The Long Beach Peninsula—Outdoor action for every season.
Imagine the vast open ocean, a lush dense forest softly swaying from the sea breeze, the smell of salt and campfire wafting through the air, and the excitement of new adventures around the corner. No matter the season, there’s always something on the Long Beach Peninsula that can enliven the ardent outdoorsman.
SPRING & SUMMER
The summer is one of the best times to visit the Long Beach Peninsula simply because the beach is ripe for activity—from horseback riding, to biking to surfing. Even in the summer, the beach doesn’t fill to the brim with tourists (perhaps because the beach is long enough to disperse everybody), so it’s easy to feel like you are on a private beach even though you are on the longest beach in the United States.
Come nightfall, locals and tourists alike gather on the beach and keep warm by toasting marshmallows over an open bonfire.
The beach even offers an 8.5 mile hike along the Discovery Trail. The trail winds its way along the beach and in and out of the surrounding forest, eventually emerging in the small town of Ilwaco.
The Summer is also the perfect time to enjoy a hike at Cape Disappointment State Park.
Or a hike at Leadbetter Point State Park
Or, there’s plenty of opportunity for kayaking… Check out Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
For bird lovers, springtime (but really any time of year) is fantastic for bird watching. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is not just great for kayaking, you can glimpse everything from short-billed dowitchers and great blue heron to osprey and bald eagles.
And let’s not forget about one of Long Beach’s favorite pastimes, clamming!
And spring or summer are the perfect times to hop in the water and learn to surf with the Skookum Surf Co. The waves here are not too large but certainly big enough to surf, making the conditions perfect for beginners.
FALL & WINTER
Fall is simply gorgeous along the Long Beach Peninsula and the weather remains fairly mild.
Food lovers can rejoice at the abundance of wild mushrooms to be found during the fall. From chanterelles to king boletes, the forests are teaming with tasty treasures waiting to be plucked. Just remember to be careful and don’t eat anything that you aren’t 100% sure about—there are a lot of resources on mushroom foraging available on the Peninsula, so make sure you use them!
Nearly a third of the cranberries in the United States are grown in Washington State, and most are grown on the Long Beach Peninsula. Cranberry bogs are everywhere and in October people can watch the harvest at the WSU Cranberry Demonstration Farm adjoined with the Cranberry Museum.
Winter (around early January) is prime time to catch a glimpse of migrating Pacific Grey Whales, though you can likely see whales all year round. Head to Waikiki Beach, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center or the North Head Lighthouse for an incredible view of the ocean.
Storm watching from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is an exhilarating and unique experience. Watching the waves crash against the coast as the sky illuminates from lightning over the ocean is something that everyone should experience at least once.
And winter time is also the perfect time to take it easy and cozy up at North Jetty Brewing by the fireplace while sipping on a fresh microbrew.
Whatever season you choose, discovery awaits. Check out what YOUR getaway to the Long Beach Peninsula could look like by creating a personalized-day-by-day itinerary now: