The Washington Coast is full of natural wonders to explore, quaint beach town shops and dining to experience, and outdoor activities available. With northbound day trips to Ocean Shores, Seabrook, Pacific Beach, Moclips, and dozens of other potential stops along the way, the Washington coast is a beautiful and rewarding destination to visit every season of the year.
Start any trip off right with a stay in a vacation rental at the charming beach town of Seabrook, WA, the perfect launching point for coastal exploration. Whether your crew is into birdwatching, whale watching, fishing, surfing, mountain biking, beachcombing, kite flying, or simply dining out in between leisurely shopping ventures, Seabrook puts you in close proximity to the best local destinations while offering plentiful activities and comfortable, spacious vacation rentals.
Ocean Shores, WA Must-Do Outdoor Activities
Spending a day choosing fun things to do in Ocean Shores is a great way to step outside of fast-paced living and into activities that are meant to be enjoyed as your own pace. Family-friendly activities are awaiting at every turn, take a look at a few of visitors and locals favorite things to do in the bustling beach town and surrounding beaches.
Walk The Beach At The North Jetty
Don’t miss out on a stop at the North Jetty, about a 10-minute drive once you enter Ocean Shores. This scenic beach is one of the smaller ones in the area, though it more than makes up for the size with the sweeping ocean views and beachcombing opportunities.
Beachcomb At Damon Point
A 15-minute drive once you get into Ocean Shores, Damon Point offers a 360-degree water vista with views of the North Bay and out into the ocean. The flat beach is full of beachcombing treasures and offers miles of shoreline to meander through with birdwatching opportunities you don’t want to miss. Make sure you’re noting the Ocean Shores tides as the shoreline lessens significantly during cooler months.
Have A Picnic At Ocean City State Park
Tucked away about 3-minutes outside of Ocean Shores is Ocean City State Park. Park your rig in the gravel parking lot and expect about a 5-minute walk through a trail surrounded by beautiful dune grass, trees, and a stream before opening onto the beach. Picnic tables are out seasonally within the park, though bringing along a blanket and having a picnic on the beach is a great way to spend an afternoon.
See What’s Happening At The Ocean Shores Convention Center
The Ocean Shores Convention center, about a 5-minute drive into Ocean Shores has fun and family-friendly festival throughout the year. Crowd-favorite events are the Sand & Sawdust Festival in June, Go Hog Wild in July, Body & Soul Festival & Gem Show in August, and other music, art, and craft festivals.
Drive North & See The Hidden Gems Of The North Beach
Taking a drive north along the coast is full of quick (or long) stops and new places to explore.
Visit Griffiths-Priday State Park
Just an 13-minute drive from Ocean Shores is Griffiths-Priday State Park. A typically more calm area of the shore brings about all kinds of wildlife to see, from bald eagles to otter and deer, there’s plenty of serene scenery to take in and explore.
Enjoy The Drive-On Beach Access At Roosevelt Beach
A quick 20-minute drive from Ocean Shores is the easily accessible, drive-on beach access of Roosevelt Beach. This especially scenic beach access has miles of shoreline to explore, visible sea stacks, colorful clay cliffsides to see, and wildlife. It’s also a popular beach for seasonal clam digging.
Explore Seabrook And Its Resort-Style Amenities, Beach Access, & Trail Network
A convenient 25-minute drive from Ocean Shores, Seabrook has endless activities for the whole family. With shops, restaurants, walk-on beach access, bike and water sport rentals, hiking and biking trails, pickleball courts, a playground, and much more, it’s the ideal location for a day trip or vacation stay.
Spend An Afternoon In The Quaint Town Of Pacific Beach
A 40-minute drive from Ocean Shores, Pacific Beach is home to the Pacific Beach State Park that has great walk-on beach access and picnicking areas. The town offers a small number of great eateries and shops, along with a drive-on beach access at Analyde Gap.
Learn About Local History In Moclips
A 45-minute drive from Ocean Shores is the small town of Moclips. Home to the Museum of the North Beach, Moclips is a great stop to learn about the area’s fascinating history along with a trip the drive-on beach access at the north end of the town.
Play & Relax In Seabrook Afterwards
If your crew likes to sprawl out and is leaning towards a stay in a vacation rental versus an Ocean Shores hotel, Seabrook Hospitality offers more than 270 rentals year-round! With private amenities like hot tubs, dog-friendly homes, private fire pits, barbecues, oceanfront homes, cabins, and full access to the onsite pools, fitness center, and sports courts, it is sure to make the whole crew happy and is a convenient 25-minute drive from Ocean Shores.