Fun Things to Do in Ocean Shores, WA


Fun Things to Do in Ocean Shores, WA

Ocean Shores, WA, is full of fun things to do while visiting. Full of state parks, beaches, and right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll never get bored. Now that the spring and summer seasons are upon us, the weather will only keep getting warmer. There is no better time to visit Ocean Shores and stay at The Polynesian Resort for a perfect weekend getaway.

Top 5 Fun Things to Do in Ocean Shores

If you like getting outside and doing fun activities, then you’ll love the list we put together of the most fun things to do in Ocean Shores. Whether you like hiking, biking, boating, or ice cream, there’s something fun for everyone in Ocean Shores.

Weatherwax Trail

This beautiful trail stretches a little over a mile in Ocean Shores, featuring gorgeous views of the lake and greenery all around. This is an excellent trail for all skill levels, primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. It is also pet friendly, as long as you keep your furry friends on a leash!

Electric Beach Bike Rentals

Instead of biking down a typical, tar bike path, try biking on the beach! Electric Beach Bike Rentals has motorized, fat tire bikes that make biking on the beach easy and enjoyable. When you rent, you can grab a helmet, drawstring bag, a locker, and a water bottle holder for free!

Murphy’s Candy and Ice Cream

This candy and ice cream shop serves over 30 flavors of fresh-made ice cream made right at the shop. Aside from the ice cream, Murphy’s also has more than 15 flavors of homemade fudge and fifty flavors of saltwater taffy, plus an assortment of other candies and treats.

Ocean Shores Boat House

Ocean Shores Boat House rents out Duffy boats, hydro bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks at an hourly rate. If you want to try something new while spending time out on the water, then bring your family or friends to this boathouse and have a fun afternoon out in the sun!

Ocean Shores Golf Course

If you enjoy golf, you’ll love the Ocean Shores Golf Course. This course is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most unique! Challenging, yet fun to play, you’ll love spending time on the beautiful green enjoying the ocean breeze. Prices vary depending on when you’d like to come and play, but you don’t have to spend a lot on a memorable afternoon on the course.

The Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian Resort is one of the great oceanfront resorts in Ocean Shores. You won’t be disappointed while staying in one of our penthouse suites, or any of our other apartment-style or standard rooms. All guests are welcome to enjoy the sparkling heated pool and indoor spa and sauna. Since we are family-friendly, we created a game room complete with a pool table, as well as a private outdoor park with basketball, volleyball, tetherball, and barbecues so that your family can enjoy a picnic outside. Come and enjoy life at The Polynesian Resort! View our special deals and call 1-800-562-4836 to make your reservation.

15 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Ocean Shores

Family Fun in Ocean Shores

Enjoy the small coastal city of Ocean Shores, WA, on an upcoming family vacation as the Pacific Northwest has much to offer travelers staying at The Polynesian Resort. With many family-friendly things to do in Ocean Shores, the region has become a destination for groups of all ages. The six-mile-long peninsula features over 250 species of birds, endless entertainment, numerous shops, and diverse restaurants with plenty of food options for picky eaters. Continue reading to learn more about the family-friendly things to do in Ocean Shores, WA, as you’ll find 15 listed below.

15 Family-Friendly Activities

  1. Stuff yourself with a fantastic all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from the Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub located on-site
  2. Try something new, like stand up paddleboarding or kayaking with Ocean Shores Boat House
  3. Bring the little ones to play mini-golf at Pacific Paradise in Ocean Shores, WA
  4. Pick up a keepsake from the Bay Gifts souvenir shop to remember your vacation full of the fun Ocean Shores activities
  5. Find a hidden treasure at the unique Mermaid Cove shop which features local artisan creations
  6. See how many species of Pacific Northwest birds you can spot at Damon Point
  7. Pick out a kite at Ocean Shores Kites and enjoy a windy day at Ocean City State Park
  8. Go horseback riding on the beach with Honey Pearl Ranch
  9. For families with teens and young adults head to the Ocean Shores, WA, driving range
  10. Visit the North Jetty beach area and see who can find the most interesting shell
  11. Explore the nooks and crannies at one of the many antique shops located right in Ocean Shores, WA
  12. Put your bowling skills to the test or feel like a kid again playing arcade games at Shores Bowl
  13. Search for your childhood favorite candies from Buddy & Howie’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop
  14. When the storms come rolling in head to Damon Point or the North Jetty to see the Pacific Northwest waves explode
  15. If you have a family of anglers, see who can get the biggest catch with Ocean Charters

Relax in Ocean Shores, WA

While there are many other family-friendly things to do in Ocean Shores, these are several that travelers can add to their list. The Polynesian Resort offers guests a luxury experience when it comes to unwinding on a family vacation. Whether it’s grabbing a cocktail at the Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub while the kids play outside or a dip together in the indoor heated pool, you won’t have to go far to kick back and relax. To learn more about the fun things to do in Ocean Shores, check out the Attractions page on the website. For travelers looking to speak with someone at the resort directly, please call 1-800-562-4836.

 

Spring Gray Whale Migration in the Pacific Northwest

Whale Watching

Spring Gray Whale Migration   

The annual gray whale migration is just around the corner, and many stay at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores, WA, during spring to catch a glimpse of the beautiful creatures. The best time for whale watching in the Pacific Northwest is between November through January when they migrate south, and again March to May when they migrate north. While each offers avid marine life enthusiasts the opportunity to spot whales, the northern gray whale migration is better as they travel with their young and can be spotted closer to shore. Keep reading to learn more about the spring season of whale watching in Washington.

Tips for Spotting Whales

Pacific gray whales are roughly the size of a school bus, measure over an incredible 40 feet in length, and can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Typically in the springtime, whales swim around one mile from the Pacific Northwest beaches and spout approximately every ten minutes. When scanning the horizon for pacific gray whales, many use a scope or binoculars and search for what resembles a white plume of water. The spout of the whale’s lung exhale is easily spotted against the blue sea as it shoots nearly 10 to 12 feet toward the sky. When the marine mammals swim close to the shores of Ocean Shores, WA, watchers also listen for the hiss of their spout and can smell the whale’s breath.

The Whale Trail

For the best opportunities for whale watching in Washington, head to the Pacific Beach State Park, which is just one of the 100 locations marked on The Whale Watch Trail. The park features educational facilities about the gray whale migration, well-marked vantage point signs, marine life pictures with information, and is less than 20 miles from Oceans Shores, WA.

Spring Getaway to Ocean Shores, WA

While it’s encouraged to check out the spring gray whale migration at the Pacific Beach State Park, observers also post up along the 6 miles of beach in Ocean Shores, WA. Along with whale watching in Washington, there are several other water-based adventures such as fishing, clamming, beach activities, and storm watching. There’s no better time than now to visit and have an unforgettable stay with The Polynesian Resort. To learn more about the different lodging options, please call 1-360-289-3361 or visit the accommodations page online.  

5 Reasons to Go to the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival

Razor Clam Digging in Ocean Shores

Razor clam digging provides family fun in Ocean Shores.

5 Reasons to Go to the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is a huge annual event held in Washington that brings many travelers from across the Pacific Northwest to stay at The Polynesian Resort each year. The festival is one of the most popular upcoming events in Ocean Shores, WA, and the Pacific Northwest during the springtime for seafood lovers and those with kids as well. Each year, the festival expands at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and brings more exciting activities for families to enjoy. There’s everything from an artisan marketplace to live entertainment as well as a children’s area and, of course, the Clam Chowder Cook-Off. The first thing to know about the event is that it’s free to attend, and while there are many reasons to go, here are five anticipated things to do in Ocean Shores, WA, at this year’s event. 

1. Enjoy the Food Variety

The food at the festival is what makes this one of the most anticipated upcoming events in Ocean Shores, WA, in March. While the razor clams can be found around every corner, there are several other seafood options, including a raw oyster bar, crab cakes, fresh shrimp, seafood gumbo, halibut, and cod! Along with seafood, there will also be brats, hot dogs, pork sandwiches, and a plethora of dessert festival favorites such as funnel cakes, kettle corn, and cotton candy. A large selection of adult beverages is also available for purchase at the Festival Bar inside the Convention Center, including beer, local wines, and spirits.

2. Sample the Chowders 

The highly anticipated Grays Harbor County Chowder Contest brings the city of Ocean Shores, WA, together for a fun day of chowder tasting. During the contest, many walk around sampling different seafood dishes by purchasing a tasting passport. Tasters have the option to vote for their favorite clam chowder in the Pacific Northwest once each option has been sampled. In addition to the chowder contest, cooking demonstrations run all day long inside and outside of the center. 

3. Enjoy Activities for Kids and Adults

Many families bring their little ones to attend the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival because of the versatile kid-friendly activities. While there are beverages, live music, and over 40 vendors for adults, children enjoy the giant outdoor slide, face painting, and cotton candy stand outside of the center. Both adults and kids can hop on the Mechanical Shark, where ride options range from wild to mild!   

4. Learn How-To Dig for Clams

First-timers that attend the festival are encouraged to learn all about clam digging while staying in the city of Ocean Shores, WA, during the event. Workshops conducted by the staff of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife teach the public how to properly use clam digging equipment along with how to find, cook, and clean clams.   A license must be purchased before digging on the beach and are available at multiple locations close to the event (listed below). 

  • Ace Hardware
  • Sunrise Market
  • You & I Market
  • Oyhut Bay Fresh Market
  • The Sunshine Deli Mart & Gas

5. Live Like a Local 

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival celebrates the culture and beach life of the Pacific Northwest while providing seemingly endless entertainment for all ages. The city of Ocean Shores, WA, features six miles of beach that become a sought-out destination for clam lovers and anglers in March. During the show, locals and visitors spend time shopping the vendor booths for artisan crafts, outdoor gear, and fishing equipment while chatting with the locals. For this year’s dates, schedule, and times, visit OSRazorClamFestival.org.

Stay Warm in Ocean Shores, WA

Stay close to the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival action by booking a stay at The Polynesian Resort located less than a mile from the Convention Center. Stay warm during

Heated indoor pool

the colder months by hopping in the heated indoor pool for a swim or make your way to the indoor spa and sauna on-site. Guests traveling with young adults and kids won’t have to go far for entertainment as there is a game room right at the resort. Take a look through the amenities page to learn more, don’t forget to look at the Specials online before booking directly on the website. Please call 1-800-562-4836 to speak with a staff member directly.

Mocrocks Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging is scheduled at Mocrocks Beach in Ocean Shores, as announced by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Abundant Razor Clams Allow More Days for Digging!

State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled additional razor clam digs on Washington ocean beaches for dates in October, November, and December.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) divides the harvest areas into five major management zones.  Copalis Beach just to the north of Ocean Shores has 17 scheduled days from October 29 to December 28.  Mockrocks Beach, a further north, has 16 days scheduled.

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

“Abundant razor clam populations on all beaches, except Kalaloch, are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.”

Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#beachmaps.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Razor clams are found primarily on the intertidal coastal beaches (those that are exposed at low tide) from a +3 foot level to a -2 foot tide level.

 Tentative Clam Digging Schedule 

Oct 26 Sat 5:59pm 0.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 27 Sun 6:47pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 28 Mon 7:33pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 29 Tue 8:18pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 30 Wed 9:03pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 31 Thu 9:50pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 1 Fri 10:38pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 11 Mon 5:51pm 0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 12 Tue 6:27pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 13 Wed 7:03pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 14 Thu 7:41pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 15 Fri 8:22pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 16 Sat 9:08pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 17 Sun 9:59pm -0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 24 Sun 4:47pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 25 Mon 5:34pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 26 Tue 6:18pm -1.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 27 Wed 7:02pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 28 Thu 7:44pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 29 Fri 8:29pm -0.7 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 30 Sat 9:10pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 10 Tue 5:28pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 11 Wed 6:06pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 12 Thu 6:45pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 13 Fri 7:26pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 14 Sat 8:08pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 15 Sun 8:53pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 16 Mon 9:41pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 23 Mon 4:35pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 26 Thur 6:47pm -1.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 27 Fri 7:26pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 28 Sat 8:05pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 29 Sun 8:43pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
 How many clams can you dig?

 

 

State law allows clam diggers to keep 15 clams. They must be the first 15 dug which means clammers may not throw back clams that are too small or that they cut through while digging. Each person’s clams must be kept in a separate container, this makes it easier for law enforcement to ensure each person is obeying the 15 clam limit.

Do you need a license to go clam digging?

Yes. Interested diggers can purchase licenses online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. If you need it sooner than 10 days you must go in-person to a licensing vendor. Ace Hardware is the only vendor inside Ocean Shores and tends to get very busy during clam digs. Clammers should try to buy a license before arriving. Find more license vendors here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Razor clam digging equipment.

Most importantly you will need something to dig with and something to store your clams in. Clam diggers also need to prepare for the weather which will probably be damp, cold, and windy.

Rusty Anchor: Newest Restaurant in Ocean Shores

Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub

Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub at The Polynesian Resort at Ocean Shores

The Rusty Anchor Grill & Pub recently opened on-site at The Polynesian Resort.

Ocean Shores visitors and residents can now enjoy a new casual dining experience along the Washington coast.

The new restaurant offers customers a variety of tasty dining options in a casual atmosphere.

“Increasingly, people are looking for a quality dining experience in a more relaxed venue, especially at the beach,” according to Kelly Weiler, Rusty Anchor’s new manager.  “With its fresh menu and inviting look, guests are sure to enjoy this new dining destination.”

The Rusty Anchor opens daily at 4 PM for dinner featuring fresh fish selections.  Other menu items include casual pub food like burgers, fish & chips, wraps, and salads.  There is also a new children’s menu.

The Rusty Anchor features several regional beers on tap, regional wines, and seasonal cocktails.  Daily happy hour food and beverage specials are offered from 4 to 6 PM. On the weekends, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 8 AM to Noon

The new Grill & Pub replaces Mariah’s Restaurant and Lounge at The Polynesian Resort.

Summer Fun Things to Do in Ocean Shores

Summer fun in Ocean Shores means kite flying

Flying kites at Ocean Shores

 

There are so many fun things to do during summer in Ocean Shores once you check into a spacious room at The Polynesian Resort.   

Drop your bags. Summertime fun is just around the corner. What to do first?  

With The Polynesian Resort as your home base, there are several family-friendly ways to get out and play in and around Ocean Shores.  From the start, you’ll be reminded of the carefree days of the past, when you enjoy all the things there are to do in summer in Ocean Shores with your own kids.   

On the beach in Ocean Shores

From The Polynesian Resort, stroll over the sand dunes to the beach.  Or if you to need to haul more gear than you want to carry, consider driving over.  Ocean Shores is one of the few places in Washington where you are allowed to park your vehicle on the beach.  Classic beach fun includes building a sand castle, flying a kite, tossing a Frisbee, strolling, jogging or just relaxing on the sand.  

Surfing attracts the most adventurous.  You can take lessons and rent a board wet suit from local experts.  You can also ride horses along the shoreline seven days a week all summer long.  Zip along the water’s edge on Fat bikes or mopeds, all rentable. 

Around the Lake

Ocean Shores is beautifully inviting for all members of the family. The town is surrounded by 23 miles of freshwater canals, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and easily accessible trails.  Wildlife abounds. The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching.  You can fish off several public docks.

Around Town

Guests to Ocean Shores often feel nostalgic for earlier days. That’s because a visit to the arcades and shops around town make you feel like a kid again.  Have fun playing a round of mini-golf, racing your kids around a go-kart track or bowling. After that, you can enjoy an ice cream cone as you browse around unique stores, like Sharky’s gift shop.  Nearly every guest to Ocean Shores has stopped there at least one time for a photo-op and to browse.  You enter through the mouth of a giant shark. Once inside, its a treasure trove of collectibles including toys, stuffed animals, t-shirts and a vast selection of salt water taffy. 

Summertime in Ocean Shores is about relaxing and having fun with the people you love.  

When you stay at The Polynesian Resort, you can enjoy spacious condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, an indoor pool, and game room.  Next door, at The Polynesian Resort’s private park, kids can romp around lush green lawns and playground while enjoying a picnic or BBQ.  And, who doesn’t enjoy a great game of tetherball?

At The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores, summertime is made for fun. 

Summer fun in Ocean Shores with family on the beach.

Flag Day Parade An Ocean Shores Tradition

Flag Day float in Ocean Shores
Pirates at the 2017 Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade

The enthusiasm for Flag Day continues every June in Ocean Shores.

This year, the annual Flag Day parade will be led by the color guard from joint base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma.
The 75 entries include four marching bands, several drill teams, and the parade Grand Marshall, Miss Washington.
Other parade entries include military veterans, first responders, classic cars and colorful floats. All entries will be adorned in red, white and blue to honor the American Flag and what it represents.

The Ocean Shores Flag Day Parade is one of the largest held in Washington. The parade starts at 11 am on Saturday, June 8.

For over twenty years, the Ocean Shores community has come out in force to demonstrate its patriotism. Thousands of people are expected to cheer as the parade travels through town and down Chance a la Mer past the grandstands in front of the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Why Flag Day?

While the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, Flag Day commemorates the birthday of the U.S. Flag. The American Flag was recognized on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The original idea for a separate day to honor the American Flag is believed to have first originated over one hundred years later, in 1885.

That’s when a Wisconsin schoolteacher arranged for his young students to observe Flag Day while promoting civics, patriotism, and respect for the American symbol. For the next twenty years, the teacher, BJ Cigrand, continued to publish articles and make speeches. He enthusiastically advocated the observance of June 14 as Flag Day.

His campaign caught on and continued to spread, to Chicago, where he later moved, then to towns and cities in New York and Pennsylvania. Flag Day was adopted by the New York State Board of education in 1889. It was observed at the Betsey Ross house in 1991. Communities continued to embrace the idea of a separate Flag Day observance.

For more than three decades, spreading local and state celebrations of Flag Day eventually prompted President Woodrow Wilson to officially establish observance of Flag Day by the Proclamation in 1916.

While Flag Day events continued to be celebrated for years after Wilson’s proclamation, finally in 1949 President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 each year as National Flag Day.

And the tradition continues in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Join the celebration!

Sand & SawDust Festival in Ocean Shores

Ocean Shore’s annual  Sand & Sawdust Festival combines three days of events around the unique art forms of chainsaw carvings and sand castle building.  In addition, this year the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has incorporated its juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show into the event.  

Thirty amazing carvers will create nearly 100 unique chainsaw sculptures to be auctioned each day.   You can watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations to adorn your home or businesses. Professional and semi-pro chainsaw carvers from across the nation will demonstrate their skills  

Among the participants is an international carving legend, Bob King of Edgewood.  He started carving in the fall of 1998, after watching a chain saw carver at a local fair.  He became fascinated and has gone on to win more carving competitions than anyone in the world. The distinction earned him a star on the Wood Carvers Walk of Fame in Mulda, Germany, in 2010.    

Chainsaw King
Bob King, legendary carver

  

“..these events make you enrich and refine your existing talents! I can’t say enough about them. We are put in front of a nice block of wood, given a theme (nautical, animals, etc.,), given an allotted amount of time and boom, you’re off. Poetic pandemonium I call it. “

Bob King, Wood Carver

You can see what he means in Ocean Shores, June 28-30.

Amateur Sand Building

Amateur sand building teams’ team are invited to register for the annual Sandcastle competition.   The theme for this year’s contest is Castle Creatures. Each team will be given a 15×15’ square area to work within and a five-gallon bucket to use for carrying water.  Teams of 5 will use only sand, water, shells and other natural materials found on the beach that day can be used for construction and adornment.

Candyland depieted in the Sandcastle contest in Ocean Shores.
Candyland, depicted in a past Ocean Shores sandcastle building contest.

Novices can start the day with a free sand building workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 on Saturday morning at the Convention Center.   The competition runs from 11am to 2pm with judging and awards following that.

Get all the information you need here.

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