- TripBuzz found 63 things to do with kids in or near Ilwaco, Washington, including 51 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Astoria, Seaside and Long Beach.
- From Ilwaco-Coho Charters to Pacific Salmon Charters, the Ilwaco area offers 34 different types of family activities, including: National & State Parks, History Museums, Lighthouses and Fishing.
- Iwaco is a small, authentic fishing town with a population of just under 1,000 residents. The waterfront city draws a large tourist community through being a prime fishing location and its many annual family-friendly events including the Black Lake Fishing Derby, Clamshell Railroad Days, and the Blues & Seafood Festival.
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.
A fishing charter company operating in the mouth of the Columbia River, Pacific Salmon Charters leads fishing expeditions that target not only salmon, but also tuna, halibut, bottom fish, and sturgeon. The company also offers burial at sea services.
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.
This museum preserves the history of when civilization became part of 'where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Permanent exhibits house treasures while special exhibits change between 3 and 5 times per year. A calendar of events includes 'The Clamshell Railroad Days.
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.
In the area once visited by the famous explorers, Lewis and Clark, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center offers several exhibits that highlight their trip through the region. Guided tours can be reserved beforehand.
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.