What to do and see in Hoquiam, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 29, 2017 Alice Mieles

Hoquiam (/ˈhoʊkwiəm/ HOH-kwee-əm) is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street, with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting, but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated, but the two cities have a long rivalry, especially in high school sports (see Sports).
Restaurants in Hoquiam

1. Ocean City State Park

148 State Route 115, Hoquiam, WA 98550-9627 (360) 289-3553
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Ocean City State Park

Reviewed By andy84wilson

State park employees were nice and helpful. Grounds were terrible. HUGE, thick and deep mud puddles (bogs) litter the campground.... huge potholes on the paved roads and the grass that is present is 1-2' tall. Ocean access was ok, but if you dont have mudboots, you better plan on wet feet to get to the ocean. For what I pay in taxes, along with the $35/ night fee to camp here.....it is NO value.

2. Westport Winery & Vineyards

1 S Arbor Rd, Aberdeen, WA 98520-9519 +1 360-648-2224
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Westport Winery & Vineyards

Reviewed By UpNOut - TX

What a beautiful place! I could hardly go inside for wandering around the gardens. There are various "theme" gardens, sculptures, "found" art work, large-scale outdoors chess set, little nook with table and chairs to play checkers, an arbor made of wine bottles with a sedum roof -- on and on. There are some nursery items for sale, and I particularly loved their pine/conifer selection. Inside, for $5, you can get a flight for wine tasting, with the $5 going towards any purchase. The cafe has a smallish menu but interesting selections. A tad on the pricey side, but it's such a beautriful venue! They, also, have weddings here. Just stop by. Well worth it.

1232 1st Street, Cosmopolis, WA 98573 +1 360-532-9268
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Opal Art Glass Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

Reviewed By CJK50 - Jackson, New Hampshire

We visited the Opal Art Glass Glassblowing Studio and Gallery after reading about it in the Chamber of Commerce tour guide. We are so glad that we made the short drive from Olympic National Park to see it. The owners Johnny and Darlene Camp were very friendly and invited us into the studio where they were working. They offer classes, and have a vast selection of items in their shop, in various price ranges, as well as available custom work. We purchased a beautiful paperweight and vase, and plan to order more items as gifts. They offer handcrafted wooden "light boxes" to set the paperweights on, which truly showcase their fine work, and the various colors they use. We were particularly impressed with the variety of techniques they use to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

4. Goose Point Oysters

7081 Niawaukum St Hwy 101, Bay Center, WA 98527 +1 888-875-6629
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Goose Point Oysters

Nisbet Oyster Co., Inc. is a privately held Washington State seafood farming, processing and marketing company located in Bay Center on the Willapa Bay, trading under the "Goose Point Oysters" brand since 1975. Offerings include fresh and innovative value added shellfish products, specializing in oysters farmed on the outer south coast of Washington State. As a vertically integrated oyster hatchery, farm and processor, we’re very fortunate to sustainably grow and harvest our own oysters year-round. We produce and process a range of hand-shucked oyster meat sizes and packs, live and frozen in-shell Goose Point™ oysters, fresh BlueSeals™ our naturally pre-shucked High Pressure Pasteurization oysters, custom logo Oyster Shooters™, and easy to serve Steamers in 5™ and Traditional ClamBake™ steamer clam products. Our pristine growing waters, SQF certified and inspected processing facility and novel processes mean that all our products achieve the highest levels of and safety and quality.Visit us at The Oystery™ on scenic coastal Highway 101.

Reviewed By subsailor82 - Seattle, Washington

Great place to stop for fresh oysters. Easy on and off access. They have oyster shooters, smoked oysters, pre-shucked oysters (in the shell), oysters in the shell, and pints and quarts of shucked oysters. Fresh and delicious. Great value.

5. Aberdeen Museum of History

111 E 3rd St, Aberdeen, WA 98520-4002 +1 360-533-1976
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Aberdeen Museum of History

Reviewed By Lyndsy R

We brought family from Norway to see the Kurt Cobain part of the museum, but the exhibit was 98% removed (apparently the owner withdrew his items) from this area of the museum. The overall museum was quite nice, low traffic in the area, and there is some neat stuff in the museum.

6. The Polson Museum

1611 Riverside Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550-2739 +1 360-533-5862
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

The Polson Museum

Reviewed By pfcoach - Boise, Idaho

This museum in a 26 room mansion, located on the main street between Aberdeen & Hoquiam. The home was built by Arnold Polson, logging baron, in 1924 on the riverfront. A lot of late 1800s and early 1900s memorabilia tells the story of Western Washington's early settlors. A large covered building contains a locomotive & logging machines that are being restored.

The community is actively involved in sustaining their history.

7. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Airport Way, Hoquiam, WA +1 360-753-9467
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By noworries2000 - Federal Way, Washington

An enjoyable stroll, but don't go out of your way to visit this place - odds are, you will not see a significant number of birds, but if you want a peaceful bit of exercise and the opportunity to smell the salt air and not encounter any other people, then take an hour and visit this place. I would not make any special effort to visit here - it is pretty average at best - no facilities of any sort. It is peaceful and there are some blinds with viewing spots long the trail. There is a small parking lot by the airstrip and a sign describing some of the birds you might encounter.

8. Kurt Cobain Memorial Park

Young Street Bridge, At the end of E 2nd Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Excellent
34%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Kurt Cobain Memorial Park

Reviewed By Anna G - Chicago

I came here only because my friends wanted to see this spot. I didn't care about it before and after the visit. I don't care about Kurt and this memorial park is very small and doesn't explain much about Kurt to tourist. So if I came by me self I wouldn't know much after the visit. Only because of my friends who explain me about this musician I learned what this park is about.

9. St. Paul's Church

East Talbot St NE, Port Gamble, WA +1 360-297-8074
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

St. Paul's Church

Reviewed By ottopart1 - western wash.

Built like they built them in Vermont (tall, narrow, steep roofed), you would think a puff of a Western Washington breeze would lay this beauty over on its side. But not so. It has been standing since the 1870's, and shows no signs of stress, even though trucks and cars run daily on highway 104 which it faces.

Its similarity to Vermont churches is intentional. Two men (Pope and Talbot) moved here (to Port Gamble) in the 1850's from Vermont, built a town (housing, store, churches, ... the works) for the workers who they expected to come running to work there. But the local workers were already employed and not much interested in changing places. So Pope and Talbot went back to Vermont to see if they could talk some of their old friends into moving. "Yes," they said, "But first build us a church."
That was all it took. The workers came from Vermont, and went to work in the town that became the longest running, privately owned mill town in the US, from 1853 to the mill's closing in 1998. And among some empty lots where once stood many houses, a large hotel, some stores, and recreational facilities, stands the church, now used almost entirely as a setting for weddings.
To see the inside of the church you just have to call the main phone number for the town, and someone will come running to let you in.
The church is extremely well built and cared for. The steeple, for instance, has been replaced twice, and will still be standing when you come to visit.

10. The Lady Washington

712 Hagara St, Aberdeen, WA 98520-3196 +1 800-200-5239
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

The Lady Washington

Reviewed By Sunie9 - Moses Lake, Washington

Sailing on the Lady Washington has long been a goal of mine. Our harbor cruise was peaceful and relaxing. We departed from Aberdeen with a crew made up mostly of college-aged volunteers. These students work the ship over the summer under the direction of a captain and mate. It is a training ship and watching them receive and react to instruction was interesting.

The trip is slow-paced and the crew breaks up the time by singing shanty songs, a really fun experience. For about two hours we cruised up and down the Hoquiam River, watching the kids pull ropes to maneuver sails. We learned a bit about the history of the boat and found out it was featured in one of the Pirate's of the Caribbean movies.

We didn't get a tour below deck which was a disappointment as it was an advertised feature of our trip.

The crew, even those who had been on ship a short amount of time, were knowledgeable and friendly, happily answering questions of the passengers. It was really cool to watch them climb 80 feet in the air to raise the sails.

Other passengers beware, there are quite a few very steep steps to climb and descend. This may be a challenge for those with limited mobility.

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