We are so fortunate to have a lovely boardwalk along the ocean just west in old town in Long Beach. It is one of three wooden boardwalks stretching ½ mile in length in the US. Walking the boardwalk each day is a must when you stay…..and of course just getting down on the beach…….
The two Lighthouses are the greatest attractions on the peninsula!! Northhead Lighthouse allows people inside to
observe the sights and spectacular views of the ocean. The hike to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse has the most beautiful views but no entry is allowed most of the year because it is used by the Coast Guard. There are
some new lookouts: one by Northhead Lighthouse, and one breathtaking viewpoint over Beard’s Hollow. We have such history here with Lewis and Clark landing on the peninsula in 1805. The Interpreter Center is an excellent museum of the story of the explorers’ journey to find the ocean.
Kite Flying is such a big part of the peninsula beaches. All year long you can see many different kites being flown……especially from March through October. The International Kite Festival brings kites and people from all over the world.
Some of the other fun activities are: Horseback Riding on the beach, Clam digging when the season is open, stroll through downtown Long Beach and check out the gift and antique shops, have a picnic lunch at the beach….Hike to Leadbetter Point, Golf at either Peninsula Golf Course or north at Surfside Golf Course, and there are great places on the peninsula to Whale Watch and Storm Watch. Surfing with the correct safety equipment is growing popular. Skookum is a surf shop with a certified surf instructor giving surf lessons.
We are fortunate to have several of the best restaurants for your dining pleasure in all of Washington and many have won awards for their cuisine. Enjoy seafood and gourmet specialty foods prepared for you. The Funbeach website has all of the restaurants on the peninsula listed but some of our favorites are the Pickled Fish, which has such gourmet seafood among other entrees with a spectacular view over the boardwalk and beach. Other great cuisines are the Lost Roo, Depot Restaurant, Jimella and Naci’s Market Café, Shelburne, and 42nd St Cafe.
One of our favorites to do is cycling each day on the Discovery Trail extending 8.5 miles next to the ocean dunes……with lots of views while pedaling along. But even some of the bad weather days usually have a clearing to go for the cycling. So bring your bicycles or rent bikes, surreys, or mopeds available here at the beach.