Whidbey Island is a popular tourist destination for its scenic beauty, rich history, and outdoor recreation opportunities. We are so lucky to live in a place with such beauty: rolling hills, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. With its charming small towns and historic sites, you are offered a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, and beachcombing as well as shopping, dining, and participating in cultural events.
Here are 10 places you need to see in Whidbey Island:
Deception Pass State Park - Washington's most visited park featuring hiking trails, scenic bridges, and stunning views of Puget Sound. The park is named after Deception Pass Bridge, an iconic bridge that spans the narrow channel between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island. It is a great spot for fishing, wildlife viewing, and boating.
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve - A protected area established to preserve the unique rural, agricultural, and maritime heritage of Whidbey Island. The reserve includes the town of Coupeville and surrounding prairies, farmland, and beaches. It is also home to a variety of historic buildings, natural resources, and stunning landscapes.
Fort Casey State Park - The park is named after the historic Fort Casey military defense installation built in the late 19th century. It offers a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, beachcombing, and picnicking. Visitors can explore the Fort barracks and batteries, and the lighthouse museum, and enjoy the amazing views of the straight Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.
Coupeville Historic Waterfront - A great spot to enjoy the surrounding waters and historic buildings. Visitors can stroll along the boardwalk while exploring the many shops and galleries, and dining at the local restaurants. The district is an important part of the region's cultural heritage and serves as a reminder of the town's historical roots.
Double Bluff Beach - Double Bluff is an approximately two-mile-long public beach located on southern Whidbey Island along the shores of Admiralty Inlet, north of Puget Sound. Also known for the New Year Polar Plunge. Many species of wildlife may be found here including bald eagles, great blue herons, crows, and river otters.
Greenbank Farm - just south of Coupeville, Greenbank Farm features working farms, walkable fields with breathtaking views of both sides of our island waters, forests and wetlands adjacent to shops, and places to enjoy yummy meals, sample wine and explore art! Greenbank Farm is a special place on our island…rich in history, and a hot spot for events, bird watching, hiking, and more!
South Whidbey State Park - It is a scenic park that offers various recreational opportunities, such as hiking, picnicking, and enjoying the stunning views of Puget Sound. Walk among the giants: Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and western red-cedar trees, including a 500-year-old cedar.
Meerkerk Gardens - a botanical garden featuring a diverse collection of plants and flowers, as well as walking paths, and water features. It is a popular destination for those seeking to learn about plants or simply to enjoy a peaceful and natural environment.
Price Sculpture Forest - You can walk through Price Sculpture Forest and discover art at your side, hanging from trees, or hidden behind foliage. Experience an outdoor interactive museum where you are encouraged to wander the trails, investigate outdoor art, and be immersed in the natural world.
These are just a few of the wonderful places to see and experience on Whidbey Island!