Aberdeen Travel Guide to Family Outdoor Activities

Your Aberdeen travel itinerary is easy to plan because the great outdoors are everywhere. BBOnline guides you to the state parks within 20 miles of the city and to the Lady Washington cruises Aberdeen is famous for.   

The Lady Washington
The Seaport Learning Center
712 Hagara Street
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
(360) 532-8611
www.ladywashington.org

This delightful ship with its tall billowing sails docks in Aberdeen and is a replica of the 18th century coastal freighter from Boston. A multi-masted version of the ship appears in the Walt Disney movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean.' The Lady Washington and another replica ship, the "Hawaiian Chieftain," offer three-hour cruises along the coast from Washington to California as well as dockside tours. The 'Battle Sail' cruise which enacts a mock battle between two vessels is especially worth checking out from your Aberdeen Bed and Breakfast. 

Griffiths-Priday State Park
3119 Highway
109, Copalis Beach, Washington 98504
(360) 902-8844
www.stateparks.com

Looking for a huge expanse of often solitary beach and gorgeous grassy sand dunes? This park stretching along the Pacific Ocean as well as the Copalis River is the place to head to. You can spend a glorious day beachcombing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and watching birds and migratory gray whales. A boardwalk takes you past the dunes to the ocean. The Copalis River Spit Trail makes for a lovely quiet hike rich with the sight of birds. Worth adding to your Aberdeen travel plans.

Twin Harbors State Park
3120 State Route 105
Westport, Washington 98595
(888) 226-7688
www.stateparks.com

This 172-acre park on the Pacific coast has a beach with exceptionally soft sand and hiking with interpretive trails for nature study. It's an ideal place for kite flying and beachcombing. Shopping is close by and there are plenty of fun activities for kids.

Pacific Beach State Park
49 2nd Street
Pacific Beach, Washington 98571
(360) 276-4297
www.stateparks.com

If you're longing for a swim on a vast beach, this 10-acre park with 2,300 feet of ocean beachfront should be part of your Aberdeen travel itinerary. Beachcombing is another activity you can indulge in. Light a campfire on the wide beach, take a long stroll or fly a kite. What's more, restaurants and stores are just a five-minute walk away.

Ocean City State Park
148 State Route 115
Hoquiam, Washington  98550
(360) 289-3553
http://www.stateparks.com/ocean_city.html

The park covers 170 acres of beach, dunes, and lush shore pine thickets on the Pacific Ocean. It's a great place for diving, swimming, beachcombing, birdwatching and viewing wildlife. Interpretive activities are also available. Don't forget the mosquito repellant if you plan to watch the sunset on the beach.

Westport Light State Park
Ocean Avenue
Westport, Washington 98595
www.stateparks.com

Stroll down the beach in the park or down the paved three-mile-long bike path which leads to the Westport Marina. The beach is also good for surfing and swimming. The special feature of this park is the lovely view of the adjacent Westport Lighthouse, the tallest in the state. There are hiking trails that lead towards it through the woods. You'll probably come across people picking mushrooms on the trails, but make sure you know the poisonous from the edible ones! And then after a deliciously tiring day of Aberdeen travel, settle down for a quiet evening at your Aberdeen Inn.