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?

Photo of Seabrook, Washington on the Washington State Coast in the Pacific Northwest makes a great weekend trip from Seattle #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #northwest #pacificnorthwest #washingtonstate #washingtoncoast #familytravel
Seabrook, WA is a community located at Pacific Beach on the Washington State Coast. Photo credit: Michael Palermiti, courtesy of Seabrook

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

Map of Seabrook, Washington, a beach getaway in WA state #seabrook #washingtonstate #pnw #washingtoncoastAs 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.

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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.

Photo of Pacific Beach at Seabrook, Washington, which is a fun thing to do in Seabrook with kids #seabrook #washingtonstate #pnw #washingtoncoast #pacificbeach #explorewa
The kids loved playing at the beach with their sand toys from Seabrook Kids! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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!

 

Sweet Life at Seabrook, WA
My son is an ice cream enthusiast and thoroughly enjoyed his scoop of chocolate in the kid-sized table and chair outside Sweet Life. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Photos of Gnome Houses at Seabrook, WA on the trail to Pacific Beach on the Washington Coast #gnomehouses #gnomes #seabrookwa #seabrook #washingtoncoast #washingtonstate
This was one of many gnome houses I saw on the Gnome Trail on the way to the beach. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Photo of kids sitting in a John Deere toy tractor outside Seabrook Kids in Seabrook, Washington on the WA coast #seabrook #seabrookkids #seabrookwa #washingtonstate #washingtoncoast
Our kids loved the John Deere ride-on tractor in front of Seabrook Kids. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

Photo of the indoor heated pool in the Seabrook community in Pacific Beach, WA #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #pacificnorthwest #washingtonstate
This indoor heated pool was a big hit for our 3-year-old! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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!

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My soy chai tea latte was perfect for our chilly Spring morning. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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 fire pit overlooking the north pasture.

And kids can pick fresh blueberries or run through the orchards nearby.

Photo of a kid on a zip line at Horseshoe Park, which is one of the things to do in Seabrook, WA with kids #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #washingtoncoast #washingtonstate
This zip line goes slow enough for kids of all ages! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

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.

Photo of a large outdoor fire pit where families can roast marshmallows, which is one of the fun things to do in Seabrook, Washington with kids #firepit #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #washingtonstate #washingtoncoast
There were several large fire pits like this one located throughout Seabrook.

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.

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The horses were so friendly and came close to say hello to us! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

Photo of baby products and toddler products at Front Street Market, which is store in Seabrook, WA #frontstreetmarket #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #washingtoncoast
Front Street Market has an assortment of diapers, pouches, snack containers, toys and practically anything else families may have forgotten to pack. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
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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.

IMAGINE THAT

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!

SEAWORTHY HOME

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!

BUCK’S BIKES

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.

SEABROOK KIDS

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!

SPA ELIZABETH

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

Photo of Mill 109 in Seabrook, WA on the Washington State Coast near Pacific Beach #mill109 #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #pacificbeach #washingtonstate #washingtoncoast
Mill 109 is a great place to hang with old friends or make new ones! Photo credit: Michael Palermiti, courtesy of Seabrook

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!

FRONTAGER’S PIZZA

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.

SWEET LIFE

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!

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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.

Photo of a Seabrook vacation rental in Seabrook, WA on the Washington State Coast in the Pacific Northwest #seabrook #seabrookwa #pnw #northwest #familytravel #washingtonstate #pnw
This is one of the many adorable Seabrook vacation rentals available. Photo credit: Michael Palermiti, courtesy of Seabrook

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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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

31 Comments

  1. Looks like a lot of fun! My kids would love looking for gnome houses. We’ve never done it before. I should look up and see if they have that near me at all.

  2. Corinne @ My Mom Writes.com Reply

    wow! this looks like so much fun 🙂 we’ve tried to get my oldest to zip line at a carnival one time but it was NOT happening haha.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Hahaha! My son let go from a zip line a few months ago so I was just crossing my fingers the whole time!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Washington State is gorgeous! Please come visit!

  3. This looks like such a perfect place to visit with a family! I’ve never heard of it, but will have to add it to my list. My daughter would love to go visit the horses! It looks like a calm, fun, happy place.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s an up and coming community that is perfect for families!

  4. Sounds like a great place to visit! I’ve been to the USA many times but am always looking out for personal recommendations of places new to visit next time!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Washington State is definitely worth a trip from abroad!

  5. Gnome homes?!? That’s so freaking cute. How many did you find? Makes me think of the “Tiny doors” initiative in Atlanta.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I saw about 8-10 gnome homes. Next time we are totally making one. What’s the Tiny Doors initiative?

  6. I love little articles like this! It gives me new travel ideas. The kids looked like they had so much fun and I love the first photo you put up!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! It was nice to be able to play in nature! We could have stayed at that beach all day!

  7. Sounds like a great place to visit especially with a family! I love your header logo as well it’s so beautiful!

  8. Missybeelondon Reply

    you chose some great activities
    All different and interesting
    Thanks for sharing this

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! There are so many great activities to do in Seabrook!

  9. Looks like a fun set of activities with the kids. Visited the San Juans quite a while ago so maybe time to plan another 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      The San Juan Islands are a blast, but they are very far from Seabrook. Seabrook is on the Washington coast near Oregon.

  10. Never been to Seabrook but many of the activities you suggest sound very family-friendly. I think walks on the beach are perfect for families because it’s a great way to bond and exercise at the same time. Exploring rock pools and learning about the physical environment is also a great way to educate the kids without it feeling too “schooly.”

  11. Awww… looks like the perfect place to have a relaxed family vacation. Searching for gnome houses is so cute, I bet the kids really enjoyed zip-lining and that grand camp fire would make for a nice and cozy evening. Kids always love the beach and that’s certainly a big draw. Thanks

  12. I remember several trips when I was young that we took with a couple of other families. It was also great because not only were you on vacation, you still got to hang out with your friends. When you are that age, an indoor pool is always a cool thing. That and the fire pit would be perfect. I can see myself now sitting around the fire and roasting marshmallows for smores.

  13. These are 10 wonderful activities for travel with kids. Kids love animals so visiting the horses would be a winner, especially for feeding time. I’m interested to visit Seabrook Kids, I too love independent kids stores and this one looks fun on the inside and the toys outside!

  14. This looks like a nice place to spend time at. The combination of a pool and a Caffee Latee afterwards is the best. It’s great that there’s something to do for all ages 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, it really does accommodate people of all ages and abilities!

  15. Seabrook looks like a great day trip adventure for the whole family. The grome trail looks like great fun, especially if you can make your own. The swimming pool gives the day a nice twist, great they have towels to borrow. Perfect spot for a day of relaxing and enjoying yourself (and the kids).

  16. Sea holiday? Anytime. Looks like you had some great fun with family and kids enjoyed zip lining and swimming pool. Looks like this place offers many activities. Must be awesome. Thanks for sharing

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s a great bubble of activity in a quiet beachside area. We love the coast!

  17. This certainly sounds like a great family vacation! My favorites would have to be the beach and the fire pits! I love roasting marshmallows and hotdogs on the fire. The horses are also a plus!

  18. I like the sound of searching for gnome houses sounds so much fun and a perfect activity for kids, even as an adult I would enjoy it. Yours kids are much braver than me doing the zip line think I would just watch others do that. There is definitely a lot of cool things to do in Seabrook.

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