- TripBuzz found 16 things to do with kids in or near Castle Rock, Washington, including 12 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Longview and Amboy.
- From Johnston Ridge Observatory to Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, the Castle Rock area offers 40 different types of family activities, including: Visitor Centers, Observatories & Planetariums, Scenic Drives and Parks.
- Near Mount St. Helens, Castle Rock is a popular vacation destination. A short drive from Longview, it features an historical downtown district with a variety of specialty shops including antique dealerships. Also home to Spirit Lake Recreation Area, the community further provides for an array of outdoor sports and activities such as bird and wildlife watching.
The debris from the famous 1980 volcano explosion of Mount St. Helens is just below the overlook cliff where the Johnston Ridge Observatory is poised. Several films, ranger talks, maps, a small food cart, and souvenir shop are available on site.
Open seven days a week during the summer, the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Seaquest/Silver Lake is the original center built in 1993. The displays focus mostly on the history of the mountain and area.
Located just inside the blast zones of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, The Forest Learning Center has displays focused on telling the story behind the eruption and return of the forest. There are other resources which cover forestry practices and how trees grow.
Open to the general public on weekends, the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater offers information about the surrounding area, educational programs, and an on-site bookstore. There are also two trails near the main building for walking and exploration.
Round up some friends for a few games at Triangle Bowl. Leagues, open play and birthday parties are offered. Stop in on the weekend for special events like Moonlight Bowl and Monte Carlo. Foods and beverages are available. Open seven days a week.
A historic venue operated by the nonprofit Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts, the Columbia theatre hosts a wide variety of cultural events, including dramatic and musical performances. The theater also hosts educational programs.