What can I do in the spring (Part 1: Beaches)?


Discovery Park in early March

Oh, March! What a long, wet month! Despite the usually wet and blustery weather, and the transition from winter fun to summer fun that takes a long time in the northwest, what can you do? This month we’ll be exploring some of the ways you can have fun outside, even in this sometimes long and gray northwest spring.

In Part 1, we’ll focus on exploring beaches. If you want to stay close to home, the beaches at Discovery Park are surrounded by many miles of trails if you’d like to hike as well. Golden Gardens and Alki are both great places to catch a sunset and take advantage of the firepits to make smores (even on a cold spring day).


March sunset with beachfire at Alki beach

If you’re ready to get out of town, then it might be time for a trip to the Washington Coast. There are lots of places to go, including Cape Disappointment State Park which has yurts  you can rent overnight (and it’s easy to get one in the off season), trails and a great view of the mouth of the Columbia River.


Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and beach

Another beautiful place on the Washington coast is the beaches of Olympic National Park. This is a great place for a first backpacking trip (if it’s not raining!) but also a great place to go for tidepooling and just playing around on the beach (if it’s rainy or you’re not into camping, there are lots of places to stay in Forks).


Tidepooling in Olympic National Park


Playing frisbee at the beach in Olympic National Park

Spring is also a great time for clamming on many Washington beaches. Learn all about clamming on Washington Fish and Wildlife’s website.

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.