A little sprinkling doesn’t deter most families from playing on the beach, hiking or searching for sea anemones; a down pour or high winds are a different story. If you are in need of some family-friendly ideas that are indoors, here is a day itinerary to inspire you next time you come to the coast with your family or friends. A few locations are close enough to each other that you can walk if you are prepared for the weather.
After breakfast, take a short walk down the promenade to the oldest privately owned aquarium on the West Coast, the Seaside Aquarium (opens at 9 am). Feed the seals and touch some marine life in the ‘touch pool’. This aquarium celebrated their 80th birthday in 2017.
A few minutes away is the Seaside Historical Society Museum where visitors can learn about over 2,000 years of history in Seaside. There are exhibits about Native Americans, logging, railroad history and more.
Hungry? Take a 30 minute drive down Highway 26 and stop at the family owned destination restaurant, Camp 18, a favorite for families. The food is great, the portions are generous and the atmosphere of the restaurant is unique and beautiful. All of the timber used in the building was logged by the owner. The stones in the fireplaces are from the area and each 500 lb. front door is hand carved. Explore the railroad cars, machinery and other logging equipment on the grounds of Camp 18. Take your picture with big foot and some of the other wood carvings. Take a short walk beside Humbug Creek (yes, that’s what it’s called). Don’t forget to order a cinnamon roll to-go if you haven’t eaten one already, these are as big as your head!
Drive back to Seaside, and enjoy some indoor entertainment. The carousel at the Seaside Carousel Mall is great for little kids and you can even get a caricature drawing done there to commemorate your trip.
Funland Arcade may appeal more to older kids and adults and has hundreds of arcade video and redemption games including Skee ball, Air Hockey, Bumper Cars, Pinball, NBA Hoops and more. If you want a mini-golf fix (yes, it’s covered) there is Interstate Amusement where you can also ride a fair favorite, the tilt-a-whirl and ride bumper cars.
End the day with homemade gelato from Sea Star Gelato, or a treat from a candy shop; a visit will complete a successful trip to the beach. Bruce’s Candy Kitchen sells taffy, brittles, chocolates and more. They have sugar free options too. If you’re lucky you might even see taffy being pulled.