in your home upon arrival! 


  • Access to virtual pre-recorded instructions
  • 11″ x 14″ canvas
  • Acrylic paints (6 paint pots/colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Disposable apron
  • Disposable paint plate
  • Disposable cup for rinsing brushes
  • Disposable table covering



Painting Level: Beginner                                                                                                                                                                       

Jellyfish Painting

The Whimsical Moon Jellyfish is designed for beginners where painting comes to life in this under the sea paint-along experience.

Whether you’re painting solo, with the kids, or on a getaway retreat, this painting is the perfect way to commemorate your time at the beach. 


Painting Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Corks and Canvas Seabrook Painting

This custom made painting encompasses that feeling we all have as we take in the sight of the rolling waves from this iconic vantage point in Pacific Glen.

Designed for more advanced users, Seabrook Sunset Serenity will take you away from it all while creating a beautiful work of art to remember your time in Washington’s Beach Town.

For any questions, please contact Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram to show us your art @seabrookwa, too!

Ghost Forest Tour

The Ghost Forest is on the Copalis River estuary about a 15-minute drive from Seabrook. This forest of old-growth cedar trees was hit by a massive tsunami on January 26, 1700. The same event was recorded thousands of miles away in Japan. The tsunami lowered the coastal forests by 6 feet killing thousands of cedar trees with saltwater and devastating local coastal villages. Today, many of those 300-feet tall trees stand dead – looking bare, broken, and ghostly even on the sunniest of days.


The Ghost Forest can be accessed via tour experiences with Buck’s NW (previously Buck’s Bikes). It is a magical and memorable trip. Offered seasonally, these guided experiences are available for both stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. Stop by Buck’s NW for more information.

Paddling to the Ghost Forest is very peaceful, with numerous encounters with wildlife.” “Nearly every trip, we see otters, bald eagles, herons feeding on banks, tons of shorebirds and even some fish.” – Buck Giles, owner/operator of Buck’s NW

N o t e  that Seabrook’s elevation is safe from tsunamis. Once every month there is a tsunami test alert warning broadcasted over the town to assemble at the Town Hall, if ever necessary.


  • The Ghost Forest is less than a mile upriver from the bridge crossing the Copalis River on Highway 109.
  • A 9.0 magnitude earthquake on the Cascadia Fault, located offshore and under the Pacific Ocean, caused the tsunami that not only devastated the local areas but killed over 15,000 people across the ocean in Japan.
  • The Orphan Tsunami of 1700, a paper published by Brian Atwater revealed and proved the tsunami’s origins, making the Ghost Forest the epicenter of the event.
  • Brian Atwater’s work showed that not only were 9.0 magnitude earthquakes possible, but that they also occur every 300 to 600 years.
  • According to, findings and general awareness of potential dangers to the region, Grays Harbor County received nearly one million dollars to set up tsunami alarms, create evacuation plans, and place signs to help direct traffic out of the impacted towns when a big earthquake should hit.
  • As written on, scientists say the trees were killed when the land they were growing on suddenly dropped between 6 and 8 feet, turning the land into a salt marsh. Coniferous trees cannot live in salt water.
  • The tours to the Ghost Forest are in a safe, low-risk environment and can be reached with minimal effort.
  • The gentle river is removed from noise and urban environment, allowing you a chance to unplug and experience nature first-hand, without going too far off the beaten path.
  • “The reason everyone should take this tour is that it is a perfect blend of ancient geological history and the more recent logging history of the region,” explains Buck Giles. “Paddling to the Ghost Forest lets you experience the past, where we recognize the importance of logging history, while also focusing on the future, where we celebrate outdoor recreation and encourage tourism to rekindle our economy.”
  • The experience is about 3 to 3.5 hours.

Sources: Summaries of numerous corroborative websites.


It’s no surprise that the Washington Coast is a destination for fishing, but you might be surprised to learn that the fishing isn’t limited to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Quinault River is well-known for Chinook, Silver Salmon and Steelhead fishing during the fall and winter seasons.  Anglers are welcome with a Quinault Tribal Guide.

Ask us about how to set up an excursion with our neighbors, the Quinaults. Deep sea fishing is available out of nearby Westport, with charter boats available for salmon, albacore tuna, ling cod, rockfish, halibut and other types of bottomfish pursuits. Surf fishing is also a popular sport, with surf perch, salmon and steelhead common catches along the beach at Seabrook’s front door.


Try Out Guided Fishing This Season!

Spring – Check out the local lowland lakes during the spring for ideal trout fishing.

Summer – Take your pick of the local fishing options! Summer is prime time for saltwater and freshwater catches.

Fall – It’s river fishing for salmon season! From chinook to king salmon, you can look forward to a great catch of the day.

Winter – Winter steelhead fishing trips are sure to be bountiful!


Seabrook Concierge Services has partnered with local experts to offer guided fishing trips! Visit the Concierge – Outdoor Services to learn more.


See our blog, The Best Fishing On The Washington Coast, for some more insight on fishing near Seabrook!


The Washington State coastline is the third longest in the U.S. If you are a surfer, then you’re probably well aware of this fact and know exactly where and when to catch a break.

Homeowners of Seabrook and residents of Grays Harbor County surf the waves right at Seabrook, where the beach is, on-average, a 5-minute walk from anywhere in town.

“As you sit on your board beyond the waves waiting for the break, the peaceful quietness is all you hear.” – Grays Harbor County resident who surfs at Seabrook

Book A Seabrook Surf Lesson

If you’re interested in trying the waves, then visit Buck’s Northwest (previously Buck’s Bikes) so they can provide more insight into what can be done immediately in the area. Located on Front Street, you can practically see your waves and plot your course.

At Bucks Northwest, they offer all equipment rentals, as well as lessons, of various water “surfing” related activities! Each instructor is knowledgeable and also Red Cross Lifeguard Certified.

Visit Buck’s Northwest in person or see their website to book a lesson today! 

Surf's up in Seabrook!

Quick Tips For Cold Weather Surfing

Eat up. Did you know that certain foods can help you maintain body heat? Bananas, lean meats, and ginger root are just a few foods that can help.

Suit up. Ask a professional about the correct wet suit to wear in colder water temperatures. Appropriate booties and gloves are also crucial to stay in safe in colder water.

Warm up. Just like any exercise, it’s important to warm up your muscles before doing anything strenuous. Jog in place, do some jumping jacks, or an exercise of your choice to get your body warmed up.

Buddy up. It is always a good idea to have at least one other person surf with you in colder weather where the waves and currents may be stronger than in the warmer months. 

Beach and Town Biking

Bikes are part of the Seabrook story. And there’s a good reason why – Seabrook’s major design goal is exceptional walking and biking experiences – rather than car experiences.

Bring your bikes and cruise the streets of Seabrook, exploring pocket parks and wooded nooks, finding your favorite firepits and outdoor games.

Or, try a beach ride! Rent a fat tire bike from Buck’s Northwest (Buck’s Bikes). Fat tire bikes are engineered for easy riding on the soft sand. Hit the beach, cruise along the water’s edge, discover Copalis Rock (two and a half miles away), and even enjoy a donut or two. I mean, why not?

Biking Beach Lifestyle

Day Trip Hikes Near Seabrook

Hit the trails around Seabrook for a leisure hike and an easy way to connect with nature.

From the popular Gnome Trail that connects to Elk Creek and all the way down to the beach, to the trails in the green belt between the Farm District and Lily Walk neighborhoods, Seabrook has plenty of easy hiking for the leisure-hiker. Walk through windswept trees and old, mammoth cedar stumps reminiscent of the activity that characterized the Washington Coast in the early 20th century.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a day trip and explore the rain forest in Olympic National Park. The easiest way to enter the Park is via the Lake Quinault area, where you can access a myriad of hikes full of waterfall views and lush greenery.

For further information on all the available hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, visit the Washington Trails Association website.  See the “Day Trips” section of our activities guide for more ideas and destinations.

Olympic National Park

Lake Quinault

Venture up to 123 miles from Seabrook via Highway 101 to experience the wonders of the national park!

10 Amazing Day Hikes in Olympic National Park
12 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park Valley Trails

Olympic National Park Pet-Friendly Hikes

  • Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)
  • Rialto Beach one-half mile north to Ellen Creek
  • All Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Peabody Creek Trail

Damon Point In Ocean Shores, WA

Ocean Shores, WA

Damon Point State Park Trail
~21 miles south of Seabrook

Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park
15 minutes south of Seabrook

Weatherwax Trail
~18 miles south of Seabrook

Bottle Beach State Park

Aberdeen, WA

Bottle Beach State Park
~45 miles from Seabrook

East Aberdeen Waterfront Walkway
~30 miles from Seabrook


  • Many years ago, pre-Seabrook land had been clear-cut three times, which created a poorly managed forest that was crowded, unhealthy, and lacked biodiversity. Even the staunchest environmentalists were supportive of the Seabrook approach and the plan to bring back native vegetation. Today, this walk-able, dense town is a healthy environmental model with sustainable parks, trails, and vegetation to last generations.
  • Seabrook’s name was derived from the multiple creeks and brooks that lead out to sea.
  • The Hoh River Trail is in the temperate Hoh Rain Forest that receives over 12 feet of rain per year, mostly during the months between October and April.
  • When hiking Hurricane Ridge in the summertime, you’ll see marmots, deer, and possibly mountain goats scaling adjacent ridges.
  • At the peak of Hurricane Hill, you can see forever – the Olympic Mountain range, Vancouver Island, and even Puget Sound.
  • The Enchanted Valley via East Fork Quinault River at Graves Creek Trailhead is a primitive, old-growth forest high above the Quinault River Valley.
  • Ozette Triangle Loop Trail combines the beauty of a forest hike and the openness of the rugged beachscape while revegetated from recent discoveries of human culture dating back 2,000 years.
  • Hiking Marymere Falls, along the shores of Lake Crescent, takes you through the old-growth forest to Marymere Falls themselves – 90 feet high plummeting from Falls Creek above.
  • Rialto Beach is a popular coast walk where you can saunter seemingly for miles and enjoy pebble-y sand, enormous driftwoods, tidal pools, sea-stack landforms, and seabirds.
  • There are 611 miles of trail in the Olympic National Park and 300 bird species!

Sources: Summaries of numerous corroborative websites.

Ruby Beach

Many people say Ruby Beach is the most beautiful beach in Washington State. What’s not debatable is the idea that Ruby Beach is one place you need to visit on your trip out to the Washington Coast. Known for its iconic rock formations, reddish sand, huge driftwood structures, and active tide pools, Ruby Beach is one of the most well-known and visited beaches in the state.

Popular Activities

What makes Ruby Beach beautiful beach in Washington isn’t just its sand and sea stacks. It’s the whole experience.  It’s the kind of place that young, curious explorers and more mellow beach goers can all enjoy alike. And it’s a photographer’s dream.

Sea Stacks

The iconic Ruby Beach sea stacks are some of the most famous sea stacks in the US. Formed over hundreds of years of erosion, these magnificent rock formations are brilliant and inspiring.

Abbey Island is the most viewed sea stack at Ruby Beach, and one of the most photographed sea stacks in the Olympic National Park. Sitting off shore a few hundred feet north of the beach, Abbey Island is home to sea otters, migratory birds, and flanked with starfish and mussels. There is another sea stack near Abbey Island that stands about 20 feet in the air and is another perfect photography spot. With a hole in the middle of the rock, numerous visitors stand, sit or gaze at a sunset through this porthole sized gap in the stone.


Starfish at Ruby Beach on the Washington Coast

Tidepools are fun for everyone, and Ruby Beach has plenty. The tidepools here are really fascinating as there is an abundance of marine life. Purple, red and yellow starfish, spiny sea urchins, hard shelled limpets, anemones and crabs scuttling in the seaweed are just some of the delights that await you.


For many people, a day at the beach isn’t complete until they’ve dusted off a sand-covered seashell and added it to their collection. But beachcombers shouldn’t limit their treasure hunting to just conches and cockles.

From agates and sea glass to unique rocks and driftwood, Ruby Beach is brimming with treasures to take home as souvenirs. But before you pocket anything, one word of warning: Make sure there’s no longer a sea creature living inside its shell. It’s illegal to remove these critters from the beach and doing so can result in a fine.


Wandering either direction up and down the beach is also an adventure. Head north along the coast, with the tide low, and walk to the mouth of the Hoh River in just two short miles. Or hike south and walk for nearly 15 miles until you reach the mouth of the Quinault River. These two river mouths play an important significance to the region, as they are both fed by the heavy rainforest downpours that occur year round.

Additional Information

    • Ruby Beach is part of the Olympic National Park so you will need a National Park Pass to park in the parking lot.
    • The beach is home to a lot of wildlife, including Bald Eagles. Therefore, it is against the law to fly drones at Ruby Beach.
    • Ruby Beach is accessible directly off of Highway 101.

What People Are Saying About Ruby Beach

The sun setting on Ruby Beach

“I love Ruby Beach! One of my favorite beaches in Washington! The view here is fantastic and the nearby haystack rocks are a sheer delight to take in.”

– Alden, Tacoma

“One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen on the west coast. This place is heaven on earth.”

– Brittany, Indianapolis

“Ruby Beach is breathtaking. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.”

– Sheri, Seattle