Top 10 Things to Do on the Long Beach Peninsula
Published: 06/09/2012  Updated: 06/20/2019
Long Beach, Washington is home to the 8.5 mile Discovery Trail.
Long Beach, Washington is home to the 8.5 mile Discovery Trail. 

As one last hurrah to summer before kids return to school, the Long Beach Peninsula offers fun for all ages at the beach over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Here are the top 10 activities to enjoy for your Labor Day weekend:

1. Fly a kite.
Fly your own kite or visit the World Kite Museum.

2. Build a sand castle.
Bring your shovels & buckets to build your own castle.

3. Explore the Discovery Trail.
Walk, run, ride your bicycle or stroll with your dog along this 8.5 mile trail from Ilwaco to North Long Beach.

4. Enjoy the World's Longest Beach.
Visit our 28 miles of this beach to see Japanese tsunami debris, build sand castles, walk, drive, fish, ride horseback, beach-comb for shells or wade in the ocean.

5. Visit the light houses.
Walk to North Head Lighthouse or hike to Cape Disappointment lighthouse for beautiful views.

6. Shop.
Visit the antique stores peppered throughout the Peninsula, shop downtown Long Beach or Ilwaco for deals on books, clothing, gifts and more. Or take a stroll through the Farmers Market in Long Beach or Saturday Market in Ilwaco.

7. Take a scenic drive.
Drive your car along the beach or enjoy the many old cars in town arriving early for Rod Run To The End of the World or Slow Drag at the Port.

8. Tour a museum.
Explore the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, World Kite Museum, Cranberry Museum or Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Willapa Bay Interpretive Center in Nahcotta, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco – all offering interesting and fun exhibits & information.

9. Go fishing.
Take your own boat out or sign up for a fishing charter in Ilwaco, fish in the surf along the beach or visit any of the Peninsula lakes.

10. Discover art, music & food.
Visit the many art galleries, visit the bars for local music or eat at any of the delicious restaurants with many specializing is fresh seafood!

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Top 10 Things to Do on the Long Beach Peninsula