Things to Do in Ocean Shores, Washington

Things to Do in Ocean Shores, Washington
Ocean Shores is located on the Point Brown peninsula, in southwest Washington. A sleepy town during the winter, it becomes a busy seaside resort during the spring and summer. Mini-golf, kite flying and outdoor dinning are popular in Ocean Shores, as are other, more active pursuits, including horseback riding and hiking. In the fall and winter, visitors can also enjoy boating and many indoor attractions in the city center.

Damon Point State Park

This 61-acre park is a favorite destination for bird watchers, with species ranging from crows to geese to eagles and gulls. There are also seals and whales near the coast, making the park a good starting point to explore the surrounding waters. The single, one-mile trail within the park allows for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and harbor. Beaches are clean and quiet within the park, offering a nice respite from the sounds of the city. Clamming is popular at the shore and visitors often come from surrounding towns just to pick up treasures from the beach as the tide goes down.

Washington State Parks Head Office
1111 Israel Road S.W.
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 902-8844
parks.wa.gov

Biking

Biking is a popular pastime in Ocean Shores, primarily because the area offers more than 120 miles of trails and paved roads, which wave throughout the peninsula and make their way to the beach or the parks. Bike and moped rentals are available from a number of vendors in downtown Ocean Shores, and most are rented for half an hour at a time or for the day, so you have a choice depending on what your plans are on the island. Even biking through the town is lovely, as there are antique shops and city parks everywhere, making this an interesting journey with many possible stops.

This and That Mopeds
748 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
(360) 289-0919

OWW Rentals
172 W. Chance ala Mer Blvd.
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
(360) 289-3830

City Parks

There are three public parks in Ocean Shores: Emerson Park, North Bay Park and Chinook Park. Emerson Park has more of an urban feel, with a tennis court, a playground and a series of benches and picnic areas. North Bay and Chinook parks are directly on Duck Lake and offer a boat launch, a pier and a baseball field. Both parks also have restrooms and sheltered picnic facilities. While the parks are too small for hiking or biking trails, there is still plenty of green space to allow for sports and other active pursuits.

Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce
873 Pt. Brown Ave. NW, Suite #1
P.O. Box 382
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
oceanshores.org

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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