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.

 

Family-Fun in Ocean Shores, Washington

What’s on your family-fun bucket list?

If you come to Ocean Shores, you can be sure to find memory-making adventures for everyone in your family.

Honey Pride Stables provides horses for beach rides in Ocean Shores

 

Natural Beauty

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.  Wildlife abounds.  Freshwater fishing is plentiful.  The waterways are ideal for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and birdwatching. On the coast side, you’ll find miles of flat accessible beaches, perfect for kite flying, beach combing, and lounging.

A Unique Vibe

Ocean Shores has a unique vibe.  For one, you can park your car on the beach,  entering from five separate access points. Families love to load up their picnics and gear for a day of play, especially on July 4th when the sky is filled with colorful fireworks. You can also rent mopeds to ride on the beach or try out an electric fat tire bicycle.  Or visit Honey Pearl Farms or Chenois Creek Horse Rentals for a horseback ride along the sand.

Go Play!

The attractions in town are extremely inviting for families with kids.  After a day on the beach, you can go bowling, race the kids around a go-kart track or play mini-golf.  Discover surf shops, seafood joints and a boardwalk perfect for strolling at sunset. Certainly, a kid-friendly stop is the destination souvenir shop you enter through the mouth of a giant shark.   Appropriately known as Sharkey, nearly every visitor to Ocean Shores stops there at least one time for a photo or to select a treasure to take home.

Ocean Shores is the place to come to just relax and have fun with the people you love.

Ocean Shores means summer for many Washington families.

See why. Stay at The Polynesian Resort and enjoy spacious condo-style accommodations with full kitchens, an indoor pool, game room and private park.

There’s plenty to do!

 

 

Razor clam digging OK’d for May 2-3

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Copalis Beach, also known as Ocean Shores.

 

Olympia  – Clam diggers got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting May 2 at Copalis and Mocrocks Beaches, in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores has long been a favorite of retreat for fans of razor clam digging.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

  • May 2, Saturday; 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet;  Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)
  • May 3, Sunday; 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)

WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.go and from license vendors around the state.

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”

To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.

Tentative upcoming digs

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates.

  • May 7, Thursday; 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 8, Friday; 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet;
  • May 9, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet;
  • May 10, Sunday; 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; ,
  • May 15, Friday; 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 16, Saturday; 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet;
  • May 17, Sunday; 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; ,
  • May 22, Friday; 10:18 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 23, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 24, Sunday; 11:51 a.m., 0.3 feet;

 

Clamming Ocean Shores, or Copalis Beach

Clam digging in  Ocean Shores, WA