Long Beach, Washington

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We came to Long Beach, Washington to see the kite festival not realizing that we would see and learn so much more. Who knew that they grew Cranberries here?

 

Home of the World Kite Museum

 

The museum is smaller than you would expect from such a big name but unique enough to be worth the visit. Here you get to see how kites are celebrated around the world. Who knew that kite fighting existed in Japan? They have a station where your kids can make their very own kite.

Located at 303 SW Sid Snyder Dr, Long Beach, WA 98631.

 

You don’t want to miss the world’s largest frying pan if you visit Long Beach, Washington.

 

 

Washington State International Kite Festival #37

 

The most colorful event you can have on the beach is a kite festival. Here you’ll find the sky filled with kites all sizes, shapes, designs, and colors. You will find some at the festival who are flying a kite for the first time but within the competition sections you’ll see pros doing tricks with their kites that you never knew was possible. We saw an individual flying three kites at the same time and actually making it look cool. We also saw a team of six or four making a type of dance routine in the sky with their kites. Seeing all of this made us want to go out to the beach more often and learn to fly a kite like a pro. We bought four beginner kites for our children and we had such a blast.

 

 

Ocean Park

 

About 20 minutes away from Long Beach, you can drive out straight to the beach and practice your kite flying. This spot is very windy so it’s the perfect place for those wanting to practice their kite skills. Here it does not take much work to get your kite into the air. We love Washington because you can drive on the beach which is always a treat for us Californians.

 

 

 

Cranberry Museum

 

Before our visit to Pacific North West we had no idea where cranberries came from or how they grew.  However, thanks to our stop to cranberry museum we discovered everything cranberry. It is a bit disappointing that we are not here in October to see them wet harvested but we are grateful that we got to see what a cranberry vine looks like. Here we were able to pickup some cranberry treats at the gift shop : cranberry ice cream, cranberry caramel popcorn for the entire family, and a bottle of cranberry wine for mama to unwind.

Located at 2907 Pioneer Rd, Long Beach, WA 98631.

 

 

Cape Disappointment

 

Don’t let the name fool you. Cape disappointment will not leave you disappointed. There are two lighthouses within the same park, yurts for rent if you don’t want to set up a tent, plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy, and if you bring your own bikes or scoters for your kids. Most likely you’ll be staying at one of the 18 round abounds in the campground and you’ll both like it because you will not have such a hard time keeping an eye on them.

The North Head Lighthouse is under reconstruction. It is still worth a look if you don’t plan on coming back soon. From the very same parking lot there is a very easy Bells View trail which looks over North Beach. You could even see the kite festival in the distance.

 

 

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21 Responses

  1. Prior to your post I had NEVER heard of this place but the photos and your words makes me want to take a trip myself! What was your favorite part?

  2. Wow!! You really got some great shots of the kites. The kite festival especially looks so picturesque, with all those kites against the blue sky. Beautiful.

  3. Dang, I’ve never heard of this either but looks so fun! The photos look so authentic and fun 🙂

  4. The kite festival seriously looks like so much fun! I think my home town hosts one but I have never been. Definitely something I do want to see though!

  5. What a beautiful trip this was. Looks like it should be on everyone’s to do list

  6. Kansas Bonanno

    The kites are amazing! I’d love to be able to share that with my kids someday. I’d never actually flown a kite before!

  7. That’s amazing that there is an entire museum dedicated to cranberries. That would be a fun visit. I’ve had lots of dried cranberries, but I can’t remember if I’ve ever had a fresh one.

  8. I had no idea that there was a Long Beach Washington! This looks like a great place to spend the day.

  9. It looks like you and the family had a great time. The Cranberry Museum sounds interesting. I’ve been wanting to visit Washington for a while. I’ll have to book a trip sometime.

  10. Oh wow I’ve never heard of this place before, but it looks like so much fun! I love the photos you took with the kites, definitely has a lot of activities for kids. Will need to plan a trip sometime!

  11. Ha! I love the giant frying pan. And cranberries? You are right I had no idea. Looks like you guys had such a fun time.

  12. The Pacific Northwest just looks beautiful. I can’t imagine flying a kite on the beach but it would be amazing.

  13. I wish I was at the beach right now, away from the snow. The blue skies and sunset are lovely.

  14. Oh my gosh, how totally amazing is this!? I would have loved to take my oldest to see those kites, especially the astronaut ones.

  15. The kite festival and the museum both look like they were a lit of fun. I have been wanting to take a trip out to Washington since I have family out that way. It just seems like a really cool state.

  16. sounds like a really fun family trip..so many beautiful memories.

  17. This looks like a great place to travel with kids and such a family friendly place to visit!

  18. This is my first time hearing about a kite festival, but it sounds so fun and interesting! My kids, especially my oldest son, would love this.

  19. shandy kaye

    These enjoys a few relaxing hours of watching in a kite festival. I hope I can watch a kite festival too.

  20. Unexpected discoveries are my favorite. It’s always a bonus when you go somewhere expecting one thing and get to enjoy so much more. The Kite Festival does sound amazing. I especially love the diversity of the kits. Those astronauts are so cool.

  21. Your beach photos are stunning! We live in Arizona so are constantly looking for new west coast travel options. We’ve never visited Washington but would love to!

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