Coastal Interpretive Center, Ocean Shores

Coastal Interpretive Center provides a hands-on learning experience about the area's cultural and natural history. Established in the 1970s, the center aims to educate the public and preserve the state's coastal environments. You can take a self-guided tour of the exhibits, which cover coastal wildlife and birds, sea life, native cultures, history of the ocean shores, and shipwrecks. Many displays are touchable, which makes this attraction particularly interesting and appealing to families with curious kids. If you're interested in getting involved during your vacation, consider making a financial contribution to the center, or join the volunteer program. Check the website for additional info, opening hours, and upcoming events. To visit Coastal Interpretive Center and other attractions in Ocean Shores, use our Ocean Shores trip itinerary maker .
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  • This small museum packs a BIG punch. TONS of "Touch" things for the little ones and lots to educate and enlighten. An hour would be minimum. NO charge just donations but VERY interesting.  more »
  • Great little museum. So much inside--both exhibits and variety of subjects covered. We arrived early on a Monday and it was already open before the 10:00 a.m. opening time. The volunteers who run the ...  more »
  • I was driving around looking for interesting places to explore and found this center. It has many neat displays, geared towards all age groups. It also has some informative books for purchase in the g...  more »
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  • This place is packed with information! What I really enjoyed was the hands on rooms. They have an assortment of furs, bones, rocks, shells, and other items that you can touch. Each room is packed with natural and local history. If you are in the area, stop by this center. There’s even a public restroom. Don’t forget to donate or buy something from the gift shop to help the center financially. This is a volunteer run spot.
  • Fun & educational; friendly, knowledgable docents; our 2nd grader loved that everything was hands-on.
  • My husband and I spent a winter weekend in Ocean Shores with the heavy rains we were looking for things to do and saw some reviews of this place. It was wonderful! I really enjoyed the shipwreck information as that is the second ship wreck capital of the world. In addition we were able to actually touch whale vertebrae which was amazing! lots of wonderful information great staff it’s a must visit while in Ocean Shores. We did not go with children but they were wonderful exhibits that the kids would love
  • Awesome place! Local volunteers run it and it is full of natural wonders collected over years. Kids are encouraged to touch and feel and learn. Great docents on site to answer questions. Lovely gift shop and book store with local guide books, kids toys, seashells and other curiosities. Beautiful grounds with picnic tables. Make an afternoon of it. No entrance fee, by donation only.
  • Wonderful interpretive center and museum. They have tons of info and materials to check. In my first visit I was expecting to spend 30 minutes and it was way too short. Volunteers take care of it although I feel like a little high the fee to pay but it's worth a visit.
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