Olympic Coast Discovery Center
The Olympic Coast Discovery Center is located near the ferry terminal in Port Angeles.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has a total area of over 3,300 square miles - it's kind of
hard to miss. But your first stop should be The Olympic Coast Discovery Center, on the Port Angeles
waterfront. It's a great place to begin your learning adventures on the Olympic Coast.
At the OCDC we can help you plan your coastal activities.
Plan your trip to Neah Bay, La Push, Kalaloch or other coastal destinations. Trained Discovery
Center staff and dedicated volunteers will provide detailed information on where to hike, where to
see whales, the best views or secluded beaches. You'll get road distances and driving times, and
tips for getting the most out of your visit.
Learn about marine life from thick-coated sea otters to cold water corals at the OCDC.
Find out what makes National Marine Sanctuaries so important in our efforts to protect the oceans,
marine ecosystems and marine wildlife. And because each National Marine Sanctuary is a unique world
of its own, you'll discover why the Olympic Coast is so important. You'll meet its marine mammals,
seabirds and its habitats, including tidepools and deep sea canyons.
Science and Exploration
Investigate the technology of ocean science at the OCDC.
In order to protect, we must understand. Ocean scientists are at the cutting edge of technology,
developing tools that let us visit the ocean floor and understand the sea's mysterious workings.
Learn about this history of exploration of the Olympic Coast and the many tools that researchers
use to understand the underwater landscapes, living communities and ocean processes that make
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary the ecological treasure it is. Learn about deep sea corals,
submersibles, and our sister sanctuaries within the National Marine Sanctuary system.
Explore our resources on captivating shipwrecks & maritime heritage at the OCDC.
From time immemorial, people have formed deep bonds with the ocean. Whether it's a first encounter
with a tide pool or the experience of many generations, the Olympic Coast has shaped its communities'
identities, cultures, and livelihoods. Before there was written history, Native Americans thrived
on the ocean's bounty. Today, fishing, transportation and recreation are keystones to the region's
wealth. Discover what it means to have an Olympic Coast way of life.
Visit the Olympic Coast Discovery Center first, then launch your own journey of discovery to the wild Olympic Coast.
Olympic Coast Discovery Center
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
115 East Railroad
Port Angeles, WA, 98362 USA
FREE OF CHARGE!
Olympic Coast Discovery Center is open daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm from
Memorial Day through Labor Day. Olympic Coast Discovery Center will remain
open on weekends only (Sat+Sun) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in September through
mid-October. Feel free to drop in, no appointment is necessary during our
open season! To schedule a tour in the off-season, please make an
appointment in advance: call 360-457-6622 ext. 31 or email Karlyn Langjahr
Contact for page content: Karlyn Langjahr