- The list below includes 66 free or cheap things to do in or near Ilwaco, Washington, including 34 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, History Museums, Lighthouses and Fishing.
- From Cape Disappointment State Park to Port of Ilwaco Boardwalk, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ilwaco and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Astoria, Seaside and Long Beach.
This 1,882-acre state park has two miles of ocean beaches, hiking trails, two lighthouses, and an interpretive center. During the spring and fall the local towns IIwaco and Long Beach have special events and festivals. Park is open year round for day visits and camping.
Take the free guided tour of the lavender farm and learn all about growing lavender from the family who owns the farm; climb the tree house for an overview of the fields, then go and explore the shop for homemade lavender products.
Situated on 1,882 acres, Fort Canby State Park is a camping venue with recreational activities. Guests can investigate 27 miles of beachfront, numerous hiking trails, two lighthouses and an interpretive center showcasing the area's history.
Located on Long Beach Peninsula and overlooking the Pacific, Cape Dissapointment State Park is a 1,882-acre park for camping, hiking and beach exploration. In addition to its natural beauty, the park also features two lighthouses and an interpretive center.
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge offers sturgeon fishing, hunting of both big game and waterfowl, and wildlife observation and photography opportunities. Optimal birdwatching periods are during the fall and spring, during the morning and late afternoon hours.
This is one of two lighthouses that still guide ships around the Cape of Disappointment. This is an automated beacon lighthouse, and you can take tours of the lantern room seasonally for a fee. There is a gentle quarter mile trail hike to get to the lighthouse.
Hiking to this historic still operational lighthouse takes you past skeletons of old forts, scenic views of Pacific forests, the mouth of the Columbia and the Pacific Coast. Seasonal tours of the lantern room are available for a small fee.
Visitors can enjoy guided fishing trips on the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River with Ilwaco-Coho Charters. The are a family owned and operated business lead by Butch and AJ Smith, 3rd and 4th generation fisherman.