Are you curious about what to do in Seabrook, a small Washington state resort community? Keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about Seabrook WA before you book your next Pacific Northwest family vacation!
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I’ve been wanting to visit Seabrook, Washington for YEARS. So, when we got the chance to take our boys, I was stoked!
Living in the PNW, the name Seabrook kept coming up when people talked about their summer plans. It seemed like everyone we knew with kids had either just been to Seabrook, WA or were planning to go.
It’s ideal coastal town on the central Washington Coast designed with families in mind. You can explore charming streets, enjoy the local eateries, and enjoy kid-friendly attractions.
Seabrook offers beaches that are perfect for sandcastle building and kite flying, and nature trails adorned with gnomes. That’s right, gnomes!
When it came time to plan a trip with a few of our family friends, I instantly suggested Seabrook!
Below, you’ll read about 10 family-friendly activities in Seabrook, Washington that I recommend that guarantee lasting memories!
What is Seabrook, WA Known For?
You’ll find the beach town of Seabrook nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean along the picturesque coastline of Washington state.
Established in 2004, Seabrook is a pedestrian-friendly, oceanfront community with rental cottages, restaurants, a farm, fire pits, an indoor swimming pool, playgrounds, and the beach!
It’s laid out perfectly for a family getaway. Plus, it’s a great place to travel with multiple families and multi-generations!
How to Get to Seabrook, Washington
Seabrook is an easy 2.5-hour drive from Seattle.There are no mountain passes or ferries involved.
The easiest way is to take I-5 South, then WA-8 West, and US-12 West to Aberdeen.
Then, get on US-101 North/Ocean Beach Road in Copalis Crossing. Turn left when you reach WA-109 S and follow that into Seabrook.
From Portland, OR
You can also get to Seabrook in about 3 hours from Portland.
Take I-5 North and follow signs for Olympia. Merge onto US-101 North/Ocean Beach Road in Copalis Crossing.
It’s a left when you reach WA-109 S, and then follow that into Seabrook.
Seabrook, WA Map
As you can see, Seabrook WA is one big, planned community made of up neighborhoods.
Across the town, you’ll find a mix of full-time residents, summer residents, and vacation rentals with guests that frequently come and go.
It’s easy to rent multiple cottages near each other and vacation with friends. And restaurants, parks, stores, an indoor pool, and the beach are literally just steps away.
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Top 15 Things to Do in Seabrook for Families
Known as “Washington’s Beach Town,” Seabrook aims to create an enchanting escape for kids and parents alike. Keep reading for the best of what to do in Seabrook, WA with kids!
1. Head to the Beach
You can access Seabrook Beach by a few different access paths from the town center. It’s a bit of a walk down to the massive sandy stretch of beach, but it’s worth it!
You can explore tide pools, take leisurely strolls along the water’s edge, or go razor clam digging.
It’s also a great place to enjoy the sunset over the water while you roast marshmallows over the fire pit on the beach.
For us, exploring Pacific Beach was another obvious activity during our stay in Seabrook, WA.
Located within walking distance of Seabrook WA, Pacific beach offers hours of family entertainment. In a way, it’s even more accessible than Seabrook Beach!
Searching for sand dollars, building sandcastles, and chasing seagulls are just a few options. There’s seriously so many fun things to do in Pacific Beach, WA!
2. Ice Cream at Sweet Life
Is it really a beach vacation if ice cream isn’t involved? Sweet Life resides in the middle of the downtown district. They offer ice cream made with simple, local ingredients from nearby Tacoma, WA.
I enjoyed a creme float that was delicious! They also sell an assortment of candy and other sweet treats. Out of all the Seabrook things to do, this one will definitely be a hit with your kids.
I personally tried the Swedish Fish and Sour Gummy Worms and found them to be fresh and tasty!
3. Search for Gnome Houses
We took the Gnome Trail to get to Seabrook Beach (it’s just a 15-minute walk). This is a fun, kid-friendly trail where it’s the custom for guests to build gnome houses along this path.
There is one rule: Gnomes only use building materials found locally, from both the woods and the beach. Next time we visit, we hope to contribute our own gnome house.
It’s easy to find the entrance to this trail. It’s just off Compass Street in the Mill District. Just look for the Old Cedar Stump!
4. Shop at Brooklets Toys
We love independent children’s stores. This one at Seabrook WA feels very curated and features a thoughtful selection of high-quality products.
You’ll find Jelly Cat Stuffies, HABA brand dolls and toys, as well as board games and activities. They even have children’s clothes in case you have a special occasion coming up.
There’s an array of sand and water toys, as well as knick-knacks that are perfect to keep kids busy on a road trip home!
And they have a boat outside the store where kids can “go fishing” for pictures!
5. Swim in at Crescent Indoor Pool
There is a heated indoor community pool that’s the perfect spot for families to hang. It’s only for residents and guests, not day trippers.
You have to show a pool pass, which all guests get when they arrive at their vacation rental in Seabrook!
Crescent Indoor Swimming Pool is actually one of the only places along the Washington and Oregon coasts that offer a heated pool. And it’s open year-round.
Not only is the whole pool fairly shallow, but they offer children’s life vests to borrow. They also have lots of lounge chairs for parents to hang out with babies and a spa Jacuzzi.
Towels are available to borrow on site. The pool is open every day from 8 AM to 9 PM.
Plus, they recently opened a fitness center here! You can visit daily from 5 AM 10 PM.
6. Get a Latte at Vista Bakeshop
Getting coffee is a must-do activity for my family. Thankfully, Seabrook WA has a cute bakery that offers an array of caffeinated beverages.
Started by 2 chefs with 15 years in the industry, you know you’re getting top-notch coffee and pastries at Vista Bakeshop! Try one of their drip coffees, lattes, cold brew, and more.
Vista Bakeshop also offers a line of teas, made-from-scratch pastries, breads, and cold lunch options. In fact, they’re known for their cruffins, muffins made with flaky croissant dough!
They’re open daily from 7 AM to 3 PM, so they’re perfect for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.
7. Zip Line at Seabrook Playground
After noticing the lack of play structures around Seabrook WA, we thought to ask around about a neighborhood park. They informed us of a large play area near the Farm District.
Not only did they have a zip line that held the weight of my husband, but they had lots of swings, several slides, and many places for kids to climb.
If you brought your dog, across the street, there’s a dog park (just look for the sign that says “WOOF”). And next to the playground are basketball courts.
Nearby is Horseshoe Park, the neighborhood gathering place. It features an inset stone fire pit overlooking the north pasture. And there are public restrooms directly across the street.
You’re also a short walk away from the Seabrook Community Garden. And kids can pick fresh blueberries or run through the orchards nearby.
The Farm District offers so much for families visiting Seabrook, WA!
8. Roast Marshmallows
There are numerous fire pits all over Seabrook WA, and more always popping up! Currently there are 15.
You’ll find them included with many vacation rentals, on the Seabrook Beach, and in every neighborhood.
We’re big fans of roasting marshmallows or hot dogs over a fire. I love that these are set up already.
You can easily pick up kindling, lighters and roasting foods at Front Street Market. These fire pits can accommodate groups of many sizes.
9. Visit the Horses
There’s also an equestrian farm at Seabrook WA that is fun to visit! They offer horseback rides and summer camps for kids.
If you’re there on the weekend, you can watch them feed the horses in the morning. We weren’t able to rally in the morning, but we still visited after nap time!
10. Shop for Groceries
It’s always helpful when vacationing with kids to have a local place where you can grab all the essentials. Seabrook has 2 markets.
They have the classic Front Street Market that sells disposable diapers, swim diapers, sand toys, pool toys and baby food.
It’s a great stop to load up on frozen chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and fruit for younger kiddos. They also offer adult beverages for parents.
And there’s the newer Fresh Foods Market on Market Street. This pretty new store is where to come for a wide selection of gourmet products, as well as your family’s favorites.
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Seabrook WA Retail Stores
This Market Street shop has a variety of women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. From signature pieces to your new favorite pair of jeans, Magnolias Boutique has you covered.
You can even peruse their collection on Instagram!
Front Street Market
When you travel anywhere with kids, sometimes you just need to eat at home.
Front Street Market has produce, dairy, beer and wine, deli meats, freshly made sandwiches, snacks, frozen food and more. Plus, you can also get gelato here!
Your dog may lead you into this store, and for good reason! The Salty Dog is Seabrook’s place for finding something special for your dog.
These items are perfect for playing on the beach, walking in the woods, or just relaxing in the cottage.
If your Seabrook rental home has you dreaming of beach house home decor, you’ll definitely want to stop by SeaWorthy Home.
It’s rustic beach and coastal decorations will be the ultimate souvenir to remember your family vacation.
Seabrook WA is a very bike-friendly destination. At Buck’s, you can rent mountain biking and beach cruising bikes.
You can also get skimboards, wet suits and other equipment for outdoor fun.
Buck’s now also offers a variety of water-based lessons, including surfing, clamming, and more. Or book a guided adventure, from mountain biking and hiking to fishing and kayaking!
Be warned: your kids might not want to leave this toy store. Here, you’ll find lots of games, books, beach toys, and fun outdoor gear for the whole family.
Plus, they have lots of Seabrook souvenirs!
Sometimes parents just need a vacation from their vacation. Spa Elizabeth is here to help! This boutique spa offers massage, body treatments, facials, and waxing services.
What’s extra cool is that the products they use are natural.
Joie Des Livres
This darling bookstore has something for everyone in the family! They have the cutest children’s section with reading nooks!
There are floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a variety of great titles in every genre. And they offer a nice selection of local Seabrook brand products as well.
Seabrook Goods & Apparel on Market Street is the perfect place to pick up a Seabrook WA goods made locally. Grab a hoodie, beanie, or bucket hat before you head out fishing for the day.
They also sell items for you or a friend, like handmade candles and Seabrook water bottles.
It always feels good to support a local, woman-owned business! Come purchase a candle at Lorraine’s or take it to the next level and book a candle-making workshop for the whole family!
It’s fun to create your own candle scent, pick your candle holder, and finally pour it yourself. Fun!
Seabrook WA Restaurants
Rising Tide Tavern is a new favorite on the corner of Market Street and Meriweather Street. They serve up a smooth mix of seafood, American classics, and salads.
It all has an elevated feel to it. And they have a great kid’s menu! Come for the food and stay for the great atmosphere.
One of our favorite things to do on vacation, is order pizza and just relax.
Frontager’s Pizza has brick-oven style pizza with local ingredients available to eat in their Seabrook restaurant or for pick up. If you dine in, be sure to try their wine and microbrews.
Right next door to Frontager’s Pizza is Seabrook’s ice cream parlor and candy store, Sweet Life.
Their ice cream is made in nearby Tacoma, Washington and they have a wide assortment of candy and sweet treats. Plus, you can get a root beer float!
After a morning walk, stop by Vista Bakery and pick up fresh-baked items and your favorite coffee order.
They also offer freshly prepared sandwich boxes for lunch!
I guess this isn’t technically a restaurant, but you could fill up on the cheese, snacks, fresh bread, and wine.
Plus, you can pick up a picnic basket and bottle of wine to enjoy at the beach!
Koko’s Restaurant is great to bring the kids for dinner or for a brunch date with bottomless mimosas! They have a great mix of traditional Mexican offerings as well as creative fusion dishes.
Seabrook WA Rentals
We stayed 3 nights (Thursday-Sunday) in the LegaSea house and had such a fabulous time!
There was a room with 4 bunk beds and play areas on the top floor and the basement level. We were located right off the Gnome Trail for easy access to the beach.
The area was quiet and full of trees.
You can search for your ultimate Seabrook rental home online. The newest community is South Farm, with more and more homes popping up every week!
Most of these rentals have adorable names like Fish and Ships, Hello Sunshine, Ocean Smores, and Whatever Floats Your Boat.
There are ocean view homes and pet-friendly rental homes, too.
Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Seabrook WA
If you’re staying at Seabrook for more than a few days, you might consider taking a day trip or two with your family. Here are some cool spots:
Just over 2 hours away from Seabrook is the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park. This is the ultimate place to hike and explore in the Olympic National Park.
About 1 hour and 40 minutes North of Seabrook is Ruby Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Washington State.
Olympic Flight Museum
Just under 2 hours away in Tumwater, WA the Olympic Flight Museum is fun for the whole family. They feature lots of vintage airplanes and they host an annual air show.
Plus, kids ages 6 and younger are free!
Hands On Children’s Museum
Also less than 2 hours away in Olympia, WA is the Hands On Children’s Museum. They have arts and crafts, building activities, pretend play and more!
It’s perfect for kids ages 10 and younger.
Seabrook WA FAQs
How far is Seabrook WA from Seattle?
If you’re driving to Seabrook from Seattle, it’s just over 140 miles away. It will probably take you about 2.5-3 hours to get there, depending on traffic.
How far is Seabrook from Ocean Shores?
Ocean Shores is an easy 30-minute drive from Seabrook Resort. Ocean Shores in another cute Washington beach town with lots of kid-friendly activities and restaurants worth checking out. It makes a fun day trip from Seabrook.
Who built Seabrook WA?
Seabrook is a unique Washington State beach towns because it’s more of a vacation rental community. It was built by Casey Roloff in 2004 and has grown significantly in the past few years.
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