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Summer on the Washington Coast is arguably the best season to plan a visit. Grays Harbor's beautiful natural surroundings come to life in the glistening sun creating a tranquil escape and fantastic vacation destination for you and your loved ones. From beach adventures to hikes in the lush rainforest, explore the many opportunities to make the most of your summer.
Rain Forest Retreat
The Quinault Rain Forest in the Olympic National Forest and Park is one of the area’s most unique tourist attractions. Wander through the centuries old forests, explore the historical Lake Quinault Lodge, paddle board or kayak on the glacier-carved lake or take a tour and learn the history of the wildlife and culture of the area. All of these are possible when you enter the magical world of Lake Quinault!
No visit to Grays Harbor is complete without a drive to the beach! Fly a kite, ride a horse, build a sandcastle, search the shores for treasures or let your dog splash through the waves. Make any trip to the coast a true adventure when you're at the beach. For true a Pacific Northwest experience, consider booking a guided fishing trip with one of the local fishermen at the Westport Marina.
The craft brewing scene has been on the rise across the U.S. for the past couple of decades, and the case is no different here in Grays Harbor. Check out our blog on the Craft Beer Scene is Brewing in Downtown Aberdeen as well as a complete guide to pubs, breweries and wineries on the Washington Coast. From sprawling wineries to family-friendly pubs and breweries, you’ll be able to find the perfect setting to grab a drink and relax.
While the days are long and the sun is shining, take a hike or break out your bicycle on one of the many beautiful trails in the County. From the sprawling land surrounding Lake Sylvia State Park to the winding trails of the 152-acre Friends Landing, nature lovers of all ages and skill levels have the opportunity to get outdoors. Spot native birds and wildlife on some of the more rural trails and parks in Grays Harbor!
Take a Swing
On the Water
Are you a fan of surfing or want to take a class and learn the sport? The Pacific Ocean is a great place for both experts and beginners to catch a wave. Be sure to pack a wet suit or rent one from one of the rental shops to stay warm.
For those looking to get out on the water in a more leisurely way, consider a day of kayaking on the many waterways of Grays Harbor. From lakes to rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the area from the comfort of your boat.
Another fantastic summer activity that puts you directly on the waters of Grays Harbor is booking a trip onboard the two tall ships that call the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport home. The mesmerizing Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their voyage to both Aberdeen and Westport usually in early summer, however exact ports of call can be found on their website.
Stay Busy with Local Events
What’s summer without attending a few exciting events? Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie or looking for an educational experience, visit our online event calendar and find the ideal event for you to take part in. The calendar is continuously updated year-round to provide the most comprehensive list of events for visitors to the area.