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<p>Leif Nesheim | The Vidette The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center offers a bit of area history for visitors.</p>
<p>A kite surfer takes advantage of two things in plenty in Ocean Shores: wind and waves.</p>
<p>A dog takes a moment to enjoy the sights and smells of the beach. Portions of the beach are open to canines.</p>

Ocean Shores

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Incorporated 1970


Ocean Shores is on a six-mile long peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor. The first white settler on Grays Harbor’s northern peninsula was Mathew McGee, who arrived in the early 1860s. But it wasn’t until a century later that the area really began to boom. Real Estate speculators gambled on a potential casino in the 1960s at the beginning of a construction boom.

Country music legend Pat Boone, a stock holder in Ocean Shores Estates Inc., became a resident in 1967 and hosted celebrity golf tournaments.

Today, Ocean Shores continues its history as a destination for tourists and retirees: There are two fresh water lakes, 23 miles of canals and an old growth rain forest in the middle of the ity. With six miles of sandy beaches, the ocean is the main attraction, but there is much more to do.

The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center offers a look into wildlife on the coast, as well as artifacts taken from the SS Catala, a ship that ran aground in 1965 at Damon Point near Ocean Shores. The best thing about the center? Most everything can be touched and handled, making it a fun place to take the kids.

Ocean Shores also boasts a golf course; many go kart and scooter rental places, miniature golf and an arcade, shopping, and numerous places to stay. Kite flying, kayaking, canoeing, beach walking, whale watching are just a few of the popular activities. The most difficult decision is to choose what to do in the time you are there.