Long Beach Kite Festival makes the New York Times!

(You’ll have to scroll through to weekend Aug 22-23)

Go try your luck at one of the best kite flying venues in the world, the Long Beach Peninsula, known to its loyalists as the World’s Longest Beach and the home of the World Kite Museum and the Washington State International Kite Festival. The festival, held annually in the third week of August, draws kite fliers from all over the world, along with tens of thousands of spectators who marvel at the intricate choreography of so many colorful kites. But there is also plenty of room to buy a kite and take to the skies yourself.

The World Kite Museum has changing displays of colorful and historic kites (303 Sid Snyder Drive in downtown Long Beach, blocks from the boardwalk; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; $5). The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau Web site lists lodging from camping and motels to rental apartments and bed-and-breakfasts.

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