Low Tide Walks


2023 Low Tide Walk Dates

Please register for each walk you will attend. Click on the linked dates below.

  • Sunday, June 4, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. 
  • Saturday, June 17, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (-2.44 at 8:35 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  (-2.15 ft. at 9:07 a.m.)

* If a low tide walk is full, space that opens up that day will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join us for a guided walk on the beach at low tide and witness the unique adaptations for life to survive and thrive in the intertidal zone.

Adults - $10
Youth ages 6-17 - $5
PTMSC adult members - $8
PTMSC youth members - $3
Children 5 and under are free!

Please register and pay in advance. If space is available on the day of the event, they will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note, we are not able to offer refunds should you cancel or be unable to attend.

Meet at the Museum exhibit portico entrance in Fort Worden State Park 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 that can get wet and have good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks. 

The beach is a .4 mile walk from the Museum; closer parking spots are available near the beach. 

This event is family-friendly. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
We don’t recommend bringing dogs tidepooling.
Young children not able to walk (esp. babies) should be strapped on and not carried.  

Please plan to arrive at the Museum 10-15 minutes early. The Museum is the second building on the left, past the pier. Do not go to the Aquarium.

 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. Check out the tides where you are at the NOAA Tide Predictions website.

-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