Ocean Shores has plenty of antique stores in the area, for the veteran shopper there should be no problem picking up a treasure or two.
For the real connoisseur – make sure you attend the Antique and Collectable’s Show sponsored by ACT the 2nd weekend in February of every year. There are over 50 booths of vintage antiques and collectable’s and appraisers on hand.
BIKING & MOPEDING
With 120 miles of picturesque roadways, this is the perfect place to bring your bikes for a relaxing sojourn. Cycle your way from one side of the peninsula to the other, stopping to appreciate the sites normally missed in a car. Most of the major roads have marked bike lanes for your safety, but bring along a map just in case you lose your way!
If you forget your bike and have a hankering to go riding or mopeding, you will find throughout downtown Ocean Shores, vendors who rent novelty bikes, surreys, carts and mopeds. These rentals are nearly as popular as horseback riding on the beach. They are rented in 30 minute increments.
Moped rentals do require a drivers license to rent and drive, and they must obey the laws of the road.
Ocean Shores is a fantastic place for bird watching and the Audubon Society has written books about the birds in this area. Damon Point State Park (also known as Protection Island) is very popular and is one of the only known nesting sites for the Snowy Plover.
There are over 300 different species of birds including Eagles, brown pelicans, peregrine falcons, herons, quail and pheasant.
BOAT RAMPS AND RENTALS
Versatility is what makes Ocean Shores a prime destination for boating fanatics. If you are looking for a ramp to launch your boat into the ocean – the marina has a launch located on the west side. For access into the canals and lakes, the easiest launch ramps are North Bay Park off of Albatross on Duck Lake Drive or Chinook Park on Duck Lake.
There are also a couple of boat rental places located on Point Brown Ave.
BUMPER BOATS AND GO KARTS
This is a great way for the entire family to have fun and get wet. Check it out at Pacific Paradise Game World or by the slick track on Point Brown Ave. in both the downtown area and by the Marina. It’s great entertainment on a warm day.
Ocean Shores Bowl is located across from the Convention Center on Chance ala Mer. The 12 lane bowling alley hosts leagues during the fall and winter and Rock and Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights. In the bar, enjoy a game of billiards while patrons try their talents at Karaoke, there’s something for everyone.
Rent some shoes and bowl a frame or two!
Ocean Shores has 3 parks open to the public. They are all located in the northern section of town, on or near Duck Lake.
Chinook Park is on the Lake and has a boat launch and fishing pier for freshwater fishing. This park does have special facilities for the handicapped.
North Bay Park is the largest of the parks and is also on the lake. It has a public boat launch and fishing pier, but there is also a tennis court, a baseball field and large playground for the kids. North Bay also has a picnic shelter and restrooms which makes it a wonderful place for family functions and reunions.
The smallest is Emerson Park it is also the closest to the downtown area. It has a tennis court and play area.
There has got to be something said for escaping from the world and listening to the crack of the fireplace, the roar of the waves and nothing else. Well maybe walking barefooted along the beach kicking at the waves and watching the gulls playing on the beach. Grab a book you keep promising to read and your best friend…whether they be human or furry and find total relaxation and peace of mind in Ocean Shores.
What could be more romantic than laying in front of a fire, watching the surf and cuddling with the one you love? Maybe sitting in a hot tub sipping champagne and watching the stars…or walking hand in hand on the beach…or watching the waves crash on the jetty?
All these things are possible in Ocean Shores – check out the Romantic Getaways on our Lodging page.
Shopping is one of America’s #1 past times and Ocean Shores has plenty of different ways to pass the time. The beach has art galleries that feature local artists…book stores that feature local authors …stores that sell shells…stores that make homemade fudge and ice cream and stores that sell ships and glass balls … and a store where you can make your own jewelry. This is just a small sampling of some of what we offer here on the beach.
Check out the variety of gift and specialty shops on the business page or surprise yourself when you get here. We leave it up to you!
Ocean Shores has plenty of sights to keep most visitors content, however, if you like to drive — travel up State Route 109 and visit the tiny towns of Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips. The views from up on the bluffs will take your breath away!
The Olympic National Forest is only a short drive away and this area offers a little of everything from camera ready scenery and log cabin restaurants to the Hoh Forest and Sol Duc Hot Springs. You might want to spend a couple days here to soak it all in.
You may ask yourself what would make someone travel to Ocean Shores in the middle of a storm? Well, thousands of people each season come down to sit by a cozy fire and watch the storm from the comfort of their hotel room or beach house. With its 60-100 mph winds, horizontal rain and 20-25 foot wave swells it is truly an awesome sight to see.
Try it out this year and you will make it an annual event, too.
SURFING & BOOGIE BOARDING
When the waves are pounding down by the North Jetty, occasionally you will spot the rare but courageous surfer or boogie boarder. Keep in mind that due to the fact that the waters off the coast are laced with rip currents – it is dangerous to be in the ocean at all, however if you are aware of them and know how to deal with a current you will be fine.
North Coast Surf Shop offers sales and rentals of both surf boards and boogie boards….check them out.
While swimming in the surf is not recommended, there are plenty of other options available. Nearly every lodging facility in Ocean Shores has a pool, and there are excellent parks with swimming areas around Duck Lake.
Please heed the signs regarding swimming in the rip currents and don’t become a statistic for our surf rescue team.
WALKING ON THE BEACH
The all-time favorite activity enjoyed by both visitors and local residents, is simply walking the beach. Ocean Shores is home to six miles of wide open public sandy beaches backed by pristine dunes and environmentally sensitive dune grasses. There’s nothing as relaxing as walking along the beach to roar of the Pacific surf and the cry of seagulls overhead. Simply put, Ocean Shores is the perfect place to rekindle the spirit and soothe the soul. Enjoy.
During the early months of spring, if you are looking out at the North Jetty or out at the bay towards Westport – there is a good chance you might see a blast of water in the air or a fluke splashing back down into the sea. This would be the pod of gray whales that take up residency in the waters south of Ocean Shores every year.
So bring your binoculars and find yourself a room with a view – and maybe you’ll get lucky.
OYEHUT WILDLIFE RECREATION AREA
Oyehut Wildlife Recreation Area, is located just north of Damon Point State Park and is another area if you are truly into nature watching. Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Pheasants, Snowy Plovers and other species of birds can be spotted on the 682 acres of protected land.
OCEAN SHORES MARINA AND RV PARK
The Ocean Shores Marina is located at the tip of the 6 miles peninsula at Grays Harbor. Although small in comparison to Westport, it is home to several private fishing and crabbing boats. It is also the departure point for the passenger ferry, the El Matador which makes scheduled trips to and from Westport starting Memorial Day and going through till Labor Day. The 45 minute cruise is great for young and old – harbor seals and gulls are a welcome sight, and if you’re lucky you might spot a gray whale migrating north.
The RV Park located at the marina has 99 sites – with full hook-ups. If you’re looking for peace, tranquility and an awesome view – this is it!
OCEAN SHORES GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE
Located in the heart of Ocean Shores is a 6,152 yard PGA rated course that meanders through town. Come visit their new pro shop and snack bar. Rental clubs and carts are available, as well as memberships for visitors as well as residents.
Our driving range is only a year old and is easily spotted from the golf course clubhouse, if you aren’t up to 18 holes – How about a bucket of balls?
For tee times call 360-289-3357.
OCEAN SHORES CINEMAS
Located in the heart of Ocean Shores, on Point Brown Ave. is our beautiful 3 screen cinema with state of the art sound and picture. Showing only first run movies, it’s a great escape for rainy days. Grab a bucket of popcorn and a drink and enjoy.
For shows and times call 360-289-1234 or click here for the website.
The North Jetty is located at the southwestern tip of the peninsula, approximately 6 miles from the gates of Ocean Shores. Watching the waves crash over the rocks is only one of Mother Natures displays that draw tourists and locals to this area. Jetty surf fishing for salmon and perch, surfing in the white-capped waves and kite flying are just some of the activities to enjoy down there. Abundant parking and public restrooms are available to the public.
If you are looking for a miniature golf course – we have one just for you!! The Pacific Paradise offers 36 holes of fun for the novice or the skilled player, with plenty of obstacles. Water falls, bridges and fountains add to the lush setting with lighting for evening play.
Two of our hotels also offer miniature golf courses to their guests.
All you need to fly a kite in Ocean Shores is the kite – we’ll provide the wind! The finest kite stores in the Northwest are open year round to accommodate your kiting needs from new purchases to repairs. This is not a summer-only sport in this town, although we are well known for our annual kite festival every year the first weekend in June.
If you start now you may be ready for the competition!!!
The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center is a must-see for visitors. It’s located next to the marina at the southern end of the Ocean Shores peninsula across from the Discovery Inn Motel. The center offers exhibits and programs focusing on the history, wildlife, and development of Ocean Shores.
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day it is an enjoyable and educational experience for all ages.
Give them a call at 360-289-4617.
One of the most requested activities from visitors to Ocean Shores is horseback riding on the beach. Three horse ranches in the area offer different services from group rides to riding day camps for kids. Also available are the sunset rides, very romantic – a popular getaway for couples.
Chenois Creek Horse Rental offers beach riding along the Pacific Ocean for groups of two or more.
Nan-Sea Stables is located on your left as you are coming into Ocean Shores on State Rt. 115. They offer beach rides, trail rides, lessons and they also have boarding facilities, if you choose to bring your own horse with you.
Whether you’re in the mood for freshwater, surf or saltwater fishing this is the place for you. In a single day you can cast your line into the ocean for perch, drop your line into the bay for salmon and cross the street and drop your line into the Grand Canal for bass.
You can purchase a one day fishing permit or a seasonal permit at the Ace Hardware in Ocean Shores or at the Wal-Mart in Aberdeen on the way into town.
DRIVING ON THE BEACH
There are 5 designated beach approaches in Ocean Shores – they are located off Damon Rd., Ocean Shores Blvd and Sand Dune Ave. These make beach access readily available by car or foot. Signs are posted at the entrances with warnings regarding driving on the beach. If you disregard the warnings you increase your chance of getting stuck in sand and having to pay to have your vehicle towed free of the incoming surf or being ticketed for driving violations. Both are costly and unnecessary.
DAMON POINT STATE PARK
Also known as Protection Island, this one mile jut of land gives safe haven to many species of birds and wildlife – including baby seals. This is a wonderful location for beach combing, bird watching and looking for agates and other semi-precious stones.
Located at the end of the point is the remains of the Catala, Ocean Shores most famous shipwreck. It’s an excellent place to spend the day.
Clamming on the north coast brings people from far and wide to face whatever Mother Nature has to toss out to dig their quota of the delectable shell fish. Governed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, only designated days are opened each year. For further information regarding upcoming digs check out the Fish & Wildlife Department.