The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is hosting Hometown Tourism Days November 10-11, 2018.

Even groups that have been to Long Beach multiple times can still feel like a “local tourist,” during the Hometown Tourism Days on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11 (Veterans Day). Visit the wildlife refuge at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm on either day for a guided naturalist walk of the Art and Cutthroat Climb Trails located at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters located north of milepost 24 on Highway 101. Groups are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is located at 3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, Washington 98624.

Additionally, several local sites are working together to offer free or reduced admissions or other special deals on these days to encourage their neighbors to come and see what they have to offer.  Here is a list of the special activities available for this eighth annual Hometown Tourism Days.

Ø  Northwest Carriage Museum – 314 Alder Street, Raymond, Washington – 50% off admission and 10% gift shop discount, 10:00-4:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Pacific County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center – milepost 54, Hwy 101, South Bend, Washington – Free admission, 12:00-3:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Willapa National Wildlife Refuge – milepost 24, Hwy 101, Washington (no dogs beyond the parking lots) – Free admission;10:00 & 1:00 guided walks: Art and Cutthroat Climb Trails; sunrise to sunset, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Cranberry Museum & Gift Shop – 2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach, Washington – Free admission, 10:00-5:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  World Kite Museum – 303 Sid Snyder Drive West, Long Beach, Washington – $1.00 off admission, 11:00-5:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Long Beach Peninsula Visitor Bureau – 3914 Pacific Way (corner of Highways 101&103), Seaview, Washington – Mention “Hometown Tourism” to receive a free canvas bag filled with information about local sites, 10:00-4:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Cape Disappointment State Park – Ilwaco, Washington – Free park admission, $5 admission to Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 10:00–5:00, Sunday

Ø  Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum – 115 SE Lake Street, Ilwaco, Washington – Free admission 10:00-4:00, Saturday

Ø  Fort Columbia State Park – Chinook, Washington – Free admission to the grounds including trails, dawn to dusk, Sunday

Ø  Knappton Cove Heritage Center, Historic U.S. Quarantine Station – 3 mi. E of Astoria Bridge, Hwy 401, Washington – Free admission to the Columbia River’s “Ellis Island,”  2:00 talk on 1918 Flu Pandemic, museum & Nature Path, 1:00-4:00, Saturday

Ø  Oregon Film Museum – 732 Duane Street, Astoria, Oregon – Free item for mentioning “Hometown Tourism,” 11:00-4:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Flavel House Visitor Center – 714 Exchange Street, Astoria, Oregon – Free Astoria Bi-Centennial souvenir for mentioning “Hometown Tourism,” 10:00-4:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Heritage Museum – 1618 Exchange Street, Astoria, Oregon – Free Oregon Historical Quarterly for mentioning “Hometown Tourism,” 11:00-4:00, Saturday

Ø  Bumble Bee Seafoods Hanthorn Cannery Museum at Pier 39, 100  39th Street, Astoria, Oregon – Free admission, chowder and cake, take a selfie with the new June Hog display, 9:00-6:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Columbia River Maritime Museum – 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon – Free Quarter Deck magazine for mentioning “Hometown Tourism,” 9:30-5:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Astoria Column – Astoria, Oregon (on top of Coxcomb Hill) – Free parking for mentioning “Hometown Tourism,” 9:00-5:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Fort Stevens State Park – Warrenton, Oregon, Wild Mushroom Hike, meet at Coffenbury Lake Picnic Shelter A, 1:00, Saturday

Ø  Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop – 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria,  Oregon – Ranger programs 9:00-5:00, Saturday;  ranger programs and free admission 9:00-5:00, Sunday

Ø  Seaside Museum & Historical Society – 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside, Oregon – Free admission, 10:00-3:00, Saturday

Ø  Seaside Aquarium – 200 N. Prom, Seaside, Oregon – Free admission with donation of two cans of food/per person, 9:00-5:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Seaside Inverted Experience – 111 Broadway #7, Seaside, Oregon –, $2 off regular admission, 10:00-3:00, Saturday;  10:00-6:00, Sunday

Ø  Cannon Beach History Center – 1387 S. Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon – Free admission; free Sleepy Monk Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and cider bar; 20% gift shop discount, 11:00-4:00, Saturday & Sunday

Ø  Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area – 79878 Hwy 202, Jewell, Oregon – Free wildlife viewing with valid Wildlife Area Parking Permit, all day, Saturday & Sunday

For group lodging near the event, pre and post fun, or charter transportation from the events to your hotel contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator. 


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