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The drive through Aberdeen on a busy day can be long and crowded – especially during beach events. If the traffic has you mumbling and swearing under your breath, why not turn the stress into an awesome afternoon? Aberdeen has some hidden gems able to keep you busy and having fun until the traffic dwindles. Here are five great ways to spend your afternoon in downtown Aberdeen – even if there isn’t traffic.

1) Grab Coffee

If you’re looking to sit down, head towards the D&R Theatre and Grays Harbor Coffee Co. Grab a seat at the window-facing bar (and snag a copy of the Li’l Hip Pocket Guide while you’re at it) or snuggle up with a ceramic mug next to the fireplace and people watch.

Grays Harbor Coffee Co.
205 S I Stret

2) Eat Lunch.
The Tap Room has some finger-lickin’ good sandwiches, a cheerful environment, great craft beers, and an outdoor seating area. For something a little less “hip” but with a taste of home, head over to the Becker Building where staff at Anne Marie’s will make you the best Monte Cristo you’ve ever tasted. My favorite seat is at the window bar where all the plants sit to soak up the sunshine. It’s the perfect place to read a book – and conveniently, the Aberdeen Library is right across the street!

Anne Marie’s Cafe
110 S I St

The Tap Room
103 E Wishkah St


Morrison Park has walking paths, a play set, and picnic benches to keep the whole family busy.

3) Go to the park.
The Morrison waterfront park is a great option if you have kids. The playset is great and there are plenty of places to sit and picnic. On the other side of town is Sam Benn Park with an even better playground, tennis courts, and disk golf. Sit in the shade and enjoy a quieter part of Aberdeen away from the highway.

Sam Benn Park
300 Hanna Ave

Morrison Waterfront Park
1401 Sargent Blvd

4) Eat something sweet.
CaKecaKes is open Thursday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or as long as the goodies last. These gourmet treats change flavors and varieties, with cupcakes, cake pops, fudge, and macaroons often gracing the display case.

107 E Wishkah St