Seabrook, WA is a community located at Pacific Beach on the Washington State Coast. Photo credit: Michael Palermiti, courtesy of Seabrook
I’ve been wanting to visit Seabrook, Washington for the past 5 years. I first heard about it when I was working on a school auction and one of the families donated a week’s stay there. I immediately Googled it and thought it looked like a charming seaside community. Then, I realized that the name Seabrook kept coming up when people talked about their summer plans.
Originally published June 5, 2017 and updated April 27, 2018
Once we had kids, it seemed like all my Mommy friends had either just been to Seabrook or were planning a weekend getaway there. My family has recently explored Semiahmoo Resort & Spa and the San Juan Islands. So, when it came time to plan a trip with a few of our family friends, I instantly suggested Seabrook. Thankfully, we found a home that had plenty of room for 3 families with total of 5 kids ages 3 and under.
Sharing a home with friends was a blast! The kids were able to play together morning, noon and night. We were also able to divide and conquer a lot more with the help of friends. Plus, every excursion became a play date!
Where is Seabrook, Washington?
Established in 2004, Seabrook is a pedestrian-friendly, oceanfront beach town community located in Pacific Beach, Washington. It’s a development 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!
GETTING TO SEABROOK, WA
Driving to Seabrook is easy. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle, WA and a 3 hour drive from Portland, OR. There are no mountain passes or ferries involved.
SEABROOK, WA MAP
As you can see, Seabrook is one big neighborhood. 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.
Top 10 Things To Do in Seabrook, WA for Families
1. Pacific Beach
Hopefully, this is the obvious activity. Located within walking distance of Seabrook, Pacific beach offers hours of family entertainment. Searching for sand dollars, building sand castles, and chasing seagulls are just a few options.
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 that is natural and made locally in Tacoma, WA. I enjoyed a creme float that was delicious! They also sell an assortment of candy and other sweet treats. 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 Pacific Beach. Apparently, 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.
4. Shop at Seabrook Kids
We love independent children’s stores. This one at Seabrook offers an array of sand and water toys, stuffed animals, books, and activities. A major plus is that it also sells Seabrook-branded clothing that actually looks cool. My favorite thing about this store is that you can test out the sand toys before you buy. And they have a tractor kids can sit on outside the store.
5. Swim in the Pool
There is an indoor heated community pool that is the perfect spot for families to hang. Crescent Indoor Swimming Pool is actually one of the only places along the Washington and Oregon coasts that offer a heated pool. 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.
6. Get a Latte at Red Velvet Bakery By the Sea
Getting coffee is a must-do activity for my family. Thankfully, Seabrook has a cute bakery that offers an array of caffeinated beverages. Red Velvet Bakery By the Sea also has extensive pastry and lunch options. We tried their Red Velvet Donut and it was light, moist and full of flavor!
7. Zip Line at the Neighborhood Park
After noticing the lack of play structures around Seabrook, we thought to ask the baristas at Red Velvet Bakery By the Sea 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. Horseshoe Park is the neighborhood gathering place, featuring an inset stone firepit overlooking the north pasture. And kids can pick fresh blueberries or run through the orchards nearby.
8. Roast Marshmallows
There are numerous fire pits all over Seabrook. We are 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 is a little farm at Seabrook that is fun to visit. They offer horseback rides and summer camps for kids. If you are there on the weekend, you can watch them feed the horses in the morning. We weren’t able to rally in the morning, so we visited after nap time.
10. Replenish at Front Street Market
They also have 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. Additionally, they also offer adult beverages for parents.
Seabrook, WA Retail Stores
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!
THE SALTY DOG
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 you are looking for an indoor activity, bring the kids to Imagine That. It’s one of those ceramic shops. They can paint their own Seabrook souvenir. Plus, they have a really quick turnaround time!
If your Seabrook rental home has you dreaming of beach house home decor, you’ll definitely want to stop by SeaWorthy. It’s rustic beach and coastal decorations will be the ultimate souvenir to remember your family vacation.
RUSTY ANCHOR FITNESS
If you stay at Seabrook, you are able to enjoy complimentary access to this state of the art facility. It’s open 24 hours so you have no excuse to avoid your workout just because you are on vacation!
Seabrook is a very bike-friendly destination. They have mountain biking and beach cruising bikes available. You can also get skimboards, wet suits and other equipment for outdoor fun.
Be warned: your kids might not want to leave this 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.
Seabrook, Washington Restaurants
MILL 109 PUB
If you love a good beer garden Mill 109 Pub is for you! They offer hearty local food and cold beer in a fun atmosphere. Perfect for a group dinner!
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. 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!
RED VELVET BAKERY…BY THE SEA
After a morning walk, stop by Red Velvet Bakery… by the Sea and pick up fresh-baked items and Batdorf & Bronson coffee. You can even pick up beach box lunches for an afternoon picnic!
STOWAWAY WINE BAR AND CHEESE SHOP
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!
Seabrook, Washington 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. Most of these rentals have adorable names like Fish and Ships, Hello Sunshine, Ocean Smores, and Whatever Floats Your Boat. There are oceanview homes and pet-friendly rental homes, too.
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