Long Beach, Washington
Attractions

Many delightful attractions await you in Long Beach besides the beautiful beach with a boardwalk. Explore the area and find the North Head and Cape Disappointment Lighthouses in Cape Disappointment State Park. History buffs will enjoy the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the World Kite Museum. Find all there is know about cranberries at the Cranberry Museum. Discover the unique and unusual (be sure to say hello to Jake the Alligator Man) at Marsh's Free Museum. Explore this page to find what to see and do in Long Beach.

Art, Artists and Galleries

Campiche Studios. 101 S. Pacific, PO Box 515, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-2264.

Family Fun

Funland Family Fun Center. 200 S. Pacific Highway, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-2223; Toll-free: 1-866-895-7061.

Lighthouses

North Head Lighthouse. Located at Cape Disappointment State Park at 244 Robert Gray Drive, Illwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360- 642-3078; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

Still standing today as sentinel overlooking the very dangerous body of water of the confluence between the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, the North Head Lighthouse is an active aid to navigation via an automated beacon. Enjoy the grand, scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach Peninsula, Columbia River Bar and the northern Oregon Coast.

Museums and Exhibits

Cranberry Museum. 2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-5553. E-mail

The Cranberry Museum is dedicated to teaching the history and industry of the crimson colored berry. Take a self-guided walking tour of the bogs, visit the gift shop where you can purchase cranberry products or enjoy a cup of cranberry tea along with other cranberry concoctions.

Marsh's Free Museum. 409 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-2188.

Marsh's Museum is for the unique and unusual curiosities. Inside you can explore the turn-of-the-century machines, from Victorian era music makers such as an imported French Canary music box and a self-playing violin, fortune tellers, nickel peep shows and a love meter. Be sure to visit the most famous resident, Jake the Alligator Man.

World Kite Museum. 303 Sid Snyder Drive, PO Box 964, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-4020. E-mail

Performing Arts - Theater

Neptune Theatre. 809 Ocean Beach Boulevard S, Long Beach, WA 98631. Phone: 360-642-8888. E-mail

State Parks

Cape Disappointment State Park. 244 Robert Gray Drive, Illwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360- 642-3078; Reservations: 1-888-226-7688.

Located 2 miles southwest of Ilwaco off Highway 101, Cape Disappointment is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses (North Head and Cape Disappointment), an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history including an interpretive center and museum. The water at the Columbia River entrance is so rough that two lighthouses warn ships of the danger.

Leadbetter Point State Park. Located at the end of State Route 103. Phone: 360-642-3078.

Bordering the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Leadbetter Point, a day use park, is a natural open area and part of the Willapa Bay Water Trail. Visitors can enjoy the 5 miles of ocean beach, several miles of bay beach plus scenic views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Willapa Bay and hills to the east.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC). 244 Robert Gray Drive, Illwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360- 642-3078.

Perched high on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment Park, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center depicts the story of the Corps of Discovery's journey through interactive exhibits, mural sized panels detailing the westward journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through sketches, paintings, photographs and the words of Corps members themselves. Also featured is a short film presentation, gift shop and a glassed-in observation deck. Other displays on local maritime and military history are also included.

Unique and Unusual

Jake the Alligator Man
Undoubtedly, Jake the Alligator Man, a mummified half man and half gator, is the most famous attraction in Marsh's Free Museum. Every year in August, a Birthday Bash is held for Jake. Click on the link for more information and to read Jake's blog.

Wildlife Refuge

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. 3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-484-3482. E-mail

 Established in 1937, Willapa Refuge consists of over 16,000 acres of tidelands, temperate rainforest, ocean beaches, small streams and several rare remnants of old growth coastal cedar forest preserving the habitat for spawning wild salmon, hundreds of thousands of migrating shore birds as well as other threatened species. Experience the unique ecosystems including diverse salt marshes, rich tideflats, rain-drenched old growth forest, and dynamic coastal dunes.

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