Ocean Park, Washington 98640

46° 29′ 38″ N, 124° 2′ 53″ W

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Originally founded by the Methodist Church as a camp location, Ocean Park continues in the tradition of small seaside towns, with restaurants, family-owned businesses and resorts to welcome visitors.

Ocean Park was once a station on the Clamshell Railroad, a narrow gauge railroad that ran along the Long Beach Peninsula from 1889 to 1930. One the oldest buildings in Pacific County is the Taylor Hotel building, built in 1887, currently in use as Adelaide’s cafe and bookstore named after Adelaide Taylor, the wife of the original hotel owner.

Founded in 1885, when the area was still part of Washington Territory, and now thought to be the oldest continuing retail business in the state, Jack’s Country Store has been a favorite of locals and visitors for generations.  First-time visitors who marvel at the wood floors, rolling track ladders, enormous oak showcases, and a beautiful stained glass ceiling, all functional fixtures in the store. With over 200,000 different items stocked, shoppers are advised to take care not to challenge 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.

Ocean Park hosts a lively retail community, with a variety of retail shops, restaurants, fuel and grocery stores. Lodging of all types are available here, from camping and RV to hotel, bed and breakfast and vacation rental homes.

Home to the annual Northwest Garlic Festival and the Rod Run to the End of the World. Ocean Park also commemorates Independence Day with an old-fashioned parade.

A walking tour of the community takes visitors past the House of Doors and other unique homes made of lumber harvested from the sea.

 

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