Low Tide Walks



PTMSC Low Tide Walk Dates

May 29, 11:30 am - Full
June 26, 11:00 am
- A few openings left. Click here to register!
July 24, 10:00 am
- Full
August 21, 9:00 am
- Full

Meet in Museum Portico
(building on the shore)

Join us for a guided walk on the beach at low tide and learn how animals survive and thrive in the intertidal zone.

Meet at the Museum exhibit portico entrance (building on the shore) for a guided Low Tide Walk on the beach with PTMSC naturalists. Explore tide pools and learn about how marine organisms are adapted for the challenges and daily extremes of living in the intertidal zone. 

We recommend weather-appropriate clothing and shoes with good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks. Don’t forget your mask. The beach is a .4 mile walk from the Museum. 

$7 for adults (18 and up) and $5 for ages 6-17. Members are always free! 
No unaccompanied children, please.

This event is family-friendly; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please register. In order to provide enough staff and volunteers to create a COVID-safe experience, we need to know how many are joining us. 

Photo credit: Wendy Feltham

Learn more about tide pooling

Here’s a list of some local beach access/tide pooling spots. Remember to Leave No Trace! Take only pictures, pack out your trash if receptacles are full or unavailable. 

-Fort Worden State Park (Discover Pass required)
-North Beach County Park (head either direction from parking lot)
-Boat Haven beach (limited parking at Larry Scott trailhead)
-Fort Townsend State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Fort Flagler State Park (Discover Pass required)
-Indian Island County Park (limited parking)
-Point Hudson (limited parking)

Here’s a guide on Tidepool Etiquette so you can observe good manners while you’re in the home of intertidal animals and keep them (and yourself) safe. If you find something interesting while you’re tidepooling, you can share it and tag us if you have any questions (@ptmarinescictr on Instagram). You can also post photos of animals, plants, or unknown living things to iNaturalist for identification from the community.

If you have children in your household, here’s a Tidepooling Scavenger Hunt activity to try while you’re out! 

Tide pooling at Kinzie Beach in Fort Worden State Park