The Kite Festival is held on the third week of the month of August.
There are thousands of wonderful kites flying in the sky. Some are locally made and some are made from Japan and the United States. There are huge kites and small kites.
The view on the beach is very spectacular and amazing. The kite festival weather was cooperating! It was sunny and windy. Thousands of spectators which included the local residents, visitors and tourists are there just to see the beautiful kites. Some are there to compete with the flying competition!
Some kites are in shapes of animal creatures like whales, jelly fish, penguins, geckos, birds, butterflies, dogs, cats, parrots, lobsters, caterpillars, etc. Some are other shapes like roses, dragons, faces of Japanese characters, and regular planes like the Blue Angels!
There are older volunteers in one of the booths at Long Beach and they taught my children how to build their own kites. They actually flew their own kites!
The volunteers are pretty good in teaching my daughter Sierra, who is just five years old, to make her kite. They provide all the materials.
We just donated a few bucks for the kite that she made!
The boardwalk at Long Beach is elevated from the ground that you can see the whole horizon and the whole view of the ocean and the beach. On the far left, I can see the mist created by the great waves. Then there is an spectacular view of the board walk - it looks like from a far distance, the Great Wall of China!
There are view decks along the boardwalk and some kite festival spectators brought their lounge beach chairs to hang out and watch the beautiful kites. Some visitors just walking and chilling!
Definitely, the boardwalk is a very good addition to the beach. Some people don't like their shoes get sand on them so they have to get to the boardwalk!
The second week of August every year, Long Beach, Washington holds its Sand Castle Building contest. The sand in Long Beach is enormous and because the beach is elongated, each individual will have his/her own place to build his own sand castle!
The children have so much fun just scooping the sand and making their own style of sand building. My children did a mermaid!
It's a town where they allow dogs anywhere, everywhere. There are even dog stores close to the beach. There are booths for dog outfits, food and other paraphernalias for dog and cat lovers...
We saw different kinds of dogs on the beach. There are even owners who brought their dogs in dog carriers. The dogs and the owners are having fun with the weather and the sand!
The washington international kite festival draws approximately 100,000 people to its week long demonstraions. hundreds maybe thousands of kites are flown. very large and very small kites....one at a time kites and hindred at a time kites......fighter kites and happy kites...........you don't even have to like kites to like these kites
3rd week of august...rain or shine wind or no wind...course thats depressing
whats more depressing is that all the pics i am trying to post come out black........they look good everywhere but here on vt......sorry
pictures did upload nicely on my external page!!!!!!!!! so please if you want to see a sky full of kites check it out
a self guided walking tour of long beach downtown area
several wood carvings.........nothing really special about them except they add to the atmosphere and are just kinda cute....kids will certainly like them
why a "stop sign" and why do i call it a don't stop sign...cuz people in the state of washington are dumber than rocks and can't read nor can they follow simple directions....BE CAREFUL these dumba$$es will and do run people down
The Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail will lead among the dunes to several places Clark and his men reached on their exploration of the area. Since we seemed to be learning a lot about this expedition we took the time to visit the trail. It is a paved trail that gets you in among the grasses of the dunes. We visited four of the stops. First the Campsite in Cape Disappointment on the way to the campground (we drove to this). Second the Whale Skeleton. Third the Basalt Monolith with the life sized sculpture of Clark and a sturgeon. And last the Brass Sculptured tree that marks the furthest north point of their Pacific coast journey. We enjoyed visiting each of them and felt even if you didn't care about Lewis and Clark that the walk was a gentle way to enjoy the ocean, the beach and the dunes.
You don't have to walk or bike the whole trail to see each of these. You can drive to trailheads at Sid Snyder, Bolstad and 26th streets.
We have friends who come for the kite festival every year and so though we were too late for that we did want to visit the kite museum to see what it was all about. We spent about an hour reading the displays, and looking at the different kites and the Hall of Fame. I can't say as it was a great museum, but it was interesting enough. The museum was vaguely organized by world area. I learned how kites were used in war time and some of the other ways kites were used, for instance in photography. Some of the pictures taken of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1903 were amazing, and they were taken with the help of a kite. The kites on display from the Far East and East Indies were beautiful. The film of a kite competition somewhere, maybe in China, was also interesting.
I imagine someone interested in kites would enjoy this museum.
The Boardwalk in Long Beach is pretty much a typical trail boardwalk. It is elevated slightly above the beach grass to provide OK views from a few locations, but it simply isn't high enough to provide really good views of the ocean and the beach. For that, you have to bring your own chairs and sit right down on the beach itself. The trail has several larger observation decks with picnic tables and benches, and there are several drinking fountains in a few locations.
Don't expect major tourist attractions on the boardwalk itself, such as hotels or amusement park features. This isn't the type of boardwalk you would find in one of the famous tourist cities with vast numbers of visitors.
There are public restrooms that seem to be well maintained at its southern end.
Bikes are not allowed on the boardwalk itself, but they are allowed on the parallel bike trail (the Discovery Trail).
This museum is a product of the Washington State University which owned and operated the station until 1992. Pacific Cranberry Research Foundation was then created to continue the research. There is a nice little museum devoted to the growth of cranberry farming in the area, methods and tools used. It was heavy on reading and a little light on artifacts, but still I learned more than I would have known otherwise about cranberry farming. I thought they were all harvested wet, but apparently not.
There are also experimental cranberry bogs onsite with a walking self-guided tour with pamphlet that seemed to reiterate some of the information inside.
The gift shop was nice even if it was a little short of local products.
It was good for an hour at the most.
We were a little too early for the harvest which happens in October. There is a festival then as well.
Driving on the beach is a long held tradition in western Washington, and this is one of the beaches that has some of the heaviest auto traffic. Therefore, don't expect the beaches to be completely pristine as you may find in many other places. Instead, much of the beach will feature heavy tire tracks as shown in photo #2.
However, the good news for those who do like to enjoy the sand is that from April 15th to Labor Day (early September or late August, depending on the year) an entire section of the beach is closed to auto traffic. See photo 3. This section stretches the entire length of the beach that parallels the beachfront Boardwalk - from 10th Street S. north to Bosltad Street SE - essentially 10 blocks.
Here, at least during most of the summer months, you will find people enjoying the pristine sand beach as seen in photo 1.
This event lasts about 1 week during August, and brings people from all over the world to this little city. There are some 100,000 people who come, so be prepared for some crowds. Also be prepared for hotel rooms to be booked solid, and for restaurants to have long waiting lines because during most of the year this type of crowd is not in this city.
The Kite Festival has many events. There are both team and individual kite ballet (featuring two wire or four wire kites with music playing, and the manovers made by the kites are to correspond with the music, much like figure skating or dancing). There are children's events, and of course huge artistic kites flying along the beach that people have brought from all over the world. There are kite fights where two acrobatic kite flyers do battle on the beach. There are many other events during the festival. Therefore:
Try to find a program or see web site for schedule as the entire schedule runs some 15 pages. My brief description on VirtualTourist could never do it justice.
Due to crowds, it is very difficult to find a place to park anywhere near the beach during the event. Some streets are closed. Thus, if you drive, find a spot and walk from wherever you are able to find a space. There is also bus service in the city so you may want to park far from the crowds and take the bus. It is also possible to rent bicycles, tricycles and various other small transportation to get around. Free wagon rides may also be available the day you are there.
I would suggest taking a look at the web site before you go. It will help you plan to attend the event you are most interested in, as well as give you a lot of other helpful information.
The web site below is for both the Kite Festival and the World Kite Museum, which is located in Long Beach.
As time has gone on, the beach Discovery Trail has been expanded to the point where it actually goes through several communities. From Long Beach, the trail wanders along the beach southward until it passes through Cape Disappointment State Park, and ultimately ends in Ilwaco. The north end is towards the north end of town, at 26th Avenue. Therefore, to find the trail all you really need to do is head west to the beach and you will find it crossing the road some distance before you actually reach the beach.
Today, much of the distance is paved.
Several rest room facilities (including drinking fountains in places) have been built along the trail as well.
Unfortunately, in the Long Beach section of the trail, due to the shape of the sand bank, it isn't easy to see the ocean for much of the distance along the trail.
The trail parallels the Long Beach Boardwalk for the length of the Boardwalk, but the Boardwalk is much shorter.
Signs with maps of the trails (see photo 3) are available in a number of locations along the trail. You may also find the map available on the Long Beach Peninsula web site (below) helpful.