A Brief History of Ocean Park
Established as a Methodist camp in 1883, Ocean Park offered a quieter and more religious space than the rowdy boomtown Oysterville to the north. Like many of the villages on the Peninsula, Ocean Park originally sat along the Clamshell Railroad. A walking tour of the community takes visitors past historic structures like a home made of lumber harvested from shipwrecks.
What to do in Ocean Park
Ocean Park hosts a lively retail community and offers many lodging options (sort by town on our Stay page). Along with natural beauty, delicious food, and the beach, you won’t have to stray far to enjoy a peaceful getaway in Ocean Park. Here are just a few highlights to help you plan your visit.
Places to Eat
Great Day Cafe This cafe offers yummy soups, salads, and sandwiches. Enjoy a pleasant lunch with a view of the Surfside Golf Course, or check their Facebook page for their current Go-Go Dinner menu. Anita’s Coastal Cafe For friendly staff and the comfort food you’ve been craving, stop by Anita’s Coastal Cafe. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check their Facebook page for daily specials. Okie’s Thriftway Local tip: maybe a grocery store isn’t your first thought for dining, but the deli in Okie’s is a great place to pick up sandwiches for a picnic on the beach. Just choose your favorite meat, cheese, and toppings!
Bay Avenue Gallery Enjoy inspiring creative energy and works in a variety of mediums from local artists at this gallery. If you plan on making a visit, be sure to check for special events and classes on their website. Andrea Weir Studios Local artist Andrea Weir creates colorful glass pendants, jewelry, fused glass, oil and watercolor paintings, and glass paintings inspired by her memories of childhood in the northwest. Her studio is located in a picturesque old wooden boat barn. Call ahead for hours. Wiegardt Studio Gallery Award-winning watercolor artist Eric Wiegardt travels the world to offer painting workshops and has taught over 5,000 watercolorists. Visit his gallery in Ocean Park to see his bold and beautiful paintings.
Jack’s Country Store Founded in 1885, Jack’s Country Store is the oldest continuing retail business in the state of Washington. This general store has been a favorite of locals and visitors for generations. With over 200,000 different items stocked, shoppers are advised to take care when challenging one of Jack’s clerks with: “I bet you don’t have what I’m looking for.” Friendly wagers are frequently accepted and seldom lost. Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post An antiquer’s dream, the Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post is a perfect stop for rainy days and summer afternoons alike. Displaying everything from vintage clothing and housewares to art and curios of all types, it’s a place that deserves thorough exploration.
Loomis Lake State Park (Discover Pass Required) The state park offers picnic sites, parking, and a trail to the beach where you can go surf perching and beachcombing. Pacific Pines State Park (Discover Pass Required) This 10-acre day-use park takes you through grassy dunes and shore pines. Perfect for a picnic or beach exploration, find Pacific Pines State Park just north of Ocean Park. The Beach No matter where you are on the Peninsula, you probably aren’t far from the beach. Enjoy colorful sunsets, tranquil mornings, kite flying, picnics, and beachcombing. The beach approaches in Ocean Park are located at the ends of Bay Avenue and 225th St. in the Klipsan Beach community.