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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  • 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.
  • Fantastic hands-on place to take kids and learn about the area.
  • Such a great place to go and learn...My neice Lily loves this place and we have been taking her here since she was 2 years old. She fell in love with Pearl a Stuffed Seal that was hurt. They were having a Garage Sale/ Fundraiser to help fix Pearl.Lily was so upset that pearl was hurt and cryed...Now she is 9 and is happy that pearl is ok and still here.
  • Stopped by, but they were closed. They had a picnic table outside so we decided to eat lunch. The owner stopped by and gave me a little tour of the place! Didn't expect him to at all, but once he found out I've never been he seemed eager to show me. Most people aren't this nice. Will be stopping by at a later time to let my son explore and to support them at the gift store. :) thanks a bunch!
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